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As i sit on a spectacularly beautiful island in the indian ocean, I can see amazing photographs that could be taken every second of everyday from every angle imaginable. In fact, I estimate I could take about 6 000 photos a day here with ease.
However, depsite having the equipment to do this amazing photography for an entire week, I have purposefully left my equipment back home, 3000 km away.

Yes,  you read right. I left it all at home. Today whilst playing with my family and enjoying the real life moments that will be etched in our memories forever, i realised that taking those photos will not make those memories at all. In fact, it will not even create anything. Sitting behind technology, whether it is a camera or smart phone , will actually stop you from living. This is because you do not experience anything. You may capture moments but that is all.

We have all become too engrossed in life but it is a life through technology. People on holiday at meal times, not talking each other because they are looking at their cell phones is just a travesty on so many levels.
However, people use their phones instead of real cameras. It’s brilliant because I would predict that it actually produces more photos by more people, that would not have bewn taken otherwise. The convenience of and the relative quality of these cameras is the main reason. What is sad about this reality is that seconds after that photo is taken, it is being shared on social media instead of living the next moment. You are likely to get more likes from those photos than from a serious announcement.

Step away from your technology, be it your phone, tablet, laptop, computer, television and even your smart watch so you can actually life with your own eyes instead of through technology.

Just be quiet

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No point fretting

You are in a rush and you are probably late too. You get what you need and head for the checkout. You are met by nothing but long queues and what appears to be dismally slow service.
You start mumbking to yourself, the foot tapping starts in ernest. You check how fast the other lines are moving. Are they moving faster than yours? Should you move to that line? You check Facebook and post some inappropriate post about how rubbish this shop is. You check Facebook again but no replies. You get irritated with your 1523 “friends” that no one is as irritated as you are.

What is the point of you doing this?  So many of us do this and for what for? There is nothing to gain from stressing yourself out about waiting.  One of my first jobs included going to the tax offices in my home town. At first i did not understand the system and it seemed pathetic and unorganised.  Over the first few weeks, I began to understand the system and why it was the way it was. This office has been around for quite some time so they had perfected the system.

From then on i have changed  the way I think about lines and certainly long lines at government offices. I often have long lines that i encounter and prepare for. Example: we had to get passports for our kids. For this both parents and both kids need to be present. That office is so crowded that they actually limit fhe people inside to 200 to prevent any dangerous situations.

What did we do?

I went early and got in the queue with my book and tablet and all the  documents needed. My wife had the kids at home ready to arrive later when the line had subsided somewhat. While I was in the line, I wrote an article for my business website http://www.bcas.co.za and a blog post for my personal blog as well as read for 25 minutes. It was a long wait. Can you imagine having 2 kids under 5 years old in that line?

Another great idea to pasd time in these long lines is to people watch. Just generally look around and watch the people in the same situation as you. What are they doing? It can be quite good fun.

Next time you are in a longer than planned queue or a planned queue, sit or stand and relax. You will be served at some stage so do not fret and stress about something you cannot change.

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Just like a work of art, we are all a work in progress. Some are further down their roads of progress than others. That is perfect actually because despite what everyone thinks, we are the only ones on our roads.
The race is long but in the end it’s only with yourself. If you have ever done any sporting event of any description,  you will know this.  You can get help along the way but you still have to run or cycle or paddle or whatever,  whatever the distance is.

The same principle applies in life. Unfortunately,  it does not always seem like this. You may be struggling with something in your life and really battling to u derstand why it is happening or how to get through and the people around you are cruising along with everything going their way. This is a facade.

We are all battling to keep it together in one or more ways. You see life gives a bag of things to carry but the contents can be very different.  A couple may be battling to have a child while another couple accidetly falls pregnant. However, the first couple are married and have a stable relationship and the other couple are unmarried amd live in different cities. 
Basically, what comes around around. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down but at all times you are wonderful work in progress.

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Just like a work of art, we are all a work in progress. Some are further down their roads of progress than others. That is perfect actually because despite what everyone thinks, we are the only ones on our roads.
The race is long but in the end it’s only with yourself. If you have ever done any sporting event of any description,  you will know this.  You can get help along the way but you still have to run or cycle or paddle or whatever,  whatever the distance is.

The same principle applies in life. Unfortunately,  it does not always seem like this. You may be struggling with something in your life and really battling to u derstand why it is happening or how to get through and the people around you are cruising along with everything going their way. This is a facade.

We are all battling to keep it together in one or more ways. You see life gives a bag of things to carry but the contents can be very different.  A couple may be battling to have a child while another couple accidetly falls pregnant. However, the first couple are married and have a stable relationship and the other couple are unmarried amd live in different cities. 
Basically, what comes around around. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down but at all times you are wonderful work in progress.