Katrina Dawson, a mum of 3 children died in the siege and the manager of the Lindt cafe, Tori Johnson died trying to protect and rescue the hostages. Many were injured. Some of the hostages were pregnant.
It made me reflect on the senselessness of it all. It is all so tragic. And at this time of year when many families are getting together for Christmas. These families will have a very sad Christmas.
I decided that I had to get something good out of my day and it made me reflect on people that are important to me. So off I went to my local cafe to write my very late Christmas cards to my family overseas in England and give gratitude for my life. My partner Steve is an Aussie and finds this Christmas card writing thing a very strange event.
If they arrive a day late I'm sure I'll be forgiven. It seems to be a regular thing every year with me. I forget it's Christmas because its warm and I realise at the 11th hour!!!
If you've forgotten your cards like me, I think an e-card or a phone-call or an SMS are all perfectly good. It's the thought that counts.
Hug those that you love dear and especially those little ones a little more today. It makes you realise that in the scale of todays events, that a late Christmas card is not such a big deal after all.
Sending hugs to the universe XX