hill and dale and this place we call home

Queensland

Not a day goes by, on my drive to school that I don’t consider how lucky I am to have been born in this country. Okay, maybe not every day, most days. Well, maybe not most days even, but often, lots of days.

Today on my drive to work I contemplated how lucky I am to have been born in Australia.

I was driving over the and through the hills, a mix of heavy rain clouds and fog hugging hills, snaking low into and along ridges. It was a delicate and beautiful countryside and I get to live within it.

Just by an accident of birth, this is my land, this is where I can live safe and secure. I don’t have to fear that at any moment my life will be turned upside down and perhaps my family torn from me.

I wish others would remember this when they label others “illegal immigrants” or “boat people”. There but for good fortune could go any of us.

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12 thoughts on “hill and dale and this place we call home

  1. Those who have some power but little sense of security are often too harshly judgmental, I think. They forget that not all are fortunate and that we are meant to love all our fellow men.

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  2. I think everyone should live for a time outside their native land. It makes you appreciate your home, and also helps to see it clearly. Appreciation of your own slice of natural beauty is a very good start.

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  3. Gorgeous photo!

    And I completely understand. I feel the same way when I see the mountains. Or the rolling grasslands. Or any number of other beauties of nature. I’m extremely lucky, too.

    (And I totally agree about the “illegal immigrant” nonsense. We were all illegal immigrants once.)

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  4. As a visitor for 7 years I agree completely. The country is made up of immigrants and their descendants. Even the aborigines walked into the country across a land bridge. I love my England that much more after being there.

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  5. Absolutely……and I agree with Doug. Every Australian should be encouraged to work or spend a year of school overseas….preferably in a third-world country. Most Aussies don’t know how well off they are.

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