“I want to see communities in which our interactions consistently demonstrate what I call the ‘other four-letter words’: kind, hope, care, love.”
No one is too sophisticated or too lowly for kindness. And no problem is too sophisticated or lowly for it either. Most problems, in fact, arise from not having been benevolently other-minded and responsive from a spirit of brotherhood in the first place. Thus kindness is not a vapid non-answer to world problems, but the life-giving part of all answers.
This is the understanding to make common.
November 13th marks World Kindness Day. When I first realised there was a day set aside to celebrate, contemplate and initiate acts of kindness my immediate reaction was: “Just one day? Is that all?” Of course, I believe in kindness and connection for the other 364...read more
Dumbo had it in him to fly... so the story goes. But he needed that potential 'drawn out' by a trusted friend. And so it is with reading and writing. The potential is there in every child to fly in the mastery of these skills. As we tread the path toward a society in...read more
Teachers have to talk. They have 30 students to whom they must relay learning messages, limited time, and any number of distractions which may disrupt the successful delivery of those messages for some or all the class.read more
Born or cast into the maelstrom of a metaphorical storm such as Hobart experienced – by accident or the circumstances of birth, genetically or socially – living stormy confusion daily, crashing from chaotic mop-up to chaotic mop-up, ever sandbagging against an uncontrollable flow which they didn’t choose for themselves.read more
Yesterday, 11th November, was Remembrance Day; an important date in the Australian calendar, and now for me it brings an extra reason to remember. For this date now also marks the anniversary of having been awarded 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year. Tomorrow, 13th...read more
We cannot be reminded too often of our history and of those whose lands we walk upon; those upon whom our own lives are built, and to whom our lives are connectedread more
Tolerance is a low horizon. It is often held up as a virtue which Australians should display to accommodate the nation’s diversity of human experiences. But it does not lead us toward our richest flourishing, and it is not magnanimous.read more
There are three steps to kind communication.
Step one: be kind in your next interaction.
Step two: reflect on this.
I noticed that he was staring at my mouth with studied fascination - and then he suddenly reached out and took my face in his little hands, pulled me around toward him and exclaimed with loud revelation, "You've got Murray on your face!" What!? Who is on my face?!...read more
This story is about a four letter word. Allow me to create a scene for you. One that has happened many times over the lovely years of privilege of my work. I am sitting on a tiny chair at a little table in my playful speech pathology clinic room with a child and his...read more
Drawing back the curtain I declared, mostly to myself, "Ah... look at the pale, morning sunshine. It's so beautiful." I wasn't expounding entirely to myself though; two small people, newcomers to my home, were with me in the room, colouring at the breakfast bar. And...read more