ANZAC 100th Anniversary 


 

Good Day, Beautiful People!

25th April 2015 we honour the service men and women for protecting our country!  We also stop and pay tribute to the fallen diggers for their sacrifice in different venues all over Australia, Gallipoll and most part of the world. Lest we forget! 

 

For the fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)

 

One Hundred Years

One hundred years – what have we learned
Since troop ships first left King George Sound
To spill a generation’s blood And prove a fledgling nationhood
By Anzacs forged on foreign ground?
Our youthful, daring sacrifice
The Empire called – we paid the price
For peace. And freedom’s lives a nation mourned
for those we left and those returned.
The hard fought Anzac legend born.
One hundred years – died we in vain?
Does Anzac spirit yet remain
where rules the rite of self and greed
no hand of help in time of need
and touched by hatred’s evil stain?
We lie beneath the wind’s caress
No gumtrees grace nor wattles dress
Our graves. And oh! how many country boys
Rest not below the Southern Cross
Of home.
One hundred years – we do not sleep
But restless ghostly vigil keep
among the crosses in their rows
Where myth and memory are met
We make those blood red poppies blow
Year by year – lest you forget.
Helen Bignell

Link for Spirit of ANZAC:


  
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Falling Forward [Tomber en avant]

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Good Day, Beautiful People!

Sometimes life gets in your way. Things happened or some situations made you so frustrated and overwhelmed.

Last Monday was one of those days. Woke up late, in a hurry to get to work. Next minute, I ended missing a step, doing random gravity check, kissing the “holy ground”, trying to be a hero saving my laptop! It always looks and sounds so hilarious when you watch it on TV, especially on Australia Funniest Home Videos unless it happens to be you. Go ahead, laugh at my expense if you have good imagination. At least, I manage to make your day. Thank God, I’ve no broken bones. Only swollen ankles and knees, bruised ego, palms, sore elbows, shoulders and lower back.
Well, I guess prayers, TLC (tender, loving, care) from family and friends are great support, painkillers, massages and physiotherapy were my best buddies.

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As if that is not enough, this Monday I twisted my left hip for no good reason. Medical explanation is my body trying to overcompensate due to pain. Some are more inclined with divine explanation may feel is a spiritual attack. Sound more to me like a pathetic and annoying drama one after another. Seriously, I do not have time to slow down. I resent even more when I am forced to rest, especially when timing is all wrong. I am sure some of you can relate to this.

This got me thinking. When we were young, as toddlers we learnt to fall before we learnt to walk. Each fall a child learns to gauge better. Eventually, a child learns to stabilise and walk with confidence. Before you know that child is running like a roadrunner. Figuratively and literally speaking, we all have to learn to fall and fail before we can get up, shake it off and start the process all over again till we succeed.

Question is as an adult how many of us really apply this principle. We can choose to sit there and sulk, even throw ourselves a pity party or we can choose to dust ourselves off, get up, stabilise, try again and again, move forward till we accomplish and triumph. The sooner we choose to get up and try again the better we recover and get back on our race lane. Is good to have that simple childlike mentality, have the spirit of perseverance, persistence, bravery, courage, determination, dedication, willpower, assurance, steadfastness, conviction and confidence to do it till we get there. Can you imagine how good this is for our soul, mind and body.

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In case you are feeling, deflated, burnt out, blue, disappointed and discouraged today, yet you have made it this far. So I consider that is really strong and courageous. The moment when you feel like quitting is the moment when you need to keep pushing. Often the temptation to quit will be greatest just before you about to succeed. I am sure you heard of this saying, “God is up to something or the devil wouldn’t be fighting you this hard. You’re going to win!” Hope this encourage you somehow to get up again and give another go regardless how distasteful the situation you are in.

Below are some inspiration quotes for you to ponder:
Even when you fall down on your face, you’re still moving forward. – Victor Kiam
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but is rising after you fall. – Vince Lombardi
If you fall behind, run faster, never give up, never surrender and rise up against the odds. – Jesse Jackson
The greatest glory in living is lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Praying for Paris [Priant pour Paris]

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Good Day, Beautiful People!

It sadden my heart with all the news I read but it does not shock me that the earth is darker and sicker than before. Most of us, believers, know that we are living in evil days. There will be more and more violence and evil things happening.

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Thoughts and prayers for Paris, authorities and victims’ families. It is hard to see innocence being murdered in such cowardly and barbaric manner again and again.

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Below are the news links:
http://m.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30740115

http://mobile.news.com.au/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-attack-shooting-at-paris-kosher-grocery/story-fnh81p7g-1227180200292

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/radical-islam-and-western-values-cannot-coexist-peacefully/story-fni0fhh1-1227178804093?nk=1c65e9ec6f39011bf6531a861f32bda1

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Jesus told us offenses would come.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬ NASB)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭21‬ NASB)
It is not an easy task to follow especially for people who are affected.
Pray His grace is sufficient for you.

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