Human Spirit. What does this mean to you? Is it “ordinary people doing extraordinary things?” Is it “finding the strength to carry on when times are tough?” Whatever the definition by words, I have witnessed an amazing wave of human spirit throughout our State in the past few weeks.
As many of you have heard, Queensland in Australia is suffering one of its worst natural disasters on record. I am living in an area which experienced the “Inland Tsunami”, and the clean up and rebuilding has begun and the search for missing people is in full force. Meanwhile in other areas, flood waters have affected over 75% of our beautiful State with many people losing their homes and livelihoods. Some towns have experienced numerous flooding episodes in recent months.
The one thing that has prevailed through all this is the spirit of the people, not just those directly affected, but others throughout Australia and indeed the World. I am touched by the generosity and heartfelt emotion, and the dogged determination to rebuild lives and communities. Complete strangers offering homes, food and clothing. Communities cleaning up after the flood water has subsided. Volunteers working hand in hand with Government and charitable organizations to clean homes and businesses and streets, working tirelessly to get the job done.
My daughter penned this poem which epitomizes her feelings - The Human Spirit, which in the words of Anna Bligh, our Premier – “We are the People They Breed Tough. This weather may break our hearts, but it will not break our will, and in the coming months, we will prove that beyond doubt. Together we will pull through this”The Human Spirit Calm your mind, you need to rest We need all our strength to be our best. There is no room for anger when there is so much despair it is so easy to fall down and get trapped in the void of a personal lair. Australians have bent before and the time has come again Together we will work and as one we will stand Queenslanders……..we are just that Gear up people, “Who’s stepping up to bat?” Even though we are spread far and wide Together we will sweep our beautiful land with a new tide. We may be a little damp right now but it will not soak our core because each of us will keep working even if we are sore. The loss feels so vast right now that it feels like it will never stop But the only way to rebuild is to start with a simple mop Some of us may be barely floating, But that means we are still on top. We may feel a little scared, but that won’t make us stop. We are Aussie Battlers under rain, hail or sun And today, this week, this year and forever more We stand united as one.
Danielle Freeman 13 January 2011