As severe flooding ravages the state of Queensland here in Australia, i find myself with mixed emotions. While it is a devastating situation & my heart aches for those who have lost their homes, their belongings, their pets, & in some especially sad cases, their families, i find myself with an even deeper sense of gratitude for my own blessings at this time.
(Images 1-3 via: Boston.com)
(Images 4-6 via: 9News, where a slideshow is constantly being updated with new images.)
Today i am thankful:
- For those who are showing their compassion & kindness to those affected by the Queensland floods.
Those who have opened their hearts, their homes, & their wallets. Those who have filled sandbags, shared food, given hugs, & not forgotten the non-human victims of this disaster.
- For my home.
Not only do i have a roof overhead, but i am also granted the luxury of having my familiar belongings with me, providing a sense of comfort that so many in Queensland are without tonight.
- That myself & my immediate family are safe.
- For afternoon cat-naps.
- For amazing green smoothies.
- For my aloe-vera plant, for providing some much needed relief from my very painful sunburn.
What are you thankful for today?
P.S. For further information on the Queensland floods including where to get help, & how to you can assist those affected, see the Queensland government’s page here, which also includes links to other helpful sites & emergency service contacts.