Why this pamphlet?
South Africa is a diverse country and in a time where the economic, political and social landscape is changing faster than ever before. Not a day goes by where there aren’t a new set of challenges we have to face and overcome. But with it, also comes opportunity.
To see and optimally make uses of the opportunity presented to us here in on the Southern tip of Africa, we have to be open to new possibilities and also ideas, sometimes foreign to us, sometimes not, of what it takes to make it in this world.
We no longer live in the old times, where the unemployment rate was relatively low, crime was under control and where the threat of no electricity was unheard of.
We now live in a country where we have to adapt and overcome. If not, we will feel defeated and grow more and more frustrated.
Some of us immigrate to other more suitable countries. But the majority of the minority groups here, do not have means and will have to, somehow navigate the new reality.
And I believe it can be done.
South Africa will never be perfect. But if each of us does our bit, we can change our own lives, make it just that little bit better, and thereby contribute to the larger society.
I believe that perhaps we cannot change the world, or the government, or the African challenges we face, but we can change the way we live, think and interact with each other and the society we live in.
And I believe that we have it in us to inspire each other to reach for new levels of creativity, to not overcome the daily challenges we face of safety, provision and an ever diminishing infrastructure, but also to come up with new inventions that will make a difference on a mega scale.
Inventions can be a simple gadget or tool that improve our lives in the simplest of forms, or it can be new methods of how we protect each other, how we communicate or do transactions, build our communities or educate our children.
There is no limit to what we can achieve here in South Africa. And we have a choice. We can either focus on the countless challenges, or we can decide to divert our attention to practical solutions. The type of solutions that last.
For that to happen, we need to alter our thinking. Less complaining and more constructive thinking. Less mainstream media and social media, and more focus on gaining useful knowledge. Not mere information, but the knowledge of how to use the information for our benefit.
It does not happen overnight. It takes practice. But the more our society will start to function like a pro-active, solution orientated and productive environment, the more it will become contagious and grow exponentially.
How do we do it?
First of all, I don’t have all the answers. I might have some ideas but there are a lot more clever people out there than myself.
But what I do have is the means to share a word, that could alter our thinking from victimhood to being overcomers. If we ask “how?” the answer is simple. We change our attitude. We change our attitude toward the number of hours we are willing to work. Our attitude toward others, in seeking first to understand before we criticize. Our attitude toward what we are willing to do for our communities and our people who are in need.
And we do it with stories. Stories of success. Stories of endurance. Stories of how other overcame unemployment, illness, crime, or whatever the challenges for those were. We listen and we learn. And more then that, we don’t give up.
What do we do?
My love for writing, both articles and fiction, have let me write for newspapers, blogs and books. Writing is one of the best ways I can serve people, and so for me, writing is the game.
Each of us has a gift. A talent. Something we are good at, or something we love to do, that means something to our fellow human beings.
It doesn’t matter what it is. What matters is how we do it. With how much passion, love and dedication.
In short, this is what this pamphlet is about. Sharing stories that inspire us to make the changes necessary for us to win in this country. Sharing ideas that make a difference, even if it’s just on a small scale.
We have an opportunity to live our best lives in this country. Let’s make the most of it.