From the Editor
THIS MONTH I HAVE WITNESSED resilience first-hand. In the middle of a Cape winter storm my mom, doing a good deed and delivering soup to my door so we’d have a nice hot supper when we got back from a long weekend away, tripped and fell on our veranda. My mom tried calling me, but we were on a mountain pass and out of cellphone reach, before smartly using her last call before her phone died to ring a friend who could get her help. My two golden retrievers quickly sensed something was wrong – one lay against her back and one against her stomach to shield her from the icy wind and keep her warm until the ambulance arrived.
My mother is one of the strongest, most positive people I know. She’s had her knocks in life, but through some inner fortitude she manages to stand tall and strong, and remain fiercely convinced everything will be fine.
Her resilience in the face of her hip-replacement surgery, a week in hospital and having to surrender her independence and come and stay with us for a few weeks – and having to learn to ask for help – has been an amazing lesson for me. It’s easy to think that resilience is something you either have or don’t, but as the experts point out in this month’s article How to Bounce Back From Anything, it’s a skill we can all learn. Two days after my mother’s surgery she was feeling blah and frustrated. But, stronger than those emotions, was her fury with herself for feeling that way! I could see her willing a mind shift – and, of course, the next time I visited she was back to seeing the good in her situation and championing all the people caring for her and sharing her ward. You can find out how to nurture this vital life skill on page 74, so that next time life messes you about you can cope a little better. It’s an excellent read.
Spring is the perfect time, in fact, to make changes all round. Get your house in order with our 101 organising and spring-cleaning tips (page 113). Sorting, cleaning and chucking out stuff always makes you feel good – and is a great springboard for implementing other changes in your life too, like starting a regular exercise routine (try our two-week workout on page 66), going for a health check (it’s Heart Awareness Month and you really do need to know your numbers – page 70) or updating your summer wardrobe (thank you, Bailey Schneider, and your cutie, George, for being our beautiful models – page 50).
And, of course, September is also Heritage Month. Every day I wake up proud to be South African, and grateful to call this beautiful country home and to be raising my children here. In Good Housekeeping style, we celebrate local food – with a twist – on page 96. I hope you’ll enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and sharing your creations with the people you love.
Happy spring and Heritage Month – stay strong and positive.