It was the first time someone hugged him after more than a year.

This is a simple story that moved me. A story told by Chrys* who teaches German in Austria and who is a friend of mine. A story of war and escape, a story of passion for learning. A story of a figurative and literal human touch. The story characters are neither children nor parents, but emotions they shared are of a kind often reserved for the loved ones. And the child-like empathy embedded in this story is what makes me share it with you. And maybe it is something you want to share further – with your family or friends and discuss topics that it touches. Don’t let me hold you back any longer and simply listen to Chrys: This is my new friend, Hussein. He joined recently my German language classes. On day 1 he approached me with vigor and raised eyebrows to say in broken German, but in decisive manner: – Teacher,[…]

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Cherish your inner child

June 1st is celebrated in many countries as International Children’s Day*. When you are a kid, this means… presents (yay!). When you are a parent, this means… giving presents (yay as well of course!). But don’t stop at being best mom, dad, uncle, aunty, grandparent or a kind neighbour. As an adult also make sure your inner child is cherished. And do it always – June 1st, November 20th, and every single day of the year. Just follow a piece of advice by Special Agent Dale Cooper from the Twin Peaks TV show: […] Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black, coffee. So, what was (or still will be) your present for yourself today? For[…]

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