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November 26, 2010

Don’t wait

Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion.
Being alive is the special occasion.
”  – Mary Manin Morrissey

There are those whose genius radiates from the heart. Their gift is not an EQ thing, it’s a steady, clear goodness that isn’t saintly or soppy either. It’s strong and funny and easy to be around, but it’s peculiarly rare. I’ve only known 3 who have it, and my world is minus 1 today.

We live in terribly complicated times and it’s so ever so easy to get caught up in our own heads/schedules/urgencies that we defer or forget to love those who are loyal and undemanding.

I didn’t take the chance to pay back one of the bravest, kindest beings who always had my back and didn’t ask for a damn thing in return. And I’ve run out of chances now. Suddenly.

Don’t wait to share your gifts with your tribe, don’t wait to pull them out of harms way, don’t wait to call and check in even if there isn’t big news, don’t wait for better times, a better opportunity or a better you. Life is a’wasting

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite.  Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance.  Everyone is just waiting.  – Dr. Seuss

Princess drew fervent fans as a barista and won our hearts as friend. That she had to draw on her resilience tougher than kevlar breaks my heart because she deserved the best. The void that she’s left has filled with the realisation that we need to get cracking, we have a tribe to serve better, and pronto.
Dave
and I have had our lives enriched by knowing this characterful woman, and we’ll be ensuring that her spirit blazes on to make others’ lives more hopeful and happy in her wake.

For goodness sake don’t miss the gap with those that you really adore but somehow don’t get around to saying how much they mean to you. Regret slices and stings for a lifetime.

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?”  – Stephen Levine

It was our priviliege to know Ntombekhaya “Princess” Mlonyeni, dear friend, may she rest in peace.

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November 26, 2010