Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light


Ever been in that position where your heart was in the right place, but things just didn’t turn out the way you envisioned and you just cant stop wondering where it all went wrong

Growing up my mother was very sick and as the eldest I was given a lot of responsibility and I had a lot of responsibility.

After the HSC and I got my results I was off to Sydney to Uni so fast I didn’t give a thought to what would happen when I was gone and some wheels did fall off.

It was a wakeup call. I had lived with these people for eighteen years, we were connected by DNA, our incredible resilience and we always looked out for each. Yet it had become very clear we were a team with no real emotional connection. Nobody said let’s sit down and talk about what happens when Lynne isn’t here anymore more.

From that day forward, I prided myself on identifying the vulnerable, the fragile people with potential to thrive in the right environment.

I found these people jobs. I surrounded them with all these phenomenal people who could mentor them. Often, they did thrive but there were people who thought I did all of this because I was disappointed in them.

Its taken me a lot time to realise that I had taken them on a journey to help them fix their problems without them identifying they had a problem in the first place (and just maybe they didn’t)

Maybe it was me I was disappointed in. I was the vulnerable, fragile one. It was time to surround myself with all those wonderful people I had found for others

It was time to start my journey to help me thrive.

To help me do this I have walls in my house that make me smile



and walls that make me sad but i know resilience requires a fierce determination to focus on the positives

Imagine if we all reached out in our times of darkness, to those special people we have surrounded ourselves with, how much we could light up each others worlds

Acknowledgment – ‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light’ is a quote from Helen Keller




Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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