OPINION | Brent Lindeque: The Good Things Guy offers tips for the last quarter of 2022

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I keep saying this and will say it again, it’s the ordinary South Africans who make this country great, writes Brent Lindeque

I know that we are all dealing with a lot right now. As someone that sits in the frontlines every day, I get messages all the time from South Africans asking for financial assistance, for guidance dealing with mental health issues and also people just reaching out, hoping to be heard.

Regardless of your income status, age or lifestyle, we’re all feeling the pressures of the final push of 2022 and load shedding is just adding unnecessary stress. It doesn’t matter if you have solar, or an inverter, or a generator. The traffic around you is a mess, the cellphone signal becomes non-existent, and the majority of the country is left powerless. 

These last few months are really when the cracks begin to show a little more, our patience is a little thinner and we’re all a bit more on edge. But there is something we can all do to ease the burden. Be the light! Be the helper!

Being a little kinder 

Imagine you could help someone get through today just by being a little kinder? Because you actually can. We might not have power right now - but you have the power inside of you to really help others. While it's tough living in South Africa and there are loads of things to be sad about, a little bit of kindness can help someone get through their day a little easier.

You never really know the true impact you have on those around you. You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. That message checking up on them. Or that moment of goodwill. You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around. You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.

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So don’t wait to be kind. Don’t wait for someone else to be kind first. Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.

Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth.

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Just be kind... because you never know how much someone might need it.

We’ve got this, South Africa! I keep saying this and will say it again, it’s the ordinary South Africans who make this country great – we are the ones that lift each other up, that assist when someone needs it most and we come together at the most pertinent times again and again! We will get through this as we always do, together.

That's it. Be the light.

Okay. Love you. Bye.

- Brent Lindeque is The Good Things Guy. 


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