One minute you can be doing a little happy dance and the next minute you can be lying on the floor with a popped calf. The human body is fragile and its good health should be appreciated.


I’ve spent the last few days on crutches and I’m learning how differently people treat you when they perceive you as vulnerable in some way. Simple acts of generosity warm the heart: my partner helping me hop along to the doctor and then spending the morning with me in accident and emergency, strangers holding doors open or just making way.


Being on the receiving end of so many acts of generosity – particularly those from strangers – reminds me of Cami Walker’s 29 GiftsGive one thing away each day for 29 days. Why? Because to see your world change, you have to DO something to change your world. I perceive all of those door openings and making ways as gifts. I think I am reasonably generous, but I’m curious about how different my life would be if I consciously practised being generous for 29 days … 


Have you seen Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love? What did you think? IMDb gives it 4.7 stars which is probably fair. It suffers the usual problems of films made from books – i.e. simplifying the story for the screen etc – but I enjoyed it. Loved Javier Bardem, of course.