"Whenever possible be kind. It is always possible," says The Dalai Lama. When life is at its most unfamiliar, depressing or frightening for your family and friends, please don't back away - it's when they need you most.
I guess the only thing we can do is recognise that we're overly sensitive when it comes to getting excluded, and try not to take it too personally. I remind myself of all the people in my life who have gone out of their way to make me feel loved and valued.
What I am however suggesting is that in a world that is at times incubated by fear, that we do our part to spread love and light. Tiny ripples can become giant waves that dissolve the boundaries that we have unwillingly placed upon ourselves and on others.
That is why my husband and I started our charity The Lewis Foundation. We spent about four years in and out of hospital. We have seen and experienced cancer poverty, so we understand how tough it is.
You'll have heard the story by now. On Sunday, an Englishman was helped out of a tight spot by a Welshman. I like to think there's a certain poetic quality to having the 'dragon' being the good guy on St George's Day, but this is not a tale of nationality, but one of sportsmanship and human kindness
So, (thankfully) the Black Friday frenzy has been and gone, Christmas tunes are playing unashamedly in all the shops, and
Christmas is a particularly busy time for Stephanie, she will single-handedly plan and arrange a Christmas fair and put all the money raised in to buying food and gifts for local families. Each family will be given a box of everyday essentials and a box of fresh produce.
But one thing we do know is that human beings are born with their respective world-lines unmarked just like blank canvasses. And as we go through life - interacting, growing and learning - others leave their footprints on that canvas of life, in the same way that we leave ours on others' canvasses.
Deborah Green was shopping in Whole Foods when she received the devastating news that her father had taken his own life. Her
With the rise of unrest, devastating news and constant threats to our world as reported by the media, we find ourselves increasingly