World events towards the end of 2016 took us all by surprise and informed us that in our dynamic world ‘even the past has become unpredictable’. These events tended to upset most people. We at Treetops believe in paradox. To us, the events only created opportunities and we see them as a ‘blank canvas that invites us to create the most extraordinary work of art’. To do this will require resilience, inspiration, creativity, application, sensitivity and respect for the world we live in.
If some older people hear the term “Career Guidance”, they recall memories of the most boring subject they had at school. The term also creates some feelings of apprehension from younger people as from a young age we are peppered with the question “What are you going to be one day?” or “What do you want to become?” (Maybe the more important question should be “How do you want to live one day?”) ; Yet no one can get away from it.
“You cannot become a butterfly if you do not stop being a caterpillar”
· “Why is it so difficult for most of us to make this transition?
The right medicine?
I have been privileged to denote a lot of energy and effort to this topic. In 1985 I designed and presented “Building Bridges Programme” in an effort to create better understanding between the “races” and to meet each other as fellow humans. Discrimination + Racism were “well and alive then… but the reward was immense as we helped people to get to know each other during workshops. Participants discovered the gifts of respect, tolerance and forgiveness in themselves. It saddens me to see that racism is still “alive and living in SA today”.