De­feat is good, fear is good, but de­spair is dan­ger­ous

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The year is over, and we are older. Hope­fully, we are wiser too, and our waist­lines are not any wider. It has been a year of drought, but the scarcity of lead­er­ship has been the most dam­ag­ing thing of all.

It’s been a strange time, in­deed, where ig­no­rance was re­warded hand­somely, and the lack of in­tel­lect was a pre­req­ui­site for get­ting ahead.

It was stranger still to re­alise that we are, in fact, a colony of the Gup­tas, who do as they wish in our coun­try. They fire min­is­ters who will not con­form to their whims, and ap­point new ones with a strict man­date to serve their mas­ters. The Gup­tas have proven them­selves to be more pow­er­ful than the ANC. In fact, they have proven to be more pow­er­ful than God.

The rand dropped, but the big­gest loss was that of self-re­spect and, with that, the re­spect for Par­lia­ment and our politi­cians. Our he­roes were vil­i­fied, but if only the vil­i­fiers knew that had it not been for our he­roes, they’d be speak­ing to us in Afrikaans.

The fog of gloom over­came the land, in­vestors dis­ap­peared, com­pa­nies re­trenched bread­win­ners, chil­dren starved, but the blue-light brigades in­creased, safe from the con­se­quences of the bad de­ci­sions the pow­er­ful made.

If you, like the many peo­ple on so­cial me­dia, are shocked by the dawn of free­dom that is turn­ing into a sun­set, blame no one if you voted at the last elec­tion.

If you didn’t vote, blame your­self, and if your party didn’t win, blame your­self for your own in­abil­ity to sell your ideas.

Believe me, de­feat is good and fear is good, but de­spair is dan­ger­ous. De­feat pre­pares one for vic­tory, and fear is the fire that cooks the hero of the fu­ture. Des­per­a­tion, on the other hand, is a short cut to death. Like all sea­sons, this pres­i­dent too shall pass, and we will come out a stronger na­tion.

Do not let the fes­tive sea­son ex­tend the drought of good news. Look at the re­tail fliers and chase the bar­gains, but re­mem­ber, a bar­gain for some­thing you have no need for is no bar­gain at all, but a cheap leak that will sink your ship some­day.

Cul­ti­vate old friend­ships. Feast with your eyes wide open, know­ing that not all poi­sons are bit­ter. Ease into rest, don’t shock your heart with idle­ness, and use this time to fill up your head more than your stom­ach.

Fall in love, but ex­pect noth­ing. Lower your ex­pec­ta­tions of oth­ers – that way, you will not be dis­ap­pointed. But have high ex­pec­ta­tions of your­self. In­spire oth­ers to look higher, for that is what progress is about.

Shed a tear if you have to, but re­mem­ber that tears dry quickly for a rea­son, so don’t spend too much time weep­ing. Cheer up, cheer oth­ers up – it is good for your health, and it is the best way to pre­vent oth­ers from weep­ing for you too soon.

Re­solve to own your ca­reer. It is your busi­ness. Be present ev­ery day and re­mem­ber that you are the pri­mary driver of your suc­cess. In­vest in your busi­ness and in­vest in so­ci­ety. This is the only way to en­sure that you’ll have cus­tomers to­mor­row.

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