All posts tagged: unconditional love

The Measure of a True Friend

I have acoupla thousand ‘friends’ across my different social media platforms and other connections. As a measure of my friendship support, most would say I’m in a good position, right? Perhaps you’re the same. Relatively well endowed in the ‘friend’ or ‘follower’ department. But what happens when things get tough? Most of us don’t share the reality of life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat… we share the highlights reel. And in this virtual world, many of our friends are like those noddy dogs on the dashboard of old folks’ cars; constantly agreeing, liking what you post, commenting with little heart emoticons. We collect friends and likes as a hoarder collects things. They seem necessary. They make us feel good. But when when life gets hard, they are a poor substitute for quality. What does it mean to be a true friend? In a world afraid to say the hard things for fear of sounding judgemental, offensive or even tight-laced, I would venture to say that a true friend is one who is unafraid of speaking the …

Putting Love in the Headlines

A guy I know asked me to write about love. I don’t usually take requests and, up to this point, if someone has asked me to consider writing about something, it’s been to promote an event or illuminate a cause. Not that there’s anything wrong with events and causes – it’s just that I’m familiar with requests tied to agendas. So I was a bit surprised when this friend asked me to write about love. In the midst of his life story that had only recently taken a sad and cruel twist, he wanted to hear about love. When bitterness and anger could have ruled his thoughts, he was talking about love. He wanted to read about love in the context of a newspaper where all of love’s foes tend to play the lead characters: war, racism, violence, relationship breakdown, intolerance and hate. Love was what he wanted to hear. Who could turn down such a request? I wish love made headlines more often too. Not love in a needy, sexual or even romantic way. Just …

Attention: Champions of Life

Never have I been more aware of how precious life is. In the past two weeks, three friends have given birth to beautiful, healthy babies. One made her entrance at just 30 weeks, weighing less than 1.4kg. She is doing marvellously, as is mum. Sadly, I know another couple who was only given an hour with their newborn son before he breathed his last. We joined that family as they lowered a tiny coffin into the ground. Still another husband-and-wife pair have traveled such a heart-wrenching journey with their son who has cancer. They have fought for his life so gallantly, making use of all the available treatment facilities in Melbourne, praying on his behalf like the warriors they are. And my husband and I have known the grief of miscarriage recently too. Through all these separate but somehow similar situations that champion the inherent value of life, our Tasmanian government is attempting to change abortion laws to allow greater access to pregnancy termination. And for every pregnancy termination, a little life is also terminated. …