Monthly Archives: December 2020

My fellow South Africans

2020 The start of a new decade, a year ago we were all looking forward to new vision and clear goals but nothing prepared us for what was to come….

In South Africa the year started off normal with excitement in the air…..we hosted two tennis legends, a billionaire and our funniest export in what was dubbed The Match in Africa.

A month later and boom with Immediate Effect we were locked down in our homes….a new normal began, the Corona Virus entangled its way into our lives…..each day our President gave us new regulations to work through –

– no more “entjies” – because when people zol….

– Easter was cancelled – because when people dop…

– Events were cancelled – because when people Stokvel…

The army was deployed to help with the new normal, the school year was in uproar….everything changed in an instant….it is like someone turned a switch and we were in darkness…oh wait Eskom did that too.

We laughed when we got a tutorial on how to put a mask on properly (you cannot wear it over your eyes to blind you from the truth)….although large gatherings were not allowed many were gathering in Crowd 1 at a time to get the social grants offered by government some were in TERS (tears) at the application process involved and we were all confused at the levels to this new normal.

Hugo het die polisie gebel vir Karen wat oppie Beach draf…..and we all danced our way to Jerusalema in hopes of a summer body by December….there was hope….

…..until that movie Contagion came on our TVs and across the world it was said that drinking disinfectant would Trump the virus….jirre klink my soes Hoax Wyn.

My Fellow South Africans this has been a tough year…. A mission impossible (without the cinema)…..but as I look forward to 2021 with new eyes focused…..

….on what is important to me I am thankful for my sense of humour as it got me this far, I am not blinded by the reality and seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in, I have FAITH that we will get through it and that the new year will bring with it NEW BEGINNINGS!!!!

Who the Fuck am I, though?

“Who the Fuck am I, though?” – The Power Of Purpose, Richard Wright…Chapter 8, page 88

If you haven’t heard of Richard Wright the “billionaire” (read his book till the end and you’ll know why), Cancer defeating, mutli-dimensional optimistic character who has a passion for sport and delivering his story to anyone who is willing to take the time and experience his life story through The Power Of Passion….and his story is by no means over….

Earlier this year I got the opportunity to listen to Richards story through a Webinar presented by him at my workplace (via Zoom ofcourse….aka new normal)….his enthusiasm and infectious positivity during a period of the year when South Africa was in the middle of the Lockdown was so much needed. When the webinar was over I immediately sought to look him up and found out more about his book that he was promoting…..I needed to get my hands on a copy and delve deeper into his story.

Finally I got my copy couriered and signed….hmmmm I could call this a RICH reward a valuable piece of evidence of a man who has made it his lifes purpose to obliterate obstacles and triumph over impossible adversity.

I started reading and as I turned the pages I could feel the energy of himself pouring through the words as my memory of the webinar was still fresh it was like he was presenting the story all over again….obviously the book has a more detailed account which is awesome….during the first couple of chapters I think I could have earned a honourary doctorate degree with all the medical terms learnt…but that is why I love reading it opens up your mind to different possibilities.

I do not want to give away much of Richards story as it is impossible to re-tell….ok fine it is possible but then we would need a long night around a campfire and a good whiskey (yip I am hinting as I ran out and there is a ban on alcohol at the moment haha)…on a serious note, nope I want you to get a copy of the book and read for yourself…all I can say it is really well written, witty and takes you on an emotional journey of triumph over fear.

It is not a self-help book but there are snippets that will make you think and take out a pen and paper and evaluate your own life choices or decisions……the power of positivity has always been a draw card for me this is most probably why when I heard Richards story earlier in the year that I immediately needed to hear more….the mind is a powerful tool and can get us through any situation.

As 2020 draws to an end and yes it has been one helluva year full of adjustments, uphills and downhills…like a Triathlon/Ironman Challenge we swam through difficulties allowing a wave to push us to the shore only to get on a bicycle and push through the wind into the transition changing into our running shoes for the run of our lives…no matter if you walked abit at the end you will get your medal……I pray that we all receive a finishers medal and can say that 2020 has been a year of change and adaptation and that the new year brings a fresh new beginning.

Thank you Richard Wright for sharing your story and yes….being able to write this post is has inspired a purpose filled journey ahead.

Free……

1st December 2020 marks 186 years of freedom from slavery…the Emancipation of Slavery.

https://shaunjengel.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/one-love-one-people/

I look back at 2020 and think what a year it has been, a rollercoaster of note……..with all it’s uncertainties if you are reading this see it as a silver lining – YOU ARE ALIVE!!! YOU ARE FREE to choose how and what the future holds.

The Lord works in mysterious ways and as we place our focus on Him we can be rest assured that He will protect us and our families, we may not realise in this moment what His plan is for us but WE WILL PROSPER!!

Nothing in life is free, someone has worked or put in the time and effort for us to enjoy something that is so called “free”, therefore we have to acknowledge and respect the history and the people who fought for what we have today…….visiting the Slave Lodge today again just instilled a sense of thankfulness for the struggle heroes who fought against the oppression and allowing us to call ourselves Born Free……I may not fully understand what it was like during those times but I appreciate and acknowledge the cause.

FREE……to me it is not just a word but it is a feeling, a feeling of safety, of security but don’t get me wrong I am not DOM in wanting everything free/mahala. I am speaking about being free to think for oneself, being free to feel safe and secure in your own home or city…..”16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence” – I pray for the day we are FREE from the mindset of feeling it’s ok to abuse one another physically or emotionally.

May the Lord continue to protect us and our families during this pandemic and be with those who have lost loved ones…..may we continue to use our Freedom to help curb the spread….with freedom comes responsibility and that responsibility is to each and everyone of our brothers and sisters in Christ…..LOVE is the answer.

MUCH LOVE AND BLESSINGS TO YOU READING THIS.