Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Just Living My Life

As a joined the thong of early morning traffickers on a very busy Johannesburg freeway yesterday morning, I got stuck behind what was probably an unroadworthy vehicle going seriously below the speed limit.

Cursing and cussing I eventually got to pass him as a gap in the traffic allowed me to dart into the faster lane, but as I looked at him while I passed I realised that the reason for his travelling so slowly was that he had the "biscuit" spare wheel on which did not allow fast travel.

I chuckled as my frustration changed to realising that this poor guy was just trying to survive in what is undoubtedly a challenging world to live in. In South Africa, we don't have a public transport system of any worthwhile measure and travel is often the dividing point of whether one is employable or not. And even once employed, with pretty high taxes, high fuel and high cost of vehicle ownership, a significant portion of ones income is spent just on transport.

This poor guy probably didn't have the money for a new tyre but with lack of transport, he simply had no option but to make a plan and I'm sure that he will drive on the flimsy wheel until he is able to make an alternative plan which probably means waiting to the next month end salary....

It is so easy to condemn and swear at others that obstruct your own path forward but I guess we do need to stop and consider that those same people are just doing the best that they can in what often seems an impossible world to live in.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Living Your Destiny

I have just finished reading a news article on a Jewish mother who lost her son in the 9/11 attacks in New York. The thing that struck me was the line: "The attacks of September 11 2001, rewrote destinies the world over."

Interestingly, this Jewish woman, Marilynn Rosenthal, chose to research the background to the killer of her son and came out the other end as a defence witness against the putting to death of al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui.

I sense that instead of fighting her destiny, this lady chose to live her destiny. Destinies were not rewritten by the events of 9/11; the attack was destiny.

In life we can choose to fight our destinies or alternatively, embrace them and allow them to unfold.

I think I do spend a lot of time fighting my own destiny because it isn't necessarily what I want it to be...but I am learning over time to recognise who I am and what my destiny probably is and to start living my life in support of it.

And funnily enough, the more I embrace it, the greater my sense of peace...

Morality - Who Sets the Marker?

Life often presents me with the following:

  1. Where do I stand legally
  2. Where do I stand morally

Each can be argued in terms of the law of the land and the standards of society,

But what counts are the moral standards that I choose to live by.

Society can never set my standards for me - I set my own; so long as it's above that of society's, and it is by them that I strive to live.

What Has Become

What has become of things ...

Capitalism was meant to be the currency of prosperity
Technology, the vehicle of our futures
Freedom, the release of our spirits

But all we have discovered, is the bleakness of it all ...

In the absence of humanity, they become nothing but symbols of destruction!