22 Lessons For Corona Time
Mar 29, 2020

Lesson 2

Monday before Tuesday

“How am I going to keep this up?” I ask myself—and I’m on Day 2. Then I remind myself that it is Sunday. All I need to do today is write…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Mar 30, 2020

Lesson 3

The information is neutral

I walk my dogs every morning but, because I live in Johannesburg, I drive to a park and walk them there. One morning, driving back from the park, I stopped…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Mar 31, 2020

Lesson 4

Don’t be attached to the outcome

Whenever anyone tells me that they are disappointed, I ask them, “Who have you appointed?” The question—meant tongue-in-cheek—has some truth in it. Usually, when we are disappointed, it is because…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 1, 2020

Lesson 5

Make it up as you go along

Many years ago (when we still met bank managers) I had a meeting with a manager to discuss a loan that I needed. I was so nervous. A million thoughts…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 2, 2020

Lesson 6

Be grateful

The God of the Old Testament whose anger, wrath and punishment I was brought up on, is not the God to whom I say my daily prayers. I recall, growing…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 3, 2020

Lesson 7

Practise patience

When my niece (for whom this book was originally written) was small, she was so impatient. She always wanted everything—now! She hated waiting for food to be ready, for the…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 4, 2020

Lesson 8

Give it a name

Brandon Bays, in the “Emotions” Journey Card, says that “to feel is a defining human experience, so welcome your emotions … they are the gateway to the soul.” A lot…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 5, 2020

Lesson 9

Watch those expectations

This is a tough one. When we are little, we are read fairy tales that tell us that the Prince and Princess “lived happily ever after”. There are no sequels…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 6, 2020

Lesson 10

Be real

I want to start this piece with one of my favourite pieces of writing. It comes from a children’s book called The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams— “Real isn't how…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 7, 2020

Lesson 11

Tell The Truth Faster (TTTF)

TELL THE TRUTH FASTER – CORONA TIME (PART 1) Today I’m switching my post around, and starting with Corona Time, as I reflect on this process to which I committed…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 8, 2020

Lesson 12

Play in the light

PLAY IN THE LIGHT – CORONA TIME (PART 1) I learned something based on feedback I received to yesterday’s Lesson (TTTF). In the post, I focused on the person who…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 9, 2020

Lesson 13

Choose again

At some point in my life, I decided that I wanted to live in Australia. My sister was already living there, and she was in the process of applying for…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 10, 2020

Lesson 14

Decide with love, not fear

In an earlier lesson, I mentioned my friend who, when he was diagnosed as HIV positive, already had full-blown AIDS. His recovery had as much to do with medication as…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 11, 2020

Lesson 15

Read the signs

Remember that course that led me to a year of study in Israel? I found the course while walking through the corridors of my University—I saw a sign and I…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 12, 2020

Lesson 16

Be kind

BE KIND – CORONA TIME NOTES I would like to preface this piece with two notes: In post-apartheid South Africa, we use the term ‘K-word’ to refer to an obnoxious…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 13, 2020

Lesson 17

Show up

On January 21, 2009, a strange-looking woman walked onto the stage at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow for an audition on Britain’s Got Talent. She had a…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 14, 2020

Lesson 18

Lower your bucket

Be warned … it’s a very long one today … I trust it will be worth your while. Today’s lesson is best encapsulated in the following story by Rebecca Fine.…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 15, 2020

Lesson 19

Travel light

My mother once told me this story. Her father, Tevye—my grandfather, after whom I was named—was a poor shoemaker. He had a small hole-in-the-wall shop on the Main Road in…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 16, 2020

Lesson 20

Drop the comparison

I was not a happy child. My father was too old. I wanted a younger father—like my friends’ fathers. My home was a hotel. I wanted a house in the…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 17, 2020

Lesson 21

Breathe

I have struggled with smoking for most of my adult life. What started as an attempt to look cool turned into a crutch, a habit, and then an addiction. Mark…
22 Lessons For Corona Time
Apr 18, 2020

Lesson 22

Yay Me!

I was reading a story to a five-year-old child who is very close to my heart. Lying on her bed—her head on my shoulder—she was looking at the pictures when…