We are all visitors to this land, we’ve been welcomed to walk upon this Earth. We have been born under these skies of ever changing color and light. Our eyes absorb the unique beauty of nature, that surprises and threatens and envelopes us in her nurturing hands. Spirit calls us to keep to the covenant of respect, responsibility and Love.
The beer swigging, BBQ eating, “yahoo”-ing people is not what defines us as an Australian people. Our beliefs, our values, our experiences are not all the same. We come from many nations, many countries and with us, we bring the Spirit of our ancestors, our wealth of knowledge and gratitude for this place. And by remembering from whence we have come and by giving thanks for all that we have united with, we begin to learn and respect the diversity that exist within the whole world.
To those who have newly begun their lives in Australia, we have much to learn from you. Your ways can be foreign and sometimes we may feel the threat of change; my belief is that this is the seed that challenges us, to grow and nurture all ways of living. My hope is that we accept each other and respect each other, acting with integrity and Love for the human spirit within each of us.
Australia day, I will celebrate with my in-laws who are Italian born. There will be people of many different backgrounds. For the indigenous people, I know many see this day as the beginning of the invasion, the killing and the de-humanizing of the Aboriginal peoples. My heart is saddened that this was their experience and that there was so much evil. I am sorry for all that has happened and all that is still going on due to lack of understanding, archaic belief systems and a system of government that is skewed towards a western society. I have seen the struggles of my nieces who have been tormented and excluded by their peers because they are aboriginal of the Gunditjmara nation.
May we come together in heart and spirit and commemorate all that was, all that is and all that will be for the country of Australia. May the future be filled with light and hope for all people of all nations and May we celebrate the uniqueness of every individual in the world.