Rosie Batty Finding Your Purpose Through Adversity
Yesterday I interviewed Rosie Batty for a podcast for workplace health – she is inspirational beyond words. I asked her what she did on her bad days, she said she gets out of bed and goes for a walk in nature with her dogs.
And she also spoke of her gratitude practice, where she is grateful for all the people who have helped her through her difficult journey.
Rosie batty was thrust into the public eye when her 11 year old son Luke was killed by his estranged father, Greg Anderson while he was at cricket practice, in February 2014.
The day after Luke died Rosie faced the media and spoke with a courage and eloquence that was extraordinary. She has continued to work tirelessly to bring awareness to family violence through the Luke Batty Foundation and the Never Alone organisation both of which she founded.
Rosie batty is one of the most important voices on family violence internationally. She herself admits she has a strange kind of celebrity. A celebrity for all the wrong reasons. She speaks of her journey with brutal honesty in her book A Mother’s Story. In 2015 she was named Australian of the year.
Despite having had her 11 year old son murdered, she says she's grateful for many things and people in her life. But when you speak to her you can see her grief is still very raw and painful.
The work she does helping women who are experiencing violence is extraordinary. She's eloquent and articulate. And she has a great sense of humour. I felt privileged for this experience - a 3 hour interview after weeks of research was extremely rewarding, you don’t often get that much time with someone. In my days of interviewing celebrities, I could research for months only to have 5 or 10 minutes to ask questions. Rosie and I spoke for hours. At the end of it we were both exhausted but also buoyed by the real conversations we were having.
If you are experiencing loss of power in a relationship or any abuse from physical and emotional, to financial and spiritual call 1800 RESPECT. Abuse and violence can happen to anyone irrespective of their socio-economic background, education, religion or cultural background. Rosie explained to me that abuse didn’t mean you had to have black eyes. Abuse could be when a man controlled finances over a woman, or got a woman in debt. Or if he put her down constantly in front of other people and in private. Really any situations where a woman feels powerless and controlled by a man is a situation of violence and abuse.
Rosie taught me a great lesson in how people are able to find their voice and purpose in life, sometimes through terrible adversity and pain. Rosie is truly living her dharma and also keeping the memory of her son Luke alive and creating an amazing legacy for him.
Rosie said she would come to learn meditation from me, which will be such an honour. You never know how your life will turn out - the last time I saw Rosie was a couple of years ago backstage at the Today show - I never imagined this would be how we met next - life is great like that. When I left my full-time job in TV to become a meditation teacher and writer I had no idea that all those years in media would actually lead to such rewarding experiences.
This journey of mine, this career change and following my dharma, my life purpose has given me so many surprise gifts I never expected.