I seldom have a pity party these days. You know, where you feel sorry for yourself and think the world owes you something. But, sometimes I do lapse and come up with the pathetic refrain, “Why me?” Of course, when I step back and have a look at my life I see that it is fine. In fact, I’ve been given more than my due. Goodness, I could have been born in the dark ages. If you lived […]
About a month ago I was approached by a mother of an 11-year-old girl and asked if I would write a speech for her and three of her schoolmates. Evidently, they would all tackle a piece of the speech. Each parent would contribute R1000 for the 20-minute speech. My first question was, “Isn’t this inappropriate and shouldn’t the children be writing their own speeches?” The mother also felt that it was inappropriate to write her […]
At the heart of transactional correctness is personal humility. We are able to put aside our own agenda and see things as they are.
Watching the Lions win a hard-contested Super Rugby game against the Waratahs, 27–22, last Saturday was an absolute joy to watch. Win or lose, every game the Lions play is a masterpiece. And, I don’t mean just for the brand of rugby they play, but for the ‘way’ they play the game. Here’s a team that has no ‘superstars’ and has little chance of shaping in the Super Rugby competition, let alone making the playoffs. […]
Two weeks ago my friend Michael’s brother passed away. He was younger than us. As one does after the death of a friend or loved one, I thought about my own demise. Or, maybe it’s just me that’s being macabre. I realised that I’m living an illusion. I act as if I am going to live forever. And I misguidedly think that this gives me licence to mess about and surround myself with inconsequence and […]