Donating Elf

A different type of adventure all together. This morning I am off to give blood.  I have done this a couple of times before but this is the first time in a while. I head down to the center with my paperwork.

First you see an assistant who goes through your paperwork, checking your travel history ect. important if you have been to certain countries especially malarial countries.  This is also the finger prick time, this is the bit that I don’t like but its over in a moment. But my iron levels are okay so next its through to the main event.

Set up in the chair I get a good view of a cooking program on the telly which is good.  Then all hooked up.  I keep my blood pressure up using some of the handy hints that the nursing team give, making sure to keep clenching my fist and bobbling my feet up and down.  It is down 20 minutes or so and after a few minutes of pressure and sitting up straight, I’m off to the refreshments and enjoying a ginger-nut and some cordial.  Yum.

It is virtually painless, it takes no time at all and it saves lives.  Please donate if you can and if your can’t nag your partners, siblings, parents to do so.

Head to the website for more information.




Happy Elf

With all the darkness that fills this world, I’m sharing this beautiful quote which reminds me to banish hate and focus on the light.  If I can let someone go in front of me at the till, or tell someone walking down the street singing, that their voice is beautiful, then I will.  We each can be the goodness that we want to see in the world.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Kindness – Part 2

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” 

– George Sand

This is the second of the Kindness posts and I’m echoing an older post and talking about Kindness to self.

We criticise ourselves more than any other living being, don’t let the confident exterior of the self-possessed they do it to.  We are all guilty of being mean to ourselves and belittling what we do or achieve.  We believe we have not achieved, or not done as well as another, we could do more, work harder, run faster, be more, do more…an awful lot of the time we need to take a breath and give to ourselves without hesitation some kindness.

Everyone is worthy of kindness.  Try to see the positive in every action of the day, yes maybe something could be done better next time but without today’s mistake we cannot better ourselves.

Be kind to yourself you are you and you deserve kindness!


Kindness – Part 1

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” 
– Henry James

This week we are talking kindness, today in particular kindness to others.

Recently I was on the pointy end of some unpleasant behaviour that would best be described as “unkindness”.  Nothing overt or dramatically mean was said.  No eggs thrown.  But the comments I received from another professional were decidedly unkind.

So, kindness.  Treating others as we would like to be treated, yes but more than that, a little smile goes a long way.  Understanding that you may not been fully aware of the situation, after all as much as we might think we can or would like to, we cannot live in another’s skin and experience life as they do.  So a smile, kind word, helping out or even just backing away and giving space to everyone, office enemy and best friend alike.

It is too easy to ignore each other, or say something with the intent to help without thinking about the content of what we say.  Or if you are in London, it is too easy to think your tube trip is somehow more important than someone else’s and push your way into the carriage, or think that you are the only one who’s feet are hearting and head is pounding and therefore you deserve that seat more than someone else.  It is far easier to look down at our magazine or paper and block people out but instead, lets extend some kindness and value others as much as we value ourselves.

What am I doing?  I’m forgiving the harsh words and the person they came from and turning it on its head.  You are all wonderful, thank you for the kindness of reading my post and supporting the Little Elf.