What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?

I went to collect a prescription today, only to find I’d lost my bank card. I was 7 pence short on the prescription charge and a kind lady behind me said “Don’t worry, here’s the money you need”. In reply the pharmacist assistant said “Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank”. I took the 7 pence from the lady with great thanks, explaining I wouldn’t want the till to be out. I thanked her for her kindness and got my prescription. As I was leaving she said “Make sure you do a kind deed for someone too”. To which I replied, I certainly will.

Small random acts of kindness like these cost nothing, well in this case 7 pence! But, it meant way more than that to me. The community in which I live, is filled with kind, considerate individuals who help, if they can.

A couple of weeks ago I was doing my weekly shop. An elderly couple in front of me, were deciding how many bags they’d need and the cost. I had a stack of them in my bag for life. So, I offered the couple as many bags as they needed, it was no big deal.

In fact, it was priceless! The reaction I got was unbelievable. You’d have thought I’d just saved a drowning puppy. They just kept thanking me, the elderly man gave my arm a squeeze and said, what a lovely person I was and that it made their day. I almost welled up!

They made my day. I walked out of the shop ten feet tall. All for the sake of a few carrier bags.

We are all human and programmed to experience emotions, and you know what, I want more of the feeling I had in the supermarket or at the pharmacist.  To feel that way every day, would mean I am incredibly blessed.

On the way home from the pharmacist I kept to my word; I let two cars out at a difficult junction and stopped for a mother and child to cross the road. All three gave me a huge smile and nod of thanks. If you just do one thing every day to make someone else smile, do it, it’s priceless.