Monthly Archives: November 2018

2020 vision – what is your response? South africa …


There is a goal to eradicate blindness by cataract by the year 2020. Perfect vision is 20/20 or 6/6. A world health organisation WHO initiative from 1999 that aims to address multiple issues around vision and avoidable blindness it has taken off beautifully in some parts of the world and yet is sadly lacking in others.

Interesting to me the case of the eastern cape government, happy to jump on the band wagon of an NGO like Grace Vision and “claim” it’s successes but not even vaguely interested in helping fund a very worthy and well run cause.

I used to work in the government sector for 8 years. There is every single excuse not to work thought up by the staff nursing and other -like not enough staff (they require 4 nurses in order to operate), out of stock of something, too hot, too cold etc etc. Possibly some vaguely plausible but almost always overcomeable with will.

I find it sad that as humans when we are part of a big machine like government sector the vast majority of us default to the lowest energy setting.

Challenge to government health sector – partner with the NGO’s financially and see the gain/win and delight of YOUR people – the people of south africa.

WEll done mediclinic!

A chicken in the clinic …


I spent last week doing cataract surgery MCSIS at Zithulele hospital and more specifically Grace Vision (NGO). This is an amazing NGO doing phenomenal work in a very rural and poor community. They have managed since inception to alleviate blindness in their immediate vicinity.

THis means that according to the world 2020 vision target they have already done in by 2018 !!

That is simply amazing and unheard of in this part of the world – the eastern cape.

But then Zithulele at large is not your average place either.

Run by inspirted staff at large it’s a place of many miracles daily. Zithulele is a government hospital just off the road to coffee bay, transkei, which has managed things that few such institutions have been able to through sheer hard work and lots of prayer and mindful action.

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Tell the truth or at least don’t lie …


We are all spiritual beings and have intrinsic innate plumb lines.

We all also have unbearable ignorance in us. There is actually much to navigate in this life. And choices present themselves and when they do the choices potentially direct or re-direct the rest of our lives.

So really we actually do have some control over the path.

I guess what I am trying to say is that life is as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it and within us lies a lot of intrinsic value as well as rubbish and we somehow have to sift out the rubbish and learn to trust the truth the internal plumbline that longs to direct our hearts and souls in a direction of fulfilment.

And to this end, we can really only be true to self if we are willing to be honest.

We celebrated world diabetes day this past wednesday and Diabetes in essence, especially type 1 offers and real deal opportunity for a whole family to get honest about a lot. A curse in essence which sometimes turns into a blessing in relation to facing challenges and rising in a dignified way above them.

In daily confronting a disease like diabetes that challenges you to eat healthily and responsibly, inject correctly, pre-empt highs and lows and at the same time fight the chronic disease fatigue.

The irony is if you manage your diabetes well you outlive the rest of the population due to preventing things like heart disease etc. I wish it were so simple with our psyche. Diabetes is a special challenge to the psyche and so many patients battle this daily and win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear can be overcome by humour, there is indeed no other way…


Of two choices you can be certain – to choose love or to choose fear. What do you choose?

One of the best ways to combat fear is humour – Pieter-Dirk Uys said this in an interview with Gareth Cliff on Cliff central …http://cliffcentral.com/ – an awesome place to find cool pod casts.

Another thing that struck me is how as humans when there is a big internal fear of big feelings like for example homosexuality or being abused etc, that we someone turn our focus to self-loathing. That shadow self, the “unacceptability” thereof then turns into a great fear and we operate frozen out of contempt for this. This is not healthy.

Another thing I learnt yesterday is that depression is fear turned inward, internalised.

Not a good thing.

And yet there is freedom, there is joy, there is dancing.

IN humour, in letting go, in acceptance of self. In naming the emotion and confronting the fear in a gentle accepting way. Sitting in the mud with it. Alongside it.

We are complex individuals who crave, long for and desire connection. Empathy is the key to that connection. Without empathy connection is nearly impossible. Empathy.

 

 

 

 

Mental health …the big taboo


Tell someone you have breast cancer at the very least they have sympathy for you. Tell someone you have broken your arm they will say I am so sorry. However let it be : depression, or drug addiction or any mental dis”order” shoo but the judgement, the “look” and the opposite of support.

Like a sausage, by and large every time.

Even amongst colleagues. Even amongst loved ones.

Why? Why such stigma, such judgement, such vile poison?

Are we afraid? Is it fear? Is it selfish?

I don’t know, I only know the reaction is sad.

We are all physical, emotional and spiritual beings who battle multiple fronts on any given day. We all have spots in all of these areas. And yet in the strangest way we are all connected. And deeply so. Believe it or not. Your choice. But the truth is we are.

Think on this today. Perhaps you have such a person in your life. It would mean the world to them to even just be accepted by you.