There’s just been so much loss lately, that’s it’s hard to not be affected by it.

But at the same time, I’m seeing the beauty behind stories of loss. It’s hard not to feel a sense of hope.

Like the rest of the nation, I’ve been glued to the television and watching the updates on the Queensland floods. I’m not articulate enough to explain the horror of it all, of the people – the children – who have been lost up there…and the ones who are still missing. I watch the news and see all the devastation and find it hard not to cry along with Anna Bligh during a press conference.

And then there are the animals. – the footage of kangas and horses stranded and water-bound is just as difficult to watch. I imagine all the scared wildlife and domestic pets who wouldn’t’ve understood what the fuck was going on when the walls of water were coming towards them.

But then I saw photos like this one (which pretty much everyone has seen now):

Isn’t this a beautiful photo of the generosity of humans?

An Aussie blogger called Lori buried her 30yo husband yesterday; the father of her young kids. Lots of us followed the story on Lori’s blog, but also on Twitter where there were updates and requests for prayers and love.  So many people pulled together to support  Lori while her husband was in hospital and in the time since they switched off his life support.

I can’t imagine having to go through a living nightmare like what Lori is going through. She’s lost so much, even though she still has her beautiful children to care for. I’ve been talking to friends about the horror of it all and how terrible it is that anyone has to go through this level of loss.

Lori is a stay at home mum and has lost her breadwinner – and complete strangers have been contributing to a fundraiser to support Lori through this. People who have never met Lori in real life!

This third story of loss might be a bit trivial to some, but Sydney writer Stilgherrian has battled with his cat – Artemis’ – bad health over the last couple of weeks and had her put down on Thursday. It fills me with dread to think that I will eventually have to say goodbye to Elvis and Bear and even moreso in circumstances like what Stilgherrian went through this week.

Stilgherrian blogged about the difficulty he faced with being unable to pay for Artemis’ vet bills and was inundated – to the value of almost $4k – with donations from followers of his Twitter feed. Four thousand dollars!

To think that people are willing to help people when they need it most – during natural disasters and loss of family and loss of pets – fills me with so much hope. I just wish that there wasn’t a need for such generosity…

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4 thoughts on “Finding the beauty in loss

  1. Hearing about these sorts of things certainly is a reminder to enjoy the good times while they’re around…

    Posted on 16 January 2011 at 11:08 am
  2. You summed up my thoughts exactly. The beginning of 2011 has brought with it so much loss and destruction – it is weird to be a bystander to it all: affected by the news coverage; tweets; blog posts – but not directly affected or in pain.

    We have our belongings (which are dry), our cats, our families (even if we may not want them), our health and our husbands.

    Seeing and hearing of people pitching in and helping even when they don’t know the person/cat/family involved is ultimately heart-warming, but you’re right – it would be better if it was not necessary.

    Posted on 16 January 2011 at 5:54 pm
  3. It’s big news here too… I think a lot of people here don’t realise the scale of the impact because many don’t realise how frickin’ massive Australia is. I pointed out to a friend the other day that Oz is the same size as the mainland USA, and that the area that’s been affected by the floods is the same size as France and Germany and they were gobsmacked.

    But out of the devestation rises humanity to restore a little faith :)

    Posted on 17 January 2011 at 9:11 pm
  4. Indeed….a lot of beauty to be found amid so much destruction left in its wake.

    Posted on 21 January 2011 at 6:50 pm