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Watch “Pneukleus Gap Year” on YouTube

I have the privilege of running an incredible gap year programme here in South Africa.

This is so much more than just a gap year.
Other gap years are just about: “give me, give me, give me.”

The #Pneukleus gap year asks: what can you offer to the world?

We explore various careers.
We do adventures things such as zip lining, climbing Table Mountain, hiking, kayaking… the list is long…
We tour South Africa for six weeks performing gospel shows on stage.
We ask big questions of faith and God.

This gap year is about Growth.
You will be challenged!
You will be inspired!

More info here:

http://www.pneukleus.com

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Dear Hitchhiker (again)

I think I wrote to you before.
The early hours of the morning finding me driving past you again.
I want to stop.
But I am scared to.

It’s not you that I am judging…
It’s the horror stories that I have heard.
Truth is, South Africa doesn’t have pretty stats.
So I drive on,

Maybe a braver person, will offer you a ride.
But please hear me, I don’t think you’re a bad person.
I wish you well on your journey

Yours by road,

(Maybe coward) or (maybe cautious) driver,

Posted in Music

Dear Chester (minutes to midnight)

So I am probably going to be the millionth person to add to the mourning of Chester Bennington. It’s been an interesting few days talking over this with some folk.

I “met” your band many years ago when I lived in a town called Ladysmith.
Hybrid Theory awoken the world to some epic music!!! (I remember having One Step Closer screaming out the boot of my friend’s car. And we stood their like cool kids.) I think we even attempting screaming with you.

At clubs, just after our school years, we’d be moshing out on the dance floor to the sounds of Linkin Park.

When my dad had his stroke in 2007 and I went over to the UK, minutes to midnight became my sound track to those few weeks in such a wonderful country. I can still see (in my memory) the streets of St Albans; where I heard a particular song from that album. (yes, music transports people.)

These songs moved me a lot and have been added to the soundtrack of my life at some point:

1) Crawling
2) Place for my head
3) Hands held high
4) Leave out all the rest
5) Faint
6) Numb

There are more… in fact, like I said, above, the whole album (minutes to midnight) can be added…

It’s sad that you as a rock star, had unnecessary expectations placed on you. That sucks! I’m sorry that you had no one to speak to with the crap you were going through. That you had to get to the point that ending your life… would be the way out…

Chester, thank you for bringing your artistry to the world.
Bringing your heartfelt lyrics to the world.
The dark ones, the positive ones, all have helped others through times in their lives.

You may never know the impact your lyrics had on moving people from a place of pain.

Chester, rest “in pieces”

We do care, that “one more light” has gone out…

Godspeed,

A face in the crowd at Sonisphere 2009

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Of cycling

My finger tips clutch tightly
As I race down the hill
The crisp morning air colliding with my face
I feel alive

The world looks and sounds different from this saddle
I hear my tyres caressing the road
I hear the walking commuters talking
I notice stores and treasures I haven’t seen before

I welcome the fresh air in my lungs
The fresh perspective
Did I say, I feel alive?

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Of Day’s End

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A different scenes splashes before us each evening.
Never to be the same again.
A flurry of clouds tumbling.
Sometimes an orange glow.
Some nights a purple one.

In my Winter sky…
and in your Summer sky…

Don’t miss it!
Because it won’t be the same…
This is a once in a lifetime

Soak in the colours.
And see the One behind it all

Posted in Faith, Inspirational

What is your tone of God?

The other night before bed, Catherine read a portion of scripture to me.
I smiled at the tone of her voice as she read.
It was filled with awe and love and trust and admiration.

What do I mean, you may ask?

Her tone, represented a love and longing to learn more of who God is.

And that got me thinking…

TONE is crucial.

We think of how people speak to us. When someone speaks with an aggressive tone… a lot of us retreat from such a person. The tone puts us off! “Don’t shout at me with orders or whatever!” And even we are in a position where we ‘have to obey’ – we do the task begrudgingly.

If people changed their tone in certain situations and conversations they’d probably get better responses…

Back to scripture. How do we approach God’s word?

Is our tone, that of a scientist?
Or of a pessimist?
Or of an angry person?

Then perhaps when reading parts of scripture; the God “we discover” comes across as angry or negative or as “just science.”

Does this make sense for anyone?

Anyway, it’s just a thought I had. Take it or leave it. Comment or don’t.

Have a good Thursday evening!
Over and out…

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Barnard

Disclaimer.  This is a very unusual post.  But I just want to share how uncanny this is.

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This week with the gappers we are looking at the career or medicine.
Yesterday we went to talk to a Doctor. Her name is Dr D Barnard.
Then today (Wednesday) we visited the heart of Cape Town – the Chris Barnard Museum.
Then tomorrow I am taking the gappers to Career Direct to do some career testing / assessments. The lady I have been organizing with. Her name is Lynette Barnard.

Seriously, how uncanny is that? The surname Barnard, three times in one week. Hmmm, what did those old school pirates use to say? “Blistering Barnacles!” Oh wait… “blistering barnards!” 😉 (lame, I know!)

Thanks for allowing me to waste your time with this post… 😉