Up here in Brisbane this week would traditionally be the time for our Ekka - the Royal Exhibition Show. The ferris wheel would be spinning, side show alley alight and we would be heading straight for a dagwood dog, followed by the traditional strawberry ice-cream.
Instead, things are a little different.
And when life throws you a curve ball, well, you have to pick it up and throw it back as best you can.
One show family, who make a living selling those dagwood dogs, decided to have a red hot go at throwing back the curve ball.
Yes, the Dagwood Dog Guy (fifth generation agricultural show vendor, Jesse McDonald) decided he could sit at home and wallow or he could set up his stand and sell what Brisbane folks love best at showtime: a fresh, hand dipped dagwood dog.
Jesse set up his stand at the front of his property on a main road and used the skills and knowledge he had to create an experience for families just like ours.
We took the kids last weekend for some Ekka treats, and had the chance to chat with him.
Jesse explained that he had assessed the situation, and saw that he still had everything he needed to sell.
He didn’t know if it would work but he knew that he was not the type of bloke to hang his head and sigh. He’s a worker and a fighter.
From far and wide, people have turned up to support Jesse, his family and his team. He is appreciative and determined.
And it made us think … There are plenty of people facing challenges right now.
We can’t change that. But we can all use the skills and knowledge we have, and we can let people know we are still in the game. Then together, we can see what opportunities present.
The team at Churchill has put together a range of resources to give you a hand:
From the one on one personal advice sessions we are so known for, to Free Preliminary Assessments.
There is much to lend you a hand and keep you in the game, without any money needed.
So, if you are digging deep at the moment or know someone who could use a hand, take any help you can get.
Follow those links, and feel free to share them with others.
Reach out to your network and let them know you are still in the game, with that fighting spirit.
In the words of Winston Churchill,
“Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Tricia & Randall
P.S. And in case you were wondering, the dagwood dogs were delicious!