Free Hugs Melbourne

Still Buzzing

my beautiful girl

My Beautiful Girl

Well I have to say that I am still buzzing from the Free Hugs day out in Melbourne. I know that this is something that is not for everyone and that’s okay. I would recommend it to all of you if you could take some time out as it did leave me feeling like I had made a difference in the lives of those that came my way… even the ones who took a wide berth, lol.

My six year old daughter wanted to join me on the day and seeing as though I had never done it myself before Monday, I wasn’t sure whether it would be appropriate for her to come along, so I sent her to school instead. It also happened to be the week of dress rehearsals for her first school concert. Imagine how excited I was as a parent to know that my baby girl would perform in front of 1500 people at one of Melbourne’s best concert halls 🙂

It’s quite a large school for what we call a primary school, I think around 550 students in all, and at the same time, there is a real sense of community amongst all the parents and children alike. So tonight we went to see the show that they had been preparing for the last couple of months with rehearsals 3 times a week. It was quite spectacular in some parts. They performed in a graduated order from the preps through to the grade sixers.

There were singing and dancing performances of course, and even the 17 x table, but the one that stood out the most for me (aside from my daughters grade of course) was the grade 4 level who performed circus tricks and did it quite well even though there were some that dropped their tokens occasionally whilst juggling.

It was really cool to see the parents and other family members clapping and cheering on the children as they went through the routines as it made it easier of course for the performers to do their thing.

The night ended with one of our national songs called We Are Australian (original, I know). Here is a small excerpt of the song:

We are one but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come,
we share a dream,
And sing with one voice,
I am, you are, we are Australian

and this got me thinking that we are one in a spiritual sense. We come from all the lands on earth and we are all the same. We all have fears and challenges at times we have to face, and even though we have different colored skin, hair and eyes and a different set of circumstances, we are all connected through this vast universe of ours. If we face those fears and challenges head on and overcome them, we grow as people and a society.

Make a Difference

Something that I learned from the Landmark Forum is that when we meet somebody new, we always try to look good to avoid looking bad and the barriers shoot up straight away. We try to make the best impression possible because the fear of being rejected is so natural that we tend to get defensive without knowing it and after a while, the defenses shut down and we start to relax a bit. We are all the same.

Take out the word Australian from the end of that song and replace it with one, it will apply to all of us as one.

I want you to try something for me and you are most welcome to let me know how you go. The next time you walk down the street and you make eye contact with someone, give them a smile. It will go a long way and make a difference to their day. Who knows, you may even get a smile back 🙂

May You Be Blessed



3 comments to “Still Buzzing”

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  1. Hey I just saw that you did the Landmark Forum – I’m doing it next weekend! I haven’t thought much about lately but I am going to start getting excited next week.

    Any tips before I go into it?

    – Chris

  2. Hey Chris, thanks for stopping by.
    I have a love/hate relationship with Landmark Forum. I love it for the content and LMF has helped me greatly so far as knowing myself and delving into what the meaning of life is… I did go on and do the Seminar Series and also the Landmark Advanced Course so I did get a lot out of it.
    The other side of the coin… I will tell you about it after you have done it for yourself as I would not want to put any ideas into your head. Each to his own and your experience of it will be totally different to mine anyway. My only advice is to go in with an open mind and take what you want from it. It really is nothing like you would have ever done before. Enjoy your Forum 🙂


  3. I love the idea of Free Hugs day, I wish we could have one here in the UK! It must have been so wonderful to see your child excelling like that and having so much fun with it. I think we should definitely encourage our children with things like this as it gives them confidence.