SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

'You're Not Going to Win!' :Trains Not Tolls Rally Leafleting - Abbotsford Convent

Making music at the convent

'You're not going to win!', a passer-by challenged as I stood handing out leaflets at the Abbotsford convent market this morning. I was taken aback by his certainty. But when he added that he knew what he was talking about because he'd been through it all before, having fought against the closure of the Fitzroy Pool and the destruction of the convent itself, I was surprised. At my obvious retort: 'But they are both still standing. You helped save them,' he merely shrugged and walked on. I was left confused as to why, with that strike rate, he wouldn't be Mr Confidence himself. I also felt discouraged.
But most of the other people we talked to were very much on side. I took some pictures of them for our photo petition:

New supporters

Familiar faces

And leafleters included some people from other community groups, as well as us Tunnel Picketers, all ably organised by Jill:

It was no hardship standing in the autumn sunshine with music in the background, promoting our rally to a range of thoughtful people who predominantly share our views. But the pessimism of the original passer-by proved hard to shake.
After we had packed up, I farewelled my friends and then dropped in to that Melbourne institution and jewel of the convent - Lentil as Anything.


Standing in the queue, about to serve myself a delicious vegetarian lunch, for which I could pay whatever I liked or could afford, the credo of this amazing not-for-profit organisation sprang to mind. 'We believe in the power of humanity to create stupendous change.' Reflecting on that, the jibe of the pessimistic passer-by began to fade. And settling down to eat lunch outside, I was greeted by this beautiful sight:

A testament to people power if ever there was one!


Blogger Luke C Jackson said...

A terrific reminder to stay positive in the face of criticism. I heard somebody say a while back, 'A pessimist is just an optimist who was disappointed to many times.' I try to think of that whenever I think somebody is being unfairly negative. Sometimes it helps. :)

4:15 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Thanks for that, Luke. Your support certainly helps with my optimism quotient!

6:01 AM  

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