I am a smarty pants

When others mess up or try something risky or new, we often sit there and reassure ourselves that would never happen to us, we’d never make such mistakes, how didn’t they now that would happen, sometimes even laughing at them and thinking or even saying things like ‘who could be that stupid’.

It is not our judgements of what others can or can’t do or what they should know that will make a difference, it is what we are prepared to do ourselves that really counts.

It’s easy to be smarty pants as the observer but much braver as the doer to risk ridicule and failure. It is hard to step into the ring and face down the critics.

But the rewards of showing up are so much better than observing others.

A kindness

Take a trip to any city or town in most of the world with a week to go to Christmas and streets and shops are packed with people buying stuff, most of which nobody needs.

If only we could transfer that energy and activity to doing a kindness for another human being who is perhaps less fortunate than we are, wow, what a different world it would be.

Perhaps, over the next 7 days, we could choose to just do one small random act of kindness each day, it may become a habit we want to continue beyond 7 days.