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Reflections on time

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Friday, October 5th, 2012 by Jane Chivere

I have often heard people say, …”Time waits for no one … Time is money”.

These sayings have become part of our daily vocabulary. But do we really understand the real importance of time. The clock keeps ticking whether we are stagnant or moving. Unless, and until we realize the significance of time then only we will be able to embrace and cherish it. What is it that we do with our time? Is it worth every minute? Can we look back with no regrets of the time we spent in the wrong profession or the time spent achieving that which you were never passionate about, or the failed relationships? I always ask myself whether we can regard it as time wasted, or rather take it as a lesson learnt and then spend the remaining time amending our choices.  Every mother who gives birth to a premature baby knows the value of one month. The editor of a weekly magazine or a weekly newspaper knows the value of a week. The 15th of June made me realize the importance of one day. I cherish the importance of an hour especially when I have a rendezvous with a loved one. Being left behind by City Link coach will make you realize the importance of one minute. Cherish every moment in life, and better still, with those we love. Time is important in every aspect of our lives. Let’s not waste it but use it wisely and to the fullest. confusion once again.

Be a good neighbor

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 by Jane Chivere

Information is distributed to educate us all. It’s up to us how we decide to use this information. I was so devastated when I heard that The Color Purple joint in the City of Harare, a place where some people go to relax and braai, was gutted down by fire. A fire caused by human error too. The Color Purple Club has suffered a great fall because of a woman who decided to burn rubbish, the fire got out of control and things ended up in tragedy. The owner is so distraught by this and worse still she had not insured her hard earned work.

It’s so much appreciated how Kubatana has been distributing and being so relevant with the Good Neighbor cards. The cards simply encourage people to live together as neighbors. My work is not in vain as my task has been distributing these cards carrying important information. I just hope that people take heed and practice what is written therein.  I urge those that have received the good neighbor cards will share this information with others. It not only helps you and me but the communities we live in.

Get your fitness on

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Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Jane Chivere

Good health is difficult to define, but is certainly more than just the absence of disease. It reflects a state of mental, social, and physical fitness and well being and is strongly influenced by lifestyle.

As we grew older, our bodies, our relationships and our lifestyles gradually change. Our emotional health is just as important to our being as is our physical fitness.

My friend Primrose and I were greatly inspired and challenged by two inspirational women, Bev and Amanda by the way they keep fit and let alone stay fit. It was after our assigned task* that I realised that physical fitness is important.

From that time I have never doubted the significance of keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle … Thanks to Bev and Amanda … Keep it up guys!

* [ Handing out Good Neighbour cards door to door ]

If you Change, your World will Change

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Monday, April 30th, 2012 by Jane Chivere

I got inspired by this article called If you Change, your World will Change by Andrew Horton and I hope you will too.

You play an integral role in the way people treat and respond to you. If you are not enjoying the way people in your environment are treating or responding to you right now, there is only one thing you need to do. Change the way you treat and respond to all the people around you. As you know it is impossible to change anyone else, but changing yourself is one simple decision away. As you change the way you treat people and you begin to show people how you want to be treated, almost as if by magic, everyone around you will begin to treat you differently.

Action Idea: Evaluate your own behaviour and try to discover how you are contributing, allowing or encouraging people to treat you the way they do.

People will only ever treat you the way they are allowed to treat you. You behaviour, actions or lack of action, is encouraging people to treat you in a certain way. If you want to change the way people treat or respond to you, then break the pattern, which is allowing the current circumstances to prevail. You are indeed in charge of everything in your experience. If you want to change anything in your environment, the change needs to start with the one person you have 100 % control over, namely, you.

When you accept that all change begins and ends with you and you finally take responsibility or said differently you take charge of your life and future, you empower yourself to begin making progress towards the life you have always dreamed about. What are you waiting for? If you want to change anything or everything in your life, that change is only one decision away. By making one different positive choice, you can completely change your life for the better. We are living in one of the most volatile, changing evolving environments mankind has ever experienced. These times we live in are both exciting and scary, but offer the most incredible opportunities for anyone, who wants to explore and discover new horizons. The thinking and ways of doing business, which have got companies and individuals to where they are today, will most certainly not get us to where we want to go tomorrow. Open your mind and start exploring new and better ways of doing things. It is no longer an option to vegetate in front of the television every night watching other people’s lives and successes. The world has opened up and the global economy we work in every day has moved the goal posts and changed the playing field forever. The people competing for your job are not similar people to you who live in your suburb. Your competition sits all around the world, in some cases with empty belies, eager to grow and become more. If you are to remain competitive, open your eyes and begin to see that if you are not growing your knowledge and skill base every day, you are actually going backwards. Time is the ultimate equal opportunity employer, it never ever stops or rests, has no reason to hesitate or to look at the past or the future, it simply expends itself entirely in the now.

Once time has passed it is gone forever and can never be recovered. Stop wasting even one more minute on frivolous activities, which may deliver pleasure in the moment. Start to invest into improving and growing your knowledge. I am not suggesting that you stop entertaining yourself completely. I am however suggesting that you reduce the number of hours you spend a day entertaining yourself and increase the number of hours you spend educating yourself every day. As you grow and become more, everything in your life will change. Resources which may have been unavailable to you will almost miraculously appear in your experience. People, who you only dreamt of as possible allies, will see you in a very different light and approach you and want to support you. Everyone around you will begin responding to you very differently, you entire world will change, when you change and commit to a path of on-going learning and growth. I have no doubt that the more you invest into learning; the more you will end up earning.

University life

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Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Jane Chivere

Life on campus were the days when one would wish they were at home in the care of mum and dad. Especially when one got sick. I remember my final year at university; I developed a sore throat and went to the university clinic. The nurse there was totally convinced without a benefit of a doubt that I had contracted a terrible flu. I was hoping she was going to give me a prescription but instead she advised; “eat three square meals a day, get plenty of rest and don’t drink alcohol.”

When I told my roommate, she was amazed and perplexed. She asked in astonishment, “which world is she living in, doesn’t she realize you’re at university?”

Looking for work

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012 by Jane Chivere

Education is a very powerful tool in life. We all seek and need education with the hope that we would find employment. Countless people are not been given the opportunity to utilize this powerful resource because of the deprived economy in Zimbabwe. Thousands of graduates and postgraduates are seated in their homes with nothing to do. Where are the jobs? Jobs must be created.

There are so many universities in Zimbabwe. But can Zimbabwe’s economy sustain this? It’s like adding harm to injury. It is a fact that Zimbabwe is one of the best countries in Africa in quality of education. I for one agree with that because I am a result of this good edification. Despite lack of resources, Zimbabwe still maintains that standard. What worries me is whether being educated is still worth it in our country anymore. The rate of unemployment is so high and keeps soaring. I was amused when I read an article in the Herald about auditions for a radio talk show where thousands of people turned up in hope. The director of this radio talk show insinuated that people were enthusiastic about the auditions. I should think that these were just unemployed people with a hope of just getting a job and being able to earn a living. The next batch of graduates are yet to be released adding to the already high rate of unemployment.

Economists with their jargon talk about the demand and supply curve. It does not tally at all. There are not enough jobs to meet the number of educated people in this country. Thus people resort to leaving the country to what they have termed “greener pastures”. But is it all green and rosy out there? I know of many Zimbabweans who would die to come back home, but to what?  They would rather sacrifice to be out there to earn the little they can and send some back home, with their professional and academic certificates safely tucked away in the hope that one day an opportunity will arise that would best suit their qualifications. Hoping that the dust would not have settled on them too…

I do wish that our economy will one day improve, and if possible the sooner the better. People cannot hustle forever, and if hustling wont work then what? Crime?

To those graduating this year and the years to come, I say brace yourselves for the reality, they call the Industry.