Kia ora te whanau o te Kotuku Throughout the journey, from a fledging kotuku through…
These are the few ways we can practise humility:
To speak as little as possible of one’s self.
To mind one’s own business.
Not to want to manage other people’s affairs… nosy parkers.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others. Don’t nit-pick to make yourself feel superior.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one’s dignity.
Don’t taki on someone’s mana.
– Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
Humble people are comfortable in their own skin and recognise that it is little acts of human kindness that make a difference in this world.
The kinder you are with people the more you receive in return.
And so I encourage our students to:
Thank your parents, whanau, teachers or friends for what they do to support you.
At home offer to do the dishes make a cup of tea, mow the lawns, wash the car without being asked.
This action shows someone important in your life that you appreciate them and that you have been thinking about them and what they do for you.
In this way, thank you becomes a doing word as it backed up by an act of kindness.
At Rutherford we value little acts of human kindness.