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“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa This week, as I left the home of one of the couples I have been teaching, I felt quite emotional. I felt privileged. Privileged to be with this couple at such an important time in their lives, during their pregnancy, a time when they need information, knowledge, support and time to process it all at their own pace. And just last week, I completed the @mhfaengland Mental Health First Aider two day training programme and am now a Mental Health First Aider (more on that in a separate post). During the course I felt similar emotions, I felt privileged to hear personal and heartfelt stories and examples from my fellow attendees when exercises which put the theory into practice were carried out as we progressed through the course. And every time I speak with mums-to-be, new mums, older mums, fathers-to-be, new fathers, children, relatives, neighbours, friends… I feel privileged to listen and really hear what’s on their minds, what’s in their hearts. It’s by truly listening non-judgementally, with your ears, and your heart, that people will feel listened to, heard and supported. Supporting others is a privilege, one I feel very lucky to experience. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

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