Signs tell us a lot about some of the things that have happened. They tell us weird things people have done. Signs tell us the pet peeves of the people who put them up.
You know you’ve made it when you’ve got your own daily planner. By that I don’t mean that you have a daily planner that you own, I mean that your name is on a “daily planner” that other people buy. In case you were wondering about “daily planner”, it is the replacement term for “diary”. FYI: “diary” is soo last millennium.
Having your name on a “daily planner” for others to buy… That, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest measure of success. In fact, the other side of this success is that the only reason people buy the diar, I mean I mean daily planner is because your name is on it. When your name is on the diary as a sales guarantor…
Oh, to go back on the term “daily planner”… Another reason people will get your daily planner and no one else’s, is that they will be productive. You’ve succeeded when your name on a daily planner means people will be more productive, just because they got your daily planner. I mean the paper on your daily planner rivals silk and is trimmed with gold. Yes, success.
Did I mention that even in the “made it echelons” there are further tiers? Leather bound with gold trimming and a ribbon for a marker is ‘the business’. No, wait, it is not one but two different colour ribbons. When you’re there, you’ve arrived. You make it rain! You are king of the daily planner.
Is your name on a daily planner? Could your name even sell a paperback notebook. One without a ribbon. Can your name guarantee productivity? Would your name even guarantee sales? If not, chances are you’re still calling it a diary. Perhaps you need a name change. Don’t forget to slap leather binding, gold trimming and two different colour ribbons. Make it three so you stand out ;-)
Oops, I’m holding up the queue…
As with many languages, it evolves. You might find that Zulu spoken in Johannesburg may have words or phrases picked up from other cultures and languages. Zulu spoken in Kwazulu Natal is likely to be less tainted. However, it is not so different that commmunication cannot taken place. Depending on your attitude, language can a barrier or bridge.
One of the best ways to cross cultural barriers and be citizen of the world is to learn a langugage. You don’t necessarily need to master it, but learning and sepaking a little of it warms the hearts of those you engage.
Learning a little a language could help you win over the heart of someone who speaks it. Who knows, it might save you one day. There’s no harm in learning little phrases; you have more to gain than lose. Learning to speak someone’s language says:
- “I want to communicate with you…”
- “Connecting with you is not an afterthought…”
- “I’m willing to enter your world…”
- “I’m interested in you…”
- “I see you…”
Wouldn’t the world be better if we chose to find little ways to build bridges? From learning a language and talking to each other… You could ask poeple about their world, by so doing you also invite them into your world. When we see how different and similar we are, we’re more mindful and the world becomes a better place.
I could share the typical greetings etc. but I thought it would be fun to learn this instead. So, here are some Zulu phrases:
Sleep here: Lala la
Sleep there: Lala le
Listen here: Lalela la
Sleep over there: Lalela le
Listen here, sleep over there: Lalela la, lalela le
Zulu 101 for my non-Zulu speaking friends. Simple, right?
There are small things in our lives that make big differences. I thought I’d write a list of those things that can throw nasty bumps on life’s highway. For some random reason I came up with a list of 28 random things to always check.
Here’s the list… Always check:
Well, I really felt like posting this and i kinda debated with myself. Some may think this childish… but i remembered someone telling me, “You are never too old to have a happy childhood!”
I just had to! I remember watching many episodes more than once… Here goes some of my favorite quotes. Some of them actually have some wisdom (at least for me). Enjoy!:
Winnie the Pooh: What day is it?
Piglet: It’s today
Winnie the Pooh: My favorite day
Winnie the Pooh: Oh bother!
Eeyore: It’s not much of a tail but I’m attached to it.
Winnie the Pooh: Think, think, think
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, oh, help and bother! I’m stuck. [this was after Pooh had eaten too much honey at Rabbits place and couldn’t go through the door]
Rabbit: Oh, dear. Oh, gracious. Oh. Well, it all comes from eating too much.
Winnie the Pooh: It all comes from not having front doors big enough!
Rabbit: Why did I ever invite that bear to lunch? Why, oh, why, oh, why?
Winnie the Pooh: A grand adventure is about to begin
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, bother! Empty again! Only the sticky part’s left.
Eeyore: Thanks for noticing me
Winnie the Pooh: [opening his door] Hello, out there! Oh, I hope nobody answers.
Tigger: T-T-F-N. Ta-ta for now.
Tigger: Say, who are you?
Narrator: I’m the narrator.
Tigger: Oh, well, please, for goodness’ sakes, narrate me down from here.
Tigger: Oh but the most wonderful thing about tiggers is I’m the only one…IIIII’m the only one. [growls]
Eeyore: It’s snowing still…And freezing… However, [ brightening up a little] we haven’t had an earthquake lately.
Rabbit: [drawing on Pooh’s backside when he’s stuck in Rabbit’s door] Oh Pooh! You messed up my moose!
Christopher Robin: Pooh, promise you won’t forget me, ever?
Tigger: Yuck! Tiggers Don’t like honey!
Winnie the Pooh: Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.
Winnie the Pooh: Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh: I am shushed!
Tigger: T-I-double”guh”-errrrr, that spells Tigger!
Winnie the Pooh: If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.
Gopher: That supercilious scoundrel confiscated my honey.
Winnie the Pooh: Good-bye, Piglet. Now, is the next chapter all about me?
Piglet: I don’t mind the leaves that are leaving. It’s the leaves that are coming.
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, stuff and fluff.
Owl: Being a screech owl, she also sang soprano in the London Opera.
Winnie the Pooh: Where are you going, Piglet?
Piglet: That’s what I’m asking myself, where?
Winnie the Pooh: And what do you think you will answer yourself?
Gopher: If I was you, I’d think about ssssskedaddin’ outta here.
Tigger: Have I won?
Winnie the Pooh: If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you
Winnie the Pooh: A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference
Winnie the Pooh: Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
Winnie the Pooh: I must rescue my supper!
Winnie the Pooh: Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?
Narrator: Sorry, Pooh, but all stories have an ending, you know.