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My New Year’s Resolution

Dear Citizens,

It is time that we gather our thoughts together and project ourselves into the year ahead. Now is the time, before it is too late, to focus our thoughts on that which is important. It is now, while we still have a moment before the headlong rush into our busy schedules commands our attention, that we must gather our senses and concentrate our energies  on the task of deciding what we would like to accomplish in the next twelve months.

It is hoped that the leaders of the nation have done their planning on a time scale that is over a period of years. Is there such a thing, as a plan for South Africa? Where should we be in the next year, the next five years, the next ten years and so on.

Is there an office that at least attends to this sort of idea? We need a plan that transcends changes in leadership. We need a plan that takes care of the everyday running of the country and one which strives to encompass the hopes and dreams of the people in a fluid and flexible manner.

We need to build a blueprint of governance which will allow for different styles of leadership yet keep the general parameters the same. In this way the people will feel more secure and, in knowing what they can expect year after year, they will be able to concentrate on being more productive and looking after themselves.

It is disturbing to me, the amount of incoherent and misleading information being flung about by authorities. This does nothing for the confidence of the citizens. This does nothing to encourage support from the man on the street. Why is it difficult to put out facts and figures for all to see that reflect the true state of affairs? Numbers that are accurate have so many benefits. On the presentation of accurate measurements it is immediately possible to find anomalies, do something about them and improve the situation. I fear that the misinformation is spread to cloak incompetence. I hope that voters will think carefully about who has whose concerns at heart.

But I digress. Now that the new year is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each one of you well for 2014. It is my fervent desire that you will all find opportunities to improve your financial, social and health situations. I, personally, will do my best to support your endeavors and I will try to see to it that conditions are conducive to a healthier economy for us all. I would also implore you all to recognize what is really important in life, to remember that time is precious and that a little respect and kindness to others goes a long way. Let us resolve to make time for work and leisure in balanced proportion and laugh at ourselves often.

Farewell for now and I look forward to seeing you all next year.

Best regards

South Africa.

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The Meaning of Christmas

My dear Fellow Beings,

As always the year has turned to look back on itself and is trying to assess the results of its labour over the past year. I get the feeling that it is not very happy with what it sees and feels that the report card would definitely support the comment “could do better.”

We have all thrown ourselves into the frenzied hype of rushing from pillar to post without due regard for the real consequences of our actions. We have in general sought to fill our coffers with quantities of tangible results, whether it be money, status or scores and paid little heed to the starvation of our souls. That which feeds our body and our psyche usually does nothing for our soul, and if we are to live our lives with purpose then we need to examine and discover that which feeds our soul.

Having said that, it is clear to me that it would be wise for us to spend these last few days of the year, when we have some time to ourselves, looking inward and adding one or two new items that do not usually appear on our New Year’s resolution list. Perhaps these items may run along the lines of, “I will ask my heart each day what it wants”, or “I will notice when someone asks for help”, or “I will value the service given to me by others and show my appreciation.”

All it takes is the addition of one or two easily applied actions, multiplied by 60 million, repeated 365 times, to increase the vibration of the country and lift our collective consciousness to a whole new level.

This is my request to Santa Claus.

Dear Santa,

Please don’t get stuck in the chimney. Please leave the cookies for those without Christmas dinner, refrain from drinking the beer as this could cause unnecessary accidents during the night and please make sure the crackers have ideas on how to feed our souls as well as the usual joke.

I thank you in advance for any gift you bring me since I realize the effort you have to go to just to get it to me. Please help yourself to tea or coffee and please try not to wake the kids on your way out.

Love and Blessings,

Yours faithfully,

The Higher Self of South Africa.

Christmas is, at its heart, a call to us all to try to focus on the better side of our own natures. And so let us do this and carry it through for the whole of 2014. We will all benefit. We will all find a greater measure of happiness and a lesser measure of stress. And as a result we will all be able to tackle the needs of ourselves and our neighbors with more grace and ease.

I thank you for all the time you have each given to the development of our common goals, and I hope we will learn from our mistakes and not allow the gross mismanagements that have occurred during the past year to be repeated.

May each of you be blessed and and may the sun shine on us all the warmth of our most precious land.

Go in peace,

South Africa.