Now!

It’s month-end Sunday.

It means we survived the tumultuous month that was; and almost a week of stage 4 loadshedding that wreaked havoc on our personal and professional lives. The matric class of 2021 is in the midst of their final examinations and other learners are preparing for their finals too, making it a stressful time.

Of course the countdown to Diwali is on, Christmas is coming and 2022 is almost here.

Yes, I said that all in almost one breath!

I’m tired. Or to use the lingo of the times – my tired is tired. And I’m not alone. At least three friends I chatted to on Friday expressed how tired they were and that they were looking forward to the weekend.

Is this the calm after the storm?
Or is this the calm before another storm?

Well the weekend is almost over. But tomorrow’s public holiday makes it a long weekend. Hoping that you will exercise your democratic right, one that was courageously fought for, and make your mark.

Back to my questions… As I tried to answer them, I realised that there will always be storms and so too will there be days of calm. Such is the ebb and flow of life. The key is to not get too caught up in the storms – which could be deadlines, which was the case for me last week, or even the cooking, cleaning and piles of laundry at home – which the gloomy and rainy weather in Durban didn’t help with.

We cannot control everything. We should focus on the NOW instead of feeling weighed down by it all. Take it moment by moment, hour by hour, and day by day. I tried it, and it worked. Even when those deadlines seemed impossible to meet, somehow, it all fell into place. More than that, there were many signs along the way, motivating me, encouraging me and making the load loader.

Amidst it all, a friend shared this and it truly resonated with me.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

This post isn’t about me preaching these truths about life. It’s a reminder to myself too. And a work in progress.

Let’s not be too hard on ourselves. Living through COVID-19 has been hard enough. Let us live, love and laugh, whole-heartedly, unconditionally. Our journeys will be different, but when our paths do cross, let’s be kinder and more supportive of each other. And remember to smile with your eyes while you’re masked up. We’ve had enough practice so let’s keep at it!

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4 thoughts on “Now!

  1. I needed to read this as my tired is tired of hearing Covid being an excuse and tasks from seniors with deadline being now. Where has the year gone, why am I always chasing my tail yet so many are lax…

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