Opinion

The unquenchable spirit conquers flood devastation

IT IS amazing what Mother Nature can do.

It is just as amazing what people will do when faced with adversity.

Floods have come and gone, but that murky floodwater has taken people's homes, people's property and people's livelihoods.

One thing that stands out to me is the floods didn't take away people's spirit.

In the past week or so I've met people who have lost a few belongings, and people who have lost everything they own.

Obviously there have been tears, and plenty of them.

But among the tears there has been the general attitude of getting on with the job of cleaning up and a real focus on starting over again.

It is the old "if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade" analogy.

 

Harry Bruce cartoon for Supermum column on February 7
Harry Bruce cartoon for Supermum column on February 7 Harry Bruce

Calls for assistance have been greeted with many people putting their hands up to help; some who have been flood affected too.

 

Essential items have been donated by many, but there is also blood, sweat and even more tears being offered to help out those in need.

Even more amazingly, people have taken their own holiday leave from work to help those in need as well.

While my kids have been fascinated by the water that covered the road at the end of our street, and by how fast the Fitzroy River has been flowing, I do hope they have learnt some important life lessons as well.

While we were lucky to stay pretty high and dry, they have friends whose homes were flood affected.

I have often quoted the expression about walking a mile in someone else's shoes, but this time I am trying to explain to them that now some don't even have their shoes.

Many of us must admit we don't always think of life as being perfect.

This week has been difficult for me on a personal level, not even flood related.

But after meeting so many inspirational people this week I have been reminded of what is really important in life, and that is my family and friends and loved ones.

While the smell from the floods may linger for a while, and the memories are still fresh, I do hope everyone can start looking towards a positive future.

As one person told me recently, the only thing you get from looking back is a sore neck.

 

Super Mum with Sharyn O'Neill

Twitter: supermum1972

Topics:  flood, supermum, the big wet


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