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Thought for the Day – 22 November 2018

Thought for the Day 22 November 2018 I’ve been watching and listening to our South African politicians again. And it seems to me that there are a number of them that believe that ignorance and stupidity can be masked by making more noise than anybody else. If you think carefully you might be able to identify some of these. I caution you to beware of them because theirs is the self-serving politics of distraction. Their […]


Thought for the Day – 16th October 2018

Thought for the Day 16 October 2018 Today I’d like to start my thought with a jingle I learnt as a kid and have never forgotten. It goes like this: “He who knows not and knows that he knows not, he is a child, teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows, he is asleep, wake him. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool […]


Thought for the Day 21 September 2018

Thought for the Day 21 September 2018 Not that long ago, I was listening to the radio in my car. The hosts of the show had a competition going for the best (or worst?) Dad jokes and people were phoning in with their choices. The hosts were then voting on which joke won the prize. For those that aren’t familiar with ‘Dad jokes’, they are usually so bad that, when your Dad tells one, it […]


Thought for the Day 11 September 2018

Thought for the Day 11 September 2018 For several days, I have been trying to come up with a thought for the day. My mind has been a complete blank. Not a single thought that I would even think of writing down. This is a very frustrating situation for someone who likes to write. I’ve been getting very irritable as a result. But this morning, I was sitting in the smallest room in my house, […]


Thought for the Day – 29 August 2018

Thought for the Day 29 August 2018 I’ve been watching the shenanigans at the metros that have coalitions between normally competing parties and the resulting mess leads me to my thought for today: “Can politicians ever be trusted to put the people they serve first?” Some of you will immediately insist that this is a stupid question – “of course not,” you will answer. Others will rush to defend the poor maligned politicians, saying “they […]


Thought for the Day – 22 August 2018

Thought for the Day 22 August 2018 I’ve just read that Cape Town’s dams have reached levels in excess of sixty percent, (Some as high as 90%) the highest levels since 2016. I think that’s great, but it does leave me with a worry that leads to my thought for today: “Will Cape Town be damned by fuller dams?” Sounds like a dumb question, right? I mean, how can they possibly be damned by fuller […]


Thought for the Day 18 August 2018

Thought for the Day 18 August 2018 Last night I tried to watch some TV. After a bit of Currie Cup rugby, I got bored and started to channel hop. Up and down and side to side I went without finding a single thing that attracted any sort of interest so I switched the TV off and went off to find a book to read. So my thought today is: “Is TV content a load […]


Thought for the Day – 9 August 2018

Thought for the Day 9 August 2018 Happy National Women’s Day to all who qualify in this category. And, to the men out there, don’t think you can celebrate this day, talk up a storm about all the things that should be done about issues relating to women and then forget all about this until the same time next year. This leads me to my thought for today: “Public Holidays are a pain in the […]


Thought for the Day – 2 August 2018

Thought for the Day 2 August 2018 My thought for today is a little random. I was thinking about land redistribution. I believe that it is the right thing to do at a moral level, but I think the idea of land redistribution involves a bigger question. That question is my random thought for today: “For what purpose will the land be used?” Why do I think this question is an important one? First of […]


Thought for the Day 24 July, 2018

Thought for the Day 24 July 2018 Welcome back to the thought for the day. Today my thought is really a bunch of thoughts in the form of questions so here goes. Why does the world have so many politicians, since a lot of them are ignorant, self-important, incompetent, useless and just a drain on their country’s resources? Why do politicians have bodyguards and blue-light brigades given question one? These things just add to the […]


Thought for the Day 26 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 26 October 2017 Today, I have been thinking about humor. Over the years I have noticed that the presentation of humor has changed. In the nineteen fifties and sixties slapstick was perhaps the most popular sort and it has survived until today through comics like Jim Carrey. His comedy is very similar to the stuff Jerry Lewis did back in the day. Some of the late night shows of the sixties […]


Thought for the Day 19 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 19 October 2017 I’d like to start my thought for today with a little story called “The three envelopes”. It was told to me when I had become senior enough to become involved in the politics that are all too common in organizations of all sizes beyond one-man-bands. Once upon a time there was a senior manager in an organization. He’d been there for a while and had done pretty well, […]


Thought for the Day 12 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 12 October 2017 I noticed that the Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC has appealed to national government for assistance with the clean-up following the severe storm that hit the province this week. It would be really nice if our esteemed leaders planned ahead and put in the infrastructure for managing such events instead of complaining about the damage afterwards. We see the same inadequacy in the infrastructure for coping with floods, fires, […]


Thought for the Day 5 October, 2017

Thought for the Day 5 October 2017 Today I have decided to stay on the lighter side of life. But a word of warning. This thought may offend more sensitive readers. So if you don’t like stuff that refers to body parts, I suggest you read something else. Have all of you gone yet? – OK, here’s the thing. I came across an old story from sometime in my dim and distant past that goes […]


Thought for the Day 28 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 28 September 2017 My last few thoughts have been a bit heavy, so today I will take my own often offered advice and “lighten up”. I have been pondering, why it is that when I relax, my tummy just naturally takes up the “beer belly” look even after hours and hours of strenuous ABS workouts at the gym. It seems so unfair that the muscles don’t have any discipline when I […]


Thought for the Day 21 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 21 September 2017 Did you ever wonder about democracy? Here are some questions I’ve been asking. Is it a good system or not? Is South Africa really a democracy? If it is a good basic approach, are we implementing it properly? And the most important question of all is my thought for today. “If democracy really is the answer, are politicians the best people to implement it?” I hate sweeping generalizations […]


Thought for the Day 14 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 14 September 2017 I woke up this morning with the word “profound” in my head. Where it came from I don’t know, but I took it as a sign that I should come up with something profound for my thought for today. Just to make sure I understood what this word means I looked it up. I got the following: ‘very great or intense’; ‘severe’; ‘showing great knowledge or insight’ and […]


Thought for the Day 7 September, 2017

Thought for the Day 7 September 2017 Politics is a dirty business. Cyril R. announces that he is a candidate for president of the ANC and his supporters cheer. His opponents do not take him on by debating his policies or his intelligence or his abilities or his successes. No – they immediately try to smear him by launching suggestions that he has had one (or more) affairs. Showing his character, he doesn’t run and […]


Thought for the Day 31 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 31 August 2017 I was in my garden this morning and I realized that it was warm and the tress were starting to show new leaf growth. My brain immediately dredged up a silly jingle I knew as a kid, and that is my thought for today: “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the birdies is?” It’s really odd how the mind works, but the jingle is […]


Thought for the Day 24 August, 2017

Thought for the Day 24 August 2017 Many of you may have heard of Abraham Maslow, who originated the Maslow Hierarchy of needs in the 1940’s. This hierarchy is most often used by behavior theorists to explain motivation. But Maslow also had a less known idea called the “law of the instrument”, which is also called “Maslow’s Hammer”. This idea is paraphrased in my thought for today as: “If the only tool you have is […]