Recognizing, facilitating and commiting acts of kindnes in Spokane and beyond.

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The Strength of Kindness

The strength of kindness is a powerful force.

In but one sweet encounter, it can change a life’s course.

 

Cultivate kindness within your own heart.

Be kind to yourself, that’s where it all starts.

 

Until you value your self, you’re of no value to others.

Before we are loved, we must be our own lovers.

 

Love yourself first, weaknesses and all.

I’m not too short, and you’re not too tall.

 

Where I am weak, there are those who are strong.

My strengths can serve others, we are different, not wrong.

 

Give what you have, give of yourself,

And if you are tall, help me reach the top shelf.

 

A smile, a coffee, a hug or a grant.

You have something to give,  so give kindness a chance.

 

An act of kindness builds strength on all sides.

Both, giver and receiver, grow at the same time.

 

Push kindness forward, however you can.

Use what you’re given, wherever you stand.

 

You are the future, and this is the truth,

The strength of kindness, abides within you.

A Husband, a Father, and a Hero.

    Recently I got wind of a story of extreme heroism. I’m talking about a good Samaritan who saw someone in trouble and without hesitation put himself on the line to rescue not only one, but five people who got swept into the current of the Spokane River. One woman screamed as she was carried  away and the 4 others she was with started after her. Aaron Houston saw it coming and took off running down centennial trail to head her off. After a quarter mile sprint to get ahead of her,  Aaron was able swim into the river, pulled her to safety and cautiously walked her to land over the slippery rocks and fast moving water. When they made it back to where it all started, Aaron realized that the rest of the people in her group had gotten stranded on the rocks in the middle of the fast water. Exhausted as he was, Aaron retrieved them one by one and brought them to safety. So efficient was his rescue effort that emergency help wasn’t needed. Shaken, but grateful the people left without even knowing their rescuers name.

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If you know Aaron, this act of bravery doesn’t come as a surprise. He and his wife Meghan have 5 children and they see life through a lens of gratitude and joy. Kindness is their way of life and while some mothers make having one child seem exhausting, Meghan somehow makes raising 5 look like an adventurous blessing. She is the mom other mom’s call for advice on everything from whooping cough to labor! Their 5 kiddos are a wildly exciting bunch all sporting the bright blue eyes their parents share. Their house is one where children are allowed to be children but they remain respectful, courteous and delightful. They have struck the difficult balance of freedom and discipline. All in all, theirs is a family of excellence and the world needs more people like them! Happy Father’s Day Aaron, this article reveals the hero in you today, but your kids and the people close to you know that you and Meghan are superheroes everyday!