Dec 15, 2012

Our Hearts Are Broken.

There are times when the world makes even less sense than usual.
It's an ordinary Saturday morning here in Sydney, 10 days before Christmas.  The day ahead promises lots of lazing about with a few chores to punctuate the serenity.  Families are out together for brunch, the never ending plans for Christmas celebrations are being put into action.  Laughter and happy voices ring out across the backyards around me whilst I hang out the laundry.

However, half way around the world, the consequences of yet another shooting rampage in yet another US  school breaks.  In the normally safe and orderly hallways of a Connecticut primary school, a gunman opens fire and kills around 30 people, 20 of whom were young children.  Even the President is moved to tears during his speech to the nation and the world.

Jarring doesn't even begin to describe the feeling when you receive tragic news like this whilst you yourself are happily going about your life enveloped in the feeling that for you, life is good.  Everything is as it should be.  There cannot possibly be any pain or grief anywhere on this earth.

Senseless loss causes questions and issues to be raised.  Who can we blame?  Why did it have to happen to good and innocent people?  What of the suffering of those left behind?  Can our religions reconcile losses like this in a way that provides comfort and hope to grieving parents, grandparents and siblings?  If things always happen for a reason, but what good reason could there possibly have been for this?

Perhaps the raising of questions like this matters more then whether we can realistically find answers to them in time to prevent another incident from happening.  Because raising questions makes us all think about and re-evaluate our own lives and conscience.  We are forced to look at ourselves and our relationships with our own loved ones.  Do  the concerns that preoccupy us about the perceived failings of those around us really matter in the bigger scheme of things?  Can we look beyond all of this to keep love as the number one feeling we have towards one another?

The last 24 hours have reminded me that nothing in life is permanent, good or bad.  It really can all change in an instant.  What I do hope is that going forward, we will all have a genuine desire in our hearts to put love first.


  1. This is a really thoughtful and beautifully written post SSG.
    I agree that we never know for certain what lay ahead and even with the best of intentions in planning our futures, sadness and tragedy may have other plans which knock us for six.
    The love of family and friends is paramount and never to be taken for granted.

  2. It was so sad to read the news this morning. Agree so much with your last paragraph. Life can be so short, it's important to let people know we love them.

  3. This is a very moving and beautifully written post - it's tragic to think that the run up to Christmas will now be associated with loss and an irreplaceable void in the lives of these poor parents.

    Let's spare a thought too for the grieving family of the poor nurse who committed suicide over those Australian DJ's radio prank. Yet another family who will have to spend Christmas without a loved one. I have never been so ashamed to be Australian - I hope this is a wake up call to that unsavoury part of Australian culture that words and actions can have consequences as grave as bullets.


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