It’s not a feeling I’m used to.
I have a plan. It works within my strategy. I have a solution. I have the ability and dexterity to think outside the square and come up with options. I also usually have a plan b. I make things happen and it’s a skill/trait I have that I’m really proud of. People depend on me for it!
But what happens when none of that works and all I can do is watch on helplessly as things totally out of my control happen around me.
That was me this weekend with the floods in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.
Thankfully my family and my team are all safe and we only have minor damage to our home and my business is safe.
But that’s not the case for so many around us.
Lives were lost, people are missing, people are stranded on rooftops and in their roof space, people have lost their homes, their possessions, their beloved pets, their livelihoods. Businesses are underwater. Some have lost everything.
Yet, right now most of us can do nothing but send everyone affected our love and our thoughts and hope that this rain stops. Soon!
But rest assured, as soon as I’m told what I can do to help, I’ll be hopping to it, rallying the troops and getting things done.
That’s what we do, right? As leaders and business owners, parents, friends and community members we help those who we can, when we can.
It’s just that sitting in this place of helplessness, while we wait to be of help that’s really uncomfortable. I don’t like it.
Hurry up and tell me how I can help! Give me a plan, a goal or an outcome.
In the meantime, my discomfort is nothing compared to those who are living the actual disasters and my heart is breaking for them. If that’s you, I hope you’re feeling the love and concern that the rest of the country is pouring to you.
Heartfelt gratitude goes to all our emergency service workers, local community and volunteers.
Let’s hope we’ll all be in a position to help very soon.