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Feature Part 2/3: Life has a way of surprising you

Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed

Life has a way of taking you down roads you didn’t want to go and amazing you with everything you didn’t know you wanted.

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Feature 1/3: Just Winging It

A short while ago, I asked three loved ones to look back on their thirty-something lives and write what they saw. I’ll be including their writings as featured posts here in an attempt to encourage you dear reader. Ofttimes we think our situations are unique to us; and while that may be true with regards to specific incidents, the struggle to find ourselves in a broken world is shared universally.

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Beauty in obscurity

Our backyard has a beautiful backdrop – a small hill with numerous bushes and thorn trees. We often spot baboons, jackals, guinea fowl, a variety of birds, warthog, meerkats and the occasional steenbok eating or sauntering by just a few meters from our wall. In summer we can also see the sun set behind the hill that is behind us. During the rainy season (though the rains have been scarce due to the drought) there’s a placidness about the view as one watches sheets of heavy rain pour over the brown hills.

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Unconditional gratitude

I find it annoying that when I can least write, I am most full of topics to write about. Then when I finally have a good block of time to write, my mind refuses to engage. Pffft.

Conditional gratitude

Some years ago I listened to a cancer survivor talk about unconditional gratitude. I forget the details but the essence of his message was that though it’s good to be grateful for all you have, the true test of character comes when you hit rock bottom in life and you’re left with nothing, materially and physically, to be grateful for.

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A mama’s dilemma

“Don’t grow up too fast, but I also can’t wait for you to start sleeping through the night”, I whisper to my 3 month old son as he contentedly feeds at my bosom. That’s the conundrum I find myself in – I yearn to have my unencumbered life back, yet I simultaneously want to cherish every Pinterest-worthy and every cry-it-out training moment (cringe) with my little one.

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