Ed­i­tor-in-Chief’s note

Destiny - - Contents -

When I re­flect back on 2018, a few un­pretty things mus­cle to the fore. An email in­box that just didn’t get a han­dle on it. The kind of to-do list that man­i­fested it­self as over­lap­ping scales of com­pet­ing stickie notes; an in­sis­tent pa­per dragon that tarred my weeks with tasks. But there were heaps of magic days and nights, too: im­mer­sive jazz un­der the trees, hikes with the lit­tlies that showed their won­der at the world to full ef­fect and jaunts to Ber­lin and Am­s­ter­dam that sat­is­fied a deep wan­der­lust. But the busy­ness was like a thief that took the beauty of per­spec­tive away, tar­nish­ing life with a manic sense of “do it now”.

So if there’s a wish for all of us as 2018 draws to a break­neck close, it’s that we heed Ti­betan Bud­dhist monk Pema Chö­drön, when she writes: “You are the sky. Ev­ery­thing else – it’s just the weather.”

We’ve en­listed a lit­tle help for find­ing har­mony from con­scious­ness war­rior Banesa Tseki (p86), who shares her yoga and med­i­ta­tion tips with prac­ti­cal ways of look­ing at life.

Our anal­y­sis on the black travel move­ment (p72) is also gen­er­ous in ar­tic­u­lat­ing how good for the soul it is. As one of the se­rial trav­ellers in­ter­viewed ob­serves, trav­el­ling freely as a black woman is a fem­i­nist act in it­self.

Our cover story with the inim­itable Min­nie Dlamini-Jones also of­fers a sage con­sid­er­a­tion of what the lo­cal celebrity in­dus­try has be­come and how it’s pushed her to launch her own skin­care range. These sto­ries prove the in­cred­i­ble power of fo­cus and pri­or­i­ties, es­pe­cially at this time of year.

Busy­ness is an un­pro­duc­tive scourge that I vow not to take with me into 2019. Here’s hop­ing that you also find a pow­er­ful and pas­sion­ate ethos to guide you to­wards a sat­is­fy­ing year-end.

Es­cape with a Mont­blanc suit­case, R12 600, p34

Cel­e­brate with Dom Pérignon Vin­tage (price on re­quest), p116

Lux­u­ri­ate in a silk skirt from Witch­ery, R1 399, p33

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.