RE­OPEN­ING A RE­MINDER OF HU­MAN­ITY

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

I RE­CENTLY had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the Lindt Cafe re­open­ing in Martin Place, Syd­ney. As I wan­dered through the bustling store, packed by me­dia and the public, I thought of just how many peo­ple – work­ers, cus­tomers, emer­gency ser­vices and ev­ery­one watch­ing events un­fold on TV – were af­fected by that one hor­rific act. The ac­tions of an in­di­vid­ual changed the di­rec­tion of many lives in an in­stant. At the re-opened cafe, I saw peo­ple buy gifts for fam­ily and friends in sup­port of the two peo­ple who lost their lives and of those scarred for­ever by the in­ci­dent. We can’t al­ways change the cir­cum­stances we face, but we can de­cide how we re­spond and how we treat oth­ers in the process.

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