“The things deemed as the little things in life, are the ones that people forget to acknowledge, but yet they are the most important moments..” – L.Hackett
So busy with the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to take a step back and absorb the small precious moments happening around us. Or register the small things we do and the great impact that they can have on others, as simple as walking passed a stranger on the street, making eye contact and giving a small sweet smile to acknowledge that they are there, here with us, breathing in the same air we breathe in.
The same goes for the other way round. Thinking before you speak and realising how simple words to you, can dig deeply to others. We forget to acknowledge our wrong doings, albeit to us sometimes small, and sometimes have the inability to apologise as we can’t possibly understand the impact we have had on others. The sweet moment of saying I’m sorry can mean the entire world to someone else. And again, without realising, you have created another precious moment. The ability apologise, accept and forgive.
At the beginning of this year I decided I wanted my hair chopped shorter (yes, bare with, I can now imagine you are thinking “what on earth has hair got to do with this blog”).
I was traipsing through hair styles trying to find something that might suit me, at the same time as thinking “I’m too scared to chop my hair off, it’s taken me so long to grow it” after excessively dying my hair and completely killing it off to the point it would only grow extremely slowly, and as soon as I went in the sun it turned brittle and weak meaning I had to chop it all off to start again. After 5 years (yes, 5 years!) I finally had thick healthy long hair..
And then the final thought dawned on me, “what a complete waste, all that hair. How easy the simple act of chopping it all off is and thinking nothing of it. Having hair is actually a luxury and some people aren’t as fortunate”. So I started racking my brains, “what can I do?”.
I started searching the internet to see how I could donate my hair… I stumbled across a website called “little princesses trust”, and that was it. I wasn’t going to cut my hair off just yet, I was going to grow it as long as possible. They lose some of the length from doing the weave and also recommend that if you are growing it specifically for the charity to grow it as long as possible.
The charity make beautiful wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
At current my hair is halfway down my back, I’m aiming for it to reach my bum by next year! And then I am going for the big cut! I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. Excited? Because some little girl or boy is going to be able to have their dream hair, from a simple act of chopping my hair off, it will be an incredible precious moment for a child and their families.
A small act of kindness, as “simple” as chopping your hair off, can mean a thousand words to someone else.
And what is even more amazing is how it inspires others around you. My dearest friend, Kath, is now also growing her hair for the same charity! And to me, that is a precious moment. Being able to inspire and also see the kindness in other people.
Thank you for reading.