I can hear the plants breathing a collective sigh of relief, as am I. Watering just isn't the same - we need this soaking rain. It will also help to reduce fire risk by dampening down all our dry paddocks.
Plus I love rain! I must be one of the only people I know who actually feel happier when it rains. I just love the sound, the smell, everything about rain.
I have just been watching a wonderful film. It is available to watch online here. It is called The Inspiring Story Of Us and was filmed throughout 2015 by ordinary Australians about their lives. It is only 23 minutes long, but worth watching. It just shows that we are all extraordinary and that there are so many people quietly achieving amazing things every day, without fanfare or acknowledgment. It made me feel we can all achieve something great, even if it seems small and simple to us.
I was particularly impressed by Orange Sky Laundry.
|Photo from www.orangeskylaundry.com.au|
Two 20 year olds saw a need and worked to fill it. So wonderful. I remember a while ago reading an article with a homeless girl where she talked about how she would rather be hungry than dirty. She said that if she was hungry no one could see it, but if she was dirty and smelly then everyone saw. So what an amazing service these guys provide, as most seem to focus on feeding the homeless. Their service goes along way towards restoring self-esteem and confidence.
But so many wonderful Australians featured. John Maher, who lost his daughter Carmen in a car crash, speaks at many schools in our area. He visited Miss Ballerina's school last year. Most of the girls and quite a few of the boys were in tears by the time he had finished. And hopefully his talk had a lasting impact on these young people as they just get their driving licences.
So as we approach Australia Day, when the Australians of the Year will be announced, it was inspiring (as the title of the film says!) to see that, although we can only acknowledge a tiny number of people, that there are so many others working to make Australia a better place for us all.