And finally, let’s acknowledge that this is a tough moment we’re living in. Well, it feels like one tough moment sort of rolls into the next, to be fair! Adults are feeling stretched, stressed and worn down. Our kids are likely feeling the same. If we’re really honest, many of us are feeling overwhelmed.
Here’s a lovely story one of our team shared from her family’s experience during Auckland's recent flooding. She packed some bags with food and useful items, rallied up some donations from neighbours and took it all to the evacuation centre in a nearby suburb. She did this with her kids in tow, and then they all stayed on at the centre for a few hours helping to sort the food and donations. A beautiful thing to do full stop, but here’s the hidden gem – her previously anxious and unsettled children loved their time helping at the centre and wanted to go back the next day. After seeing all the bad news and witnessing neighbours getting flooded, playing a part in helping felt good. It even went as far as taking away their anxiety.
When we feel helpless, helping others can be a remarkably powerful tool. Even seemingly small gestures of service and support can go a long way to making people of all ages feel empowered and hopeful. And hope is what we all need right now, along with a break in the weather and a whole lot of sunshine!