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Comfort

Our losses reflected in feelings of emptiness

As we faced with piteous looks not even masks can conceal

Looks that are felt through our deep sense of loss

A loss for something or someone who is no more

When clarity hits and there’s the need to express

Approach that empty chair as if they were there

Allow it to symbolise the loss or the hope of a return

To help facing living without that something or someone

May we find comfort in what we once had

Allowing the memories to fill our lives

Giving us strength to continue to hope

Hope that cannot be taken away

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Storms of Life

I’m watching the drizzles becoming bigger drops and wonder if I’ll be able to go out for my morning walk. I can almost feel my garden smiling as the rain gently meet the soil. I cannot help but rejoice, knowing that the rain brings much relief to many of us. I welcome the rain and was quite satisfied even though it impacted my morning walk. I noticed the weather changing significantly, the quick disruption in the rain turning into a massive storm. There was a deluge of rain pouring from the sky. I know this can dampen many a spirit but feel comforted that rainstorms help sustain life on earth by bringing much needed water. I know that people might be caught in this storm and hope it remains a restorative shower and not a downpour that causes floods and landslides.

I’m reminded how we can usually handle the mild frustrations and problems that surface on easy days, but trials can bring us to the brink. In the storms that wreck life, what’s really valuable becomes completely transparent and unclouded. Some of us might be able to survive the storm as we accept the shelter in our metaphorical boat. Others might feel optimistic, or feel left behind, and or trapped in the storm.

Life is not always smooth sailing. My wish for all is that we can keep afloat no matter the storms we encounter! I thought of some quotes that you can ponder over and perhaps take with you along your way:

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”  Louisa May Alcott

“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Most of us live our lives by accident – we live as it happens. Fulfilment comes when we live our lives on purpose.” – Simon Sinek

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Hope in the Face of Humanity

I see the face of our dear beloved Madiba, the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela. As South Africans we celebrate the former late President Nelson Mandela’s birthday in July. 18 July has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day. This affords me the opportunity to heed the call to encourage us all to make a difference. As South Africans a call goes out to give 67 minutes of your time to any act of kindness on this day.