2009 came and is almost gone beckoning the dawn of 2010....thoughts so far.....

Every year comes and goes like moments in TIME and its human nature to look back and ask ourselves what we have done – of course I’ll be the first to accept that the answer many-a-times is usually not much!!!! The good thing about TIME is that you may have lost the TIME that’s already gone by but it is impossible to squander the TIME that is coming your way in the future – I guess that is why they say TIME is a precious gift……

Well every year there is a bunch of ‘firsts’ which is always a bit of a laugh – in my case even filling petrol at a Zim petrol station and buying a pay-as-you-go cell phone top-up card to visiting Washington DC, Fashion shows in Goa, staying in North Thailand, beaching in Palma de Majorca, sight-seeing in Cambodia and hacking through the forests of Myanmar with a machete – which proves no ‘first’ can be too small or too big!

Visiting Palong Villages, volunteering in the Northern tip of Thailand and visiting Floating villages in Cambodia (an effect of the Khmer Rouge attacks) to attending a week-long intensive Yoga camp along the banks of the Mekong River made Thailand the experience it was for me (ok I’ll admit the Shangri-la at Bangkok helped too…grin). And sightseeing in Washington DC with an old friend humbled me when I was reminded of the foresight and vision the American forefathers had. Goa – well we will leave what happened in Goa, in Goa, including the Rodeo Bull ride from hell…grin. Palma de Majorca was just what the doc ordered this past summer with friends from school days in Portugal – you have to admit celebrating old friends is a true gem!!!

Being ordained as the 15th foreign Novice Buddhist Monk in the province of Faang was one of the highlights of the year – what can I say barely wearing anything other than a huge orange sheet is quite liberating!!! Plus you have no hair on your head or eyebrows to worry about – life’s easy when there are no mirrors around…grin. Locally, recently joining Kidzcan, a Zim based volunteer organization which works with children with cancer has opened the doors to so much and I hope will continue to do so in 2010. I guess the main point is continually exchanging thoughts, ideas and plans – so it’s like continually learning – and in that spirit I was asked to be a guest speaker at the Nottingham Trent Uni MBA program which is done here in Zim through a local Institute, and it would seem this experience has opened the doors to a few more offers in 2010 (if I can fit it all in that is…).

Another first will be spending Christmas and New Years in Zimbabwe after what seems to be a decade!! And on that note I want to wish you a wonderful festive season and a simple prayer so that 2010 brings you what you truly want in life…………………………..enjoy under the mistletoe get ready for 2010!!!

2009 came and is almost gone beckoning the dawn of 2010....thoughts so far.....


Harare, Zimbabwe, South Africa

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