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The ANZAC Legacy

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We just finished our ANZAC day long weekend here in Australia. The 25th April marks the day Australian and New Zealand troops landed on Gallipoli. In Australia, its a time of remembrance, a time for us all to be grateful for the sacrifices made by service men and women that fought for us at war.

I have never understood the concept of war. However I have always respected and felt a sense of pride whenever i saw the diggers march down the main street every year to bring awareness and help us  commemorate and reflect on the many different meanings of war.

We live in a pretty lucky country and its easy to forget how lucky we really are. There are no bullets flying over our head, we have no starvation and everyone can generally live a “good” life.

The problem with a good life is that we can become complacent. Having a good life handed to you can often lead to taking what you have for granted, which is why i am a big believer in consistently asking yourself the question, “what am I grateful for today?”

A wise person once told me that a good life can often be the enemy of a great life. With a good life we are happy enough to go along with whatever happens, taking things as they come and not necessarily taking any steps to improving our situation.

The truth is you can have so much more in life – you can have a great life! Its my belief that we should be striving for a great life because we have been given the gift of life in the first place. I would go so far as to say that it is our obligation to search for our special gifts that we have been given so that we can share them with the world.

By personally developing yourself you become acutely aware of what your purpose is in life and your purpose, i believe is the gift you leave behind, its your contribution to making the world a better place.

Watching the ANZAC parade last weekend i began to realise the legacy these people had left behind. Its not something they chose but they have the honour of bestowing their gift on all of us.

Choose to strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be and know that you can have a great life!

I found this music video by a classic Australian band, Redgum. Singer songwriter, John Schumann manages to capture the spirit of the ANZAC with his  stirring lyrics in “I was only 19” . Have a listen and while you watch the images have a think about what you want to do with your life and what legacy you would leave behind

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAwvH8FbdjM[/youtube]

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7 Comments to

“The ANZAC Legacy”

  1. Avatar May 1st, 2010 at 9:49 am Linda G. Cox Says:

    I really enjoyed this post! It’s sobering to listen and watch the song and movie~
    I live in a bubble here in Palmer, Alaska, United States. I choose not to watch TV and avoid the news like the plague.
    From this post, I realize that you, Matt in Australia have the same love and devotion and gratitude for your country that I have for mine! I’ve read enough of your blog to know that you are living out what you are encouraging us to all do!
    I love this internet! It’s amazing that I can be chatting with you from my future!!
    Thank you!
    .-= Linda G. Cox´s last blog ..Toxins Found in Our Bodies: Is This The Tip of the Iceberg? =-.


  2. Avatar May 1st, 2010 at 10:06 am Sally Bath Says:

    Matt, this is a really heartfelt post. You are so right that we live in such a lucky country and that most of us really do take it for granted. I really like what your wise friend told you. I haven’t heard this before and it has really got me thinking.
    .-= Sally Bath´s last blog ..Having Fun – Do We Need To Remind Ourselves? =-.


  3. Avatar May 1st, 2010 at 10:12 am Kylie Doak Says:

    Hi Matt

    Thinking about what all those young men and women went through, including the ultimate sacrifice made by way too many, brings tears to my eyes.

    On the Thursday before Anzac Day, I bought a $10 Remembrance Pin from a man selling them outside a newsagency. I thought about my grandfather (my beloved “Gongy” – that’s what I “christened” him when I was very young!) throughout the day (more than usual, I should add), and felt proud of what he helped do for our country, but sad at the same time for what he and so many others had to endure. (Gongy’s real name is Thomas Berry :)).

    Gongy passed away 4.5 years ago and I miss him terribly. He was a true gentleman who never complained or spoke about the atrocities of war. He only ever shared the stories of great camaraderie and the wonderful adventures they had. He would gloss over the not so good things that were part of those stories, but the bad things were never the emphasis.

    It’s a true tragedy that so many of those young men and women were “sold” the idea of going to war as being like an adventure. None of them had any idea of what they were letting themselves in for. There were those who didn’t have a choice, but then there were those (like Gongy) who wanted to go! That in itself makes me feel sad.

    I struggle to “get my head around” how young so many of these men and women were – they were just kids! I look at the photos of Gongy in his Army uniform and I’m always struck by how young he was. Kids thrust into an adult world …

    I remember when “I Was Only 19” first came out! I couldn’t listen to it much because it made me cry! (yes, I’m the first to admit that I’m a very emotional person and always have been!).

    I’m the best me that I can be right now, but there’s always room for improvement with anything, isn’t there?

    Fantastic post, Matt.

    ~ Kylie ~
    .-= Kylie Doak´s last blog ..How to Migrate (Export and Import) Posts and Comments Files From One WordPress Blog to Another =-.


  4. Avatar May 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am Matt Jones Says:

    Thanks for the heartfelt post Kylie. Its a raw issue for so many and i contemplating not writing about it because i know so little about war. It affects us all and the best way to ensure peace is to personally develop ourselves.
    Thanks to everyone for commenting, i really value and appreciate your words
    Cheers,
    Matt
    .-= Matt Jones´s last blog ..The ANZAC Legacy =-.


  5. Avatar May 4th, 2010 at 12:47 am Toni King Says:

    Wow Matt, what a powerful post. Being a mother of a 29 year old son I found myself in tears from the thought of him having to go thru that nightmare. It pains me also to imagine what those men & their families endured. We are absolutely blessed in our lives & I give thanks & live with gratitude for those that made this life style possible.Thank you for bringing to the surface this powerful message.
    Cheers Toni
    .-= Toni King´s last blog ..EFT on Animals cont… =-.


  6. Avatar May 8th, 2010 at 5:00 pm Kimberly Castleberry Says:

    What a great post Matt!

    Its so easy to get complacent, so easy to forget that our freedoms haven’t come freely, so easy to forget the blod sweat and hard work that often goes into the beautiful results we can so easily overlook.

    How fortunate we are to have the many wonders in our life! From the most “basic” such as clean running water on tap, to the most soulful that of someone to love that loves us, to the more “advanced” such as the wonders of the technology that let us share this blog post together!

    We have it good!
    Kimberly

    PS: You might want to link ANZAC to wikipedia for us yankees that had to scratch our head a moment to figure out what you were talking about!
    .-= Kimberly Castleberry´s last blog ..What is DoFollow? What is NoFollow? What’s The Difference? =-.


  7. Avatar May 8th, 2010 at 9:44 pm Loretta Says:

    Being grateful is the corner stone of life, basically if you are grateful you are happy. This post really hits this home and has again brough it to my attention that I need to be grateful each and every day. Thanks Matt for again, being the perosn you are. I am grateful for you!
    Cheers,
    Loretta
    .-= Loretta´s last blog ..Breastfeeding – What to Expect on Days 3-5 =-.


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Matt worked in the theatre industry as a lighting technician for over 15 years. Although the work was satisfying and allowed him to explore his creative talents, Matt was ruled by the need to swap his time for money to survive.

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