30 Things I’ve learnt – Part III

Today’s nugget of wisdom comes from the Patron Saint of Wales, St. David. I don’t follow his advice on everything to do with life. For example, legend has it that he managed to survive largely on a diet of water and bread with a few herbs sprinkled about for good measure. Quite how he managed to become our patron saint without having a penchant for beer and meat is beyond me.

Anyway, he is credited with having said:

Gwnewch y pethau bychain.

Which translates as:

Do the little things.

No, that’s not a euphemism.

I take that to mean, do the little things for others. Like opening doors, smiling, realising that it’s not all about you and noticing if someone’s having a bad day and giving them a break. That sort of thing.

Remember when that person commented on how nice your hair looked, or that it looked like you’d lost weight, or a stranger offering you a hand onto the bus when you were struggling with bags? How you thought it was a lovely thing to do when, really, it took next to no effort on their part?

Not all gestures have to be grand. But you can easily make someone’s day by doing something small.


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