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.
Sadly, the norm these days is the moment something crosses our path that is ‘different’, not up to our expectations or standards, we jump onto the criticise bandwagon. We immediately look for all the faults, all the reasons why it’s just wrong. We don’t hold back in the viciousness of our attacks, which fortunately are often only verbal, but pretty devastating nonetheless and continue to create even more division.
It’s fascinating to watch people endlessly complaining about litter and yet not coming up with solutions. When the Municipal strikes are on and the streets are trashed with rubbish bins upended, very few businesses get down and dirty and clean up their little section of road and pavement. Why should they? It’s “someone else’s” problem.
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?
It’s that time of year again, a time of slowing down or gearing up if you happen to work in the retail or hospitality sectors. While many look forward to lazy days and holidays, time to replenish and rest, others are facing the hustle and bustle and long days in their stores and lodges making the most of the “milk and honey” time.
I’m working on an idea for a directory linked to the We Are White River App for our informal contractors to help create employment and connect them with customers. Still in the early stages but I’m excited at the potential.
Gate vs Di meant that I had to opt out of my ‘normal’ life in many ways, for several months, and to be honest I am not sure I want to return to it! I have learnt to be way more mindful of how and where I spend my energy. And I began to wonder, what if I could live like this all the time?
On a planet filled with over 7 billion people, our deepest desire is to belong. To feel like we matter. To be seen. It may explain why selfies, reality shows and You Tube videos are so popular. Our 15 minutes of fame on social media.
Life consists of a series of experiences and yet so often it seems to be more about seeing the experiences through the phone or tablet so we can immediately post on social media. So the question is, are we really experiencing the experience in that moment, or are we simply wanting to document it to show the world where we are, who we are with and what an amazing time we are having?
Slow living in White River doesn’t mean you can’t be productive, or make a difference, or be involved. It also doesn’t mean slow service – often the downside of living in the “Slowveld”!