I initially didn’t want to post anything about the fires. Thoughts of, how can I possibly put in to words what is going on, and more relevantly, what has been going on for far too many years? And then there’s social media … the blaming, shaming, attacking and writing of vitriol on other people’s posts and pages. For me, it is all too reminiscent of The Hunger Games movie. Communities turning on one another. So I logged off.
But after receiving numerous emails from people wondering “what more can I do?” “I feel so helpless” etc etc. I feel urged to share with you a little silver lining and ways to contribute, because I get it .. I feel helpless too. And as small as this silver lining may be, it’s the only way I know how to contribute, because I’m not a fire fighter and I’m not such a great knitter (keep reading for why that’s relevant). The only thing I know how to do, is to take small steps towards a dream. A dream that you are already contributing to. And every time you have supported one of our companies in the past, whether it be Be Genki, Be Naturallyou or Be Spunki, you are contributing to that dream … a new little home for koalas, wallabies, echidnas, goannas, possums, birds and bats in Northern NSW.
This is not something that I usually talk about as it is a dream that my husband and I are personally committed to ... converting the paddocks on our property that were cleared many years ago before ‘our time', back to a natural thriving ecosystem for native flora and fauna. Our desire and target is to save up more money to purchase larger blocks of cleared neighbouring land and convert it back to ’safe zones’ for our furry little friends too. What’s most heart-warming to us is to witness before our eyes how quickly the native trees grow when planted at the ‘right’ time of year. Our first plantation of 200 trees are now over 3 metres tall. The second plantation of 300 trees are about one metre tall, and as soon as the rainy season begins in (hopefully) 8 weeks time we’ll be planting another 500 trees.
Yes, I know it’s a small gesture of faith, but what a joy it is to see the family of wallabies in the paddock most afternoons, echidnas every now and then, and the occasional koala pop by to visit. We are counting down the days until those little trees are big and strong so that a community of koalas can claim it as their own. Based on what the regeneration experts are saying … it should be about another year or two before the trees are big enough. But … they can smell the eucalyptus on those leaves already so it’s just a matter of time.
In this time where so many of us are understandably angry, upset and devastated … I am reminding myself to remember my dreams and to continue planting those ‘dream’ seeds. So go ahead and plant your own seeds of dreams, and continue taking those steps towards what you desire to create in the world.
I hope this message is received in the way that it is intended. There are so many beautiful things popping up on the internet with people doing extraordinary acts of kindness … my favourite being Jacqui Fink’s initiative to knit pouches for injured wildlife. You can read all about it here and here and if you’re a knitter or good at crafts, she provides patterns on the Facebook page. 100% of the pouches get to where they are needed, so you can be assured that your contribution will make a tangible difference. The other fab initiative that I love has been set up by Turia Pitt and Grace McBride - Spend With Them - to help to rebuild towns and businesses affected by the fire. You can read all about it here. What a beautiful thing it is to see seeds of hope being planted in so many different ways.