On Thursday, the Junior Years teachers and staff acknowledged RUOK Day by sharing morning tea and more importantly, checking in with each other and starting a conversation. A friend recently shared with me an article that resonated with her deeply. It was such an important reminder that I felt it needed to be shared with our School community.
In our busy world, we sometimes forget the influence we can have on those around us and it only takes 6 seconds. According to Rachel Macy Stafford, the writer of the article, 6 seconds is enough to make a bad day good; it’s enough to bring life back to weary bones, and it’s enough to remember what really matters in the midst of so much that doesn't.
In 6 seconds you can take a deep breath.
In 6 seconds you can let it go. “It's not worth it” you can say.
In 6 seconds you can tuck a note in a lunch box or your child's pocket. It takes 2 seconds to draw a heart.
In 6 seconds you can say you are sorry.
In 6 seconds you can cut yourself some slack.
In 6 seconds you can quiet the inner bully that keeps you from loving this day.
In 6 seconds you can feel the sunshine.
In 6 seconds you can decide to stop looking back.
In 6 seconds you can whisper, “It's going to be ok” to yourself or to someone who is scared.
A lot can happen in just 6 seconds...it’s enough to change history.
I have 6 seconds. Do you? Let's use them to send a ripple of goodness out into the world. Today as we acknowledge and ask RUOK?, we put goodness, kindness and compassion into our community. We all have 6 seconds to start a conversation; trust the signs and ask RUOK? any day it is needed.
Mrs Kate Harris
Head of Junior Years