You realize how much you are lucky to have something when there is none

I woke up this morning in addition to hearing sirens in the distance constantly, the smoke haze and smell of wet burned wood to the water being shut off due to emergency services. Hmm I hope it comes back as soon as possible..or at least it comes back. It feels like a war zone and I have never been in one.

Current Sydney and Melbourne photos at the moment – covered in smoke

From my place it smells like wet burnt wood. Again I still hear sirens not far away. I don’t recall in all these years such an affect. My heart goes out to the many who have died, the injured, those that have lost their homes, their animals, their farms. Ozi..always supporting each other, working hard, and never stopping no matter what. We are so lucky for the extraordinary men and women who are fighting tirelessly.

So very sad. Pray for Australia and the Animals.

We all have opinions on what leaders should do, how to solve problems?

Ozi Leaders should do this and not that, other leaders should do this and not that. I have had the opportunity to meet quite a few of them in my life. Some I like, some not.

I recall when former Premier of Australia, Jeff Kennet, was confronted about some of his decisions that were not liked, (he was cms away from me), that his decisions may not have been liked but he couldn’t think of doing things any other way. He asked if anyone else had any other solution? No one answered. He had a point.

I have also experienced bad and good media. I would like to think less sensationalism and a more measured approach is best for today and the future. We don’t have to like our Leaders or decisions they make. We can disagree, protest, do whatever it takes to make a difference..however we must also realize they are people too.

Reminder the importance of working together and to communicate

Yesterday, in my excitement to be at an Ozi Farmer’s market I forgot to get cash for my purchases. Though I should really say I usually don’t carry cash and don’t feel the need for it. What surprised me was that all the sellers except one only accepted cash and the nearest ATM was a car trip away and I was likely not to come back.

However, the one seller not only accepted card but for $1 I could get cash out. She used a square reader (around $50 from most Office suppliers). Not only that, she promoted this so that I could make other purchases. The result was that I did purchase my awesome fresh farmer’s produce.

I also ended up informing the rest that the one person had cash out availability so that next time when a person didn’t have cash, they could rely on this one person to help them. As a Global Business Analyst/Adviser/Educator it astounds me the many times I find non communication and lack of Partnerships, Bottom Up Management style, no Continuous Improvement mindset, and not listening to others is the root cause of loss of revenue, staff leaving work places, bad Media, unhappy community and even the Global Leaders looked down upon. Begs the question, why is this so hard? Please talk to people, work together, listen for maximum impact and yes to avoid loss of revenue.

Congrats to Benji Madden & Cameron Diaz on the birth of their daughter Raddix

Every day it seems there is a new fire, a new evacuation. Even where I am there have been spot fires, there will be back burning and for the first time since I can remember there will be a Fire Emergency Information Meeting on Sunday. Then there is the news about threatened retaliations…and then a child being born. I would like to think that that is a sign of hope.

I would like people to always be kind, help each other, grow as individuals and just listen to each other and the warning signs from this beautiful planet. Open your window, walk outside and appreciate what we have. Have a great day.

Good morning from Melbourne

It is a beautiful sunny day with a 32C expected temperature. It is very dry with hardly any green grass. Yesterday I heard a range of sirens which no doubt were going to more fires and emergency. I also read this morning about more evacuations. So sad. I hope everyone survives the fires. Please donate to the Australian Red Cross to help anyone during this difficult time.

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