February 7, 2020


Our town is soggy today. Shops on Jonson Street have water caressing their ankles as the downpour of rain lashes down on the shire. Given that it was only a few weeks ago that we were in distress from bush fire smoke and praying or dancing for rain, I suppose there are a few lessons as we kick around the puddles today.

LESSON #1 – Hope works, eventually

Call it prayer, faith, white light, good vibes, directed will or just plain hope…there was a palpable output of this from every Australian as our country burned over the summer. And while it didn’t come eventually, it has certainly arrived now. Luckily for us this week, they do say that hope floats.

LESSON #2 – We reach ‘out’ not ‘down’

Our government can, at times, make the mistake of thinking we – the people – are helpless and as such come to leaders cap in hand for relief and direction. It is a flawed assumption about the vibrant Australian spirit. We seldom want a hand down, but we’ll offer a helping hand. 

The fires were an excellent example of how our shared values of mateship, equity and pioneering determination saw volunteers working months on end and sacrificing their comfort, income and in some cases their lives to help their communities. So as our neighbourhood swell with water, as the rivers rise, and the sand becomes heavy – keep an eye out for the ways you might reach out.

LESSON #3 – Surrender, but solve

There is nothing like a force of nature to remind us how very little we have by way of control, really. Seriously, what can be done to ease the rain? So we just need to surrender, let it fall, and try to find the good – there IS always some good! 

Once we free ourselves of the things we cannot change, then we can find or enable the solutions that might exist with the things that we can control. There will be a lot of businesses that stop or slow down this weekend, while we are still in critical summer trading weeks – so maybe a solution would be for locals to enjoy a stay-cation in the worlds favourite tourist spot for a change and support the businesses that we rely on by being tourists in our own town.

And just remember, suffering is temporary.

So, we borrowed that one from The Buddha but it’s been popular for a reason. George Harrison really hit the nail on the head in terms of a positive application of that when he said, ‘All things must pass,”. The rain will stop, the sand will lose its heaviness and the sun will shine again. 

Stay safe everyone.