Saturday, April 4, 2020, 08:36

Day 9 of lock-down,sounds almost surreal, and as I listen to and watch the torrential rain filling up my courtyard, it almost feels that way as well.

There are days when I have no words, this is one of those moments, how do you put into the words and truly capture the immensity of where we are at the moment. With the rand weakening dramatically against the dollar, the country in junk status, while in lock-down, SME's grappling for new innovative ways to do digital business, we are sitting in a time of uncertainty.

I feel as if when we do step out into the world to resume life as normal, it will be like dipping your toes into a cool pool, before jumping in. We may need to ease ourselves in gently, as we resume a new normal.

This week has been filled with many emotions, yesterday we heard we lost a friend who has been ill, and once again I was reminded that it is not death that frightens us most as believers, it is living. Living without someone I love, is the hardest thing I have and will ever have to do.

My heart is with that precious family, another beautiful soul gone from the world too soon, but today there is rejoicing in heaven.

As a Creative Coach, I am incredibly excited when I hear how this lock-down is getting people’s creative juices flowing. Two of my friends have created blogs, one has even published her book, another is starting to write her story, and I am just thrilled to be part of these incredible women’s lives. I am the first person to encourage you to unearth and unleash that which lies within.

I have three beautiful ladies I am coaching at the moment, they are all at different parts of their creative journey and I am truly excited about what God has in store for them.

Yes, as I mentioned, we are living on the one hand in a time of uncertainty, but on the other I believe we are moving into a new era. When before in our lifetime has time literally stood still? That the birds of the sky can fly without restraint, and the fish in the sea can see the clarity of the water around them. Take Venice for example, the water runs clear and dolphins and swans have returned. Is that what this is all about, clarity?

Do we love better, more or less during lock-down. Are we confined to our own emotions, are we being forced to face that which we are most afraid of - ourselves?

Are we stopping to even think, or are we being caught up in the business of our designated roles as mothers, fathers, siblings, workers, writers, CEO’s - we are the same - each of us - my husband would quote the ‘polystyrene cup theory’ - we only receive the privileges we have because of the positions we hold - when our positions change our privileges change.

I for one am aware of this more than most, as the Editor of TravelmagSA for seven years, when I changed my stripes, as I call it, my entire world changed. Privileges which were a part of my world, VIP status and media privileges disappeared overnight, it was replaced with humility, and self sacrifice and grace - how much richer am I now for the opportunity to receive discipline when I was looking for favour.

I am going to leave you with this Ann Quindlen quote - it could not reflect the opportunity of this time we are in more aptly.

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life, it never crossed my mind that that person could be me.”

Till next time…

Love Justine (Jay)


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