When Max and I were at the park this afternoon, I spotted an elderly man walking across the common with two walking sticks.
An old bucket hat shaded his head as he looked down, eyes focussed on every tentative step and placement of his poles.
When he approached us, I caught his eye and commented on it being "a lovely evening for a stroll."
Evidently happy to have been engaged in conversation, he shared with me how after a raucous night of bridge he slipped off the wet curb on his way home, fell and broke his hip. One big surgery and two months of recovery since, he is disappointed that his progress hasn't been faster and that, "walking is still a real struggle."
This was his second day of this tricky walk across the common and it was clearly a lot harder that he had anticipated.
"Well I think you're doing marvellously", I said.
"This is wonderful stuff for your recovery and regaining your strength and stability. I think you're doing great!"
I wish you could have seen how in a moment, the look in his eyes, his posture and his energy shifted.
We continued to make some very lovely small talk, but as the conversation came to a close, he ended by saying;
"Thank you. You really have been most encouraging."
And off he walked, head that little bit higher, intention that little bit stronger…
There's so much I could say about this.
The impact of a kind word. The beauty of being open to connecting with strangers. The gorgeousness of being outdoors and sharing the joy of that with others.
Instead though, I thought I'd swing on by and send some of that encouragement your way.
If you're trying to do good things for yourself but they're feeling tough; keep going, you're doing great!
If you're feeling like the journey to your goals is a million miles away; be proud of EVERY STEP TAKEN not just the end result.
If your body has 'let you down', is struggling to find health or can't quite do what you wish it could; this is when it MOST needs you to be kind, love it and work with it in kindness towards the health you dream of.
So please don't give yourself a hard time.
I know it can be tough. I know it seems like there's a long way to go. I know sometimes we can feel so let down by ourselves.
But I promise you're worth it and with little daily efforts, clear intentions and a dose of self-belief, not only do I know you can get there, part of you will know and feel you already are!
So keep going.
Because quite frankly, I think you're doing marvellously!
So much love,