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Becoming what I never thought I’d be

John Denver, Old SchoolIn 1981 John Denver had a hit song written by Dick Feller called Some Days Are Diamonds. On the contrary the song also says that “some days are stones.”

Later in the song he contemplates –
“Now the face that I see in my mirror
More and more is a stranger to me
More and more I can see there’s a danger

In becoming what I never thought I’d be.

Dreams

When young we all have dreams of what we would someday like to be or would like to ... continue reading

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Great minds think alike. Really?

car, mechanic, work, fixThey say the first thing a motor mechanic needs to learn, is how to whistle in astonishment when opening a motor vehicle’s bonnet. It immediately prepares the client to expect a bigger bill than he originally bargained for.

So what a surprise when the man working on our vehicles this morning informed me that the repairs he’d done on my car would only be a fraction of what was estimated. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Eskom

But it seems that we will not get off that easy ... continue reading

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100 Years ago

War, Victory, News, Newspaper, ArmiesThe past week I pondered about what life was like 100 years ago? After some internet research I realised that early 1919 was the aftermath of the WW1 (First World War). I believe conversations about the war were still the order of the day, a war that took the lives of more than 9 million soldiers with 21 million more wounded. Civilian casualties caused indirectly by the war numbered close to 10 million.

End of WW1

WW1 ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month ... continue reading

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Seasons in sport and life

watermelon, green, red, fruitFor many years I was a high school teacher and part of being a teacher means being involved in coaching different sports. So when I think of seasons one of the first things that comes to mind, besides summer, autumn, winter and spring, is rugby, cricket, athletics, etc.

Too long a season

Now it is interesting when for example the cricket season becomes long, how I start to look forward to the rugby season. The reverse is also true; after a long rugby season that sometimes carry on till almost ... continue reading

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Age of Options

There is an interesting workshop at Harvard Business School called Age of Options according to Bob Buford in his book Halftime. The purpose of this workshop is to ensure participants

that their next career phase is fulfilling and imbued with purpose.

It helps participants reassess their career development paths and define future choices in terms of personal needs and inclinations.”

75 years ago

My parents and their peers grew up during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930’s and started working toward the end of WW2. People ... continue reading

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2 Sam 12:25 “So he called his name Jedidiah because of the Lord.”

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