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Perfect Moments

From the age of 24/25 I have kept a Gratitude Journal where I, in daily reflections, write the things that I am thankful for on that day. It calls me to actively look out for the silver lining in every situation, every single day. Even on the roughest of days, I have to (and I have learnt to) find something to be appreciative of. Finding a parking spot easily, making it on time for an appointment, having a good workout; all things to be grateful for. Some days there are many small things to be grateful for. On other days there are few, major things to grateful for. Sometimes I don’t write in my gratitude journal for a week, forcing myself into reflection; looking at the week in appreciation.

I had the opportunity to interview Barbara Lawrence-Strydom, author of  ‘The AfriCAN Journal of the Tembo Jike Leader’ who passionately advocated for appreciating what she calls the “perfect moments in an imperfect life”.

Since the conversation with Barbara, I have started to, in addition, actively look perfect moments in the day. No matter how fleeting, in their perfection.

A perfect moment where I lay in a room with bright, warm sunlight and I was in such peace and serenity that found myself dozing off. I woke up 20 minutes later feeling so refreshed and it was a perfect moment of rest.

A perfect moment of being hugged and assured of love.

A perfect moment of savouring a delicious meal.

The little things, easy to overlook, easy to take for granted; those are the everyday things that tie together to make our lives.

Life comes at us like a head-on collision at times; often leaving us feeling overwhelmed and with our mental, physical and emotional resources stretched. Life is far from perfect in many regards; yet there are things, moments, to be grateful for. The perfect moments in an imperfect life.

Listen to the interview with Barbara Strydom here

Your Story

Am I telling my story? My stories of navigating life; as a woman, as a mother, as a friend, as a partner, as a human being?

The conversation I had with Barbara Strydom left me so deeply moved and so introspective about how I am owning the narrative of my life, how the people in my life know me and experience me through my story where every day, as I live and as I move, sentences and paragraphs are added, enriching my book of life. When I am no longer able to express myself, how will those in my life know me or know of me if my journey is not written or shared? How will my narrative be told if I don’t tell it myself. What will my life be when it is told; a true reflection of who I am or an interpretation of how another has been moved (or unmoved) by my existence.
We live through so many experiences; do we stop to catch up with ourselves and spend time with the reality of that which was in our life and how it shaped who we are? Do we stop to share the stories of our journeys for others to take on theirs? As we chatted more, Barbara shared that she lost her husband and as a widow she teared up about how there are no widow stories for her to read and to learn from. A story from another, helping another to heal and live life in another reality with some reflective guidance. Inasmuch as our stories are the pages of our individual book of life that people can  experience us from, they can also be the illumination another needs for their journey, the much needed validation they get when they view themselves through the lens of doubt and inspiration when they despair.
But our stories are also our retrospective journeys into ourselves, into those perfect moments in an imperfect life that is simultaneously our perfect story.
What is your story? Are you telling it?

Listen to the interview with Barbara Strydom here.

Rewarding Experiences

Participating in the MTN Business Digital Masterclass was really amazing. Being part of an initiative that really empowers small business owners with practical and useful information to help them achieve their goals using technology was such a rewarding experience.

Well done to MTN!

Watch the video here.

 

Sithakela Isizwe

Four times a week, I spend 3 hours behind the microphone and I interview 4 people per show (sometimes more). That’s 12 interviews per week, 48 interviews per month and 576 per year.

I wish I had a copy of every interview I’ve done, I really do. Every interview is a lesson and it’s also growth. I’m pretty sure that I don’t sound the same as I did when I started out in November 2004 and I’m quite sure that I don’t sound the same on Sithakela Isizwe as I did when we first started the show in April 2012.
But I do have some of the interviews. Take a listen.

Sithakela Isizwe noZakes Bantwini 
Here we experimented with something we had never done on the show previously; we hosted Zakes Bantwini with a live studio audience with a live performance to wrap up the show.

Sithakela Isizwe noDr Sandile Shabalala 
It’s part of my job to discuss somewhat sensitive topics. Dr Shabalala came through to spend time with us in studio, discussing men’s health.

Sithakela Isizwe: Ikhaya Lethu noRev Hawu Mbatha
One of the highlights of this year has been the opportunity to be in conversation with Reverend Hawu Mbatha on Ikhaya Lethu. The insights and the wisdom have given me many lessons and food for thought.
 
Being on this platform is an amazing experience. Every day, I have the opportunity to share people’s journeys with the Ukhozi FM audience and I get to learn something new (whilst having fun!) every day.

Jamie Lidell: Another Day

I read somewhere that looking at old photographs is a good way to remember good times and important occasions in our lives. We take pictures of special moments, milestones and times we want to look back on and smile. And so it makes sense that, especially on days when we need that little reminder about the good we have in our lives, we look at old photographs and relive those moments.

Facebook makes this easy for us by showing us these moments that we shared on Facebook on their anniversary. Today my Facebook memory from three years ago was of a song that I posted. It brings back good memories and it reminded me of how and why I chose and still choose to be where I am.

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