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Editorial - June/July 2022

Editorial - June/July 2022

Editorial - June/July 2022

Liewe Leser

Ek was nog altyd so bietjie van ’n swart-en-wit mens. Vir my bestaan daar nie eintlik grys areas nie. Dis reg of dis weg, no two stories.

Die een voordeel van hierdie uitgangspunt in die lewe is dat mense ALTYD weet waar hulle met jou staan. Die nadeel is egter dat jy soms te RIGIED mag wees. Rigied… ’n Ding moet sus of so gedoen word. Die lewe is kort. Doen wat jy moet doen en doen dit gou en reg. Maar wag, nou die dag wys my suster, Lindie, my op ’n nuwe neiging. Hulle noem dit slow living. Ek begin navorsing doen en is verbaas oor die hoeveelheid YouTubers wat hieroor video’s maak.

Slow living is a lifestyle which encourages a slower approach to all aspects of everyday life, involving completing tasks at a leisurely pace. (Wikipedia).

As jy kyk na wat in die wêreld aangaan: Dis oorloë en gerugte van oorloë, dis peste en pestilensies (en pandemies) en mense met die snaaksste idees wat jou in verstomming laat, dan begin mens nogal sterk te dink oor die konsep van slow living te midde van ons trapmeulgejaag.

Dalk sal dit goed wees om die pas ’n bietjie te verslap, om ’n bietjie grys in jou lewe toe te laat. Want wat is grys nou eintlik: die wonderlike vermenging van wit en swart. Die harmonie van integrasie, voorwaar!

Dear Reader

I’ve always been a bit of a black and white person. For me, grey areas do not really exist. It’s either right or wrong, no two stories.
The one benefit of this life view is that people ALWAYS know where they stand with you. The downside, however, is that you may sometimes be too RIGID.

Rigid… A thing must be done just so. Life is short. Do what you need to do and do it quickly and correctly. But wait, the other day my sister Lindie pointed out a new trend to me. They call it slow living. I started researching and was amazed at the number of YouTubers making videos about this.

Slow living is a lifestyle which encourages a slower approach to all aspects of everyday life, involving completing tasks at a leisurely pace, according to Wikipedia.

If you look at what’s going on in the world: We hear of wars and rumours of wars, pests and pestilences (and pandemics) and people with stunningly strange ideas. That is when the concept of slow living within the rat race starts making sense.

Maybe it’s a good idea to slow down a bit, to allow a little grey in our lives. Because what is grey really? A wonderful mixture of white and black – a harmony of integration.

Ebony and Ivory

On the face of it, our theme is about a hard, dark, sought-after wood and the nearly white tusks of the elephant. Icons of the natural world, enjoyed over the centuries by mankind to the point of near extinction.

The colours black and white are the mainstay of elegant design. Are you old enough to remember the Black and White Whiskey ad from the 1970s? Choose the right colours for the occasion. Remember the two Scottish Terriers posing for that advert?

You just can’t go wrong with monochrome.

Keep in mind:
“The second (commandment) is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31 (NIV)

Gerty Basson

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