Tag: renewal

On the day job

Yesterday I hinted at a day job…

Remember when I posted about getting our car back two months ago? At the end I joked that a job offer was all that was needed to make my birthday week complete.

What I didn’t mention was that I had applied for a job just a few days earlier, and in fact I got an email inviting me to an interview a mere sixteen minutes after my birthday ended at midnight a day after that post.

Two interviews, a five-week trial period and another interview later, and today I started working for…

No. It’s better if I show you:

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On choosing me

My sister and I were very much church brats growing up. We weren’t pastor’s kids, but my first ever friend (and, for a few weeks in the fourth grade, fiancée) was. My father was head of the Sunday School (by second grade it was my job after church to run across to the school whose premises we used for Sunday School and unlock the classes before the others arrived) and organised all the church youth camps while my mother cooked for them. My first bee sting was at one of those camps.

The second Wednesday of each month was spent playing on the church office floor while my mother received the offerings collected by the deacons during home visits the previous week. Sunday mornings I sat with my dad among the elders, and my sister sat with my mum in the choir gallery.

This is going somewhere, promise…

On re-invention

Wait!  Don’t go.  You’re in the right place.  If all else fails…use a hammer has just had a bit of a makeover.  What do you think?  You like?  It’s not yet permanent.  I’m still experimenting with the new theme and haven’t decided whether I’m keeping it, but it’s growing on me.  In any event, go check out the new About pages while you’re here and let me know what you think.

Why the change?  This has been a good week.  But this past week things have been changing.  I’ve started exercising again (motivated, in part, by the discovery that I had gained six kilograms since April).  I’ve started making progress with my reading for my degree.  I’ve started writing again (okay, so I opened a new document on my pc and stared at the page for half an hour – that’s the most writing I’ve done outside of this blog for months).  I’m just, like the epic song by Nina Simone says, feeling good. Continue reading “On re-invention”

On Change

I’ve always thought myself somewhat of a traditionalist.  I’ve always argued, why change something if it’s working fine?  I used to scorn at people who, in my mind, pushed for renewal and change just for the sake of saying they’re doing it.  I could not see the sense in change simply for the sake of change.  My motto:  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Thing is, what if it is broke?  It’s like driving with worn tyres.  They seem fine, you never have any problems, until that rainy day when you hit a puddle going 100km/h.  Then you suddenly realise those tyres should have been replaced months ago.  It’s what George Barna refers to as frog-in-the-kettle syndrome.  Please don’t try this at home Continue reading “On Change”

On Insanity, Repetition and Change

einsteinChange.  Now there’s the key to the whole matter.  We don’t like it.  We keep on doing the same thing in the same way, hoping against hope that this time the results will be different, risking insanity in the process, all for the sake of not changing.  “Yeah, my job sucks, but at least I know what I’m doing. At a new job it will only be worse.”  I challenge you to say that you have not used some variation of this at some point in your life.  We shun change because “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t”.   Continue reading “On Insanity, Repetition and Change”