Let there be light

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I’ve not ever written a letter to the editor of a newspaper before, but this morning I sent off the following to the letters editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, in the wake of the Martin Place siege here in Sydney. Such sadness for the loss of innocent lives, and for the terror inflicted on the hostages and negotiators involved. Anyway, I’m not expecting it to be published, but I thought I would share it all with you here too. Yes, let there be light….

Along with all Sydneysiders, I awoke yesterday with a very sad heart, to learn of the tragic outcome of the Martin Place siege. Like many others, I have been wondering since, what is the point of it all, what is the lesson to be learnt here?

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Mighty Martha – 3 years on

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Martha on Rainbow Beach ~ 2000 (pre breast cancer)

Today it is three years since Martha passed away, over there to heaven, out of her tired and painful body. I do remember that day with sadness, but as the years have gone on, it has become a day to celebrate too. I know now that Martha lives on in a new realm with Lou. They’ve run their life races here, and now I feel like it is time for me to pick up where they left off, make the most of my life, and celebrate the creative spirit that has awakened in me since Martha passed away.

December 7 will always be important – time to reflect on Martha’s life, and celebrate the person that she was to me. I don’t think either of us ever really knew or understood the connection that we shared. I loved her, supported her and honored her while she was alive, but now I can see more clearly her most special attributes: brave, independent, expressive, creative, kind, vulnerable – a truly beautiful soul. Those of you that knew her well would agree I am sure! She wasn’t perfect, none of us are. But the thing that I love and admire most about her now is that she was true to herself all along.

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