We live in a changing world.
Yet when we talk about change all kinds of opinions for and against it appear on the horizon.
It goes without saying that there are many things over which we have no actual control.
When daylight appears in the sky after the darkness of night, or the sunshine comes after clouds and rain we know we cannot alter the movements.
What we can do is make sure that we are looking after our environment to the best of our abilities.
We need to watch over our use of the things we take for granted like running water, power and energy supply, proper and constructive disposal of garbage and recycling opportunities.
Before the next bushfire season comes upon us we need to listen carefully to the wisdom of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters and learn how they looked after this land long before white settlement.
It's too late to start looking when the fire is approaching.
We need intelligent research well in advance and effective strategies in place to prevent people and their homes and properties being wiped out or radically changed.
Climate change needs to be more generally understood, and emissions controlled, and better and widespread understanding of how we humans contribute to the degradation of our climate, the wild life and the very air we breathe.
There are the deniers who are very vocal and the supporters who sadly, don't seem to be as eloquent.
The other day I heard an MP announcing that this would be road safety week, but so far nothing seems to be happening.
Many drivers need to change some of their behavior, and not just with the speedsters and those affected by drugs or alcohol.
Orange has many roundabouts whose existence is intended to improve the traffic flow, yet it has many inconsiderate drivers who think they own the road and ignore the lanes and the use of proper indicating with their blinkers.
When we elect a new government we must expect change, some of which could be surprising, like what has just happened in the United States.
Our elected leaders or those in management at any level have to be constantly aware of change and able to weigh up all its pros and cons.
A recent "pro" was the inter country trade agreement.
This was a brave and well-considered step in the right direction to help the economy.
One of the hardest changes affecting people's lives at the moment would have to be loss of employment and the accompanying trials that the unemployed have to face.
Our HSC students and other school leavers are facing a changed way of moving into the adult world, and all the little toddlers getting ready for Kindergarten will find a changed world ahead of them.
Instead of being too settled in our ways and our opinions, we all need to open our minds and hearts to new enlightenment and understanding of this changing world around us, believing in the advice of qualified scientists, researchers and scholars, accepting that we don't own this planet and all it holds.
We simply have it all on loan - and we're all not pillars of stone!
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