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Over the rainbow

For some reason, each time I see a rainbow, I think of the word ‘hope’. It’s a good word, and is a fine partner to optimism.  We need hope, especially in times of suffering.  I’m a good sufferer, too, so anytime I can latch on to hope, it’s a good thing.  …Which is what I [...]

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SWEET AND SOUR

“…A signature strength is a character trait that is deeply held – a trait that is part of defining one’s essence of being. It is a very strong tendency of thought, feeling, and action.  …Signature strengths are so central to a person’s psychological identity that suppressing or ignoring any of those strengths would seem unnatural and very difficult.” Neal [...]

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COUNTING BRICKS AND COUNTING BLESSINGS

Summertime in Australia with its high risk of bushfires can be a worrying and stressful time for many. In my community – at the base of Kinglake where fires wreaked their most havoc back in 2009, when over 100 people lost their lives and hundreds more lost their homes –  we look for any sign [...]

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LOVE IN ACTION

I want to talk about love: love for our elders, for the aged, for the weary, for those fragile lives that rest within our hands – and our hearts. I have a beautiful uncle who is wracked with, amongst other things, Parkinson’s disease, which means he is very dependent upon my Aunty to aid his [...]

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The Strengths of Our Children

I was about to enter the school gates when my phone rang. The phone number on the screen showed it was my children’s high school, so I answered it quickly. ‘This is Mrs Allan, from Valley College,’ said the stern voice on the other end of the line. ‘I’m Alex’s math teacher.’ ‘Hi Mrs Allan!, [...]

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Some more kindess to give!

Just in-case you missed out last time we have some free ‘Kindness Cards’ for you….  they are the cards you leave behind when you do an act of kindness, as a way to keep the kindness moving forward. All you have to do is sign up to our newsletter here or email your postal address [...]

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Everyone needs some kindness!

Just in-case you missed out we have some free Kindness Cards for you.  They are the cards you leave behind when you do an act of kindness, as a way to keep the kindness moving forward. All you have to do is sign up to our newsletter here or email your postal address details to [...]

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Yay team!

When my daughter Kate was in high school, her part time job was working as an extra on shows such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers and other great Aussie productions. Because of this I have a tendency to cast my eyes to these seemingly insignificant others in the background on the big and little screen. I [...]

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All you need is love?

I’m trying to convince a friend of mine to get a dog. A puppy, actually, as I know of one needing a home. Puppies are hard work (not dissimilar to children), but the rewards make it worthwhile (ditto). My friend fits the Perfect Puppy Owner criteria: he’s single, well groomed, caring, kind, loves animals, and [...]

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Never, ever, ever give up! (Unless it’s time to let go.)

I recently attended a workshop run by UK strengths educator, researcher and author, Jenny Fox Eades.  By way of introducing each participant, she randomly placed A4 ‘Strengths’ cards on the floor and invited us to choose one strength and then explain our reasons why we chose it. I chose Persistence. Although it’s not one of [...]

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