A few random thoughts

I was send this by my colleague, Mercy,  from Nigeria and want to keep it so I am posting it here to refer to.  Some wise thoughts…. 

  • Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout the journey.
  • So why is a Car’s WINDSHIELD so large & the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.
  • Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.
  •  All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
  • Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
  • Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!
  • When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
  • A blind person asked Saint Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
  • When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  • WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.
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What does it mean to be a mentor?

One of my most inspiring mentors, Tony Carr, is having a Big Splash this weekend (although I would imagine the water in Cape Town might prove to be a little cold), as he and his very special partner, Margaret, is celebrating 120 years of being alive and well and living a Cape Town. I, unfortunately will not be able to make it there on a Face- 2-Face basis, but I am planning to take some time out, pour a little fruit juice and “virtually” have a little splash in their honour (It might involve a little splash of vodka with a twist).

Thinking about this special day for Tony and Margaret, made me think of what make them such incredibly momentous people. This in turn made me think about what it means to be a mentor. If you count the number of times I have used the word “think” already, quite clearly, I think that this is the first response they elicit in those around them- to make them think

But I think I am digressing. Tony and Margaret personify the word. Mentors.

According to the dictionary (online of course) to be a mentor is to be “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.” Them to a T.

Tony started off as my imaginary friend (that is what my husband thought). When I started my studies, I discovered Tony somewhere in the realms of the virtual world. Even though I never smacked eyes on him, he was there with advice and gentle prodding and pulling, guiding or rather reflecting me in the right direction whenever I dashed off on a wild goose chase or he had to un-cringe me from various foot in the mouth (my speciality) situations. Sometimes I wondered if he is the voice in my head or if he even really exists (in real life that is).

He has the ability to bring out the best in people. He makes the time- a rare quality when it comes to academics. When you get despondent with teachers who do not want to learn and learners who do not want to teach, he ALWAYS comes up with a subtle solution and even makes you think that it was your brainwave. When you reach a dead end- he is there to inspire you.

Big scale mentoring is his speciality as is evident in his conferencing persona. He is always ON. Never OFF. In ten places at the same time- virtually everwhere- no escape-relentlessly pulling the world into an educational debate of note. Always pushing the boundaries while at the same time making everyone feel valuable and noted. The best conference director ever.

Which brings me to Margaret.   I can only think that we need to give Margaret some of the credit here as I cannot see how Tony can be this omnipresent person without having a life-force to support and inspire him. I first met Tony and Margaret in Hogsback (my paradise) after years of Tony being my imaginary friend and was astonished to see that they (both) actually exist in real life (or I might also have been mistaken as the fresh mountain air can make you think that you see things, hobbits, fairies). What striked me though, was the sense of their communal mentorship- something more than just being soul mates.

Margaret and Tony, even though we cannot be there to splash with you, I do hope that you will be dancing wildly (I will do my jiggle here in your honour). And I want to thank you both for changing the lives of those you touch, including me, by being mentors in the true sense of the word. Thank you.

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  • The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
  • Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
  • If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.
  • Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
  • A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.
  • How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
  • Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
  • Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
  • Scratch a cat and you will have a permanent job.
  • No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.
  • There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
  • There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM. It could be a right number.
  • No one ever says ‘It’s only a game.’ when their team is winning.
  • I’ve reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.
  • Be careful reading the fine print. There’s no way you’re going to like it.
  • The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
  • Do you realize that in about 40 years, we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)
  • Money can’t buy happiness — but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Corvette than in a Yugo.
  • After 50, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead!!
  • Always be yourself because the people that matter don’t mind, and the ones who mind, don’t matter.

Thanx Leon for sending this to me.

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Mammas verduidelik

kidsHoekom het die Here Mammas gemaak?
1. Sy is die enigste een wat weet waar is die sello-tape en prestick!
2. Sy moet eintlik net die huis skoon hou.
3. Sy moet ons uithelp as ons gebore word.

Hoe het die Here Mammas gemaak?
1. Hy het grond gebruik net soos met almal van ons.
2 Hy het bonatuurlike kragte en baie tou.
3. Die Here het my ma gemaak net soos vir my.
Hy het net groter goed soos kop, arms en bene en goeters gebruik.

Van watter bestandele is Mammas gemaak?
1. Die Here het Mammas gemaak uit wolke, engeltjie vlerkies en hare en baie ander lekker goed in die wêreld. Maar ook ‘n klein bietjie lelik en gemeen want sy is partykeers kwaai.
2. Hulle het begin om mammas te maak van mans se bene, maar ek dink hulle het meestal ‘n klomp tou en lyn gebruik.

Hoekom het jy JOU Mamma gekry en nie sommer enige ander mamma nie?
1. Ons is familie.
2. Die Here het geweet sy hou meer van my as ander kinders.

Toe jou Mamma klein was, watter soort dogtertjie was sy?
1. My Mamma was altyd net my mamma en niks van daardie ander soort goed nie.
2. Ek weet nie want ek was nie daar nie. Maar ek dink sy was nogal baie baasspelerig.
3. Hulle sê sy was baie gaaf en lief.

Voordat sy met jou pa kon trou, wat moes sy van hom weet?
1. Sy van..
2. Sy moes weet van sy aftergrond. Lyk hy soos ‘n skelm? Word hy dronk as hy bier drink?
3. Maak hy ten minste R56,000.00 per jaar? Sy moet weet of hy JA of NEE gesê het vir drugs. Ook of hy JA of NEE sê vir los werkies soos huis werk?

Hoekom het jou Mamma met JOU Pappa getrou? Die beste ene ooit!!!!!
1 . My Ouma sê sy  kan  dit nie verstaan nie, my Ma het seker nie mooi reguit gedink nie.

Wie is die baas in julle huis?
1. Mamma wil nie die baas wees nie, maar sy moet want sy sê my pa is dom-onnosel.
2. Ma is. Jy  kan  dit sien as sy na my kamer kom kyk. Sy sien al die goed onder die bed raak.
3. Ek dink my ma is die baas. Maar net omdat sy soveel meer goed het om te doen as my pa.

Wat is die verskil tussen ma’s en pa’s?
1. Mammas werk by die werk en hulle werk by die huis. Pa gaan werk net by die werk.
2. Mammas weet hoe om met my juffrou te praat sonder om haar bang te maak.
3. Pappa’s is groter en sterker maar Mammas het invloed en gesag, want jy moet haar vra as jy by ‘n maatjie wil gaan oorslaap.
4. Mammas het ‘n tower stokkie. Hulle  kan  jou beter laat voel sonder medesyne.

Wat doen jou Mamma in haar vrye tyd?
1. Niks. Want Mammas het nie vrye tyd nie.
2. Jy moet haar hoor! Sy betaal rekeninge die hele dag lank.

Hoe  kan  mens jou Mamma perfek maak?
1.. Aan die binnekant is sy reeds perfek.. Buitekant .. ek dink een of ander soort plastiese operasie.
2. Die kleur van haar hare. Ek dink miskien blou.

As jy iets kon verander aan jou Ma, wat sal dit wees?
1. Sy het hierdie nare ding in haar kop dat ek my kamer moet aan die kant hou. Ek sou daarvan ontslae raak!
2. Ek sou haar slimmer maak, dan sal sy weet dit was my sussie wat dit gedoen het en nie ek nie.
3. Ek sou graag wou hê daardie onsigbare oë agter in haar kop moet uitval.

(Dankie Lelanie vir die ene)

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Wat my ma my geleer het….

Ma het my geleer hoe om te bid:
Elke aand, nadat sy my in die bed gesit het, het sy gesê:
“Dankie Here hy is in die bed”
“Jy moet bid dat daardie kol op die mat uit is as ek vanaand by die huis kom”

Sy het my geleer van “time travel”:
Ek sal jou tot in volgende week in klap!

Sy het my geleer pa’s is slimmer en ryker as ma’s:
Gaan vra jou pa!

Sy het my geleer oor fotosintese:
Lyk dit vir jou of geld op my rug groei?

Sy het my geleer om altyd nederig en Klein te wees:
Mannetjie !!!

Sy het my van die weer geleer:
Dit lyk of ‘n dekselse orkaan jou kamer getref het

Sy het my geleer van fauna en flora:
Moenie vir my vertel pêrredrolle is vye nie!

Sy het my geleer om myself te ontdek:
Hou op om jou soos jou pa te gedra!

Sy het my die wetenskap van osmose geleer:
Hou jou mond en eet jou kos!

Sy het my geleer van uithouvermoë:
Jy sal by daardie tafel sit totdat jy jou spinasie opgeeet het!

Sy het my geleer van sintuie:
Kinners word gesien en nie gehoor nie!

Sy het my geleer van humor:
Hou aan lag, Dan gee ek jou iets om oor te huil ook!

Sy het my van jaloesie geleer:
Daar is duisende arm kinnertjies wat ouers soos joune begeer!

Sy het geleer dat daar ‘n plek en ‘n tyd vir alles is:
As julle mekaar wil vermoor, gaan doen dit buite! Ek’t nounet hier skoongemaak!

Sy het my wiskunde geleer:
Sit jy alweer en tanne Tel!

Sy het my logika geleer:
Want ek sê so, dis hoekom!

Sy het my geleer dat wonderwerke nog kan gebeur:
Ek sal jou klap dat jy jou antie vir ‘n eendvoël aansien as jy my weer terug antwoord!

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A purrfect day

I seem to be having a lot of purrfect days, as a matter of fact, I am desperately trying to recover from 2 purrfect weeks where everything seem to just fall apart. I have been trying to not sleep in an effort to keep up with my days but alas seem to get more entwined in time-less-ness…

Here is a graphical representation of what my days have been like!

Thanx to Sandra for giving me this purrfect day!

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Try Me!

rough seas.jpg“Smooth roads never make good drivers. Smooth seas never make good sailors. Clear skies never make good pilots. A problem free life never makes a strong and good person. Have a tough but winning day ahead! Be strong enough to accept the challenges of life. Do not ask life, ‘Why me?’ instead say, ‘Try me’.”

— Author Unknown

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This made me cry!

Story behind this slideshow….
I got this from my good friend Sandra as a 1 MB slideshow attached to her forwarded e-mail. The e-mail has been forwarded (from what I can see) at least twice. She shared it just with me as she propably knew that it would make me cry (I am very cry-ie @ the mo…).

As I am busy preparing for a workshop with AIDS workers to share with them how Web 2.0 tools can be used for advocacy, I couldn’t help but make a connection between the Powerpoint slideshow and what the best way is to get the word out there! I wanted to pass this slideshow on, but decided against it a it will have a COST implication for my friends (and for me)by uploading (passing the e-mail forward)/downloading the whole 1MB show! I then decided to upload it to Slideshare.net from where I can just send my friends the link/invite them to come and look at the show, or embed it here in my blog. Luckily I first checked if someone has not already uploaded the slideshow…and of course…it was there already! And I was also presented with a whole lot of other slideshows on the disaster, some of which have been viewed 5511 times! Now this is getting the word out.

So lesson learnt (between all the tears)

  • If you receive (hear about) an inspiring slideshow, chances are that it will already be on Slideshare.net. Search for it there
  • Blog about it…now you have not only passively consumed the massage, but are actively adding your voice to the Cause = Advocacy
  • Pass the message forward…but this time only paste the link into the message, thereby saving yourself and your friends valuable bandwidth and cost, while still getting the message OUT THERE.

Okay, I will stop crying (whining) now….

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