It will be okay…

As you might have seen on our Facebook page, Emma spent a lot of Friday afternoon in the school counsellor’s office with one of her kids getting some strategies to manage anxiety. Their appointment went overtime, and another girl was asked to wait for an extra 15 minutes.

This student has an intellectual disability, and when Emma and her daughter left the office, she scrambled up off the floor of the corridor in a flurry and handed over this picture. She said, “I made this for you! It will be okay.”

We were moved beyond words about this. Compassion, support, distraction, stress-management and kindness wrapped up in one gorgeous gesture. What thoughtfulness and insight.

And what a wonderful use of the 15 minutes she had to wait — instead of getting annoyed or impatient, woe-is-me or frustrated (like so many of us do when we’re held up by other people).

Imagine if, each time any of us had an unexpected delay, we filled it with acts of kindness. An appreciative email or message. A quick call to check in on someone. Paying a compliment. Helping with something.

Surely it’s better to use the nooks and crannies of our day for good, rather than stewing fruitlessly over Candy Crush or scrolling absently through social media one more time…

Sometimes a spanner is thrown in the works. We can let the interruption shut us down, or take the spanner and make something beautiful.


By popular demand…

We’re bringing you a third-sitting of our online class, ‘This is not the life I ordered’ this Wednesday at 12.30 AEST. Sit back with your lunch, listen and learn. Register here.

Love to see you there!

Audrey & Emma
Co-founders, My 15 Minutes


About The Author

Emma Grey & Audrey Thomas

Emma Grey is the author of Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum and Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band (a novel that she wrote because her teen daughter hated reading but loved Harry Styles). She writes regularly for Australian and international media and offers practical, realistic solutions to the modern challenge of ‘having it all’. She lives near Canberra, with her teen daughters and little boy. Audrey Thomas is an experienced coach and facilitator, whose corporate career spanned the UK, Europe and North America. She works with people to discover and develop their potential and improve effectiveness and lives in Adelaide with her Welsh husband, Dafydd and their two young sons.

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