It’s pretty tough going here in Australia right now. We’re all doing the very best we can.
At DBP we choose to focus on gratitude for all that we do have, and what we can do to be the change.
The creative community is coming together like never before to support those who are suffering during this time, including our much loved native wildlife. It’s devastation we’ve never seen at this extreme, but the strength among our people will prevail.
Whilst it’s hard to find positivity and meaning amid the chaos, one of the ways we can do that is by choosing where we focus our gaze.
Some of you may find this book helpful for example. Austin Kleon’s “Keep Going” provides 10 ways to stay creative in good times and bad.
One of the key quotes from this book that resonates so strongly right now, is from Gertrude Stein “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
You don’t have to wake up and immediately engage with social media. You don’t have to watch the terrifying footage. We know what’s happening and we can read it online should we wish to, when we wish to. As Kleon says “You can be woke without waking to the news”.
Be certain that you are in the right headspace to engage in the information, should you choose to. Be canny about the sources you get your information from. Mindfully engage in the media that’s being presented to you, and switch off if it’s too much. It doesn’t make you a bad person if you can’t deal with all of it. There’s no extra life points for making yourself look at all of the brutal imagery.
Take care of your corner of the world. Choose kindness and compassion. Take care of your loved ones. Walk the walk.
Stay strong, be mindful and keep going.
If you feel you are struggling and it’s all too much to manage, don’t forget there’s places to go for help, and you are not alone. Try Beyond Blue or the Australian Red Cross for hints and tips or call LifeLine if you’re in a critical moment.
We know you’re all receiving many messages about how to donate, how to participate and how you can help, but please let us know if you’re not sure about what you can do and we’ll gladly share some suggestions.
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