Morning tea-break today
- This morning I stumbled upon the official opening of the Woden Police
Station - a big new building almost right across the road from where I
work. The roads were blocked off, there was a large contingent of
police in full uniform standing at attention in the hot sun, there were
dignitaries, members of parliament, families of police officers and
An Aboriginal Elder welcomed the police and their new building
to "Ngunawal country" - the Aborginal name for the Canberra region. A
pipe band played the Australian national anthem. There was a ceremony
involving the raising of significant flags including the Australian
flag. Nice speeches were made, and there were police video cameras and
photographers. There was even a police chaplain who asked God to help
the police remain courageous and wise in the fulfilment of their
duties. She mentioned God a number of times and it was nice to hear
God being treated with such respect.
I found the whole thing extremely inspiring.
I really admire the police force. They work so hard and have to do so
many tough jobs. In all my dealings with them over the years (the
umpteem times that I've lost my wallet since school days, random breath
testing on the roads, searching for my grandfather when he went
missing, attending the nursing home when my grandmother passed away, to
name but a few) I've always been impressed by their sincerity and good
The ceremony reminded me of Sri Chinmoy's tireless efforts to honour
people whose work contributes to the world being a better place.