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Clarity from Adversity by Adam Hollioake 23 Apr 2012

As a lot of you will have noticed in the media my family had some bad luck last week…My folks place was rolled last Tues night and pretty much every piece of England playing kit my brother had possessed was amongst the spoils…

I received a phone call from my mother to inform me what had happened. Whilst being disappointed that my brother’s gear had been swiped, it was the pain in my mother’s voice that tugged at my heart

I mean know one could ever accuse me, or my brother for that matter, of being the most kit proud people…I have none of my medals left and my kit is packed up in my garage (probably eaten by moths by now) but it is a mothers prerogative to cherish a handkerchief of their sons if they so please….My mother still sleeps with the blood stained clothes my brother wore on that fateful night 10 years ago…

I am not saying that I am not proud of me or my brothers achievements, far from it, it is just the make up of both of our personalities to be fairly relaxed about these things… Whilst we were both pretty chilled dudes in every day life (I often heard people say Ben was the most laid back kid they had ever seen) I have been known to be a little bit crazy and to be the opposite of relaxed (don’t know a word for that??) when it comes to standing up for my family….I am sure I am not alone when I say every boy loves their Mumma. My poor sister couldn’t bring boys home to our house until me and my bro left home….such was the 3rd degree the boyfriends would get from me and my brother…

Anyway I immediately turned to social media to try to flush out the crooks… My thoughts on stuff is fairly straight forward…I totally don’t agree with theft but understand people get themselves into situations that they are so desperate for money that they steel to be able to provide food for their family… I have suffered my own personal financial issues over the last few years (although I haven’t turned to robbery just yet) and can understand that people get desperate…However I think there are so many good people out there that if these people tried asking for help there would be so many people willing to help…however they choose to try to take the shortcut…

I firmly believe that no one on our planet should have to worry about where there next meal is coming from….but I also understand that our society can’t allow people to just bludge….finding a balance is the difficult trick and sometimes we get it wrong and people turn to crime.

I would buy dinner for anyone if they asked me to and would gladly sit and listen to their story if they were down and out…I understand people aren’t all blessed with good parents or role models in their life and not all people are blessed with good education or sporting talents…For some people life is a battle…
 

I have had to change track on this blog…I was going down the route of calling these people vultures and low life’s however a lady came to my parents door the other night and made an attempt to return some of the goods of sentimental value…

Now I don’t know if it is because all my friends, twitter followers, Facebook friends, the media all got behind my family and spooked these people, or if they merely made them aware of the fact that they had stolen irreplaceable things…Either way the fact they returned the goods is a huge tick against their name in my eyes…It doesn’t excuse the fact they are thieves…but it doesn’t put them in the bracket below thieves, that bracket being people without conscience…

At one stage I was generally concerned that we may have a far bigger disaster on our hands than just a robbery…some of my friends in Perth who helped locate the thieves formed what I could only describe as a modern day equivalent of a lynch mob…I am thankful that the police got there 1st executed a search warrant and arrested the concerned…The speed with which things happened was scary…
 

Once you get the likes of Alec Stewart, Mark Butcher, Shane Warne, James O’Connor, Danny Cipriani, Kevin Pieterson, Michael Vaughn, Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara, Quade Cooper to name but a few of the high profile people who got behind my family then you are really at a massive advantage as you are calling not just on your immediate friends but the network of some big names…I would like to thank you guys and the guys that I know I have missed (I’ve got a bad memory at the best of times)

Once the thieves were caught my father was asked to go in and see if he recognized any of the thieves and immediately he spotted the lady who had returned goods the night before (despite her changing her hair color etc..I think he thinks he is Magnum PI now, he was pretty happy with himself).... The couple were arrested and faced court on Friday…and are due to reappear later next month in court where a decision will be made on what happens to them…

I guess I have to make an apology at this point for my poor language on twitter and Facebook on announcing that my brothers stuff had been stolen…I was fairly emotional at the time and had just put the phone from my Mum and in hindsight would have waited an hour or so before putting anything in the public domain…That said I am just your normal son who doesn’t like seeing their Mum upset and I think a lot of sons would have reacted the same…I just didn’t realize that so many people would re-tweet and forward the message… I’m by no means an angel and have been known to swear a bit…but guess my language was a bit strong there….All I can say is I'm sorry if I offended anyone....I do swear a lot..but never in front of my elders or ladies normally

I would like to finish this blog with a message…The message is to myself and anyone else who wants to listen….

In this world there are bad people a lot of bad people…but there are a damn sight more good people…In modern day life unfortunately the news covers the bad news more than the good…this is because there is no value in telling stories of people saving old ladies cats out of a tree…We tell news about bad things to give people the opportunity to prepare or help the less fortunate…In this instance I was the less fortunate and the amount of offers I received was unbelievable…I’m not talking 5 or 10 close friends…I am talking thousands of people….literally…

At one stage the messages were coming in on twitter faster than I could read them….That’s especially amazing when you are only allowed 140 characters…

My point is don’t get down when all the bad and negative are in the media because behind the one or 2 bad people in the limelight there are thousands more good people working tirelessly behind the scenes…

Anyone reading my blog for the first time…you will need to get used to my poor spelling and grammar and disjointed thoughts…I write stuff down as it pops in my head and sometimes makes me look like I am dumb…Well Ok I’m no Einstein….but for a writer…I make a good sportsman ;-)

When the storm has swept by & the wicked are gone, the righteous will stand firm forever Proverbs 10:25

 

by Adam Hollioake