Daily Prompt: Infect

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I am crying for my country, South Africa. The Rainbow dream died with Madiba. The New Dawn of Prez Cyril R is super-infected with a malignancy of the cancerous kind. We are dying here.The name of the disease is zumastatcapturiscorruptis. It is endemic to South Africa.

Symptoms of the disease: People are fed racist rhethoric. Land is grabbed, cash in transit heists is a thing. Wife-killing too. Corruption is rife. Policemen and farmers and political opponents are killed, schools are burnt down. There are no services to speak of. At the municipality, at the post office, at the hospital, in rural areas there is such a lack of any standards of service, people are numbed by nothingness. The list of symptoms goes on, and on, and on…

Our minister of police Bheki Cele got it it wrong yesterday: “The Theme “Safety of Women, Children and vulnerable group is the brighter future of South Africa”This inhuman scourge is fiercely eating the moral fibre in our society and is belittling the dignity of Inzalabantu yezwe kanye nabantwana bethu. The time to say never again is Now! Mr President the police are taking the Thuma Mina call to the streets of South Africa to Bring down the scourge of crimes against women and children and vulnerable group of our society! Sonke Sithi Ngeke! Sobe! Phinde!”

What rubbish. Just words. Don’t placate us. Do something. Protect us. Arrest the thieving and corrupt in our parliament, your police force, our municipalities. Severe action is required.

Today as I write here, a cash in transit heist took place. A gang of guntoting bastards stopped traffic, blew up two cash vans, carried the loot to luxury SUV’s and all witnesses could do is video it on their cellphones. Shots ringing, cars scattering away from the scene, witnesses shouting: “Holy shit. Motherf…..”

Well yes, holy shit, cry. The beloved country is on life support and there is no antidote for zumastatcapturiscorruptis. Serious life-saving surgery is needed. The true antidote for the infection coursing through every fibre of our society is a government that delivers, and love for this country, respect for all people and above all empathy.

Daily Prompt: Laughter

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“Chuckling, giggling, snickering, snorting. All are forms of laughter our natural gift for coping with lifes demands…” , my 32-year old daughter chirps when I tell her todays daily prompt reminds me of her Grade 6 speech about laughter. A happy chuckle ensues when we recall the days of preparation for this speech titled ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’ I recall my beautiful child, with the whole world still before her, delivering the speech and donning silly glasses and a Charlie Chaplin mustache! She had the school in stitches whilst keeping a straight face!

She still lights up a room when she smiles, and we enjoy many silly inside jokes and eye-rolls. Our queen of wit and sarcasm.

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I recently read in an article: “Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.”

Smile. Count your blessings. Gravitate toward laughter, ask “what is funny.” Surround yourself with fun people and don’t hide your wit, use it or lose it.

Did you know simulated laughter sessions come highly recommended by therapists? Imagine going to laughter class.

Has life stolen your laugh? Be your own Charlie Chaplin. Don’t take yourself seriously and always choose laughter if you are offered the choice

Are you too serious? Get over that by sharing embarrassing incidents. Many of these occur because we take ourselves seriously.

C’est la vie is better than tailspinning into anger and frustration when you find yourself in situations you cannot change. Bureaucratic government service, queues in the bank, pathetic service at the grocer – let it go, chill. Watch people go by, look for something amusing and simply put a smile on your dial. It changes everything.

According to the wise, keeping your inner child alive and emulating the joy and spontaneousness of a child enhances your ability to think out of the box and stimulates creativity. I like that. I choose laughter.

Don’t be a sourpuss. It ages you. Funny word, sourpuss. There. I got you to smile. Nice feeling, don’t you think?

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