Tag: life

Soli Deo gloria – V




By Your hand you create the artist

By Your inspiration the symphonies

of Mozart were born

By Your love orphans are adopted

By Your love purpose is restored

The rat race loses meaning after

an encounter with the Son

The delusion of fame and material wealth

is dethroned after an encounter with You

You are tangible love




Waterfall | Pretoria Botanical Gardens

It was wonderful to visit the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, walking around and just soaking in nature. This was the first time that I have seen the waterfall (previously it was closed off to the public, but I don’t really know why).

I took the opportunity to take a longish exposure photo (the shutter was open for 1/5th of a second). This longer exposure enables the viewer to capture the flowing water in a way that makes it look like wispy strands of white hair or candyfloss. To me this is tranquility to the max:

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I was recently introduced to a youtube channel that took my brain for a joyride. Jason Silva produces a web series called “Shots of Awe” and it is basically the injection of inspiration you need amidst the banality of an 8 to 5 life. The series presents thought-provoking ideas and philosophies and it presents the viewer with a challenge – life is lived at the edge of your comfort zone – human beings are addicted to new things – we are drawn to the aesthetic – we have a insatiable hunger for creativity and the artist’s visions. We  must go out, explore and be inspired by the world. You don’t need to live a perfect life, that’s not the point. The point is to revel in the beauty and the inspiration life provides us.


Shots of awe:





For countless moons this bear has hibernated –

Shackled to the granite floor of his mind,

Unable to find a window, an exit, doorknob

A slave to Western avarice and ideology


Sometimes he sees fleeting,

Haunting images of love lost

Of glinting olive eyes

In muted, starless night

Apathy, indifference had frozen artist within

And had tainted clear eyes with paralysis


In testing voyage the bear has slowly learnt

The difference between wasted loneliness

And the invigorating strength

Of liberating solitude –

He now wakes from his slumber,

Ravenous and with boundless thirst


It is time to shake the burden, the cross

To traverse the edge of complacency’s warmth

To destroy himself in order to transcend

And escape the banalities of mundane life


The bear has been roused

To become the philosopher

To become the voyager

To become the artist reborn


Francois Hermanus Steyn – 2014


You wake up and put on the kettle to make that miracle cure to sleepiness that is coffee. Put on the laptop, shower, listen to some pumping tunes to get ‘in the mood’ for the inevitable tiring day, rush to the bus with ipod in pocket, attend class, frequently check twitter, facebook, upload some pics, send some serial bbms that pisses everybody off.

Then you take a minute to lie on the grass between classes; to watch the clouds lethargically shifting in the crystal blue sky. You clear your thoughts; you drown out the cacophony of voices on campus by focussing on those fluffy white clouds…

Then you plug in your ipod and listen to pop / metal / rock / ska because of this and that reason. So many faces pass you: familiar, strange, weird. You read the university paper and notice how random people are. We gossip, we eat lunch in a crowd, we shout to one another.

The day grows older and you walk back home amidst bustling traffic, noticing the tired and stressed faces in cars. Finally you reach your destination, slam the door shut. Al you want to do is relax: so you – put on the music as loud as ever, tweet, facebook!

TIME OUT – I want to be a little Dachshund, running around in a yard chasing butterflies and killing lizards!

Thanks BB for crashing the past week. Now we can get some peace and quiet, and not stare at that blinking red light. But I’m almost pretty sure that people found a way to replace that distracting BlackBerry with something else. People who ‘make lifestyle changes’ more often than not merely replaces one distraction with another one.

People are so busy and so distracted. Do yourself a favour and read a bit about Blaise Pascal and his thoughts. A famous and true thing he says is that “All of man’s misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room.” We seek and find solace in distracted activity; in the fact that we avoid experiencing ourselves.  How do you distract yourself from a rhinoceros in the middle of your room (metaphor for something in your life you want to avoid facing, like a destroyed friendship, failed relationship or divorced parents) – you simply cover the rhinoceros with a million mice (mice = distractions). Go give Pascal a look, really puts some things into perspective!


Life as Pool

Life as Pool

I’m going to try a novel thing: writing about a photograph – a photograph of pool; that game played by shady characters in smoky bars for a few bucks, and sometimes played by folks enjoying a beer as they watch their team playing football. In a bar you either play pool or darts, and a drunken dart player is a lot more dangerous than a drunken pool player.

But back to an analogy I’m trying to make between pool and life. Oh, another cliché you might think: analogies of life. Life is like a box of chocolates, blah blah blah. But let’s think about it, sometimes your life can be like a game of pool. Often you are only in control half of the time, and once you master certain things, like a specializing in a certain field in your career, you will have more control (in terms of income and your lifestyle). It is not wise to fight somebody that’s not your own size, especially if they are 7 foot tall, and weighs 200kgs (4% body fat) – most of us start out at the bottom rung.

Every ball you sink is another step on your way to your goal, and the opponent is: time, a colleague competing for the same promotion, or that 65% average you need for being accepted into the honours program.

Also, luck can play a significant role in your life, and the more you play, the ‘luckier’ you become; the more you focus on the important things in life; your family, career and spiritual well-being, the more skill you acquire in order to place that cue ball exactly where you want it, and the greater your chance becomes of actually having a shot at the eight ball. The more knowledge you have of the type of ‘game’ you’re in, the more intuition you will have of when to go for broke or when to just add that subtle touch to your shot, when to snooker your opponent or when to play it safe.

Sometimes placement of your cue ball is better than; sinking a ball but also handing your opponent the match. Sometimes you will have to be patient in order to learn vital life-skills, or to wait for the right moment to pounce on an opportunity. Sometimes you need to be serious in your game (when playing for a thousand bucks or competing for a promotion) and sometimes you need to relax, play pool with a friend and enjoy an ice cold beer.

Life is like a game of pool, you never know if you’ll be solids or stripes.

(Or red or yellow…)