I have a rare and wonderful few hours of truly free time. I closed the loop of work stuff last night before some leave, and am waiting for Maria, Johanna and Gaylene to join me in Melbourne this afternoon. Ben Howard playing, cup of tea in hand I pause and take in the view across the road to the Grand Hotel. The sun is trying hard to warm the chilly spring air as people go about their living. Tourists drag their bags to Southern Cross Station, a teenager skates past the shadows of budding trees and a father bends down to welcome his running toddler into his arms. I think about my 50th birthday party tomorrow night and feel deep gratitude for love, peace and joy.
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