Over the last few months, we have in the "Monthly Building Blocks" newsletter reflected upon our humble beginnings at IPPM and our arduous, but exciting climb towards our 'peak'. Upon reflection, I found that our journey has been comparable to hiking up a mountain or charting a course up the steep terrain. Although very exciting, the journey has been quite challenging at times and perhaps even a bit wearisome, which is why I suppose my mentor (Mr Jim Rohn) advised that now and then one should take a break from their ambition. What does this mean? In his book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle - Jim Rohn  talks about the;  

"The Ratio of Activity to Rest"
Life cannot be a process of all work and no rest. It is important to set aside sufficient time to regain our strength. The key is to develop a reasonable ratio of rest to activity. The Bible offers this philosophy about the ratio of labor to rest: six days of labor and one day of rest. For some this may seem somewhat heavy on the labor side. In fact, there is a new chorus of voices in our country who are at odds even with our current ratio of five days labor and two days rest. They would have us trim back even further on the labor side and increase the rest period to at
least three days.Each of us must select the ratio that best reflects the reward we seek remembering that with diminished labor comes diminished rewards. If we rest too long, the weeds will surely take over the garden. The erosion of our values begins immediately whenever we are at rest. That is why we must make rest a necessity, not an objective. Rest should -only be a necessary pause in the process of preparing for an assault on the next objective and the next discipline. The punishment for excessive rest is mediocrity.

Recently, myself and the guys from my office were very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy a very unique and restful retreat in Estcourt, KwaZulu- Natal, at a place named Greystone. Some friends from our church who happen to be also our landlords sponsored our trip, and not only did we enjoy the material treasures encompassed in it, but much more from a spiritual point of view. The atmosphere was divine, the scenery was picturesque and the food was more than we could take. I had been here before, but somehow this time seemed much more special with my friends there with me.  In his book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle - Jim Rohn also  talks about how our "Lifestyle Is A Reflection Of Our Attitude And Our Values", what we do and how we treat others and spend our time says a whole deal about who we are, and whats really important to us. He further advises;

"Learn To Be Happy With What You Have While You Strive For What You Want"
Each of us can design our own life happiness. We can design it and we can experience it. We do not have to wait. Waiting will merely prolong the agony of putting up with poor service, short
tempers, ruined moments of joy, and a continuation of life as it has always been. That exquisite feeling called happiness can begin wherever and however we are because it has nothing to do with things. Having more isn’t the answer to happiness. If we can count our blessings on only two or three fingers, then putting diamonds on those same fingers isn’t going to give us more blessings. If we have failed to develop meaningful friendships when our resources were meager, then we aren’t going to be any better at finding or keeping good friends when our finances improve. The experience of a meaningful relationship with someone who has been with us through the good times and the bad, who knows us and cares about us in a way that makes us feel good just to know that they are in this world, is something we cannot afford to postpone.

There is as much joy in watching our children learn to ride on a secondhand bicycle as watching them wobble away on a new one. Are we going to deny them or ourselves that incredible experience simply because we can’t afford the best or the most expensive toys right now? Happiness isn’t something you withdraw from your bank account. It is something to withdraw from life and from those around you. There is nothing wrong with wanting more for ourselves and for our families. But it doesn’t mean that we have to experience less of life’s treasures because we have less or that we will appreciate them more when we have more. If we cannot learn to be happy with what we have right now, then we will never be happy no matter how much good fortune comes our way.

“The secret of happiness is to appreciate all the marvels of the world, but never neglect to nourish the spirit”

―  Luvuko Mqaqa