Friday 23rd December 2016
Yesterday I spent most of the morning getting in food for Christmas. We were having a food order delivered, I had a Marks and Spencer’s food order I needed to pick up and then I also had food ordered from the butchers I needed to get.
Getting food for Christmas is always a nightmare and a day I never look forward to. I usually come home exhausted and cranky. Not this time though – the crowds of people didn’t bother me and I wasn’t tired at all. That’s definitely a new one for me.
As I went back to my car there was a couple just parking their car right next to mine. I noticed them because he had a really bright coat on. I loaded my food into the boot and they walked to the shops.
When it came to getting in my car I noticed that the woman had dropped her purse. I picked it up not sure what to do with it.
I have always classed myself as an honest person so my first thought was I need to get it back to her. If it was last year I would have probably just put it on her car because I wouldn’t have had the energy to go and find her!
This time though I went to find her. Remembering her husbands bright coat I thought I would look for that. I did look in her purse only to find a name so I could give it back to the right person. I felt awful doing that like I was invading someone’s privacy but it would have be awful giving it to the wrong person.
I found them straight away and I went to her and asked her name. Then I said “I think you might be needing this”, handing her the purse.
She was amazed and so grateful – she thanked me for my honesty. I was just happy I did the right thing and pleased I made someone’s day.
It has got me thinking ‘it’s good to be honest’ I like to think it’s something I have always done. But I then realised that I haven’t always been honest. I haven’t been honest with myself.
For years I have told myself a whole pack of lies of why I am overweight, like it’s a medical condition, I only have to look at food and I put weight on, if I don’t eat every hour I get shaky, it’s impossible for me to lose weight. I have used every excuse under the sun.
This year one of the things that has really helped me is the fact that I have started to be honest to myself and I have stopped listening to the lies. When you can look at yourself and see the reality of the situation you are in, it is the first steps of doing something about it.