From the Ed­i­tor

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - Sally Emery, ED­I­TOR sal­lye@as­soc­me­dia.co.za FOL­LOW ME @GH_Sally

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.

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