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Be Like The Gum Tree …


I feel like I am walking alone on this narrow road today. Not just today but for sometime now.  My heart feels heavy.

The gorgeous gum trees still adorn my street.  I love how each tree looks so different. It’s a tree that truly represents an “Aussie”.  No branches heading the same way, no real shape or size to define an Aussie Gum Tree.  It’s an individual.  They have so much sole I am almost inclined to refer to them as a he or she.  Look at the one of the left, got to be a Sheila, she’s done something to her hair.  One on the right, yep, you guessed it, that’s Alf from Home and Away.  He’s chased the flaming Galahs.

Every day, when I am driving, when I am walking, I watch these gorgeous trees. Nature gives you in abundance, beauty and lessons.  If Sheila was to be Fatima and Alf was Abdul would it matter.  Would the landscape change then?

I was looking at the earlier posts on Deprive.  And came across one (I am not going to re-post as I don’t  want to spread hate) Where the writer says not to deprive yourself of watching that video, The video is about how Islam is meant to be a Religion of peace but… you know the type.

I don’t like being preached nor do I like to preach.  But, my heart feels heavy, so I am going to humbly ask you not to deprive yourself of experiences, because of your prejudices and of your close mindedness.  Open your heart, before you open the hate.

There is so much beauty and good in this world.  I refuse to only look at the bad.  I am not blind to the bad, but I refuse to paint everything bad.  I feel alone.  But, I refuse to HATE.

Be like the Gum Tree, accept beauty in it’s difference.


Make friends with an American and a Russian

I did, I have American friends (some who love guns, I’m still working on them) and I work with a Russian.  Both amazing people.  Not one of them turned out to be like Putin or Trump.

Travel to Japan and the Netherlands.

I did go to Japan and fall in love with the place, Netherlands is going on the list.  I hate the fact that Japanese kill the whales but not everything has to go my way.

Invite a Muslim and an Italian Home.

Why stop there, invite the Australian, English, Greek, Polish, Indian and the rest of the neighborhood.  I’ve done that too, and what a feast we had.

Talk to girl in a Burka and talk to a girl in a Bikini.  

Both will have the same fears and aspirations.  They both fear rape. They both yearn for a man who would shower them with love and respect.

If you are blessed with two legs and two arms, push the wheelchair and say “Hi”

Trust me they will say “Hi” back, they won’t bite.

Embrace a “Gay”, even if your religion says no

It’s your religion that says no, not your god.  Trust me God is not Hate.

Same goes for the Muslims, If you’re a Muslim invite a Jew.

There is no pork in the menu, See, there is always something in common.   There is no God in hatred and vengeance.

The Gum Tree doesn’t give a damn if it were to be called Sheila or Fatima or Alf for Abdul.  It just wants to be left alone, he doesn’t mind the Koala and the  Kookaburra, not even the loud Cockatoo or the dumb Galah.  There is plenty of room for all the quirks in this world.

I don’t walk alone anymore.

Today’s Daily prompt – Deprive










I am a beginner to all this blogging. Recently found a passion for writing. Not sure if I am a good enough writer to publish a REAL book. I am probably using this as a testing platform to see if I attract enough interest. I was born in Sri Lanka, now for the last 26 years living in Australia. So am I a Sri Lankan or Australian, it changes time to time. Lets say I am not ashamed to say I am a Sri Lankan but I think my affections lie with Australia. I am a cancer survivor, marriage survivor, war (civil war) survivor and what ever else the world/destiny has thrown at me. So my blog I guess would be about all those things. Humour is Huge for me, fairness is huge for me, I question everything religion, cultural beliefs, Political decisions. So watch out for some some fireworks laced with humour.

24 thoughts on “Be Like The Gum Tree …

  1. I don’t get hate and prejudice. I never have. I fully agree with the sentiments of the husband of the murdered MP Jo Cox, when he said that, “Hate has no creed, religion or race. It is poisonous”

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  2. Hey uma! I’m a Muslim. I respect your thoughts, but I would say please don’t judge all of us with one video!! Islam is the name of love and peace not hate..

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    1. No I am not the one Judging Aki. I saw a video that another posted and even though I am not a muslim, I was annoyed by it. I had a massive conversation last night with this blogger for a long time, She is a hard line White Christian, I don’t think I was successful in changing her opinion. If you read my blog “Be like the gum tree” you will understand where I stand.

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      1. I have read it twice.. to be honest I’m a bit confused..
        Don’t worry about people. We can’t change their opinions.. people do hate but hate doesn’t last forever.. I’m sure someday that person you’ve mentioned will accept us. 🙂

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      2. World for what ever reason picks a group/race/religion time to hate. The Blacks, Jews, and now it looks like it’s the Muslims. ISIS is not doing favours to the Muslims either. But I dont believe in hating an entire group of people for the acts of a rogue group. You can’t call the entire Muslims as terrorists. And that is the point i was trying to make, not just about muslims, about anyone, when we dont know them well enough we make up assumptions. At the end of the day most of us are the same

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      3. Indeed! we are human and we’re like brothers and sisters .. !!
        I wasn’t clear at first who’s saying this you or the other person.. sorry

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  3. Lovely post, thank you for writing it! I love the analogy with the gum tree, with the branches pointing at all directions, one with the hair all done up and fancy and other naked and bare.

    And especially in view of the post that inspired yours – I have to say that this is brilliant! Hate speach and isolanistic policies gets you nowhere. Love and cooperation gets you everywhere.

    Namaste and Rock On!

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  4. Such a brilliant post – I love reading something so positive now that in the UK the general sentiment seems to be something else altogether…

    Also, I’m a newcomer to your blog but by the looks of it I’ll be spending all my lunchtimes going through your archives 😉

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  5. Thank you so much anna. Sorry my blog is still in the messy format. Not so great with tech skills. My son has promised to help me with it during his Uni break. My reason for starting the blog was to share a story I wrote. Was suggested by friends that I should turn that into a book. I guess this is a platform to see if that story should turn into a book. “The dreaded C word”, I have published it here in installments. Wouldn’t mind your input on it.


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