Welcome to our new feature… THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION.
In the dim, distant past, I used to write a few words of my own in the magazine. I wrote about anything that came to mind: a lot about my beloved dogs (all of whom have gone); about what I had seen or heard; about my experiences (The Trip from hell when we went to collect my mom and dad from Zimbabwe; my holidays); and sometimes it was just a page of jokes. In the early days of The Grapevine, 26 years ago (YES!!! Can you believe it!!), I started of with an Editor’s Note at the front of the magazine. A few years later, this turned into the Back Chat, yes…at the back of the magazine. That fell away because of a combination of lack of time and inspiration on my part and the need to sell space. When I stopped writing altogether, there were mumblings of discontent from the staff, and I am flattered to say, from a few readers. Then recently, when I have been going out on the road to see clients, I have again been reminded that people used to enjoy my self-indulgent ramblings. So… TA DA!! here I am, at The Centre of Attention.
I am going to use this space (and I am crossing fingers and holding thumbs now) to entertain you, to inspire you, to inform you, to motivate you, to make you laugh, to make you think, and, to hopefully make some money (cue evil laugh!) as I am also going to offer the centre spread to companies who want to profile their business, be it for a milestone celebration, for the launch of a new product or for promoting a special deal, making that company the Centre of Attention that month.
This month, being the first month of the year 2019, I am going to start on a positive note. The last two years have been really difficult for most people – the economy has been a disaster; the general mood has been gloomy and there has been very little to make people smile. Let’s change that and make a commitment to embrace a positive attitude. I believe that I am blessed to have been born an optimist – I always look on the bright side of life and even though I might feel down sometimes, I always seem to bounce back really quickly. Some people might regard this as a failing, and I must admit, sometimes my optimism and belief in people has bitten me in the bum, but I would still much rather have that kind of outlook on life than to be filled with pessimism and negativity, which I firmly believe “poison” your whole existence. A positive attitude can only help to improve your life and if there are disappointments and setbacks, unless they are fatal, in which case you won’t be in the position to worry about them anymore, so what? I am still a realist and know that life is not always going to be rosy but if things do not work out the way you had wanted or hoped for, it is no use dwelling on those setbacks - they are what they are and there is nothing you can do to change what has already happened. BUT… you can change your approach and use the past to learn what to do in the future.
So here’s to a positive and productive 2019. And remember…
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.