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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When the magpies are swooping!

It is magpie swooping season here. That means that the magpies have babies in their nests and they don’t like things that go under them, including people on bikes!! My 12 year old son was riding home from his tennis final and he got swooped! Not just swooped, but hit on his bike helmet and not just once but 3 times!

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If you have ever had this happen to you, you would understand that it is actually quite frightening. Noah went down a side street, found a man who was washing his car on the front lawn and between tears asked him what to do!  He kindly told him to wave his arm above his head and keep riding!

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So, off brave Noah went. Fortunately the magpie had moved on and it didn’t swoop again! Needless to say when Noah arrived to the safety of home he shed a few more tears, had a big hug and we discussed the situation in a positive light. ie how well he handled it and that he had what it took to keep going.

“Being positive is compatible with being realistic.  It does not mean expecting only positive outcomes, but having confidence that even if things don’t go your way, you will be able to deal with the situation (or even somehow benefit from it”) (Popovic, 2005) (Boniwell Positive Psychology in a Nutshell page 25)

As I thought about swooping magpies and this quote I realised the amazing situation we are in to help kids and friends to look on situations in a positive light. That is not to say that we brush their situation aside, but perhaps we can help them as we listen to see some positives?

When kids talk to us, sometimes they just need to be able to see another side to the situation.