Social Media can be a blessing and a curse – celebrating the blessings

Last Friday I got to spend 4 hours with the administrator of our local   community’s Facebook page

Jamberoo local Alan Smith ensures our community page is one where kindness is our first priority   

I have been watching this page with awe – somehow or other our community had managed to create something beautiful.  Something the rest of the world aspires to  – Kindness

I had personally benefited from this community so many times – the shock of my beautiful personal trainer deciding suicide was her only option to people rallying when Mr Fox decided my beloved chooks should be feeding his/her/they  family

I had taken in strays, whether its the Kelpie from up the road who thinks the menu is more exciting at my  house to feral cats who either feed themselves on the wildlife or what you have on your verandah.

A fortnight ago I left the door open as I do regularly these days as my orphan shadow is a little bit too grateful I have changed her life and my front and back doors are bearing the brunt of her being left out to discover there was a little red dog in my kitchen eating my cat food.

My tiny little feral friend  hangs on the door till I see her little face 

And he/she/they was still there when I went to have a shower

and we have these interlopers who want what we have – the things that greet you in the shower. The little red dog was definitely less frightening than the python or so I thought. Yes, us people people who live in paradise must learn to live with the wildlife    

I am thinking my beautiful neighbor Robin has a gorgeous  little red dog and she has come to visit but Robin was nowhere to be seen when I went to greet her

So I  let my latest hungry orphan go only to look out the window and see her chasing my chickens. Then the funniest thing happened when my shadows followed me outside to investigate this conundrum

The little red dog became more interested in them. After making sure my chickens were safe I followed the barking.

From the big smile of how my rescue cats took control of this current scenario  I just knew my team had our little community’s  back

They were saying everybody is safe and we are a team

How does this relate to our community Facebook page. I knew I could put this little dog’s picture on our Facebook page and this little dog would be back with its family in 30 minutes

One can hope and dream for great outcomes.

What drives you? I remember too vividly the disaster that was my parents marriage and how my father’s involvement in APEX gave us a short term sense of normality.

The one thing I am truly proud of is when you join the Young Farming Champions  you are part of community that is there for you for life

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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