Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just over a month ago, not long after I first arrived in South Africa, I was thinking about this excerpt from the writing of the thinker Kierkegaard. Far from referring to anyone else as a schoolboy in this sense I came to realise how easy it is to become like that. I had been doing so many “sums” over the course of my time away from South Africa that I wanted to look for the easy way out at least for a short while…
I came across a similar thought in the famous (or perhaps infamous) book by Paolo Coelho, book by Paolo Coelho, The Alchemist. In the story the idea of a “personal legend” is spoken about as well as a treasure that comes with living it out. At one point in the story someone remarks that many people want the treasure without living the life (or personal legend) that results in the treasure. At times, I still think that I just want things to happen or that I want things to work out and for everything to be easy or okay or something like it. Coelho’s characters suggest that this is not the way to live. Additionally if I look at one of my favourite biblical personalities, David, I see that even he had a long road to walk before the promises Yahweh made to him were fulfilled. So realistically who am I to think that any less could be expected of me when the man who was said to be a “man after God’s own heart” had a trudge a long road to see his destiny fulfilled. In fact he even had to fight numerous battles on that road.
If I think about my ups and downs along the way I realise that had a taken short cuts (if that was an option) there would have been so much that I would have missed along the way. Once again I find myself in an all-too-familiar situation where I could (and sometimes do) wish that things were moving a bit faster in some imaginary “better” direction. But in reality we’re all moving into the future at a speed of 60 minutes an hour so why not enjoy the journey?
Friday, January 16, 2009
It’s been over a month since my last update and I’ve had at least one request for news from
In between the usual events I was able to attend a really good friend’s wedding. We’ve been really good friends for a while now and it was good to be able to be there on her big day. One of the strange things was that prior to the wedding I had only met her husband twice just before I left
So what am I still doing in
That’s all from me for now. it’s early Saturday morning and I’m going on a walk/climb up Lion’s Head (one of the mountains surrounding the