OPINION: I am inspired by the people's stories I tell

A FRIEND once asked me what I do to cheer myself up if I am having a bad day.

After some thought, I told her my job and the people I get to interview often work wonders if I'm having a downer of a day.

In my line of work, I get the invitation into people's lives to share their stories of triumphs and hardships.

I am often inspired by the people I meet and the stories they tell.

The story on the Ferguson family in Wednesyda's CQ News is one such story.

The family has been through some very tough months, yet Kim's attitude is positive and determined to focus on the good things.

Kim doesn't allow the health challenges to define her family but is focused on getting them back together again.

To be able to say that after what she and her family is going through is inspiring and shows having something to anchor yourself on to through life's challenges is important.

Furthermore seeing how the community has gotten involved to help them is a testament to the community spirit alive in our region.

Friends, residents and businesses have all put up their hand to help out however they can.

Even though the economic climate isn't favourable, to see people go out of their way to help is commendable.

It does inspire pride in the region and its people of where I live because it shows that at the end of the day, some people are more concerned about each other than the botton line in the profit margin.

I think the towns of Dingo, Blackwater and anyone else involved deserve a big thank you for being generous.

And if there is some way you can help the Ferguson family, either by donating or looking at the items being auctioned off on the fundraising Facebook page, I would encourage you to do so.

As someone once told me, you eat an elephant one bite at a time so remember - every little bit helps.

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