“Caring for people is one of my talents.”

The blog page has been quiet for awhile. There were fantastic family holidays to be had, quickly followed on by a full week of work. This has meant I have not had many moments for reading and writing, but there have been some moments for reflecting.

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Today I wanted to share a cameo moment from school.

There is a gorgeous girl in the class who has different physical difficulties to deal with each day, yet she is so bright, bubbly and warm.
Today after she helped comfort another classmate, she looked at me and proudly informed me:

“Caring for other people is one of my talents.”

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I stood there amazed and awed. To hear this from a 5 year old and a girl in her situation…Wow!
I know that she has no idea of character strengths and what they are, yet she was showing by her actions what they are all about. To be aware of our strengths and using them is a great thing both in what it does for others and ourselves. (Previously I have written about Character Strengths and you can link to it here.)

May you be encouraged by this story both for yourself and your own kids.

What would you say your talents are?
What would your kids say their talents are?

 

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A link to the Character Strengths questionnaire is here.

Thought for the weekend: Courage

Courage is one of the Character Strengths. For me, it is a virtue that takes work as it does not come naturally. I came across this very interesting quote by Maya Angelou (who died this week), and wanted to share it.

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“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” (Maya Angelou 1988 as quoted in a James Clear blog.)

This weekend may you have the courage to do that kind act you have been thinking about.
May you have the courage to be true to yourself and others.
May you have the courage to show mercy when the easy option is to be harsh.
May you have the courage to be generous when society tells you it is an ‘I – world’.
May you have the courage to be honest in a gentle, humble way.

May you have the courage to talk about these things with your kids and those around you.
Lots of love to you all this weekend R x

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