Starting again with gratitude and thanks

2015-09-10 06:00

AFTER recently moving from a house with a big garden to a simplex in a complex of limited space, where I’d resented having to confirm to rules, I sank into deep depression.

Being accustomed to a life of hard work, there was a blow-all to do. It had most certainly not been my intention to retire, now all I do is walk the dogs and talk the dogs.

Routine slipped away as I became progressively more disorganised and lazy, I turned into a “couch potato­”, and was formally regarded with revulsion.

Tired of having “why I should respect you” and “you’ve never worked, but depended on hand-outs”, flung at me shook me into action.

In Durban I’d made a good living as a commercial artist and portrait painter-cum caricaturist, Dammit, it was high time I shook myself awake. So I turned to our Father, the creator of all mankind and besought him to help.

Christmas time was pending and searching through my portfolio I took out displays I’d formerly executed in Zululand and in Durban. I would do some canvassing for commissions again however, becoming unsure of my ability, seeing that it had been some 10 years back I had last painted. I had mixed feelings of trepidation and anxiety about what I set myself to do.

How exciting it was to get an order from that lovely generous young woman, Kim Petterson.

Where and how do I begin - it has been only with God’s inspiration and guidance that I’m managing to complete this project. Doors started opening, a local architect provided the tracing paper I needed and then, miraculously a dear couple came forward with an electric cutter I needed for polystyrene.

I humbly thank you dear Father for the gift and this ability, not only do I want to thank Kim, but I also have to extend my sincere thanks to Desire and Desmond for their extremely kind gesture in making me the gift of a beautiful polystyrene cutter. I wish I had their contact details as I would have like them to see the finished work.

However, if it was not for God and his supportive strength none of this could have happened.

Now my children tell me “at last you can use those oil paints, unless they have dried up like the one’s we gave you”.

Gail Allan


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.