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following on closely from helping others to laugh more and find their joy is to dream and be part of other people reaching theirs [especially those who maybe grew up thinking that they weren’t even allowed to dream] – this makes me think immediately of people and things like brendan, val and many others and uThando leNkosi place of safety [http://www.uthandolenkosi.co.za] of my friend heather wonnacott and linawo children’s home as well as Vision afriKa [formerly vision K before it expanded – http://www.visionafrika.com%5D in Stellenbosch and even the simple way scholarship programme we are involved with.

i think one of the biggest problems in the world is that too many people exist and not enough truly live. [as much as that sounds too similar to a cheesy movie tagline i think it is true]

the tagline of this blog is “sucking the marrow out of life” and my friend jon pointed out to me the other day that it could also be seen as a play on words of the opposite idea of “sucking the life out of something” – as kids, most of us get to live life to the full and be fully enthusiastic and excited about everything, as teens and young adults we set out to change the world with all energy, enthusiasm and optimism and then BOOM, somewhere along the line we come into contact with disillusioned adults who gave up and settled or got hurt or burnt along the way and most of us [those who get tired fighting it] fall into line and do likewise.

we exist. but we stop living. well ‘we’ is not a good word there cos i certainly refuse to do that. and so should you – it is never too late to start living again.

if you are in a place of doing what you do where you are simply because that is all you’ve ever done or felt you could, then STOP!!!

take time to dream, to ask some “what ifs” [if i could be doing anything in the world right now, what would it be? if i was pursuing the passion God has put on my heart in a certain area, what would it look like? which of the ‘least of these’ is God wanting me to have greater interaction with?] and then take a chance, risk it, step out of the boat if Jesus has called you onto the waves [matthew 14.22-33]

you only live once, so make sure that you LIVE once… every day.

the beautiful val [tbV] and i are in a place and a context that is often difficult or overwhelming or challenging or frustrating for a whole variety of different reasons, but one thing we know for sure is that we are where God wants us to be at the moment [and it is also a place and context that is often incredible and uplifting and exciting and challenging too] and that in itself is enough to move us from existment to life… after all Jesus says in john 10.10 that it is the enemy who steals, kills and destroys [our dreams and passions and hope and adventure and risk and and and] and yet Jesus came to bring life and life to the full.

consider making this an evolution of your life in 2012 because… and really hear this… why not?

for the next powerful one on offence-taking click here.

hm. you know, having had a bit of a chance to think about it [once i crawled out from under the pile of stones] i think there is some point to the judgements that have been made. i say ‘judgements’ because they have come across like that which i find very sad. maybe it’s in line with the fact that it’s virtually impossible to read tone into emails and so someone might be saying ‘hey, did you think about this?’ and it can be read ‘you stupid moron, what a loser’ or vice versa.

R15000 in my opinion is a lot for a cycle. i was viewing it from the point of responding to a friend’s request and from the point of view of the guys cycling and i still think it is an incredible opportunity for them if they get to do it. but i do think that money could be better spent as well. so i withdraw my endorsement.

however, in its place let me promo this event which i completely back. The Vision K/Vision V picnic is a fundraiser to support the incredible work that is being done to transform lives in Kayamandi township amongst Grade 10-12’s and so if you are in or near the Stellenbosch area [hey Brits?!] then come along cos it will be a rad vibe.

for all those hating on my blog, why not try and take a different approach. i am very open to discussion and challenge and difference of opinion. But present it maturely and give space for difference of opinion in return. Keep the judgement to yourself and let’s wrestle with what are some very challenging life issues – how to live, how to spend our money, how to impact the poor, how to save the jobs and livelihoods of those who work at World of Birds, whatever it is. but play nice, that’s all i’m asking. and if you continue to choose not to, then i may finally decide that your posts are not worth having around in this space. your choice.

and thankx to all those who do come on and comment and challenge and wrestle but with respect and maturity and open-mindedness. that is how i think we will see things change. and i am all for change.

wow, someone sent me the link to this article written by helen zille about two matrics – Asavela Rawe (‘a 17-year old boy, who lives in a backyard shack with his single mother and three siblings, and achieved 7 distinctions in matric, including 97%for Higher Grade Mathematics and the top award in the Western Cape for Life Sciences’) and his friend Monde Simbosini (‘three distinctions and 98% for Higher Grade Mathematics’) – from Masibambane high school that serves the impoverished community of Bloekombos in the Western Cape…

it is a story of hope for south africa that can be reproduced countless times (i think of Vision K reaching kids from Kayamandi and now Vision V reaching youngsters from Vlottenberg in Stellenbosch in the same way) as people change their mindset and choose to embrace hope and challenge and life-transformation rather than simply going thru the motions…

read the full story here and please forward the link on… this is too good to keep to yourself…

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