Sunday, April 30, 2017

A peek at my month......

Its after 9pm on 30th April - nothing like a deadline to get your fingers on the keyboard! Yes my last blogpost was 31 March and I really cant let myself leave April without keeping some record on my April 2017. So what have I been up to? It seems its all  been work and travel this year. I can't believe that I have been to Singapore twice, Capetown, Natal twice in three months! Its time to calm down I think and enjoy my home and my friends and that's exactly what I intend to do for a couple of months at least!
When I haven't been travelling, I have been working - all over the place and I have enjoyed every moment. I have a new group of young and energetic learners who make me feel like a high school teacher at times but they are fun and they keep me on my toes - except they make me feel ancient. I have also worked at NMMU and at the NM Business Chamber where I offered to do a session on dealing with difficult customers - I had no idea how popular it would be and I ended up with a group of 30 - it was a great success and I am sure I will repeat it. I think "How to complain (in a manner worthy of respect) should be a subject for life skills at school. Really - I heard some horrible stories of rude customers who have even thrown things at those serving them. So wrong! I am a someone who loves to give feedback when I am happy with service .......and also a responsible consumer who complains when necessary. Social media is also not helping as there is plenty of evidence on Facebook of adults having tantrums, melt downs and behaving in a seriously abusive way when not happy with the service they have received. I think you should give the service provider a change to rectify it first before ranting online.
Lots of special birthdays this month too - so I have partied with the best :-) Janine, Craig (turning 8) and today Jessica turns 13 and had a lovely birthday celebration at my house. again I found myself surrounded my young people and what lovely young girls they were - full of fun and life - well mannered and on the brink of womanhood - Just lovely! Craig chose to go to a movie with me to celebrate his birthday - he drove there with his 3D glasses on and his head out of the window so his hair would look spikey and cool which tells me he is growing up! We saw Boss Baby which is excellent - the animation is fantastic and I enjoyed the humour as much as he did.
I have a new camera - I had to replace the one stolen - and I have been getting used to it so have made a couple of game viewing trips to do just that - to Tala in Natal and today I went off to Addo and enjoyed wall to wall elephants - I could watch them for hours ....and sometimes do.  There are a lot of babies there at the moment and I love the way the herd protects them and then once in a while they make a break for it and take off - trunk feeling the way with mom in hot pursuit!
Just like those baby ellies - we are all learning lessons - I believe that is our purpose in life - we are here to learn and everything that happens to us - every challenge - every triumph teaches us something.
What have I learned this month?

  • Surround yourself with the right people - people who build you up and make you feel good about yourself.
  • Be that kind of person too and you will never be lonely!
  • I am usually time conscious but I have been reminded to invest my time wisely - its a precious commodity and people who don't treat it as such aren't going to get any of my time!
  • Be careful what apps you leave open - or you may get goat noises coming from your handbag when you least expect them!
  • Rejoice in nature!
  • Let go of things that are out of your control - que sera sera!
  • Don't make fudge unless you know someone else is coming to eat it.
  • Dont say Yes to anything without checking your diary - I have had a couple of "moments" this month.
  • Hang in there  - Its all in the plan!

My year is already quite full and I am blessed - I have a real feeling that I am in transition right now even when I am stationery. To where I don't know but I do know that the universe is conspiring to challenge me in new ways and that whatever happens I know that this year will be memorable and life changing - "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."