Thursday, 15 May 2014

Getting Over That Hump In The Road


As we get over Wednesday   Hump Day and slide into Thursday, some weeks we slide too far down the hump and battle to get up the steep incline that is Thursday - this week is one of those Thursdays. We have had so many Public Holidays in South Africa that having a full five day week has proven to be a problem for most of us. Hump Day meaning - Middle of the week as per Urban Dictionary . We went to the voting polls and cast our vote on Wednesday last week. On Thursday we were all glued to the news bulletins and by Friday, even before the votes had all been counted, we got on with our lives and "forgot" that voting and elections had even happened. I asked Mark yesterday if his life has changed in anyway since the week before we voted and he looked at me strangely for a second or two and said "no it hasn't" and the penny dropped. Our lives really don't change much, but we all get into heated arguments about Politics at election time - what for?

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Sometime, after Clinty died and my battle with getting justice for his unfair and tragic death, I came across Stop Crime Say Hello an initiative that roughly interpreted means that if we Greet each other it will end Crime. I was too numb and involved in my own pain and battle with the unfairness that is life, to be cynical and think "Yea right - saying hello will stop crime" and I signed up for the newsletters and also communicated  via email with Justin Foxton the founder. My interpretation of the Stop Crime Say Hello initiative is that in a Country that is so full of negativity and hatred, we should look at our own faults and contributions to an unjust world. I am a dreamer and not a doer and I really admire people like Justin Foxton who don't dream about change, but "do" change. I still read the newsletters from Stop Crime, sometimes life happens and they end up in the clutter of my inbox and I don't get to read them, but 98% of the time I do read them and each and every article makes me think about the message the author is trying to get across and makes me try and change my thought process. To sign up for these thought provoking newsletters Click Here. Justin and his wife also set up a home called the Baby House at their home for abandoned babies in South Africa. Another problem that is rife in South Africa, young mothers who just abandon their babies or throw them in dustbins, because they don't see light at the end of the dark tunnel that is their life of poverty. Young girls also waiting for that change that never happens.

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Chad said to me yesterday, mom you are right, all the Political Parties are just in it for power  - with all the money they spent on campaigning, they could have built houses for homeless people. That is the change we need to see - where Leaders care about their people and not themselves and their campaigns to get into power.

So for today's motivation and inspiration, I leave you with these Thursday Thoughts.

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Have an awesome Thursday

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