Saturday 24 March 2018

Mindful moment… Who can you help today?

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.

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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