Feeling somewhat jaded by the cares of this world, I took a short walk to nearby Batten Reserve - a bush oasis if ever there was one. As I walked, the noise of nearby development retreated, and peace descended. The delight of ferns, bird calls, startled lizards and natural pools of water was a refreshing balm to my soul. I reflected on the goodness of my Creator, and also of the people who had fought to retain this haven and others who continue to work hard to maintain its beauty. Threats of invasion – rubbish carelessly dropped - were evident in places. My grateful response was to remove some of it myself. It always feels good to be part of the solution.
I was prepared to carry my rubbish home, but bins were out awaiting collection and an owner nearby. I politely asked if I could deposit a cupful of rubbish in his bin (I’d take the 5 cans home to recycle). A refusal, followed by an angry tirade, greeted my newly found peace. ‘Don’t collect the rubbish! – phone Council, it’s their job, etc...’ I was in no mood for an argument – I walked on, saddened, unaccustomed to such an ungracious attitude here.
I admire and commend the well-informed, intelligent debate over real issues that happens in Lane Cove. But when it spills over into trivialities, then it’s disappointing. Asking ourselves the question, ‘Is it a major, key issue that serves the greater good?’ provides a helpful reality check to our selfish motivations.
Let us put our finite energies into those things that matter and encourage others who are doing the same.
‘If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone,’ from the Bible, Romans 12:18 (NIV)
The articles here are currently written by Liam McKenna, Lane Cove Community Chaplain.