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Self love is not just about you. It’s about your unique perception of yourself and your place in the world, but more specifically how that place relates to others. The way you feel about yourself reflects everything about the way others will feel about you – and is therefore a measure of your ability to interact effectively with others. Self love doesn’t flow inwards, it radiates outwards, and transfers the essence of you to friends, partners, colleagues, family. Self love is the way you find inner strength. Self love is the way you give and receive love. Self love is the way you can be as generous to others as you can to yourself.  

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active old people

There is a curious idea, especially among younger folk, that when you retire or become too old to engage in the many pastimes of youth, that you end up with nothing to do. Of course, there are those who mange to achieve this with either satisfaction or a considerable amount of grumbling. But either way, the human condition is not designed for ‘nothing’ and people should understand well in advance, the importance for planning their older years – and the consequences of not doing so.

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The 1st of October was the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) – a day when hopefully we all gave thought to the elderly – their contribution and value in society, their needs and situations, sometimes, sadly, their plight.

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NOTE FROM EDITOR: This story was told and is published in Afrikaans. For English life stories, kindly refer to other blog posts on our HSFA site.

'n Inwoner se verhaal...

Felicia Coetsee kyk na die wêreld vanuit ‘n ander oogpunt… op 4 voet 4.5 duim (“Moenie die halfduim vergeet nie”… kom die aanmaning!!) is sy ’n bietjie korter as meeste van ons maar glo my, beslis nie een om onderskat te word nie! Ons kuiertjie is in haar sonnige kamer in Robari, en haar sagte hand groet net so vriendelik as haar blink, ondeunde oë.

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A residents' story...

“Ag my daaah’ling, it’s so nice not to be forsaken and to be cared for!” These are the welcoming words from Yvonne Britz, as she shares a hug in passing and ‘plops’ me down on a comfortable two-seater couch overlooking a garden square at Silver Oaks. Memories of a youth well spent are smiling down on us from all four walls in her room as laughter very quickly sets in. “Call me Yvonne. I will be 90 in October. Or is it 89…? Never mind,” she continues with a twinkle in her eye. “Call me Yvonne. And incidentally, Proverbs… or is it Psalms… no, Proverbs says our years are 70 or 80… with special mightiness. So excuse me for ‘the mightiness’ young lady!” I have to tease back… “And where exactly do you see any ladies around here?” We’re instant friends.

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