Dianah Mieglich

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It’s not my story to tell

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It is inherently human to be inquisitive. 

In the event of tragedy striking this trait can be disturbing.  Some individuals may become intrusive in their thirst for knowledge and not even be aware when boundaries are crossed or limits pushed. 

Whose responsibility is it to respectfully call that conduct?  Who makes the call about what needs to be shared and what must remain tightly held by those who have had their world shaken? 

Whose story is it to tell?

I ask that question in the context of anyone seeking to learn more about a particular incident or situation, particularly a situation which is heartbreaking.

I have fielded many questions in the past few days about an event which has changed the path of the life of a young man. 

It was not too onerous for me to deduct which questions were born out of genuine concern and which were asked in an attempt to obtain details – details which, in the scheme of things, were really not all that essential to know. 

The questions and comments of concern though were easily discernible.  They included “we are thinking of you”, “what can I do to help?” and “today is going to be OK.” 

My response to one thoughtful and caring message was a simple ‘yes - today is going to be OK.’  I continued:

Today all over our fragile planet ordinary people will do extraordinary things. 

Today newborn babies will be held close by their mothers.

Today some hearts will stop beating and grief will stricken those left behind. 

Today some people will struggle to face the day ahead and will look to other for strength.

Today those who offer strength will do so unreservedly and in many different ways…some subtle and some with selfless bravery. 

Today will turn into yesterday and with it a memory to hold dear or to let go. 

Yes, today is going to be OK. 

So if you have a story to tell, ensure you are the author and that it is your story to share.  If you find you have to add chapters or embellishments to make it your own then perhaps it wasn’t ever your story to tell.

 

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A proud South Australian, Dianah is family and community focused. She has a strong work ethic and commits fully to any role she undertakes – whether it is in a paid or voluntary capacity.
Dianah is an excellent communicator, an empathetic listener and is known for her ability to grasp a sense of the ‘bigger picture’ in her work, family and community life.

With 30 years of grassroots public and community service under her belt Dianah is ready to take her passion for her community as far as she can. Following an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2013 Dianah is now focussing on the future and continued advocacy for her regional community.
Dianah spent four-and-a-half years (2009 - 2013) as Assistant to Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP. This has inspired and motivated her to continue in public service in a voluntary capacity. Among other employment, Dianah has worked for Centrelink, Social Security and Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North and is passionate about volunteering. Her children are third generation CFS Cadets. Dianah is currently self employed.

Embracing change, Dianah is an ardent advocate for regional communities, a proud Republican and a staunch supporter of legalising Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp. Dianah is also a keen supporter of the State's seafood industry and all facets of primary production.
Dianah's mantra is "Without our environment we have no economy." Dianah believes securing our food and water into the future is not something we should hope for but rather something we should strive for.
Dianah shares a global view.

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