I had a phone call on Monday morning from an elderly lady friend. She had fallen at home and asked if I could come to help her. She refused to phone for an ambulance as thought it a waste of their valuable time (she is also very stubborn). After asking her all the usual health questions I said that I’d be with her within 20 minutes.

I came out of my house and got into my car. I then was faced with a gentleman waving furiously at me and pointing towards the back of my car. I got out and was shocked to see that I not only had a punctured tyre but my wheel was completely mangled and the hub cab shattered to pieces. Some horror had obviously crashed into my wheel and driven off. I thanked the man for alerting me to the problem.

All I could think about was getting to my elderly friend and what state I was going to find her in.

I went back into my house, put on the new trainers I had bought the week before (that I had been admiring and putting off the start of my power walking as I felt that I really wouldn’t be able to walk fast and far) and decided I WOULD walk quickly to her as a cab would take some time in the rush hour. She is around an 8 minute drive from me but a 20/25 minute walk.

Anyway, I started the walk at fast speed and even though I found it quite difficult as it’s up hill, the thought of getting there for my friend gave me the STRENGTH to keep going.

I got to my friend in 20 minutes and thankfully she seemed fine but her ankle was swollen. I rang for a cab and got her seen to at hospital and all was well.

What I learnt from this was that sometimes we don’t realise our strength until there is a crisis of some sort….not just body strength but strength of mind too!

By |2017-01-13T13:48:25+00:00April 27th, 2016|3 Comments

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“Hate the normal 9 to 5. Love where I live and the community. Like being able to help people where possible. Love my two dogs, so my work is a ‘mash up’ of the two. Some days I wake up not knowing what day it is and what I’m doing that day, as every day can be a surprise and what was planned isn’t actually what’s going to happen. So when confusion sets in I remember the tools I’ve learnt from the Happynesshub. Combined with my diary and a cuppa, it helps me prioritise and get through the day ahead… and breath! “


  1. Matt April 28, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Excellent point, we do flower in a crisis and learn a little more about ourselves. I hope you’re friend is OK x

  2. Sally April 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Geri you are another of those ‘givers’ in life – and I can see you marching up to your friend and as always being such a saviour (you and Matt will get on well at the summer BBQ!. Loving the snazzy trainers and hope to join you on one of your walks xx

  3. TimF April 29, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Geri – not only are you strong, you are so kind. I hope your friend makes a speedy recovery.

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