Create memorable moments for others By Tex Hlalele

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We don’t remember dates, we remember moments

December month is a period of festivities especially marked the Christian calendar. The big factories and companies go into recess, affording workers space and time to be with their loved ones. This is the time to forget the hassle and buzzle of the big cities and be with your loved ones. Most will gravitate to the coastal areas to enjoy the oceans and the mountains that adorn this country. It is truly a time to be filled with peace, love and tranquility. It is the opportune moment to shine light on others and create moments to be treasured. This can be done by observing the following points:

1. Your family is your glass

This point was succinctly stated by the former CEO of Coca Cola when he highlighted  during his speech in 1991:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends and spirit. And you’re keeping all of these in the air.  You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life”.

This paragraph is a clear illustration of the importance of the family.  If you say you love your family be present and involved in what they do. Be a shoulder that your girl and boy child can cry on. Be with your spouse and your partner to rekindle your love for each other. Be there in mind, body and soul.  Make sure that when families gather around the dinner table you are there with yours as well. Your presence matters more than the money you may want to send from afar.

2. Do well to others

Shine a light on others and give out of your heart without expecting anything in return. I personally believe that being a giver is a great space to be in. It connects  you with others on another level of humanity. There are many charities and orphanage houses were you can contribute your time, donate unused yet good items or even cash towards the advancement of a better course. Put a bright spark on that neighbour’s child and buy them a toy, take them to a park to enjoy with others. Pay a visit to that old citizen who has been neglected by his or her loved ones. They don’t need your money, they just need a token of appreciation wrapped in love and delivered through your presence.

3. Give your money leadership

This is a period when most employees receive their 13th cheques and bonuses. These are the monies received after 11 months of hard toil and the only best thing to do is to invest it wisely so that it can create memorable moments for your family in future. I have personally heard people talking about paying yourself first. For most people this means spending impulsively as if there’s no tomorrow because “I have worked for this money “. People spend beyond their means because they boldly state that money can always be worked for. You should respect money and give it leadership and not the other way around. It should grow and work better for you while you’re asleep. We cannot afford to squander what we have  worked so hard for because of 5 days in the month of December and January (Dec 16, 25, 26, 31 and 01 January). Spend wisely thinking of your family and their tomorrow.

South Africans use the expression  “ke December boss”. Loosely translated it means December month has arrived. In practice this translates into people celebrating unthinkably because it’s a month of festivities. People drive recklessly on the roads hence the fatalities we experience from time to time. People stay away from their families and spend huge amounts of money only to come back to their “homes” broke both financially and spiritually. The casualties are children when schools reopen and the family remaining behind to pick up your pieces because you failed to just take a moment and create memorable moments for others.

 Please reflect and write answers in your journal:

– How does a memorable month look like for you as you close 2016.

– Which activities are you undertaking with your family?

– Identify a child or family in need to help in whatever way it is possible for you.

Tex  Hlalele

Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper

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