Monday 5 December 2016

Mindful moment… Who can you help today?

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

Whatever help you give, you may get back tenfold.
Whatever help you give, you may get back tenfold.

My friend's mother used to run a huge bar in North London. It was a Mecca for the Irish coming over to London in the 1960s and 1970s and Mrs M got a reputation for looking after anyone in need; lending them a tenner 'til pay day or giving them a bed to sleep in if they were really stuck.

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To this day when I'm out with my friend in that part of London, men will come up to her and say: "I knew your mother, she's a great woman…" and then tell a story of some way that she had helped them.

Recently I asked Mrs M how on earth she had the time and energy to be so helpful to so many people when she was running a business, as well as looking after four children.

She shrugged and tutted, and brushed off my question like it was nothing.

"Whatever I gave, I got back tenfold," she said. And that was that.

What a lovely lesson for the rest of us to live by. What help can you give someone today?

* Marianne Power is the author of

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