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5 Powerful Words

by Peter Harback  ■  Updated: March 25, 2020

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Hope, Love, Family, Togetherness, Attentive.

These 5 words are powerful, now more than ever and I’ll explain why.

It seems like all the news we are being BOMBARDED with on TV, the radio and online is bad. We’ve seen the worst of people, alarming statistics and predicted worst outcomes.

There is hope though as I’ve heard many GOOD NEWS stories of people looking out for others, helping neighbours and random acts of kindness.

Online groups have been started sharing positive news, The Kindness Pandemic is one Facebook Group that’s got over 356,526 members and its growing. Even home grown produce co-op’s are springing up.

The Kindness Pandemic - Facebook Group

How is love demonstrated during such a time as this? It’s been written and I think this is a great guide for all of us:

  • Love is patient and kind.
  • Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. 
  • It does not demand its own way. 
  • It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 
  • It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 
  • Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 

"Family" - Maybe now is the time to turn off the TV, computers and devices and talk more. It doesn’t have to be about current events, it could be about anything. Talk about hopes, dreams and things we want to do in the future/

We’re all about family here at CoolThings Australia HQ and we look out for each other. Team members with young kids have the flexibility of working from home, and we have made it clear that we are NOT cutting hours and that their jobs are safe.

If you're reading this then you’re a part of our family too and during this time of uncertainty unless our freight company (Australia Post) shuts down we’ll still be working every day to have your gifts delivered to your door (or your friends & family’s doors)

"Togetherness" might mean different things to different people. “Together” could mean simply picking up your phone and calling someone, maybe a best friend from your teens or a relative you haven’t spoken with in a while.

"Attentive" - When someone is speaking, am I really listening to them? Or thinking about all my problems or what I’m going to say next. Being attentive is one of the greatest demonstrations of love for someone, that is, when they see you’re not distracted by other things.

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Thank you so much for your support of our small business, it really does mean a lot to us. 

Written with love from, 

Peter and The CoolThings Australia Team.

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