Stories of kindness

Over the last couple of months I have felt a little overwhelmed with the different tragedies happening in this wonderful world we have been given. Sometimes I feel some despair and helplessness as faith in the human race is challenged.

There are so many stories of distrust and hurt but recently I have seen little acts of kindness that have encouraged my family and me.

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It has been wonderful to share the ‘good’ stories with the kids and encourage them to look around and see kindness around them.¬† Simple stories like:

*This morning my daughter got to her bus stop and realised she had left her saxophone at home and she needed it. Home is not far, so she asked a lady at the bus stop to ask the driver if he could wait a moment. (I thought her very brave for doing that!)  She ran home, grabbed the saxophone, I told her to jump in the car and we drove back to the stop. There was the bus waiting for her with an open door and a smiling bus driver!

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*My eldest son was sent home from school this week with a suspected broken arm. He was at the really busy hospital for over 4 hours. Such a long time, but I appreciated the way my husband did not get grumpy about the time, but noticed how kind and helpful each professional had been. What a nice way to see that world.
That night his teacher rang to check on him and then the following morning the front office lady who had looked after him walked out into the school grounds when she saw us to find out what had happened. Such thoughtfulness. (And yes, it was broken.)

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*Last week as I was driving through some heavy traffic I noticed a car flashing its lights. As I progressed up the road I saw cars had stopped. I was looking around wondering what was happening and then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the trouble. There, waddling quite happily across 5 lanes of traffic, was a mother duck and her 12 ducklings. The world had stopped for this beautiful part of nature.

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May you and your family be able to see, be encouraged  and be part of some kindness this weekend!

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whole heartedness

It has been a different week for me. Time away as a family on a term time weekend, my boys first sports day in a ‘real stadium with a real running track’, losing direction and encouragement in what ever it is I am meant to be doing, topped off by the mixed emotions brought to surface after meeting with high school friends some of whom have not be seen for 10 or so years!

I sat down today to write an overdue blog – that is after fighting the thoughts of ‘why am I doing this any way?’ and found myself encouraged after reading an interesting introduction to a book by researcher Brene Brown “The gifts of imperfection: letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are”.

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Whole heartedness is what she is working through. Whole heartedness meaning ‘people living and loving with their whole heart’. Brene considered what people who live this way do, and don’t do. What does it take to cultivate and what gets in the way.

She came up with a list of what wholehearted people seem to do and what they don’t.

Do: worthiness, rest, play, trust, faith, intuition, hope, authenticity, love, belonging, joy, gratitude, creativity

Don’t: perfection, numbing, certainty, exhaustion, self sufficiency, being cool, fitting in, judgment, scarcity

I found this list challenging, confronting and worth pondering. How do these ideas fit in our society? How do we teach and model these concepts to our kids and classes? How do I personally live these values?

Brene then follows this up with an interesting sentence
“How much we know and understand ourselves is critically important, but there is something that is even more essential to living a wholehearted life: loving ourselves.”

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As I look at myself today, I realise that is a key to so much. It comes back to love again.
It comes back to the idea that education is important but it is much harder if kids don’t have self-respect and love.

See if you can find time today to look at yourself, look at your class, look at your kids can you help them with an aspect of the ‘do’ list and are you able to help them love themselves in some small way?