Linking up with Lisa-Jo over on her site today.
It’s Five Minute Friday. The word is grace. Here’s how to play:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back to Lisa-Jo’s post and invite others to join in.
3. And then, absolutely no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...
Two things collided this morning.
Yesterday, I volunteered at my daughter’s school, which gave me a chance to be with the teachers and the administration and to see the children in the environment in which they spend most of their waking hours absorbing, learning, grasping, growing, and attempting to comprehend their place in our world.
Today, I caught up a bit on my blog reading and read Lisa-Jo’s post How to have a temper tantrum.
And a tiny, seemingly insignificant event at the school yesterday morning screamed at me as I read that post this morning; the two colliding and crashing around in my brain.
It was Halloween. There would be Halloween events all day at the school. Children could dress up, or not. It was up to them and to their families and their traditions. One little boy, maybe about 5 years old, did not have a costume. He was devastated. He was crying. He was hurt and sad and without hope for a good day.
I don’t know what started the upset, whether it was to do with the costume or some other transgression, but the adult in charge of rectifying it only made it worse.
What this has to do with Lisa-Jo’s post is right here, in plain English: A soft word turns away anger and a hard word arouses wrath.
What could have turned away anger, what could have been an important moment in this child’s emotional development, despite what he may have done wrong, is Grace.
We need more grace.
Now it’s your turn. GO!