A few years ago our school held a talent contest - a spoof on American Idol where 3 teachers "played" the judges and the students could "compete" - there were no winners or losers, the whole thing was meant to be fun - lots of air bands, dancers etc. Only 2 people actually got up and really performed. One of them was a girl in grade 6 - she sang a beautiful song, except she forgot the words shortly after beginning. We've probably all been somewhere where we hear that deafening silence, that moment which is an eternity. My heart broke for her (I'm actually holding back tears remembering). I know what would have happened in my school - there would have been tittering, breaking out into laughter. But I got the surprise of a life time.
The judges stopped the music and asked her if she'd like to start again. She bravely nodded yes. We could all see how red her face was, tears in her eyes. And then it happened, the students began to clap in rhythm and call her name. When she started every last one of them started to do the wave. They cheered and clapped from the heart when she finished - a beautiful performance. And I cried.
It was one of the most beautiful moments of peer kindness and support that I have ever witnessed. I don't think I will ever forget it.
When things aren't going so well at school, or I think of all the things that could be better, I pull this memory out and it reminds me that things are not always what they seem, and neither are people. There is always the chance of a wonderfully unexpected surprise, right around the corner.
"In greater terms positive and negative have little meaning, for the physical experience is meant as a learning one. " The Nature Of Personal Reality: Seth by Jane Roberts
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