October Theme: Defying the Odds

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

In what has become one of the most famous poems in the world, ‘The Road not Taken’, which was published 102 years ago, American writer Robert Frost famously told us of his experience being faced with two diverging roads – literally or figuratively – and he decided to take the one less travelled, and that has made all the difference for him.

Many of us have, one time or another in our lives, been faced with a similar choice: should I take the road most travelled or should I venture on the one only a few people take?

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Nelson Mandela – Chapter 1: Meet the Troublemaker

Imagine you were born in a small village in South-Africa. Imagine you belonged to a Xhosa royal lineage but was raised to be humble and always be of service to others. Imagine you studied the law and moved to Johannesburg to become an attorney. Imagine that the Apartheid system was enacted as the law of the land and your movements became restricted and controlled and your most basic civil liberties abruptly and arbitrary taken away from you. Imagine you refused to accept a system that outlaws people on the sole basis of their skin colour and joined the efforts to defy the established order. In hindsight, would you have taken the same path had you known in those early days that you were stepping into a struggle that would completely overtake your life?

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Bayéthé Inkosi!

A simple yet powerful Zulu greeting that lets you know that you are in the presence of royalty. 
At first you may think that you’ve accidentally landed in a utopia with the happy ever afters, the inspirational figures, and the valiant heroes saving the day. You will shake your head in disbelief and say, “This isn’t the real world. This can’t be!” Maybe you will even be tempted to change gears and get out of here before you’re contaminated with all our goodness.

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