It’s an early December morning; bags are packed; we’ve stocked up on lots of padkos – water, food and snacks. The first leg of our trip has begun. We’re off to mountanious Clarens – a small town in the Free State.
Expectant. Butterflies – everywhere! I’ve always wanted to go to Clarens. For the art and beautiful landscapes. I could hardly contain myself. Nothing but vast land and sky as we leave the city behind. My mind dancing to the tune in my heart – this day has finally arrived. Pure bliss.
I won’t lie – the trip wasn’t short! Don’t let anyone fool you and say: ”Oh! lets take a short-left to Clarens.” I sat and sat and yes, I sat – only because I had a designated driver ;). The views are spectacular, I marvelled at the splendour and serenity of our beautiful land. A road trip is the best way to experience our magnificent country. Looking at the unspoilt land and delving deeper as we drove on. I was falling in love with #MySouthAfrica.
Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see! The grand entrance to Clarens is enough to blow your mind and have your jaw on the floor for much longer than allowed. As if the gates of heaven have opened up. Entering a sacred space, I immediately felt drawn into a new world – unknown to me. Peaceful. Hidden. Sublime.
The mountains egulf us. How do I capture what I see with utter honesty? I take pictures of every corner, dip; climb and turn we see. Is it enough? This place makes you believe in something; greatness, science or a higher power. I am in awe…
You have to go to Clarens and experience it for yourself. You might just find yourself falling inlove with this beautiful place. One thing I know is that I’ll go back in search of peacefulness. Tranquility. Beauty.
When you realise that you are responsible for your own life, life becomes a dare. Yes, you are in charge. After all, it’s your life. You may have played small, shied from your awesomeness and didn’t even believe you can be a slight reflection of the vision God has for your life.
- We are products of our most predominant thoughts.
- You are a product of your most predominant thoughts.
- I am a product of my most predominant thoughts.
Get it? Whatever you keep telling yourself or believe about yourself – it’s true; whether good or bad. So, who then is to blame about the way you feel and how you perceive yourself?
It’s easy to say, stay positive, don’t think negatively; but years of negative thinking cannot be forgotten overnight, that is why a reprogramming of old thoughts is necessary – changing your thinking one day at a time.
Our minds can only bear good fruit if we plant good thoughts. I hope you will begin to analyse your thoughts and align them with your goals. Allow yourself to think back to the origin of those negative thoughts; challenge your thinking and stop poisoning your life with negativity. And like a child learning something new, repeat and practice – positive thoughts, positive words and breathe light into your life.
- We are products of our most predominant thoughts
- You are a product of your most predominant thoughts
- I am a product of my most predominant thoughts.
I listened to a speech by Marcus Garvey and his words like paint on canvas stuck to my mind: Mind creates; and as much as we desire in nature, we can have through the creation of our own minds.
I attended a leadership talk yesterday, it was such an honour to receive first-hand advice from a seasoned leader such as Elias Masilela. He shared insights about what makes a leader. One of the most profound things he said was that a good leader leads from behind. Often we mistaken leadership for charisma or those who are on the forefront.
One person who embodies good leadership is Wendy Luhabe, doing work behind the scenes yet changing and impacting the lives of many. She will be given the title of Honourary Lieutenant of the royal Victorian Order. A prestigious honour. when asked about the honour she replied saying “I have already received my recognition, and that is the impact I make on the lives of people.” Her passion to uplift women and empower them is what drives her. True leader and inspiration.
Read more about Wendy Luhabe’s award from the British Royal Family here:
Entrepreneur with a conscience to be honoured by the royals – CNBC Africa.
The last thing the art sector needs is a minister who has no idea about art or . Making demands, trying to coerce people to express themselves in a way acceptable to a particular group of people and worst of all turning our art narrative into a racial one.
It’s not about black versus white or (dis)respecting your elders when you have opposing views. Art is a form of expression. Every artists is entitled to freely express themselves.
Minister warns NAF artists to toe line – IOL Tonight | IOL.co.za.
What are your thoughts on the minister of Arts and Culture?
The thing about time is that it is always moving. Time never stops. Oh how I loathe that! Birthdays are one of the many ways to see how time flies. I haven’t been much of a birthday fan after 21, it’s just the thought of getting old that gets to me. Do I want to stay forever young? Of course not. So, I started writing this post just before my birthday and its now two days later. It was such a special day and guess what, I don’t feel old. Being old really has nothing to do with age but has everything to do with your mindset.
I can proudly say I’m as young as I want to be.