It's not about what you say but how you say it that creates the affect words have. So the next time you're faced with a situation that seems impossible at the time, remember that it's not about "trying," but about giving it all of your "try."
While we are reading the breaking news stories, the minute by minute coverage and the messages from friends saying they are safe and well, the most amazing stories begin to be revealed. The stories that will bring hope in years to come, when memorials are laid and the victims remembered.
Traditionally, dropping a few pence in charity boxes has always been a popular way to give. The UK Giving Report found that giving cash is still the most popular donation method. However in recent years we carry less cash and charity boxes are not as evident.
Paying it forward is not a concept that has gathered huge momentum in the UK. I think if some random stranger paid for my coffee here in Manchester, my reaction would be more suspicious than grateful; we in the UK, are simply not used to strangers performing arbitrary acts of kindness for us.
Today is World Kindness Day, and we're all being encouraged to help change the world by committing one simple act of kindness. I for one fully intend to play my part - and not for entirely selfless reasons.
The most incredible, life changing stuff I have taken from my 'spiritual path' has been the down right sensible, the obvious, the 'tips for life' that take more from a therapeutic, humanistic approach than they do a magical or paranormal one.
I have studiously avoided cool people my whole life. That's not meant as a slight on those I have been friends with. By 'cool' I mean people whose egos are largely driven by them being good-looking, or having a little bit of status.
I think actually this is just our subconscious playing avoidance tactics with us; always striving to find happiness outside of ourselves, not wanting to have to look closer to home and realise that all the answers lie within us (there's a famous quote there somewhere!).