While we play Dirty Politics, real life goes on…

An update on an email from July 2.  First, part of the post from back then:

I get a great deal of hate mail. But every so often I get an email that almost brings me to tears.

This is one of those emails, it is so good I want to share it with you.

Cam and Team,

A few weeks back you posted regarding your Daily Proverbs and your reasons for continuing to post them and the help it has provided you.

I’ve been reading the book that you suggested; The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, and have to say it has been uplifting.

I had been struggling to find motivation at work, struggling with home renovations and suffering from Lupus which causes fatigue, joint inflammation and ‘brain fog’.

Reading this has helped me to focus on the things that are important in my life and appreciate the time that I have.  God didn’t give us an infinite number of breaths right?

I just wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks for pointing me in this direction.  I’m addicted to your blog, but that singular post has probably had the greatest impact upon my life.

Keep up the great work and stay strong to fight the good fight.


The post Tony is referring to is this one about why I post the Daily Proverb.

I wrote the post that day for no apparent reason other than I felt compelled to write about it. I don’t know what made me do it, but if it has helped just one person then that makes me incredibly happy.

I just received an update on Tony… 

Name: Clive

Email: [redacted]@xtra.co.nz

Message: Hi Cam

Thought that you should know that Tony who wrote to you a while back –
see your post [http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/07/email-reader-6/ ] –
passed away this morning after a very short illness

He was a great guy – only in his mid 40s – married with two lovely girls.

So reminds me of Billy Joel’s “Only the good die young”

Tony was a huge fan of your blog – like I am.

All the best and keep up the fantastic work


RIP Tony.




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  • Richard

    Very sad, especially leaving two daughters behind.
    Is there any possibility Clive could supply details of where koha can be donated?
    RIP Tony.

  • kiwiinamerica

    Cameron – thank you for following your inspiration. Your post clearly lifted Tony in the midst of his struggles – perhaps enabling his last few weeks to be happier. My thoughts and prayers are with his grieving widow and children.

  • Mrs_R

    Proof that God can use anyone anywhere to bring comfort to those who need it. Thank you Cam for listening to that quiet whisper because it would seem that Tony benefited from it. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Muffin

    sobering, and a reminder to focus on the things in life that are really important

    • Nige.

      This is exactly why i often ask stupid questions in the debate posts. To HUMANIZE us. To try and make everybody think….. “hey this guy MUFFIN or whoever is a person. Not just an avatar.”

      There i go getting all deeep again…..

  • Nige.

    The daily proverb for me is not even necessarily a religious thing.

    I am NOT atheist but i can say wholeheartedly that just like this country being built on Christian beliefs and still having a large number of atheists believing that it is a good thing, the daily proverb is also a good foundation for people whether they have faith or not.

    It is often just plain good advice.

    My condolences to Tonys family.

  • This post has brought tears to my eyes. I hope everyone who loved Tony will be able to find the strength to cope at this terrible time.

  • Frank Dusty

    A very sobering email. My sister suffers from Lupus and it is a horrible disease that many people are unaware of, yet it is quite prevalent in NZ. My thoughts go to Tony’s family at this sad time.

  • Bart67

    Some days there are no words that will express the feelings you suddenly have in knowing someone you have never met has departed this world. Rest in Peace Tony, and thanks for reminding us in these times that Cam has touched more lives in a positive way than Nicky Hager and Kim Dot Com ever will!

  • nervus

    Go with God young Tony.

  • Whafe

    Fantastic post, dam Whaleoil is a wonderful place

    Rest in peace Tony

  • kehua

    Peace be with you Tony, God Bless your family.

  • Imogen B

    That news is both sad and joyous. Having found a peace I himself, Tony no longer has a care in the world, but his wife and children and others who also knew and loved him must carry on, and that will take quite some strength.
    With my prayers and deepest sympathy I can only offer a few lines of a song that rarely left my head while I nursed my husband and for quite a while after he had gone.
    “yesterday’s gone, Sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine; Lord for my sake teach me to take one day at a time”
    Take care.