Posted in Inspirational, People, Random

Online Community Kindness

Yesterday I was moved by a fellow blogger in the online world.  I have never met the guy. But he was kind enough to reblog my recent post called: The Confessions of a Domestic Worker.

It’s a short story I submitted for a competition hosted by SA Writer’s College .  The story is about good human nature.  Writing against typical stereotypes.  It’s message.  It’s moral would hopefully warm your heart and make you smile.

Thanks so much to Herman van Bon Photography for re-blogging my recent post.  I appreciate it a lot.  We may never meet some the online folk (fellow bloggers) but we can still help one another.  Pass on good inspiration.  And just motivate and encourage one another.  The online world is like another universe. 😉

But there is a sense of solidarity that we as online “dwellers” share.  We display our art: words or photos or thoughts to a world that is willing to listen.  No obligation.  But we all do like a LIKE.

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Posted in People, Random

The “have a drink” radio comment.

Yesterday (9th March 17:45), the DJ on KFM radio station, mentioned in a news report that the traffic leaving Cape Town was jam packed!

She suggested that the listeners (who were thinking of leaving work) rather go have a drink first before heading home.

Her thinking (I assume) was that the listeners (workers) should wait for the traffic to calm down. Before taking to the road.

In her very next breath, she had to say, what I meant by a drink – is to go have a coffee…

BUT, did she really mean that? Or was she ACTUALLY referring to something alcoholic?

AND if she was – why would that be such a bad thing? Why did she have to correct herself on air?

I think South Africans are too conservative in their word choice and life actions.
Let me explain,

Why did she (the news reader, I assume) have to correct herself?
By her saying: “Have a drink” is she condoning drunkenness?
Or drunken driving?

NO!

People – when the hear in conversation “have a drink” – they automatically think the speaker is referring to alcohol? But, maybe they’re aren’t?

And if they are, what is the problem with that?

Having a beer, or a glass of wine, before someone has to head into the traffic, may just be a good thing. After a long, stressful day of work, maybe having a drink, would calm one down. (We,know alcohol has that relaxant in it.)

But, point is, “Have a drink” – is not a negative statement.

“A drink doesn’t lead to drunkenness.”
“An idiot with a drink leads to drunkenness!”

Perhaps, the presenter or whoever offers at advice, should say, “Yeah, go have a drink. Unwind a bit before facing the traffic… but if you are an idiot, then perhaps you should stay away from anything alcoholic and just have a coffee. Because no one likes a drunken idiot!” 😉

Do hear what I am saying? Or what I have written?
(That’s what came to me, when I heard the news reporter / traffic reporter person speak…)

So… welcome to the weekend.
If you like the taste of wine or beer (for there ARE some tasty ones), and you are craving the taste, go and enjoy it!
But don’t be a dick! Because that’s just annoying!

Cheers!

Posted in Inspirational, People, Random, South Africa, Uncategorized

Pneu

I’ve been here in my new job for just over a month now. It’s been incredible!

I realised. Maybe my friends and some family, may wonder what I actually do? And also what is with the whole #pneulife and #pneugeneration I keep hashtagging in my Instagram posts. It’s not like I am spelling NEW incorrectly? 😉

So last night, we held an event called WTF! Not what you think… but rather:

WE THE FAMOUS!

I was seriously blown away and so inspired by the talent that we have in our school.  These students had me kinda emotional.  From dances, to skits, to singing… it was seriously really good.  I thought to myself:  Thank you Jesus, I get to be part of this and surrounded by this creativity!  Here are some pics from the night.  But actually they don’t really do justice:

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To see some videos of the night go to the Pneukleus Instagram account.

So my role her is that of Gap Year Coordinator.  What does that entail?  Yes, some seriously adventurous and fun stuff.  But that really is only 1/5 of the programme.  In each week, with the students, we will do career exposure (cover about 13 different careers).  Then we do some spiritually development stuff.  Going deeper in connection with God and one self.  There is also an aspect of self discovery.  Each person working out who they are?  Personality type, love languages, etc.  Then there is the fitness side.  And I cannot exclude, the massive tour prep.  This is taking the gospel (good news) out to various towns around the country.  Using dance and drama –  But the quality of this is outstanding!  The young adults are dancing to the likes of Michael W Smith.  (When did teens in high schools ever connect with that? haha!)  Nope!  The Pneumatix crew is dancing with relevant stuff and bringing a message that hits home.  That’s what grabbed me, when I saw them on tour…  They were not afraid to cover and deal with the difficult topics.

And what is also something to note.  Is that these youngsters we have here on campus.  (52 this year.)  They also come here with a story.  Life hasn’t always been kind to them either.  So this is a place where they will find healing too.

There are many places, these young folk can study.  And at those institutions, they are just a student number.  Here they are known, couched and cared for.  When these young adults leave, they will leave as gentlemen and ladies, who have been educated in excellence!


So they the point of this post… about the PNEU.  Comes from the word “Pneuma”

It refers to the breath of God.  Which is just pretty darn cool!  Reminds me of the passage in Ezekiel 37.  This VIDEO depicts it well.  In this passage Ezekiel is show a valley of dry bones.  He is asked by God if they can come back to life?  God’s in inviting him to see something incredible.   To be part of something incredible.   To cut a long story short… the PNEU / “breath of God” is given to these dry bones and they are brought to life!

Another encounter of this PNEU is when God makes Adam.  He’s breathes life into him.

So that’s what we are as a campus / college.  We want each person to experience the “breath of God.”  Thus giving them a #Pneulife and becoming a #Pneugeneration.

Besides… the whole PNEU thing is quite catchy! 😉

So my gap year programme is called Pneukleus – again going with the whole Peu thing…

Pneumatix is best known for it’s performing arts department.  Some seriously good dancing here, and acting.  Then we have film school here and music.  And theology.  Any psychology.  There is a lot to be done here.

So next time, you are in the area.  Do pop in, come and see what we are about.  Besides, we have the most incredible campus:

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So that’s it for now. A bit about #Pneumatix and what I do. If you want to know more. Feel free to ask.

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I must end off with this. In Secunda, one breathed in the pollution of Sasol. Here I keep singing the lyrics of Switchfoot to myself: “I can feel my lungs again”

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Colours of the week…?

Black Friday. Black is a whole description for a Friday. I see Friday as red.

Speaking of colours of the week. Where does the association of certain colours for certain days of the week come from?

I see:

Monday as black
Tuesday as light green
Wednesday as purple
Thursday as.. probably white?
Friday as red
Saturday as brown
Sunday as pink or orange?

But where do I get that from? Where does that association come from?

Maybe when I was young and we learnt the days of the week…the week day names were written in that colour or where on that colour background?

The mind is a peculiar thing.
Just another random post 😉

Better than colours… one should attach emotions as the cure did:

“Friday, I’m in love…”