It’s the small things in life which really count

‘A man punished his four-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of golden wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the child used it to try to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

The man was embarrassed by his earlier over-reaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He yelled at his daughter, “Don’t you know, when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried, “Oh Daddy, it’s not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They’re all for you, Daddy.”

The father’s anger was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and begged for her forgiveness.

The father kept that box by his bed for many years. And, whenever he felt down, he took out an imaginary kiss and remembered the love of the child who had put it there.’

It made me think

My eyes filled with tears when I read this and I wondered how many times I have taken the small things for granted. The smile, the gentle touch on the arm, the hug, the kiss, the encouragement, the pat on the back. Often it is the small things in life which are the most precious and it is important that we don’t miss these in life.

It’s not about the size of the house we own or how flashy the car we drive, but it’s really about the people in our lives and our relationship with them. I have found that my true happiness lies in the people closest to me in life, and the love we share. My wonderful wife, my best friend, my mum, my sister, my brother, my relatives, my close friends and my special clients.

A wonderful Masterclass

This week I ran my most successful Mental Resilience Masterclass to date, based on feedback, with a wonderful company Aggregate Industries, who have 4,000 employees worldwide. I have run a good number Masterclasses for them and because of the feedback I am receiving from the attendees, they keep booking more.

This is really encouraging as the proof of the pudding is in the eating. It is a real joy to share my authentic story of adversity together with the techniques I have used to overcome them. To see the lightbulbs go off in people’s heads, as they discover these simple yet powerful techniques gives me great joy.

Things are getting exciting

This week I also presented to around 100 staff of a very large global company and the feedback has been really good. Things are getting exciting and I am sticking to one of my key principles which is working hard and never giving up.

Thoughts for the week:

1. Are you aware of the tiny things in your life which actually mean so much?
2. How are your relationships with the key people in your life?
3. Think through each key relationship you have and see if there is anything you can do to improve it.

Well that’s it for this week, so until next week have a wonderful bank holiday weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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