So I have already explained why I feel the narrative that 2016 was such a terrible year is a bit overblown. There were many things that happened during the year that I was extremely grateful for. Indeed I spend January reflecting on many of these events.
But something that we often forget are the small acts of kindness and generosity that we often greatly appreciate at the time, but quickly forget amongst the ‘bigger’ events taking place.
There is nothing wrong with this. When you know a lot of fantastic people, these types of events can almost seem commonplace. But it is occasionally worth reflecting about just how many times people around you have done something kind or helpful for you that they really didn’t have to.
I was reminded of this yesterday when an electrician from Whitney Electrical, came around to do some work for me and exceeded my expectations enormously with how helpful he was. In the same week, I was the recipient of unsolicited acts of generosity from David Bremner and Richard Welsh. I am sure that in a few months, when I look back on these events, they may not seem as significant, but at the time, these little things had a really positive effect on my state of mind.
Looking back on the year, these kinds of things happened a lot. Race director, Tim Smith, was unnecessarily helpful and flexible for the Just like Jack team in the Point to Pinnacle; the amazing Sarah Morrisby has lent her vocal talents to several musical projects of mine; while the team of supporters that came up to Coles Bay with me had an incredible impact on the day.
And that is still just scratching the surface of all the little things that happen for us. All of the things I mentioned occurred when someone made a conscious decision to make life a little bit easier or better for someone else. If you can’t think of any major positive things happening in your life right now, maybe focus on all the little things that people around you are doing for you, often without being asked or thanked.