Most of us expect that when we’re in trouble help will come. And we never know what that trouble might look like – a fire, a flood, a car accident, a sudden illness, a job loss or the death of a loved one. We never think it will be us, and heaven knows I hope for each of us that it never will.
But you can never be certain…
That’s why I believe in being part of a Circle of Safety. Each of us can play a part in making sure that help will be there for those who require it. It strengthens our communities, and it nourishes something within us – that very human desire to be able to help another in need. Maybe it’s by working on a cake stall or a sausage sizzle. For some of us it’s volunteering time or expertise for emergencies or longer-term challenges. For others it’s buying a raffle ticket, sponsoring a child or making a donation.
There’s a sound I never enjoy hearing although I am glad of it all the same. It’s the sound of the whirring blades of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter as it thunders overhead. Every time it passes my farm I say a little prayer and wish them well. Sometimes they are attending an accident on the highway, sometimes they’re out looking for a missing surfer, other times they are rushing a patient to one of the major hospitals for life-saving surgery or dropping care parcels to farmers cut off by floods. They are an important part of our community, and they do an incredible job, often in the most difficult of conditions.
Today the Bangalow CWA, of which I am a proud member, is holding a cake stall on the main street of our tiny town, fundraising for the local Rescue Helicopter. Believe me, it takes a lot of cupcakes, scones and biscuits to keep a chopper like that in the air. The next time that chopper flies over my farm, it might be fuelled by cupcake sales… It makes me wonder how many of the things we take for granted are there because of the unseen efforts of people we will never know, but who care enough to have made help possible.
So this morning I’m up at ridiculous o’clock, baking my heart out to contribute, in a small way, seemingly unrelated to the eventual outcome – a Rescue Flight for someone who needs one.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
Is there a way that you can become part of that Circle of Safety? The smallest efforts can make the biggest difference, to you and to others. Be the change you want to see in the world. ♥ Nicole xx