In a time where there seems to be so much division, separation, fear and hatred in this beautiful country of ours, I’m choosing to focus on collaboration, connection and community. Building relationships and bridges. Reaching out and focussing on a positive future for South Africa because I can be the change. How about you?
Steve Cullen and his wife Laura moved to the White River Country Estate in January 2008 with their daughters Victoria and Jamie-Lee. They fell in love with the lifestyle, saying it’s a wonderful and natural environment in which to raise their family.
Despite the fact that Summer tried to elbow Spring out of the picture completely, it IS the season of renewal, regeneration and rebirth. The season of change. As I inhale the delicious perfume of the jasmine and yesterday-today-tomorrow that fills the overheated air, there is a sense of expectation.
As Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Driving home from Nelspruit late at night, I silently pray that I won’t see any, but as I sweep on up the R40 arms reach out from the dark pavement, desperately trying to catch my attention. My heart sinks. Outside the Mall, again when you come into White River and then at the big roundabout at Casterbridge, you will see them – restaurant staff and shift workers trying to get home at the end of a long and tiring day.
If you perceive White River and its folk as unfriendly and closed off, with nothing to do, then that’s what you will see. Choose to open yourself to the warmth and friendliness of the town that is home to my heart, and you may be pleasantly surprised. What have you got to lose? More importantly, what will you gain?
Any community is made up of many varied layers of humanity. Some we are happy to connect with, be part of and join. Others we may prefer not to see or engage with. Small town or large city, you will always find the homeless, the beggars and the desperate.
With an avalanche of negative reporting the Doomsday prophets proclaim we are on the road to nowhere. But that is not what I chose to focus on. I cannot change the world, or even my country. I can however change my attitude and the way I interact with life.