Hello everyone. This is my third day of writing. Firstly, a huge thank you to those of you who have visited my site or liked my posts-it touches my heart that people like my words. Thank you too to those of you who have started following me. This gives me hope that what I am doing is worthwhile.
So today I want to talk about hope in the face of catastrophe. I am writing this from New South Wales in Sydney Australia. As I am sure you aware the beautiful nation of Australia is on fire. A huge amount of wildlife and also humans have been killed. The sate of New South Wales where I am staying is in a state of emergency.
So how does one remain hopeful in a time of tragedy? First and foremost, I feel very close to my family here. We are pulling together and are currently looking after a traumatised cat named Oscar, who belongs to a family member. He is a beautiful rag doll cat with creme caramel fur. Last night he wanted food at about 3.30 am so I didn’t get to sleep until about 4.30! But my view is he has had trauma, so deserves to be spoilt.
I went to watch the Sydney fireworks despite them being held in the midst of a total fireban. I joined with people from many nations in a hope of a brighter decade, a new vision for 2020. There was so much camaraderie and joy. I felt a great togetherness-connectedness with other humans who wanted to share in a momentous event together. I was touched by the kindness of people saving my spot, so I could sit down and complimenting me. A man from France said ‘you are lovely’ and this made me feel so special. Thank you to him. Another stranger said he liked the colour purple (the colour of my trainers). That made me feel warm inside. Thank you to him. These small touches of kindness really make an impact. And finally thank you to the couple who guarded my belongings, so I could stand at the front of the wire and enjoy myself without anxiety. I had never met you before but I am very grateful.
I watch the news and am tempted to feel despair, however I pray for rain daily. I am also extremely grateful for the few drops we have had. I stood under the sky on January 2nd and let the rain fall on my upturned face. I have learnt to be grateful for things I have previously taken for granted-safety from fire, freedom from smoke filled air, my health and of course rainwater which is so precious.
So my recipe for hope is to accept with gratitude the blessings that are in our lives and focus on these things. I also plan to visit the koala hospital at Port Macquarie and want to adopt a koala to support their wonderful work.
Sometimes sadly tragedy engulfs us in our own family, or even engulfs a nation. I am overwhelmed by thinking about the brave firefighters and volunteer firefighters who have given their lives to keep us safe. My heart goes out to them and their families.
Thanks for reading. Please let me know if you have any questions or commets.
Keep Hopeful XX