Macular Degeneration Tip

Are you challenged by macular degeneration? Do you have trouble seeing faint lines on your computer screen like where to type in a password? Here is some advice. It works for me. I hope it helps you.

Please note: This is not medical advice.

Tip: Make sure the computer screen is at right angles to your eyes (see diagram below).

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Please pass on this tip on if it helps. Thank you.

Food for Thought: How to develop genuine confidence

“Be clear that confidence and self-esteem are not the same. Self-esteem refers to general feelings about yourself; confidence refers to your belief and feel in that you can perform a task successfully.” Hank Weisenger, Famous psychologist, writer and corporate adviser. Link to source

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My takeaway from this valuable insight from Psychologist Weisenger? Confidence is in relation to getting a job done. So, how do you develop strong confidence? There is only one way. Find out what you must do to complete the job successfully, Then, work hard to develop the required level of competence. Only then will genuine confidence begin to emerge. As the famous golfer Ben Hogan apparently said: “The secret is in the dirt”.

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Self-esteem alone will not enable anyone to fly a Jumbo Jet from London to New York. Confidence to fly across the Atlantic only comes from rigorous training and lots of hard work. There is no short cut to genuine competence which leads to genuine confidence.

How to really help your child who is struggling at school

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Calling all parents. Listen to this TED Talk if you want to learn how to really help your child who is struggling at school. The talk is not about how to make sure your child gets an “A” every time. You will learn how to give your child something much more valuable which will last a lifetime. To see the TED Talk Click here.

The TED talk is by Dr. Carol Dweck, an American Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Stanford in the United States.

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Has 2020 Changed Your Assumptions?

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Has 2020 been a year in which your basic assumptions have been challenged? Have your basic assumptions changed about yourself and the planet in which we live? My guess is they have – for you and for millions of people all over the world. Are you disturbed by what has happened in 2020? Should you be?

Dr. Ian McCallum of Port Elizabeth, South Africa has written about these challenges to our assumptions in a very important “must read” article.

To see the article click here.

Dr. McCallum is a psychiatrist, psychologist, award winning author and poet. He is an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Graduate School of Business in Port Elizabeth. He is also an honorary lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. In his youth he was a Springbok Rugby player (he represented South Africa).

Thank you.

Ribeye “off the grid” African Bush Cooking Master Class

Another masterclass by our two good friends who have many years experience producing meals “off the grid” in the African Bush (Addo). This time it is cooking ribeye steak using a Cobb gas cooker. No coals to clean up. Instant heat. A mouth watering result!

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Getting the Cobb Gas Cooker ready

Toasting Tramezzini on the griddle

Ribeye steaks ready to cook on the griddle

Ribeye done – The two pieces were sliced to check if the inside was done

Frying red and yellow onions of a separate camping gas cooker

Excellent – cooked in the African bush

Add salads and the “off the grid” meal is ready

Thanks again to our two good and very “bush smart” friends.

Two Grand Canyon “No-No”s – Misplaced Bravado

Take a deep breath and look at these two pictures. They were taken at the North Rim of the Grand canyon. In the top picture do you see the two people? In the bottom picture do you see the girl sitting on the edge of the void? The canyon goes straight down beneath her. It is only my opinion, but in my view people should never, ever take such risks. As I was taking the bottom picture of the girl on the edge people were shouting at her, urging her to go back. Eventually she managed to slide backwards away from the slippery, sandy edge. Fortunately, nobody fell. Thank goodness.

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Watching the sunset

Dangling on the edge of the abyss

A Lesson from a Hamburger

Pete brings a lunch box to work each day. During his lunch break, Pete is sitting on a park bench next to his friend Joe. Pete is eating his lunch.

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Pete (face unhappy): Look at this!. A bread roll. Hamburger and cheese. Every day the same. No change. I am sick of it. No imagination!

Joe: Why don’t you ask your wife to make you something different?

Pete: I can’t.

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Joe: Why not?

Pete: I make my own lunch!

Take Away

Don’t moan if you are the author of your own misfortune.

Fear in Dangerous Times (Part 2)

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As stated in Part 1, we live in dangerous times. Covid19 has spread its lethal tentacles all over the world. It has silently crept in the hovels of the poor and into the mansions of the rich, powerful and famous. The virus is not a respecter of persons. Fear abounds. None can escape the touch of its cold hand.

How should a Christian deal with fear in “Seasons of Danger”?  The advice the Puritan John Flavel (1628-1691) gave to Christians in England long ago,  is relevant today. 

Two points that Flavel makes are:

Reasonable fear

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Some fear is reasonable. He calls this “cautional preventative fear”. This is fear that”opens our eyes” to foresee danger and take reasonable steps to protect ourselves.

Unreasonable fear

Another kind of fear is not reasonable.This kind of fear “invades the heart” and unfits the heart for duty”. It “distracts”, It “drives men upon unlawful means and brings a snare with it”. In other words it can lead to sin.

What is this unreasonable fear about which Flavel warns? It is “the fear of diffidence” which is fear arising out of our failure to trust God in dangerous situations, one of which is this pandemic.

We must guard against this at all costs.

How to guard against unreasonable fear

Trust fully in God in all things and at all times.

Remember

Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Nothing, including COVID19 can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Isaiah 43:1-2 Romans 8:39

Praise the Lord

Kept in Seasons of Danger (Part 1)

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We live in dangerous times. Covid19 has spread its lethal tentacles all over the world. It has silently crept in the hovels of the poor and into the mansions of the rich, powerful and famous. The virus is not a respecter of persons. Fear abounds. None can escape the touch of its cold hand.

How should a Christian live in “Seasons of Danger”?  The advice the Puritan John Flavel (1628-1691) gave to Christians in England long ago,  is relevant today.  Here is just a snippet of that advice. 

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Understand that everything is in the hand of God. Get this thought well settled in your heart and it will “guard you against slavish fears.” 

Remember that God, in whose hands you are, is your Father. Christ is King and Supreme Lord. You are the apple of His eye. He loves you most tenderly. Understand this and you will quickly say, “Return unto your rest, O my soul.”

Then

You will soon sing “in the midst of danger, “The Lord is King of all the earth, sing praise with understanding.” 

Simple yet profoundly true.

Praise the Lord

Scripture

Psalm 116:7 * Zechariah 2:8 * Psalm 47:7

Life Changing advice for Perfectionists

Ten projects meeting a good standard is better that one project done perfectly which by the way is impossible and will waste valuable time in the real world

The advice

The best is the enemy of the good

To all perfectionists

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