On being Different and why that should be okay

Some thoughts about being different: It is okay to be different. After all, we all are.  i have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks doing a lot of self-reflection. The in-your-face realities of a deadly worldwide pandemic, my dad about to turn 80 [this Saturday], hearing of a new colleague on a board i just joined losing his life in a car accident, are all things which can make you [...]

Are you listening?

Are you a good listener or a committed speaker?  Take a few moments to think back to the last three proper meaty conversations you had with friends or family. If someone had been holding down a timer every time you spoke and releasing it every time you listened, which would be the bigger number? Take a moment to imagine if the people you have last spoken to were asked that same question. How might [...]

Confronting Whiteness with Asanda, Hani and Megan

Anti-racism work with friends beats anti-racism work by yourself.  Since returning from America with the absolute determination to confront my own racism and try to make a difference in South Africa this work really has been a key factor in my life. And Megan Choritz has been one of my friends who has helped really shape my thinking and understanding and doing. Part of that makes a lot of sense as she has been [...]

Belated Word/Phrase for the Year 2021

My word for 2021 is Curiosity! Every year i pick a word or phrase for the year.  Looking back to 2019 i can see that my word for that year was Stewardship and as i read through the list of attached goals and hopes i can see that most of them were achieved. But then we entered 2020... i remember last year tbV and i were nearing the end of our two month trip [...]

What i am Reading: The Art of Possibility

i just finished reading The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander.  While a lot of the work in this book echoes the "Yes, Let's!" principles of Improv that i have been playing around with for 20 plus years, i found the principles and story-telling to be quite inspiring. This is definitely a book i would recommend. No surprise really that the short stories - and there are many of them [...]

Are you making anti-racist disciples?

Have you considered making anti-racist disciples? This is something we don't hear too much about. When we hear the term 'disciples' we might think religious context and christianity in particular. The last recorded command we have from Jesus was: 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them... and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'  But there is definitely something in there worth paying attention to, even if you are [...]

The Little Garden That Could

How does one go about creating Eden? Especially when the story starts something like: Once upon a time there was a wasteland, a dry and barren verge of ugliness in a small corner of Diep River. Well, the first step is to have a dream and my wife Valerie [aka tbV or The Beautiful Val, to me!] and i had been wanting to do something creative and gardeny in our community since we moved [...]

Sharing is Blaring.

Yes, yes, i know what you're thinking - "Sharing is CARING, Brett!" - and that's true. Teaching kids to share can be one of the greatest lessons we can give them - actually teaching adults to share would be an amazing accomplishment and sort out many of the world's problems. But i want to suggest a new way of thinking about this, especially when it comes to the internet. Sharing is Blaring. Blare: to [...]

What am I not doing?

Describe to me how the world would look to you if everything was working for everyone the way it was meant to. i imagine for a lot of people this might look like a list of negatives: No more racism No more sexism No more zenophobia No more hatred of any groups or people who are different in any way. No more wars No more rape No more violence And so on... What is [...]

But what can I do about race? [Ideas 1-5]

"But what can I do?" asked the white person. Who had just about gotten to the point of realisation that things were not white right in the world with regards to race and that something needed to be done. Which is where a lot of white people tend to stall out. "Yes, i get that there's a problem, but tell me what can I do?" as if with any other problem they faced they [...]

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