Dear Coach

https://youtu.be/XerygH76Auk DEAR COACH I write this reflection as a very proud parent, and an even more ardent supporter of a team full of pride. A few short weeks ago, our boys only had some television footage to observe. They had some heroes to attempt to emulate, and a few snippets of largely outdated and irrelevant advice from a smattering of…

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Love, fellowship & song

https://youtu.be/6-UJlDDjYuE LOVE, FELLOWSHIP & SONG The wedding ceremony was almost complete. As the emotional yet beaming bride emerged from the registry with her new life long partner, the choir burst into a traditional Zulu wedding march and blessing. There were broad smiles, teary eyes, more than a few tapping feet, and even a little jig from the happy couple, the…

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Just busy yourself

https://youtu.be/r5_-4HqE1w4“Inja ayilumi uma isahlafuna” A Dog won’t bite if it’s busy chewing There are two containers situated on a piece of land in a place called Besters in the sprawling urban and peri-urban surrounds of Kwa Mashu in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. On reflection, there are countless more in these areas which double as workshops, cell phone outlets, storage facilities and…

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Hi fives in his heart

https://youtu.be/DbxDi_1Yc94 HIGH FIVES IN HIS HEART November in Johannesburg is a glorious month. The weather is hot and there are the dramatic thunder showers which clear the air for some spectacular sunsets. It is also silly season which makes it glorious on the social front as well. It’s a time when people start to want to do all the things…

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Lessons in the Sand

https://youtu.be/NjIcJTb4e5M LESSONS IN THE SAND Everything leaves a track. It is the mark of our presence, an acknowledgement of our impact on this earth. We can map out where we have been, what we have consumed and where we have shopped. We can work out with whom we have been and with whom we haven’t. and as we look back…

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The Courage to go in

https://youtu.be/R8f7OrBmacI KITES, FIRES AND AND INTERESTING VISITOR It is not often when one is mesmerised by the sight of a black plastic bag. In fact most often they are repulsive sights, strewn across strands of rural and urban wire fences like dirty debris dumped without care. Or half chewed by desperate dogs who leave the contents to stink in the…

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Service with a smile on the side

https://youtu.be/s_6H3A_CcM0 SERVICE WITH A SMILE ON THE SIDE Anyone born up to the early 1970’s and having lived in Johannesburg will remember the old House of Sports Cars. It was an iconic place on the corner of Jan Smuts and 7th Avenue and it was used as a guide for giving directions – often as a starting point for any…

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3 Guiding Principles

https://youtu.be/cG5JKf0WH5QI have been blessed with many special relationships in my life and I enjoyed a memorable dinner with one of them recently in Cape Town’s new Local Grill restaurant in Salt River. Like all great meals, there is always something more to it than just the food or service. The company you enjoy and the conversations which flow are the…

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Friendship

https://youtu.be/Cuma1sECUWAWe want something in our lives so precious, so truly priceless. Something to take away the pains and strains of our daily lives, yet when we have it, we sometimes ignore it, neglect it, lose it or even abuse it.We crave that release, that chance to be real in an unreal world, and yet in its presence we uphold our…

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Stories of Humanity

https://youtu.be/Db7HQ7JcnVQStories of Humanity For most of my life I have written. Some essays, a few poems, some travel diaries, and for the last 17 years, a family journal. Initially I thought I was writing that journal for my children as a record of their lives, but I have discovered that I have actually been writing for myself. What has emerged from all of…

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