One million in my box

I have just finished reading a book called STUCK IN HALFTIME by BOB BUFORD. Bob has written a number of books relating to the shifts that happen about halfway through the journey of life. This particular book he wrote because he experienced many people being stuck and not being able to move from success to significance. The journey of turning the page to a new chapter of life is not as easy as it seems. We struggle because of fear, risk and certain worldly traits that keep us captive. In an e...

Going on a play date

I have been working too much lately and not spending enough time on rest, reflection and creativity. I spend time writing and when one is tired it is difficult to call up the creative side of who we are. Last week I thought that I needed to join a creative writing class.. A few years back I read The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. She has a sequel called "Walking in this world”. Part of the secret of creativity is to take yourself on a weekly "play date". This can be a walk, visiting a place t...

Me,Myself and I

Social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are moving from early adopter to main stream stage around the world. I am interested in your thinking around how you use social media? Is your facebook only for friends? Why do you use twitter? Do you use skype only for family? Have you tried blogging? Once you have thought about these questions I would like to know if you have thought of an integrated social media strategy for your life? Why would you avoid sharing information on facebo...

Walking in my own Refirement Career

Refirement is about discovering and knowing your skills, talent and passion and turning this into purpose and change in your later years. The line on my website Refirement Network ( is DON'T RETIRE- REFIRE. My first 25 years of work life was spent mostly in the parenting industry and early childhood. Smile Education helped to educate parents on how important the first 6 years of life are and that parents are the primary educator. 80% of the brain is develop...

The story of life

I have stumbled across a great blog site called: In some ways I feel as if I know Charlena, even though we have never met. That is one of the great gifts of the Internet. Every now and then one stumbles across someone who seems to reflect your life, inspires one to go to the next level or just to sit back and learn from their story. Three years ago I took the brave step to live a more authentic life. I wanted to walk in my calling with God....

Happy Birthday Madiba- 67minutes- “46”-6-“64”

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela Today Nelson Mandela celebrates his 92nd birthday. It is also the first global day of donating 67 minutes of your time in honor of this great man. The “67″ represents the number of years he served the Nation of South Africa. This morning on the news I heard that the success of the Soccer World Cup is the gift he hoped for. South Africa showcased our c...

Gini coefficient

The Gini coeffecient is a complex calculation. In simple terms it is a measure of the difference between the rich and the poor within a country. The bigger the difference the worse the gap. Sadly this is a South African statistic that we should never be proud of. At the moment we hold the award of having the greatest difference of any nation in the world. Developing nations will always have this as a challenge. The rich have so much and the poor have so little. This past week I saw a few exam...

The world of work

Every day I get up to work. Sometimes I work for money and sometimes I work for free. At times the work I do for free adds more value to my life than the work I do for money. The worldview is that work = money. Do you agree? In South Africa we do not have a volunteering mindset. Maybe it is part of our history? The question is how do we change this? The world of work is changing. We now have more of a portfolio approach where work for money will be one of the components of the whole. Work for ...

Your children are my children

There are about 30 000 schools in South Africa. Only about 6000 of these schools are working with any sense of excellence and giving the children an education that may prepare them for a 21st century world. Education is a basic human right and currently the state of our nation is a disgrace when we measure ourselves against this part of the agenda. We are all citizens of this nation. Daily we hear and read about this challenge. It seems hopeless and one may feel helpless. The easy route is to...

The parable of the dinosaur and the chameleon

In the late 1940’s and 50’s after the Second World War a whole bunch of babies were born. These babies formed part of a large species called “baby boomers”. They caused a lot of upheaval in the world. Their parents were happy and excited about life after the war. Business was booming and the Americans even put a man on the moon. These children were growing up with a positive attitude and even believed that they could change the world. Schools and universities were built to accommodate this growi...