How we shape up over­all

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALLWOOD Edi­tor

I HAVE just re­turned from a glo­ri­ous week on the Whit­sun­day water, which is how I spent a por­tion of my an­nual leave.

The week prior to that was spent cov­ered in teak dust and var­nish in the prover­bial “blood, sweat and tears” it took my hus­band and I to fix our boat postCy­clone Debbie so we could ac­tu­ally use and en­joy her again.

Some peo­ple might re­late to this, hav­ing also ex­pe­ri­enced some level of dam­age and a lot of hard work, but wel­come re­cov­ery on the flip side.

Around the is­lands this was also what I saw to be the case in the nat­u­ral world.

Some places had un­doubt­edly changed, but three months on they were still more beau­ti­ful than many other lo­ca­tions I have vis­ited.

Over­all I felt Mother Na­ture was bounc­ing back.

But how are we, her hu­man coun­ter­parts, cop­ing?

This week we have had trauma ex­perts ad­dress our com­mu­ni­ties, where some are re­cov­er­ing while oth­ers are still very much strug­gling with the im­pacts.

Herein lies the yin and yang of our col­lec­tive cy­clone re­cov­ery. Life may be con­tin­u­ing af­ter Debbie but we still need to sup­port each other as the days, weeks and months go on.

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