Opportunities are all around us to get involved with our community, seek new connections and make a real difference in this world. To see the bigger picture and what you can offer… will also bring you personal contentment.
The Country Women’s Association of NSW (CWA) gives me a strong sense of community with valuable knowledge, friendships and a mutual commitment to improving people’s lives. Today marks the start of another Annual State Conference, this year held in Albury NSW on the Murray River.
With the drought over-powering my strength on the farm and a need to so something more purposeful at the moment and restore a sense of life control… I arrive here enthusiastic and ready to be enlightened. The opportunity to be a delegate at this Conference and represent our region with the policy-making decisions of a strong women’s organisation… is an honour and something I look forward to.
As I left home feeling somewhat excited about the CWA business meeting events to follow and connecting with a larger community… I also felt a little sad to be leaving all responsibilities upon my husband to solely deal with drought-feeding livestock and the hopeful anticipation of rainfall.
Fortunately, I do have a supportive husband and he encourages me to take these opportunities within my life. He understands what makes me happy and allows me to grow as a person. I do know if I feel strong, in control and have a sense of purpose… then I can be supportive to the rest of my family.
I always think of that image of a “jug of water” representing our own self… when we run out of water, we have nothing left to give another. We need to refuel first, so we have something within ourselves to give to the other person. Knowing when you need to look after yourself, seems to be the forgotten issue, especially for women.
The photo I share with you today, reflects upon my escape from farming life as I travel down the road heading for another opportunity. The photo was taken about 10km from our property heading towards town. Every time I go to town, this is a part of my journey.
Rural Reflection #19…
I like this photo because of the beautiful coloured sky with the blue, pinks and mauve. The sky looked so lovely that I stopped to capture this image. I also like the contrast of the cultivated paddock and the dry grass along the roadside. The cloud configuration reflects the beauty of our natural country landscape.
So as I anticipate my involvement within the CWA State Conference, I also appreciate my roots back home. An appreciation for our beautiful country, the support of family and the new opportunities that await us all.
Take a look around you… acknowledge and appreciate what you already have in your life and have the courage to pursue personal growth by accepting new opportunities that spark your own interest.
Take care, Karen.
“Alone, we can do so little;
Together, we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller