Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things used to make the headlines.

Now, in many media, it’s extraordinary people – in terms of their fame – doing ordinary things.

The former provided inspiration, the latter is at best entertainment, at worst voyeurism.

But yesterday the New Zealand Herald named Emma Woods as its New Zealander of the Year, giving well earned recognition to the woman who had the grace to forgive the young man who killed her son.

In doing so they’ve highlighted someone like us doing something we might aspire to, reacting with compassion, intelligence and strength rather than anger and bitterness in the face of tragedy.

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