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The simple act of kindness.

How we learn from our children! This post was inspired by an act of my daughter. When her mum arrived at work today she found this simple note written on a serviette in her bag. Simple. Real. Kind. Thoughtful. Loving. It is easy to get disheartened with the world today. There is almost a danger of becoming desensitised to the daily news of turmoil in various countries. Women, children and men are being killed daily by conflict. Hospitals are being bombed. The internet for all its advanced technology has brought out people who are angry, fearful and bitter. Sometimes loving kindness is mocked, seen as a weakness or laughed at. And yet simple acts of loving kindness happen every day. You see it through volunteering. You see it through community building. You may have heard the following story before but if not: Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he
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PS – best of luck to the new CEO!

“With the announcement of the resignation of our highly regarded CEO Adrienne Picone, the Board of Volunteering Australia have commenced a campaign to recruit our next national leader for Australian Volunteering. ’ Now this is a big statement found on Volunteering Australia’s Website. Finding the next CEO for this organisation will be challenging enough but looking for the next “national leader for Australian Volunteering” will be a mammoth task. So, onto the site that is advertising this position and my Norton is already blocking it! But onto Pro Bono Australia where I do find the ad “To be considered for this role you will need to be a dynamic leader, with the ability to engage and develop lasting, positive relationships with passionate stakeholders at a national level, including partners, members, government, private organisations, community and Foundation Members (State/Territory peaks). Your commercial and business acumen will ensure the successful delivery of k