As you can guess this is one of my favourite subjects. So, before I leave it I want to add that apart from remembering to affirm friends and family we can also affirm total strangers. On first arriving in Endeavour Hills we knew no one. So, not wanting to be sitting around waiting for our daughter to arrive home, we made a conscious decision to be pro-active in making friends and acquaintances. We knocked on the neighbours doors and introduced ourselves and every time we walked to the shopping centre, we spoke to those we passed. Just a ‘Hi!’ or a ‘good morning’ made all the difference. Straight faces became wreathed in smiles. Soon people were greeting us before we had a chance to greet them. We made a special point of acknowledging the cleaners and the ‘invisible’ boys who gathered up the supermarket trolley’s. In the beginning they were often very surprised that someone had spoken to them as they were used to busy shoppers rushing past. It mightn’t seem much but it’s something all of us could do. Its like saying, I see you, you are not invisible and as a person you matter. Try it, you might like it.