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Don’t feel sorry for too long

07 March 2014, 13:51

Yes, we are all going through difficulties, and rough moments in life at times. Indeed, one needs to reflect back in order to pave a way forward, to understand background in order to plan and execute future plans well. But those reflections must not take too long.

Some of us failed the examinations that had the ability to open doors to our promised brighter future. We lose the ones we love, those who give us the courage and comfort when the journey of life gets tougher and cruel. We lose jobs that gave us the means to sustain ourselves and our families. Some are out of marriages that they built, nurtured and fought for many years, but unfortunately things did not work out. All these situations bring sadness, insecurity, anger, blank and dark hopes for the future.

We need courage and determination like Caster Semenya, who fought back after media scrutiny on her gender issue. It was a very sensitive issue that had the ability to demoralise, demotivate and ruin her career and life, but she fought the battle. A young Nkosi Johnson fought the battle of an HIV/AIDS pandemic. He changed perceptions about HIV/AIDS. He taught us that HIV can be treated, and no one needs to be ashamed of it. Like Steve Jobs, these young souls never gave up.

Steve Biko, Sobukwe, and Chris Hani fought many years in jail. They experienced many challenges along the way, but those challenges did not dampen their souls to lose hope and dreams to liberate this beautiful country.

Emulate our South African Paralympic team players. Most in the team experienced tough and rough moments in their journey of life that changed their lives forever. They encountered accidents and injuries that made them to never able to walk again and diseases that paralysed parts of their bodies.  But the key difference is that they never felt sorry for too long and never gave up on their dreams.

Like Thabo Mbeki said in his presidential farewell address to the nation: "I would like to say that gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times.” And Dr David Molapo has added in his book ‘Choose to Change’, we should not taint tomorrow’s promises by the emotions and failures of yesterday.

Life is a journey, and through any journey we sometimes encounter difficult and unforgiving situations. But that does not give us the platform to be motionless, to point fingers and leave our own issues unattended. We need to cry today, soak the tears and move on tomorrow. Don’t allow yourself to be part of bunch of losers. You are the winner, keep pushing. Don’t give up.

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