While I was away for the first two weeks of August, large parts of White River had a sustained power outage of some 50 hours, due to a failed transformer that had to be completely replaced. Relocating one from another area, recommissioning etc was a lengthy process. Social media exploded with complaints and abuse, as a few stalwarts tried to keep people informed and updated. Venom was heaped on them, even though some of these individuals didn’t work for the Municipality, had no control over what was happening on the ground and were just trying to assist the public at large.
A bunch of us in White River have recently come together and are working on being brave and putting ourselves out there, both on a personal and business level. We are learning to be true to who we are and to share that with the world. Finding and being the real you without masks is not easy but it is worth it.
It is only now, as I write this blog that I realize just how powerful my advice to McClintock was, not only for him, but for me. I have watched the unfolding of his journey with delight and awe, because when we “just start” – as the founders of We Are White River did back in 2014 – magic happens.
One of the first things a cyclist will notice is that White River is definitely not flat! The rolling hills of the area are covered in trees planted in deep red soil with the occasional granite dome protruding from the earth. The views from the hilltops are a spectacular green carpet of trees with dams on the valley floors.
Pediatric Care Africa is a non-profit organisation that provides lifesaving assistance and hope to less fortunate children in our local communities and throughout Africa.
Peggy Jannsens, better known as “A Backyard Hiker” was born and bred in Belgium and moved to South Africa in 2015. She’s always been an adventurer and a lover of travel and the outdoors and when she moved to White River she started walking and exploring her backyard.
Sabie Valley Coffee started more than 30 years ago and is very much the story of the Buckland family. Tim Buckland planted his first coffee trees (10 hectares) in 1980 in Hazyview on the majestic Sabie valley slopes. Kim joined him later as they started their married life and their passion and dedication to the business grew as did their family. They soon realised that selling green coffee was not going to be enough to build a sustainable business. Tim then built a coffee roaster from scratch that is used to this day! They perfected their own roasting technique and so the Sabie Valley Coffee brand was born.
In a recent speech, actor Jeff Bridges referenced ocean-going tankers. These require enormous rudders to turn, and it took too much energy to turn the rudder to turn the ship. So engineers came up with a brilliant idea. Let’s put a little rudder on the big rudder. The little rudder will turn the big rudder, the big rudder will turn the ship. The little rudder is called a trim tab.
Just like in the Brené Brown quote above I’ve sometimes been afraid of the discomfort of vulnerability. Of not being in control, of not being perfect. But creativity, any creativity, not just physically creating something out of nothing, but creativity in decisions and in navigating life, can only exist if we realise that perfection doesn’t exist, and that failure is ok. We must step out into the “chaos” to be brave for only then can magic and growth happen. Anything less, will lead to stagnation
In everyday our kidneys make 150 litres of urine a day, but keep back (reabsorb) 148 litres of useful substances, like protein, and excrete 2 litres of waste. They can be likened to a huge swimming pool filter which never needs backwashing, and will rarely need an overhaul if you look after your health!