The Disaster Of The Australian Bushfires
A conversation with my sister ...
Posted by Jacky Sherman on 08/01/2020 @ 8:00AM
The news over Christmas holidays was dominated for us, as for many others, by the growing horror of the Australian bushfires spreading throughout the country ...
Due to the Australian Bushfires, the smoke is obscuring my sister's local lake!
We were, and still are, inundated with increasingly horrific images and accounts of flames, burnt-out houses and cars and people rushing to the sea to avoid getting burnt alive.
There have also been stories of selflessness with people trying to save not just their own but their neighbour's property. The soot on the faces of the volunteer firefighters highlighted the lines of fatigue and helplessness as they felt they were losing the battle.
"Yet for me, it was the little personal exchange of emails with my sister over the New Year that gave me the most mixed emotions. I'd like to share it with you!"
My sister lives in Canberra and was hoping to take a break from the heat by escaping to the mountains in New South Wales for Christmas. Thankfully this was out of the immediate danger zone but we knew enough to know that could change very quickly. She was keeping us informed about her safety by email.
Tues 31st Jan
Tonight is fine. We are still in Jindabyne as we were advised not to travel unless we have to. There is thick smoke everywhere which is unpleasant but we have everything we need and we are in no danger.
Wed 1st Jan
Normally we have a beautiful view of Lake Jindabyne. Today nothing just the brown smoke haze. My beautiful country is burning and I am despondent!
Thu, 2 Jan
Yesterday I was feeling low, but today feeling better as the community shows its strength in working together. The Jindabyne community is great.
For me, there were three emotions I took away from this. First, there was relief as my family was safe. Let's be real here, when the chips are down the people you love come first. Second, there was rage (unlike my sister's despondency) as this didn't need to have happened. Yes, Australia has always had bushfires but not like this.
Whilst I accept that the science is not a simple straight line of cause and effect, the years of drought and high temperatures that caused this are man-made. We have to see our world as one global system and we can't ignore the fact that our behaviour affects people and animals worldwide.
Lastly, there is hope. Let's use this as the wakeup call we need. The solution is there in the last two sentences because the power for good in humanity comes from when we work together. It lifts our spirits and gives us the confidence to find our way through.
Let's make our environment the big issue for the Twenty Twenties!
Until next time ...
About Jacky Sherman ...
I help people build and maintain productive working relationships both with their work colleagues and with a wider network to win more business. I do this by combining my skills in coaching, mediation and training with my extensive experience in senior management.
What I love most about my work is when my clients get those a-ha moments because I know they have seen for themselves the way that they want to move forward. Then they will achieve their ambitions.
Helping people who are having challenges with their working relationships gives me enormous pleasure. It was my privilege when working in health care to see how people working together can make the impossible seem easy and accomplish miracles as a result.
So helping people build or restore strong relationship with their colleagues makes even the hardest work easier, alleviates distress for the individual and reduces problems for the whole organisation.
In all this work trust is an essential ingredient to winning business so most of my work comes through referrals. Referrals come through strong business relationships so it was a natural extension for me to train others in how to get consistent and predictable referrals from their network.
What a fantastic way to earn a living!
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