Last Thursday as usual I stepped out of the Stanford university library at 9 AM to call my mum back in the UK.
I try to call her right on the stroke of nine as she’s almost always sitting in her kitchen waiting for my call.
Almost always I sit on a park bench immediately outside the library to speak to mum.
Last week though, something made me decide to sit somewhere else, and so it was that I found myself perched on a low wall in Stanford’s main “Quad”, a giant courtyard surrounded by university buildings, with the astounding Memorial Church as its focal point.
It only took a minute to walk from the usual park bench to my new vantage point in the Quad but it meant that instead of having a pretty non-descript blank wall in front of me during the call, my eyes were treated to the sumptuous sight of the church’s mosaic-encrusted facade.
I even described it to my mum, telling her that I wished she could see what I was looking at.
It made me remember how good it can feel to go the extra mile (or in my case just 50 yards) to do something kind for yourself.
I’m sure you’re good at showing others kindnesses, but perhaps you don’t always extend this principle to yourself?
You wouldn’t be the first to fail to do so.
Why not think about this in the day ahead therefore?
Lay a place for yourself the table even if you’re eating alone.
Light a candle.
Drink your coffee from a posh cup instead of that chipped mug.
Use the nice soap in the bathroom rather than your usual day-to-day bar.
It’s often possible to give yourself small treats without going too far out of your way.
But a self administered small treat can give you an unexpected lift.