Random Acts of Kindness

I was out driving today and I saw a large billboard and on it there was a message; “In a world in which you can be whatever you want to be – be kind!” I was once living in a community with some extraordinary young adults. I had had a huge week and was exhausted.Continue reading “Random Acts of Kindness”

The Power of One

History is full of stories where ONE person stood up against evil or oppression. A polish Franciscan friar, Maximillian Kolbe stepped forward and volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German concentration camp of Auschwitz in August of 1941. In December 1955 Rosa Parks, an Afro-American woman rejected the demands of aContinue reading “The Power of One”

Who not what

I was delivering a hire car back to Christchurch airport several years ago and was frustrated as I was caught behind a truck. At a set of traffic lights my eye noticed the message on the back of the truck. “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,Continue reading “Who not what”

Stillness and Silence

Treadmill or trapped Have you ever had that ‘on a treadmill’ feeling? You are running around in circles, not getting anywhere! The phone does not seem to stop ringing! The email list is endless and you are going from one commitment to the next! Your life seems to be rush rush rush! And when youContinue reading “Stillness and Silence”

Five Second Choices

I suppose we all have our favourite quotations. One of mine is from the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!” I am very conscious as I write about innate dignity, about coming as guest and being present and more that it canContinue reading “Five Second Choices”