I am not a politician. In fact, I often steer away from politics simply because I don’t feel I have sufficient knowledge or understanding to add any valuable input.
Today though, I am writing as a South African citizen. And, although my knowledge of politics is limited, my feeling for my country is endless.
I love my country.
I believe in my country … our country.
I am inspired by the people of our country in different ways, on different days but always with a sense of wonder, appreciation and wowness that only South Africans can understand. Our country is truly unique and special.
I have dear friends and family who have left our country. I have many friends who are considering leaving. And that’s ok. They have their own reasons. That’s their path and as long as they are doing what they truly believe is right, I support them.
I will not leave.
I dare not leave.
I am a South African regardless of my race.
I feel that I have a responsibility towards our beautiful land and towards the children of our land.
I am in it for the long run.
And I want my kids to be here for the long run too.
I want my kids to love and experience the beauty of South Africa the way I have and do.
And why not?
Look at what South Africa has achieved.
Look at our people.
Look at the good that happens every day.
There is good every day.
I see it. I live it. I love it.
I see the unity. I feel the sense of UBUNTU. I can almost touch the excitement of living in such a diverse, vibrant and ever-changing country.
So, in this chaotic time – I appeal to you to focus on what is right. Focus on the positive.
Focus on what’s good in the world – in your world – right now. Maybe focus on the sound of music flowing through your home, the kindness of your family, the breath-taking sunset, the smile your child gives you, the wagging tail of your dog, the sound of the wind as it whooshes past, around and through us. Bask in appreciation of what is good. Where your attention goes, energy flows – it creates momentum … and what is better than a stream of positive energy flowing through our country.
Let’s do this.
Let’s be positive.
Let’s stand up and be positive.
Let’s not stand by and watch as history unfolds. But stand up in positivity. We can do this. We can make a difference. We are South African after all.
And standing up for our country could mean many things.
It could mean marching along with your fellow countrymen.
It could mean teaching your children to believe in the power of non-judgement and the magic of our people.
It could mean going out into the communities and helping in a real way.
It could mean reaching out and connecting to our other South Africans online.
Whatever it means for you, my appeal is stand up. Now.
Stand up. Don’t give up.
Stand up. Let’s support our country.
Our country. Yes, our country.
Viva, South Africa!