Life Matters

The Passing of Cricketer Phillip Hughes

Words are inadequate when trying to describe the emotions that surround the untimely death of Phillip Hughes (1988 – 2014). At our place we are cricket fans and the news of Phillip dying after being hit in the neck by a cricket ball, two days ago, is devastating. We did not know Phillip personally so our sadness cannot compare to what his family and friends are going through, including his cricket mates. Sean Abbott who delivered the bouncer now needs support and is getting this from the cricket fraternity. Phillip’s sister and mother were at the Sydney Cricket grounds when the incident happened. His sister has visited Sean Abbott to personally give him support. This shows the quality of people that make up the Hughes family. It is an unbelievable tragedy to think that this could happen. The only hope is that his death is not in vain and that changes are made to make the sport safer for all players. I quote the following poem which hopefully will inspire us who live on:

“NOT IN VAIN” by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


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