DRUM - - Ed's Note -

WHEN a friend­ship or re­la­tion­ship is new, it’s easy to find ex­cite­ment and end­less plea­sure and to see no fault in our friends or part­ners.

As time goes by, cracks be­gin to show as things take a turn and some­times start fall­ing apart. Once-happy cou­ples fight over triv­ial is­sues, lit­tle things cause ir­ri­ta­tion and our chil­dren can drive us up the wall.

In­stead of en­joy­ing be­ing with th­ese peo­ple, we find our­selves just putting up with them. This is nor­mal. Don’t lose hope. Life is a mam­moth task, a land­scape of high peaks and val­leys that can some­times be very deep and very dark, and there are moun­tains that can seem too high to climb.

This is the time to sit down, take stock, take a hard look at your­self, at where you are and where you want to be. Then keep on mov­ing and work­ing to­wards that sum­mit. Never take your wife, hus­band, close friends or oth­ers for granted. Show them how much you value them, how priv­i­leged you are to have them around you, and thank God for them.

Work can be stress­ful, but try your ut­most to find joy and ful­fil­ment in it. Iden­tify your joy in life, pri­ori­tise it and choose it above ev­ery­thing else. In re­turn it will choose you. By so do­ing you’ll start en­joy­ing life again in­stead of en­dur­ing it. MCDIVETT KHUMBULANI TSHEHLA, EMAIL

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