It’s no ordinary Monday for me. I’m at home, when I should be at work (and before the more cynical of you say anything, no, I’m not ‘chucking a sickie – or, for the UK readers, ‘bunking off”)
I’m at home because my office building is still inaccessible due to flooding.
Today, I thought of those Queenslanders who would be returning to work on buses and trains – and those other less fortunate people in towns like Grantham, many of whom wouldn’t have work places to return to. People, just like you and me, who would desperately be trying to rebuild their lives, their communities and their homes.
I thought of how quickly life will return to normal for some and how for many others, life is now an almost unrecognisable wasteland. It seems so unfair and so very, very sad.
If you haven’t been seriously affected by the QLD floods, it will be easy to continue on with life, and so you should – we need all those who are able, to keep going to work, supporting those in need and providing a ray of hope for those who have all but lost it.
In the immediate aftermath, for those of us unscathed by the flood water, it’s easy to be acutely aware of how lucky we are. I hope we don’t let this tragedy’s lessons in gratitude become lost over time. Instead, in the coming weeks and months, when life inevitably rubs you up the wrong way, remember this post:
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight;
Just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.
Should you find yourself stuck in traffic; don’t despair.
There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work;
Think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend;
Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00 just to feed her family.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance;
Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk?
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering; what is life all about, what is my purpose?
There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse. You could be them!!!
Live each day to the fullest and always be thankful for the things you have……
Don’t ever take your friends, your family, or your health for granted.
They are precious gifts.
If you’d like to donate to those who have been affected by the QLD Floods, you can here:
Note: this is the OFFICIAL Government donation page – if you want to donate, donate here, as you can be sure your funds will get to flood victims. As at 8 pm, 16 January 2011, $84,329,927 has been raised. Every $20 donation makes a difference!
Volunteer your time
The recovery efforts for the Queensland floods will be a slow and complex process, with volunteers required for weeks and months to come. Volunteering Qld maintains continual contact with key disaster management agencies and once you register, they will contact you as new opportunities to help become available.
Volunteer to help by clicking here or call 1800 994 100.
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