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Monthly Archives: June 2015

True Grit

True Grit

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 […]

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Are our children going to end up cheating?

Cheating Children

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 […]

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Lessons from Lions

Lions Rugby

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. […]

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There are no big decisions with death hanging over your shoulder

death hourglass

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 […]

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