About brettfish

Brett Fish is a lover of life, God, tbV [the beautiful Valerie] and owns the world's most famous stuffed dolphin, No_bob (who doesn't bob). He believes that we are all responsible for making the world a significantly better place for everyone.

Married People: Tips #6-10

Marriage Tip #6 Be quick to deal with issues. The bible [whether you believe in it or not] has this great piece of wisdom: 'In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.' There are times when anger might be a justified response to something but the key is not letting that anger cause you to hurt your [...]

By |2018-11-20T10:06:06+00:00November 11th, 2018|inspire-ations, love and chocolate, marriage|2 Comments

Married People Tips #1-5

Married People Tip #1 Find things to do together. Find things to do apart. Either of these extremes can be detrimental to a marriage and the balance will no doubt differ between marriages but typically i imagine there are some things you will find that you love to do together [for us that includes boardgames, weekend walks, certain series, challenging conversations, dressing up crazy to meet people at airports] and other things that you prefer [...]

By |2018-11-11T22:42:16+00:00November 6th, 2018|inspire-ations, love and chocolate, marriage|4 Comments

Follow your values or they’re not

If i had to ask you to sit for five minutes and write down the 5 top things you Value in life, what would make it on to your list? i haven't given this any thought at all [but hopefully with key values you shouldn't have to] but 5 that would appear on my list would be: # love God and follow Jesus # love my neighbour as myself  # generosity # honesty # hospitality [...]

By |2018-11-06T12:40:19+00:00November 6th, 2018|inspire-ations, people|0 Comments

Tales of White Fragility

i have just started reading Robin DiAngelo's 'White Fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism' and am already in love. You should basically just go and buy the book. [Got it for R200 on Loot] It is that good. Am only part way in and already feels like such a game changer both in terms of the language it uses [and some helpful analogy already] and the ways in [...]

By |2018-11-13T00:34:30+00:00November 2nd, 2018|race vibes, things to wrestle with, what i am reading|1 Comment

A Frikkin Hashtag: #TheyRobbedMyHouseButLeft

So my house got burgled and i lost a few months supplies of tweets saved for F.L.O.P. lists which gave me an idea of this tag which Cheryl and K Dawg ran for me: [The Story So Far: Every Wednesday at 12 noon South African time [6am EDT] an inspired and growing number of brilliant, creative and absolutely fun people from all around the world take part in what is called a Hashtag game. @AFrikkinHashtag [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:54:47+00:00October 30th, 2018|AFrikkinHashtag, games & Stuff, Hashtag Game, silly things|0 Comments

The two elders and the swine

i know a good number of people have been eagerly watching and waiting for this feedback. Let me start by firstly saying, 'That's good and well and fine and all, but it's not good enough. Have your own conversations. Invite differing opinions and viewpoints to your house for coffee. Take these conversations offline.' = = = = = = = = = = = = The Context A few weeks ago there was a bit [...]

When issues become people

i am convinced that the solution to South Africa's problems lies in relationships. Issues can feel quite overwhelming - and they are - but are also somewhat easy to take a break from or switch off. When it's your friend who hasn't eaten or is struggling to find work or is lying in a hospital bed, then it's a lot easier and more natural to show compassion and want to be involved. Another fire [...]

By |2018-10-27T08:44:13+00:00October 27th, 2018|activities, change the world|0 Comments

Justice had a beat

One of the absolute highlights of the recent Justice Conference in South Africa was the worship. Now Val and i learned from our wedding that sometimes amazing musical experiences don't translate on to video. The opening djembe arrival of the bride at our wedding is one of the most powerful musical moments of my life as first one then two, then five, then twenty djembes joined in to create a pulsating rhythm and a [...]

By |2018-10-26T07:59:35+00:00October 26th, 2018|inspire-ations, music, worship|0 Comments

But Jesus.

It's been a frustrating few hours arguing with people on Facebook around this statement i shared on Facebook: What if i am wrong? A number of people came on and defended the rich and tried to misdirect away from the problem and called me a lot of things, telling me how my line of thinking was responsible for more deaths than Hitler managed and so on. And it's super frustrating because a [...]

By |2018-10-30T20:54:14+00:00October 24th, 2018|challenging thorts, things to wrestle with|6 Comments

Blessed are the defensive

Why do you think you are defensive? And if a quick ebullient [don't worry, i had to look it up too!] slightly-too-loud I'M NOT DEFENSIVE burst out of you or at the very least charged its way into your mind, then that might be a helpful sign. Blessed are the Defensive... ...for they shall resist change! The online dictionary definition of 'defensive' starts off simply by saying, 'used or intended to defend or protect' which [...]

By |2018-10-10T08:22:35+00:00October 10th, 2018|shtupidt people, things to wrestle with|2 Comments