Sunday, December 24, 2017

Keep the Love

I spent much of this year supporting a few charities and campaigning for integration, equality and mutual respect. 
I firmly believe that especially now, in this unstable geo-political context, we all should focus on things that unite us, rather than contribute to division.
I thought for quite a while what images I wanted to end the year with and I wasn't yet decided which ones express unity better. Then the opportunity presented itself in a very fortuitous way.
My 5yo loves spending time in one of his special places, at Ginninderry Link building. He likes admiring the aboriginal artwork and enjoys spending time making up stories about the images. My 8Yo loves it too, so we headed there for a last visit this year. To our delight we found this beautifully decorated Christmas tree. While the kids made a wish, this beautifully adorned tree struck a chord with me. I couldn't help but think of the snows of the yesteryears back in my native Romania. We used to decorate real trees. My grandparents had two fir trees in their courtyard and on a few occasions I got to decorate them festively for Christmas.
These images are so quintessentially Australian - I couldn't think of a better way to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The gum tree, the blue sky and the peaceful grasslands are very different from the winters in my beloved village, yet they tie together so well. The symbolism is just the same: we all live under the same sky and the greatest thing that unites us all is Love.
My gift to you all is nothing but Love. Close your eyes for a second and imagine you are with us, in front of the tree. Enjoy this beautiful moment wherever around the world you may be.

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