Questioning our beliefs

Questioning our beliefs

Month: March 2016
March 22, 2016
Month: March 2016
March 22, 2016

We all want similar things in life really. Most of us want to be happy, to have nice things, a successful job, people to love, and people to love us. And we chase this in whatever way we think will get us there. I was chatting with a friend of mine in Nepal and he said something really interesting.

As we go through life we get more and more affected by a hangover of the past: what we haven’t done, or haven’t got haunts us into the future and we desperately try to get things to suit us so that we can finally reach that point where we can have it all and be ok. This concern for our perceived lack of not having enough yet, or not quite being there, is rooted in a restlessness called fear, and this uneasiness often manifests in aggression, irritation or impatience. By this, he was not suggesting we stop working hard or stop taking on challenges as they appear on our path. He was suggesting we change our attitudes and be driven by a courageous pursuit of growth rather than a restlessness that has its foundation in fear.

Now I’m sure we don’t all go through life driven by fear in this way, but is was interesting to note that in order to be content, we need to trust ourselves and have the courage in our own abilities to guide us through life successfully. We need to break down our self-imposed walls of imprisonment and wake up to our own consciousness as the moral compass that will courageously deliver us into the future. With a strong belief that we have what it takes to get us there, we can allow ourselves to relax and really enjoy the ride as so many of us profess.

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Living in fear of not being happy

Living in fear of not being happy

Month: March 2016
March 18, 2016
Month: March 2016
March 18, 2016

We all want similar things in life really. Most of us want to be happy, to have nice things, a successful job, people to love, and people to love us. And we chase this in whatever way we think will get us there. I was chatting with a friend of mine in Nepal and he said something really interesting.

As we go through life we get more and more affected by a hangover of the past: what we haven’t done, or haven’t got haunts us into the future and we desperately try to get things to suit us so that we can finally reach that point where we can have it all and be ok. This concern for our perceived lack of not having enough yet, or not quite being there, is rooted in a restlessness called fear, and this uneasiness often manifests in aggression, irritation or impatience. By this, he was not suggesting we stop working hard or stop taking on challenges as they appear on our path. He was suggesting we change our attitudes and be driven by a courageous pursuit of growth rather than a restlessness that has its foundation in fear.

Now I’m sure we don’t all go through life driven by fear in this way, but is was interesting to note that in order to be content, we need to trust ourselves and have the courage in our own abilities to guide us through life successfully. We need to break down our self-imposed walls of imprisonment and wake up to our own consciousness as the moral compass that will courageously deliver us into the future. With a strong belief that we have what it takes to get us there, we can allow ourselves to relax and really enjoy the ride as so many of us profess.

Get in touch
   +27 82 554 4614
  klasie@streetschool.co.za
   10 Repens Street, Paradyskloof,
Stellenbosch, 7600

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   +27 82 554 4614
  klasie@streetschool.co.za
   10 Repens Street, Paradyskloof,
Stellenbosch, 7600

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The “real” world vs the “reel” world

The “real” world vs the “reel” world

Month: March 2016
March 6, 2016
Month: March 2016
March 6, 2016

We live in such a conceptual world sometimes. The “reel” world and not the real world as someone once put it. We discuss principles and ideas, we think of the past and the future as if it’s real, and we start believing experiences we haven’t had yet. But it is not until we actually do something valuable that we truly connect with a moment of truth.

Today we met our Nepalese host families and the group checked into their homes for the week. Later I had a cup of coffee with the organizer Krishna Khaitu and on the way back to my room bumped into one of the girls – in tears. There’s nothing like tears to expose a moment of truth! She was visibly moved by how little these people have and how content they are despite their apparent lack of possessions. And couldn’t but reflect with amazement at her own relative elaborate level of wealth.

This powerful realization that it is not the stuff we have which gives us happiness but something else, came to her so clearly this afternoon. And this observation became a moment of maturity. Growth does not necessarily imply that we mature. Someone can grow very old without having learnt the important lessons in life. It is only when we grow upwards by learning from life’s lessons that we become a little wiser about how life really works. Who knows what this moment will mean for her but for those few minutes this afternoon, she saw a ray of light.

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   +27 82 554 4614
  klasie@streetschool.co.za
   10 Repens Street, Paradyskloof,
Stellenbosch, 7600

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   +27 82 554 4614
  klasie@streetschool.co.za
   10 Repens Street, Paradyskloof,
Stellenbosch, 7600

Accreditations

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