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Good morning, how are you?

I am good, how are you?

That’s good. I am good thanks.


How many times a day is that said across the globe? Millions, possibly billions, I would suspect. Yet, how many times is this actually said?

Good morning, how are you?

I am sick as a dog. How are you?

That’s good. I am good thank you.


Very few people actually start their conversations this way with an intention of listening to the answer. It is used more as a conversation starter and seldom anything more.

We are in fact ALL GUILTY of this at one stage or another. Some people are more guilty, if there is such a thing.

There are times when we intentionally do listen to the answer, of course. Examples are; when you talk to or visit an old friend or meet people face to face.

This behaviour can make or break a relationship. I get really upset if someone does not listen to me. If this were to happen during an important business call or meeting – it may well break the deal or be the difference between yes or no. On the other side of the coin, if people do listen to me, I am immediately warmed to them and it builds a stronger bond without them really trying!

Think about it for you personally – you want to be heard and for people to listen to you, right? Do you listen to others? Really? Try listening to others more carefully next time.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you!

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Step 1

Fill your mind with positive things. Read encouraging, affirming books and listen to upbeat, happy music. Think about happy memories or things you have to look forward to rather than bad things that have happened or things you dread.

Step 2

Develop yourself spiritually. Research shows that those who are spiritual live longer and more satisfying lives.

Step 3

Keep positive people in your life. Avoid people who have a negative mindset and surround yourself with people who are upbeat, spiritual and fun.

Step 4

Practice positive thinking. Try not to let negative thoughts enter your atmosphere. Think instead of all the good things in your life, even if there aren’t very many. Concentrate on your good features instead of your faults.

Step 5

Laugh often. Watch a funny movie or hang out with someone who you can be silly with. Laughter is a great way to get a positive attitude.

Step 6

Learn something new or take up a new hobby. Get out and do things you love to do and enjoy yourself.

Step 7

Reevaluate your situation. It’s easy to think negative or pessimistic thoughts when something happens. However, when you think rationally about the facts instead of the fears, you can see a more positive side of things.

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Have fun!

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Money is tight for most people at the moment. The economy is down. The stock markets are very fragile currently. The real estate market is very low (at least in South Africa) and has been for a while now. People are spending less on ‘the extras’ in life. Less meals out. Less holidays. Conversely, everybody is working more and harder to earn enough to ‘get by’.

all these factors are leading to an increase of complaining and moaning from people in general about not being able to ‘live life’ like they used to. Facebook and twitter updates are filled with dread and sadness and moaning about bills or month end coming up or ‘too much work’ etc. People seem to be having less fun! This to me is very sad. I can understand how the current situation can bring people down and its very easy to start moaning about your current situation.


That statement might seem complete garbage to you but it’s TRUE! It does depend on your definition of fun and that is the crucial aspect of this post. If your fun involves going to the local mall or pub / restaurant and nothing else, then I do agree fun does cost money. Read no more and close the blog post.  If not, read on.

If you are willing to explore the concept of fun being free or inexpensive then here are some tips from personal experience.

1. Go for a walk. We are blessed to be able to do this in Durban, SA. We are also blessed with the health to do this. This can be done around the neighborhood or the local park etc. We live within about 2 km of the nearest beach so from time to time we go down to the beach and walk along for a bit and turn around and return home. These walk do not have to be long but can be a lot of fun.

2. Go exploring with your camera. I was given a very nice camera last year for my birthday from my family – this has led to many photo explorations around Durban. Take your camera and go looking for an interesting place / item to photograph. You do not need to have a very fancy camera. “Point and shoots” are capable of taking some awesome shots! play with funny angles and perspectives. We have 100’s of self portraits from various places – they are very good fun to play with.

3. Turn off your TV! We, by choice, do not have TV coming into our house. We have a TV (actually borrowed from a friend) to watch DVD’s on but no live TV. It is awesome to sit around and talk to each other without the distraction of the TV. Ask yourself this: How many times do I watch TV a week? How much of that TV actually adds meaning to your life? How much of it do actually enjoy watching? How many times have you fallen asleep watching TV? How much does the 700 channels cost you monthly? Turn it off! Try it! It may be hard at first but it is well worth it!

4. Meet friends for coffee. Ah, it will cost you! NO, IT WILL NOT! Meet them at their house or have them come to you. Do not have any special extras and it will cost you nothing. Meeting friends is great fun and it can only be good. not so long ago, we met friends at the local botanic gardens for Sunday afternoon tea. The kids ran around chasing and feeding birds while we sat and chatted. The entrance was free and the cost involved was the petrol to get there and some food. Nothing special to eat, so it was mostly inexpensive. It was a great time and a repeat performance is needed!

Fun does not have to cost anything. everybody needs to have fun and it is becoming more and more necessary in today’s society. Try it! You will not regret it!

Let me know how it goes and add some of your own suggestions!

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