My Viewpoint – December 2018

Here we are at the end of another year and we should be looking forward to the arrival of the big man in the red suit. Meanwhile we have just emerged from Black – yes Black Friday and what a crazy Friday that turned out to be. I must say that I don’t really see the significance of Black Friday because the idea to have real bargains, 50% or more off a product. I mean that is how it is all over the world. Yet in South Africa we have specials, we have a few with 20 or 30% off or, if you spend R650.00 you get more of a percentage off- that is not Black Friday and yet you have people storming the shops in their droves. It is crazy, just to get a few Rands discounted. Some of the “discounted Black Friday” items were more than what they are when they are on ordinary special. I guess one step ahead and three back is the motto.

Let us rather look towards the magical time of the year that is approaching. It is the time when we get to have time off, where we spend the time with our families and our friends and we enjoy the outdoors.

I hope you are preparing to put your tree up and don’t forget to look to the sky to see those reindeer Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Dasher, Blitzen, Comet and Rudolph.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

My Viewpoint

Here we are at the end of another year and as we enter the silly season and the madness this time of year brings, it makes me think.

I wonder how many people work themselves into a frenzy and a state of craziness when in actual fact there is no need.  Life ticks by minute by minute, second by second, whether you are calm or whether you are frenzied.  Nothing changes, so why do we bother?

The shop will still be there, the sky, the sea, the road, irrespective of what our current state of mind is.

I have decided that it is not worth it.  Rather take a deep breath, relax and take one step at a time.

Decorate your Christmas tree if that is your tradition, wrap presents and breathe.  Go about each day as if there is more than enough time and you will be amazed that there will actually be more than enough time.  This might sound a bit crazy, but try it – you will be amazed that a calm day with endless hours will result in exactly that.

We really create our own stress and I think – well I for one think that as we near the end of this year we should start the New Year with a new outlook and a new way of doing things.

After all, we cannot keep doing the same thing and then expect a different result.  In order to change the outcome, we need to change the preceding action.

Food for thought, as always, I hope.

May everyone have a Blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays and go into the best 2017 ever!

Until next year… See ya, nats

My Viewpoint

It seems to me that although we have evolved so far as humans, we have somehow started going backwards.

As a “people” we are so isolated in everything.  We build high walls – although we say this is for our safety.  Well I beg to differ on that.  We drive by and “mind our own business,” we “don’t get involved” and the list goes on, as we use various methods to retreat from face-to-face interactions.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest of these “social” media tools only add to the isolation.  Having the total opposite effect to the term “social” media.  It is by no means social – actually just the opposite.

Instead of high walls and electric gates we should have open porches around our homes, where neighbours pop by and have a cup of whatever on the stoep; children should be out on the front lawn and in the street playing – everyone interacting with each other.

This way we would know our neighbours and everyone else in our street, our children will grow up talking face to face instead of via a screen on their cellphone, iPad or laptop…and communication would improve.

Don’t come back saying it isn’t safe anymore – well it isn’t safe because everyone has retreated into their very own compound leaving the streets empty for whoever to roam at will.

If we filled our streets, there would be no unwelcome guests because no would-be trouble-maker is going to weave their way down a street where everyone is in their front garden and loads of activity is taking place.

Well, as always, that is my opinion!

Till next month… See ya, Nats

My Viewpoint

If you read our front page article this month, you will see that the City of Cape Town is putting forward the idea of flexi-time and carpooling in Cape Town.

To this I have to give a huge high five.  I believe this is the start of something fantastic.

Gridlock morning traffic will cease; energy drain on electricity will cease; stress levels will be lower.  These are just some of the benefits.

Now we just need businesses to jump onboard.  I guess there will be the usual resistance, but people, get with the programme – first world countries have been doing this for years.

I do not know how anyone can arrive at their office, full of life and be proactive after spending hours of frustration in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Cape Town has more cars than road, and I guess in the great scheme of things there will never be enough finance to fulfill the required needs!

I agree, this is going to be a mindset and paradigm shift and won’t fly off immediately – unfortunately.  However, before we knock it, we should at least investigate it and even give it a try.  I am sure once you start with flexi-time, you won’t look back.

So, what I think is that if you run a business, a company etc, look at ways to implement flexi-hours to your structures.  I am sure you will all be pleasantly surprised.

Well, as usual, that is my view…

See ya, Nats

My Viewpoint

Spring has sprung!  That, to me, is the wonder of nature.  No matter what, it does what it is meant to do.  This no matter what, is hurled at it and we do curse nature aplenty – it’s either too hot, or too cold, or those pesky weeds!

What would it be like if we took our cue from Mother Nature?  We would take nothing person-ally; we would do what we are meant to do without any concern for what the next person thought.

I highly doubt that a beautiful daisy with a few petals off feels ashamed or shy or less worthy.  No, it continues to flourish alongside all the rest of the beautiful daisies.

That must be what it feels like to simply “be.”  Then again we would have much better out-comes if people did not judge one another and simply let them be.

At the end of the day, who are we to judge?  Who crowned us as the authority?  Maybe that is a thought we should hold onto the next time we judge someone?

I am yet to see the book of judging criteria.  Therefore to whose standards, opinions or beliefs does one judge?

Until you have walked in their shoes or lived in their head you have no conception of why a person does what they do, therefore you have no grounds to judge.

Just saying, maybe some food for thought?

See ya, Nats

My Viewpoint

We have certainly been having some bizarre weather here and throughout the country lately.  Tornados in Gauteng, snow and severe flooding in Durban, and freezing, icy cold right here.

We have also seen certain unseen things in politics, both here and abroad.  Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and now Michelle Obama, while here we have some 204 wannabees all wanting to take over from the ANC.

There are so many things going on everywhere that one has to wonder what really is going on.  Some say it is nearing the end of times; some say it is a severe shift that is taking place.  Whether it is the end of time or a shift in time, I for one say that something big is certainly taking place.

There is an edginess and a hurriedness around everyone and everything that at times I feel it would be good for us to throw away every electrical appliance and revert back to the stone age!

It seems that before all our technology came along, people lived calm and stress-free lives.

But back to the shift.  Do you feel that something is happening?  It is as if there is an expectancy – but for what?  Or is it just me that feels this, and perhaps a few others…

If the aliens haven’t come to get me, I’ll be back next month…

See ya, Nats

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Is it just me, or is the world spiralling out of control? To me it feels like everything is going on at once and it is like we are heading towards something, but what that something is, I don’t know.

There seems to be mayhem all over the world and everyone hurries around doing what they normally do – but at a faster pace.

Even though we are all running around like Duracell Bunnies we don’t seem to be achieving anything more today than we did yesterday or last week or last month.

There seems to be a global expectation.  But what are we expecting?  It is as if we are all, subconsciously, gearing towards this expectation without consciously expecting it on a known level.

Maybe we are heading towards a crash…or a new type of living…or perhaps it is an anticipation for a global action or reaction.  Either way I just cannot put my finger on it.

This is not something I sucked from my thumb, I have spoken to quite a few people and they seem to feel the same, so I thought that this month I would just put it out there.

Perhaps it resonates with you as well, perhaps not. Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t.  But if you do agree then what do you think it is?…More than my imagination, I am sure!

Until next month…

See ya, Nats

My Viewpoint

Have you ever been in a situation where there are varying degrees of perception?

Let me unpack what I find so interesting, especially when I sit and watch people and situations that go down.  Every human being walking this planet has their own idea of how something must be, and that is fully acceptable to me.  We usually call this idea, perception.  Therefore how I perceive something and how you perceive something can be totally different, yet they can both be correct.

Have you ever listened to a person’s tone of voice?  Again, how you perceive it and how I perceive it can, and usually is, in two different ways.  Also, neither is the right way or the wrong way.

I lay this out because I have come across so many different opinions and viewpoints where huge altercations take place with different people vying for their view point or opinion or perception to be correct.

I find this quite amusing, but I also find it quite frustrating, because so much time and energy gets wasted in what is actually nonsensical.  My motto is let it be.  If you want to believe that the earth is square, go right ahead and believe it.  It is not for me to convince you and stress myself out by making you see that the world is actually round – (so they say!); it is not for me to make you see things the way I see things; it is not for me to make you perceive what I perceive.  You must make your own choice.

We all have a choice in this world and with that choice follows a consequence.  It is time that people let people be, don’t be hell bent on forcing your opinion or view point on someone else.  Let everyone be and do what they decide is correct for them.  That is why I let the speedster, on the road behind me, pass – if he wants to speed, I let him, he will suffer the consequence of the speeding fine or the accident or the culpable homicide charge – that is the consequence of the choice he made.  It is not for me to get all heated about him speeding – he is speeding, I am not.  His choice and my choice, and therefore because I believe in driving the speed limit it is not for me to stress myself out and get all angry because he is not driving the speed limit.

So, “don’t sweat the small stuff” is a phrase that should be taken more literally.  Therefore, if you do not agree with me…that is your choice and it is fine 🙂

…until next month

See ya, Nats

My Viewpoint

The other day I was fortunate enough to hold a tiny baby in my arms.  This little creature of perfection got me thinking. We come into this world as perfection, yet somewhere down the line and through the years we forget this.

Anyone with a young baby will know that that baby has no qualms about stating exactly what it likes and does not like, what it wants and does not want.  It will laugh and smile when happy and cry and shake it’s little hands and feet when not happy.  If it does not like the food you offer, it will spit it out, if it does not want to eat, it won’t open its’ mouth.  A baby is focused on itself and has no shame in letting you know this.  This beautiful perfection starts to fade as the baby grows and is, all too soon, lost.

I was pondering how nice it must be to see the world through those young eyes – where everything is new and every experience is exciting.  Where life is a kaleidoscope of colour, ever-changing.

Today we, as adults, see the world through a totally different lense, one covered with anything but a kaleidoscope of varying hues.

Are we better off, or is the baby in the better position?  I am sure that there are a myriad of opinions on this, not least of all that knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss.  I can digress on this one but will leave it at that.

So, during the month of May we celebrate Mother’s Day and, as a mother myself, the memory of holding my own children as babies is quite precious.  Therefore in this month of mothers, let us be thankful to the woman who gave us life, who nurtured and guided us the best way she knew how to – because we all know there is no instruction manual!

To all the mommies and grannies out there, may you have a special month.

See ya, Nats