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Oscar Pistorius


Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day of celebrating love, spending time with your favorite people, a day filled with joy. Unfortunately, it also offers opportunity for heartbreak. Such was my Valentine’s Day this year.

On the morning of this global day of love reports flooded all forms of media as one of my favorite sporting personalities is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend. Oscar Pistorius is called a murderer. And my world was shaken.

Here’s why:

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation or trial, the world has lost a hero. A man who was viewed as a champion by overcoming the greatest odds is now seen as a killer. An athlete who defied odds to compete with the best athletes on the global stage is now labeled criminal, evil and worse.

Oscar is an athlete who – despite not having any legs – raced alongside the world’s best and is praised by the world’s finest. I am fuelled by his story as it speaks of self belief, perseverance, a “never say never” attitude, relentless determination and achieving what the world says you can’t.

After a week of news headlines and court appearances his image, to some, may be distorted and his sporting accolades overshadowed. For me, this is not the case. I have decided to separate man from athlete. The flawed and fallible Oscar will be tried and judged by the South African justice system while the inspired flag bearer will, in my eyes, remain a symbol of hope.

Call me naïve but I cannot allow this tragedy to steal the hope that his story offered. Whatever the outcome, I choose to hold onto the beacon that encouraged me to go beyond myself and strive to achieve the seemingly impossible.

Behind every wow…


This weekend is the African Cup of Nations final!

That’s not what I want to talk about but I am glad I have your attention.

And now I would like to divert your attention to this video I found this week- it shows a very skilled little boy who shows off his basketball trick shot abilities:

I guess this proves once again that I am easily wowed. I recently wrote a blog about us taking the time to marvel at the many wonders we are gifted with every moment of every day. A blog to which I received this message in response:


With that I would like to take my challenge/encouragement a step further. Previously I asked us to take more time to look around and take in the many beauties and blessings we have here on our beautiful continent. This time, let’s not stop there; let’s take extra time to take in the one who created it all. God took His time to place the sun just far enough from the earth to provide heat and light without incinerating it and all its creatures. All the things that wow you – thank Him for it and let’s celebrate.



That don’t impress me much


When last did you do something, see something, taste something and allowed yourself to be moved, to be wowed?

In recent years we have become so consumed with immediate gratification, with wanting more and insatiable standards that we lose sight of simple joys that surround us every day.

I must admit I am guilty of overdoing the “wow” sometimes. I am easily fascinated by music, places and people. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to an African gem; ultra runner Ryan Sandes. WOW! What an athlete! (Here I go again)Sandes has completed off-road races on 5 continents and won a great deal of them. His sport allows him to travel from the United States to Asia, South America and Australia racing on mountain trails, deserts and in some areas where no trail exists. He shared with me his love for the sport and how it constantly offers him the opportunity to be wowed. In love with nature and the outdoors he is fuelled by the beauty of our God created earth.

There he is, seen it all, won most of it, literally ran across the planet and yet delights in views from African peaks and landscapes of the Australian outback. Interacting with his peers and heroes yet delights in the friendly faces of foreign countries.

Ryan Sandes – Ultra Runner

As Africans we are blessed beyond measure with beauty and diversity; some to the extent that we look without seeing, accept without acknowledging and discover without enjoying having visitors from far away cherish our land more than we do.

I was, once again, wowed by this athlete. This time it was less by his abilities and accolades but more so by his attitude and perspective. Soon after our conversation I exited the building where he trains and I was greeted by greener grass, interesting architecture and art filled skies. I was in the same place I had spent the last 2 hours but the difference was in the way I took in my surrounds. Ryan reminded me that it was ok to be overly impressed by what had been in front of me throughout and now I would like to extend that to you.

Take a look around. Or better yet, close your eyes, remind yourself of the many wows in your world. From sunrise to sunset, traffic jams, fights with friends, cooking catastrophes, children’s tears and failed attempts. Take it all in; where you’ve been and where you could go. Wow! I dare you to be impressed.



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