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Mental Health Awareness Week - An act of kindness. Written by WWTW Therapist, Aaron.

When we feel at our most vulnerable, we tend to expect the worst as our fears bubble up, but when we are met with kindness and care from others, it has the capacity to restore our hope and overcome our fears and we all need it to survive.


Christmas Eve 1992, travelling solo, I arrived in a foreign country looking forward to some new experiences and adventure. Nothing could have prepared me for what followed.

I travelled by taxi from the airport, and once dropped off in this big, and bustling, foreign cityscape, I began looking for somewhere to stay.   My memory stops there.

On Christmas day, I woke up in hospital with shooting pains in my head, unable to move my lower limbs, confused and, for some strange reason, unable to talk.  I had no recollection of how I got there.

Later I discovered that three local people had carried me there – an act of great kindness; they could have just walked on by; they could have decided that my wallet and belongings were more important and left me for dead.

As I had no connections locally, the consultant whose care I was under, allowed me to lodge with these same local people who volunteered to take care of me. They ensured I was fed, nursed and taken back to see the consultant for follow up appointments.

They relayed the story that I had been knocked down by a drunk driver in a pick- up truck and was lying in the road in a pool of blood.

I was extremely lucky to survive with a mild to moderate head injury; I experienced a loss of consciousness and motor coordination, post traumatic amnesia, temporary loss of speech along with cuts and bruises.  In time, I made a full recovery, although some might question this!

It is this week in particular, that I am remembering the kindness shown to me with gratitude and consider myself extremely fortunate.

When we feel at our most vulnerable, we tend to expect the worst as our fears bubble up,  but when we are met with kindness and care from others, it has the capacity to restore our hope and overcome our fears and we all need it to survive.

This week gives us a chance to engage in acts of remembering and to meet our memories of kindness with gratitude. 

As it is quoted, Rumi once wrote, “the only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”  

Thanks for reading!