Looking back…

2015-11-30 19:59

Another year has passed... A year filled with ups and downs. A year filled with problems and victories.

In my opinion it was a year that should lead us to scrutinize our actions and motives. We have a lot to be thankful for…First and foremost we live in a society that allows for religious freedom. Where a lot of other people are persecuted for their religious beliefs, there is a lot of tolerance in South Africa…

Secondly we live in sunny South Africa, a country filled with beauty in every possible way. We have beautiful nature, diverse plant species, the big five and more…Another thing that we can be thankful for is the fact that we are the food basket of Africa. Although a lot of people in our country go to bed hungry, there is the promise of a better life if people are willing to work for it…We are a country rich in natural resources, a country filled with promise…

Yet there are also problems. We have lack of leadership in government. The cultural and economic divide in our country causes tension. Poverty thrives. Crime statistics soar. There are complaints about lack of transformation at tertiary institutions. What’s more is that those who are supposed to govern, are guilty of corruption…

South Africans should seriously consider the path ahead… Although we do have a lot to be thankful for, the above problems make us fragile in every sense of the word. If we want to continue celebrating all that is good, we also have to address that which is bad…

I believe that our country has a lot of potential. If governed correctly, if our problems are addressed adequately we can conquer the seemingly impossible. There is still hope for us…

However it is not just up to the government. As ordinary South Africans we should do our part. That means accountability in the small things. It means showing up for work on time, doing our very best at whatever it is that we do…It means working on our communication skills and building our relationships among each other.

If South Africans are to thrive, we are to do serious introspection. We are to look inside ourselves and ask what we are doing wrong and what we should change in our behaviour. It is the only way forward. There are no second chances in life. This is very much it! Our one chance to build a society characterized by all that is good and healthy. In order to reach that dream we all have to contribute. It is more than just paying lip service and talking about how things can be better. It’s about making things better! It’s up to us, to make the difference…

Let’s end this year by carefully reconsidering all that has happened and all that we have done. Let’s look at how we can make things better. Each individual in this country has a contribution to make. We can all make a difference.

A nation is made up of individuals. We are the building blocks of the society we live in. Let’s start building towards something better in 2016…

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