Friday 18 August 2017

Mindful moment… Be mindful of others, not just yourself

Take time to get in touch with people
Take time to get in touch with people

Marianne Power

An old boss of mine died a couple of weeks ago and it has come of something as a shock. He was only 54.

I knew he'd been sick but I had no idea it was so serious. I did not get in touch when I heard he was unwell and I feel terrible about it. Now it's too late.

It's too late to tell him what a great colleague he was, how kind and encouraging. It's too late to tell him what a big difference he made to me as a young writer and how I would call my mother to repeat any praise he'd given me.

It's too late to tell him what a good man he was and how everyone around him learned from him.

So I have spent my morning picking up the phone and calling old friends and colleagues. I am calling them to say hello and that I think of them often.

They have sounded so happy to hear from me - "I've been meaning to call..." they say.

"Me too..."

It's sad that it can take a death to make you mindful of the people around you - but sometimes it does.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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