One word: Surreal. That is what this past week has felt like for us all. In just one minute, everything changes. We are asked to self-isolate for two weeks if we’re feeling ill, and now we are to practice social distancing. And fear moved it. Fear is like a smoke-screen blinding you and rendering you breathless.
Fear and anxiety can escalate when one reads news reports on the Corona Virus, fires across the planet, gender-based violence and more. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming and often I’m at a loss for words. When I read the stories, my heart aches for the pain all over the world. It’s important to guard one’s heart, but also to keep it soft and remember kindness.
Why did I write a book on fear? No mountaintop comes without the challenge of climbing over obstacles. And although I would love for life to be easy – it never is. Life seems too comfortable, then hard, then smooth and messy in-between. It’s the challenges, the hardships, the pain and the trials that shape us into who we are. I don’t particularly like pain, and I don’t think you do too. During tough times our character grows and strength develops.
Food is necessary for life. Our body, soul and spirit all need sustenance, therefore grow in intentionality in making choices that lead to life, peace and joy.
While scrolling through Instagram the other day, I read a saying that went something like this: “What you consume in private will be seen in public”. Oh my! This was an intriguing thought.
Whatever we consume, be it food for the body, input for our mind, our emotions, and even spiritual nourishment will eventually emerge into our public life
Does your state of happiness seem to fluctuate based on how your children come home from school? If they are happy, do you find that your joy level soars? What about when they struggle with depression or peer relationships? It’s not always easy to separate our emotional well-being from our children, but it’s oh so necessary.
I live in South Africa’s best wine-growing and making region. Stellenbosch is home to the world’s best Chardonnay, and some pretty good Serah’s, Cabernet Savignon and many other fine wines. As I look out of my dining room window, I watch the vines growing at my neighbour’s vineyard. Fresh leaves at Springtime, ripe grapes later that summer, harvest time and then pruning – a living metaphor permeates my world.