To be seen and truly known

Sometimes the greatest seasons of growth are found in the awakening of imperfection.

Amanda Viviers, Dear Creative Self

We are at the beginning of another school year and I forgot over the summer what it is like every day to see the same faces of Mums hurrying their children through the school gate.

It’s quite interesting the way that we see each other every day, but saying hi and acknowledging one another can be really difficult.

Inclusivity is the ability to see one another in the present moment without any prejudice.

Prejudice is defined as “a preconceived opinion not based on actual experience.”

As we walk through the school gate each morning, what if we tried to see each other as equal and smiled with no preconceived judgement?

Even when the eyes we look into are full of different experiences and stories, as we lay our defences down and see each other truly, that is where real transformation in the community begins.

Remember what it was like to be the one not invited to the children’s birthday party? What if there is a school mum who no one ever speaks to from pre-conceived judgement?

Inclusion as parents begins with simply looking at one another in the eyes and simply smiling.

Equality begins with many little decisions each day.


(Amanda’s latest book Dear Creative Self is designed to help you rewrite the way you engage in the creative process.)

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth