CEO message: Celebrate the wonderful everyday

"This quote recently caught my eye. Many of us are guilty of being caught up in the day-to-day. We often get so focused on the task at hand that our proverbial blinkers stop us from having a REALLY good look around." Continue reading our CEO, Jane Nelson's, end of year message...

I’m sure many of us could benefit from slowing down a little, to take stock of those daily pick-me-up moments – people asking how you are, having a coffee made for you, being at the bus stop at exactly the right time… Those simple things.

I must say that us Oddfellows are pretty good at making the most of the everyday. We need little excuse to get together. A cup of tea and a biscuit, or a chance to grab a lunch, usually does the trick. We’re fortunate to have this opportunity to go along to one of our Branch events and spend time with others. Regular, friendly catch-ups, or just sitting with company, really does fuel happiness.

It saddens me that there are people out there who don’t get the chance to spend time with others, and who don’t have anyone to fall back on when times get tough.

It might be that they’ve had a change of personal circumstance and the people they used to mix with have moved on, or they just don’t see them as often. It happens all too frequently, and it’s shocking how quickly your confidence gets knocked and you drift into chronic loneliness.

If there’s anyone you know that could do with some friendly company or support, please don’t forget to mention the Oddfellows and welcome them to your next get-together. There’s no hard sell in this at all. If they like it, then brilliant. If we’re not their cup of tea, then they know we’re here if they change their mind.

Celebrate the everyday, not just the extraordinary.

So for 2019, it’s right for us to continue to celebrate the extraordinary things in our calendar – Friendship Month, AMC and our major HA Andrews Memorial Fund donation. But let’s not forget to celebrate the wonderful everyday at the Oddfellows, too.

Thank you for every cup of tea shared, caring phone call made and idea given at a meeting. Thank you for each pot washed, new face welcomed and friendly email written. These little things make a huge difference to people’s everyday lives and the running of our Society. Despite life’s rush, rest assured, they do not go unnoticed.

I wish you and your families every happiness – big and small – both for this Christmas and for the New Year.

Jane Nelson, CEO