In the recent Queensland floods, people were faced with the reality of something over which they had no control. The first fine day after the torrential rains that brought the floods gave people the sense that the worst was over but in reality the worst was still to come. The inevitability of the rising water hit home as we watched the Brisbane River power its way towards the sea taking with it many large objects including a popular floating restaurant from Coronation Drive.
People have chosen to do different things in the wake of such adversity. The wonderful response from volunteers has meant that people have been able to face overwhelming clean up tasks with hope and some enthusiasm. This spirit of support has constantly been reported on radio and on television.
People are meeting, supporting and working with neighbors previously unknown. A bringing together of people in evacuation centres with NGOs and volunteers has meant that people have felt safe and connected at a time of crisis.
There are of course the other stories as adversity brings out the best in people but also the worst in others. Looting, scams, rip offs are also part of the scene. The outpouring of support and action has outweighed the negative choices made by a few.
A lot of heartache and fears still face many people. Frustration and anger, hope and relief are feelings that will be experienced as people come to terms with loss.
I hope that people look at what they have control over and what they don't and work with the things that they can influence.