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So-much-makes-sense-once-we-get-the-connections - Merry Christmas everyone

Updated on December 15, 2011
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

One family Crhistmas in Australia

Christmas Greeting to our pet kangaroo
Christmas Greeting to our pet kangaroo
Our usual Christmas tree
Our usual Christmas tree
Sharing the presents under our Christmas tree
Sharing the presents under our Christmas tree
Our Boxing Day barbeque with friends
Our Boxing Day barbeque with friends
Our family Christmas corner
Our family Christmas corner
Cellebrating New year on our backyard
Cellebrating New year on our backyard
On our backyard on the Christmas morning
On our backyard on the Christmas morning
Cleaning after Christmas cellebration
Cleaning after Christmas cellebration
Our dog in our front garden
Our dog in our front garden
Sitting in a tree in our backyard feeling good
Sitting in a tree in our backyard feeling good
Enjoying our ocean backyard
Enjoying our ocean backyard
Going for a ride in our motor boat
Going for a ride in our motor boat
Going for a ride in a yacht
Going for a ride in a yacht
Admiring an old ship, which the first migrant used to get to Australia
Admiring an old ship, which the first migrant used to get to Australia
Looking confidently in the future: " I am the lucky one, I live in Australia."
Looking confidently in the future: " I am the lucky one, I live in Australia."
The Christmas morning on the Swan River
The Christmas morning on the Swan River
Sailing on the Swan River
Sailing on the Swan River
Christmas bush flowers
Christmas bush flowers
Sailing away on an old ship on the second Christmas Day
Sailing away on an old ship on the second Christmas Day
Annual Christmas Yacht Race
Annual Christmas Yacht Race

Celebrate Christmas with your sponsored child


A decade ago my last child was born

around the first Christmas we nearly lost him

I realised, in this world

life is a fickle thing


Across the world

ten million children

die every year


Often I find

I will go for an hour drive

and I will see three or four things

in someone's backyard

through the shop window

in the street

that seem marvelloulsy funny,

moving and precious

moments frozen in time

happy snaps of our fortunate lives,


' Celebrate Christmas

with your sponsored child'

a 'World Vision' billaboard

around the corner

greeted me

I suddenly realized

that my little sheltered life,

my sick baby and my family

are not the only things

I should worry about.


Soon there will be another Christmas

my youngest son is ten

and so is my sponsored child


'WANAKKAM!

May you be blessed with a long life

my dear sponsor.'

I read again his brief report of his life.

He lived in a small fishing village

in North West part of Sri Lanka

there was no water for drinking,

the climate was very hot and dry.

His Father could not catch any fish

so he started to farm,

the only food he ate was rice.

Few years back

a Christmas tidal wave came

and swept his village away

a long civil war started again

in his Tamil homeland

and was lost to the Sinhalese

ruling side.

He wishes to have a home,

to have enough to eat,

to go back to school,

to study to be a doctor,

instead

he is one of the 300,000 displaced

Tamils in Sri Lanka

locked in a internment camp

looking for a way out...

he is lucky

he still has his family around.


I folded his translated letter

with a big sigh

I realised, in this world

life is fickle thing

I am so grateful

he is still alive.


Across the world

ten million children

die every year


l go for another drive

and see careless people

through the shop windows

absorbed in pre-christmas

shopping spree

moments frozen in time

happy snaps of our fortunate lives

at the same time

in the middle of the ocean

Tamil women and children

risk their lives

with people smugglers

fleeing the genocidal war

seeking a better life

on our shores

maybe next time

there will be

among them

my sponsored child.


They are refugees

asylum seekers

illegal immigrants

dispossessed of all necessities of life


'How many boat people should we allow in?'

ask Australians casually:

' If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot,

but you want our jobs, free education and health care,

therefore you come here on your leaking boats.'


'Go back, where you belong.'

'Stop the increasing tide of uninvited immigrants.'

I read the new billaboards

on a street corner

next to Christmas angels

spreading joy and love.


I mingle among the crowd

full of Christmas cheer and spirit

my fellow Australians

many of them immigrants,

'boat people of the past'

what happened to us?


We can stop the wretched

reach shore

we can violate international law

we do not care if there is no

safe place for them at home

we are protecting our borders,

our comfort, our way of life.


Across the world

ten million children

die every year


MERRY CHRISTMAS MY SPONSORED CHILD

I REALISED, IN THIS WORLD

AT THIS TIME, AMONG MY PEOPLE

LIFE IS JUST A BARGAIN

A FICKLE THING

I HOPE YOU ARE ALIVE NEXT YEAR...



Just enjoy your careless Christmas Day my fellow Australians


It is a great day to make positive connections


with displaced and unfortunate people


from all around the world.












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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      4 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my fellow hubber for your kind message, always good to hear from all around the world, so many people, so many opinions but so much goodness as well:) thank you...Beata

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The battle for Australian sovereignty continues, or is it a battle for Australia's soul? This is a wonderful Hub, worthy of resurrection at this time. when we casually imagine a family's children burned by a Syrian barrel bomb dropped by their own military, which also restricts access to medical care. Are these the last days? I wonder. Surely there must at some future time be a stopping point after which God will judge all righteously. Thanks for putting such circumstances into words on a printed page.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      6 years ago from Western Australia

      MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone and a peaceful festive season for all of those who don't celebrate it, I have written this hub one year again, and yet again it is still relevant today...hope you enjoy reading it:)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you so much my dear friends for your wonderful comments I feel honoured to receive them...love and peace to you as well...love from Beata

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Another great Hub. Your humanity shines through so clearly. Thanks so much.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Your point is profoundly conveyed dear Beata - thank you for sharing. As someone who believes we are all citizens of the world, I too have a tough time witnessing the violence to protect those man-made borders and desire to protect them. These days war goes beyond even the borders, as we are all forced to witness war with nations, governments and civilians futily attempting to control others' thoughts and ways of life. We are all challenged equally in this school of duality called earth - to overcome greed, anger, lust, vanity and attachment. I've often seen natural disasters bring people together - reminding them that we are all in this together with love and compassion the only fulfilling path of choice. Please, keep letting your mind capture the moments of joy - - - they are what inspire us to proactively overcome the challenges, and bring others with us to do the same... much aloha, Sylvia

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      8 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my dear fans for supporting me in my writing.

      Writing helps me live and breathe and when I feel frustrated

      and unhappy with the way things are I feel like obligated to get my point across. Thank you for understanding and supporting me. I could not do it without you. All the best from Beata

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      philip carey 61 

      8 years ago

      "They are not long, the days of wine and roses: Out of a misty dream, Our path emerges for a while, then closes, Within a dream."--Ernest Dowson

      Not sure why that quote came to mind, but it it did. This hub got me thinking. Well done.

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      lmmartin 

      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Hi Beata, Another thought provoking hub. Yes, it does seem strange that the descendants of immigrants tell the new, "You can't come."

      I wonder what generations in the future will think of us. What judgements will they make? Will they look back at our time, our ways, our decisions with the same horror at which we look back at the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the tortures and lack of freedoms of the past? Who knows?

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      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great work. I admire you.

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