I hope this message finds you safe and well. We are now in the true throes of an English summer. There are warm days, showery days (when the rain comes as a relief from the heat) and even windy days, which is unusual in the summer months. Every day is a gift, it’s there to be recognised and enjoyed and we must continue to hold our heads up high, noticing the beauty that is all around us and enjoy who we’re with (focussing on what we say to one another and how we say it, whilst being prepared to listen intently to loved ones and what they’d like to share).
Children have this mastered. They notice everything, they thrive in the company of friends and family, say wonderful things and are also accomplished listeners. Children are both creative and imaginative, they have this innocent ability to stay in touch with their own feelings, whilst recognising others, showing empathy and sensitivity during challenging and difficult times. Children are robust and adaptable and have the resilience to cope with a great many obstacles. No wonder Jesus once said that ‘the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ (Matthew 19 v.14)
My children discovered something in the garden last week that exemplified many of these qualities. They sadly came across a bee that had slipped into an eternal sleep. There it was, lying peacefully on our wooden decking.
The children decided to gather some small flowers from the garden and lay them, as a mark of respect, around this beautiful insect. They then said a small prayer for the creature and proceeded to gently bury it in the ground to signify its passing. When the children said their prayer for the bee they thanked God for the beauty of its colourful pelt, the intricate detail of its delicate wings and for the fact that the bee had helped carry pollen from plant to plant and had played a full part in the life cycle of insects and flowers.
Did you know?
The most important thing that bees do is pollinate. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.
When a bee collects nectar and pollen from a flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens sticks to the hairs of her body/pelt and when she visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the plant, enabling a fruit, carrying seeds, to develop.
So, this beautiful bee had lived a wonderful life and fulfilled its purpose. Its goodness had literally rubbed off on others (plants) enabling more beauty to appear and grow.
This sends us all an important message. If we use kind and loving words to someone else that feel-good effect definitely rubs off on other people. A kind word, or compliment; a listening ear or a loving hug; a greeting with a smile; have an amazing impact on you and the other person.
Did you know?
Kindness has many benefits including increased happiness and a healthy heart. It slows down the aging process and improves relationships and connections, which indirectly boosts your health. Kindness broadens your life’s frame of reference and is a symbol of respect, showing you really value the other person, as well as yourself.
Interestingly, it influences the giver more than the receiver and enhances mental, emotional and physical well-being.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu
MY LOVING CHALLENGE
Can you fill in this ‘Kindness Table’ this week? Alongside this you may want to include pictures or drawings, or responses from the other person or thoughts from you.
EYFS/KS1 Thrive Activities – week 16
Helpful web links: http://www.preschoolactivities.us/balloon-craft-idea-for-kids/
KS2 Thrive Activities – week 16
The Green Cross Code with the Summer Holidays approaching.