Wow!! What a year!! Just yesterday, we were celebrating the dawn of the year 2018, and here we are at the end of it. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the happenings of the year, some of us may be left asking - what the heck happened!! Despite all the happenings of the year, through the valleys and in the peaks, sometimes we tend to miss the things that matter, the things that give our lives meaning. This time of the year is one of the best, as we get to really reflect on and appreciate the things that matter in the end; Love, family, friends, colleagues etc.

As I reflect on this year, I cant help but thank God for all the relationships I've formed this year, for love, family, friends and colleagues. I thank God for His Grace and Faithfulness. As I look at our journey through our newsletters for this year, they tell the whole story:

1. February Newsletter: Never Despise the Day of Small Beginnings
2. March Newsletter: How To Reach Your Peak
3. April Newsletter: When The Going Gets Tough

4. May Newsletter: We Can Change Or Stay The Same
5. June Newsletter: Take A Break From Your Ambition
6. July Newsletter: Lessons From Our Times Of Rest - Pt. One
7. August Newsletter: Lessons From Our Times Of Rest - Pt. Two
September Newsletter: Ksazobalit!!
9. October Newsletter: We Teach Life
10. November: Life Is A Collection Of Experiences


Images above - Participants of the Hirsch's Networking Event, 28 November 2018

So as we draw to the close of this year, I reflect on all my experiences. One of my highlights was attending a networking event together with my colleague Buhle Monakali, hosted by Hirsch's, Umhlanga. A very striking lady by the name Vino Govender gave a very inspiring talk, and later I had the pleasure of conversing with her; wow, what a day! I also had the pleasure of having a deep meaningful conversation with Celeste McArthur, as she shared with us her philosophy of life and the scripture she had read in her devotion that morning. I also had the privilege of meeting Kevin Meredinth together with Janitha Harkoo. What an experience, meeting and sharing insights with all the people I've met this year and hopefully we can continue all the conversations we started.

My wish for you this coming year is that you'll be like the oak tree and grow as high as you can,like the eagle that sores as high as it can and the flowers that bloom as much as they can. Whatever course you set yourself to accomplish, do it with all of your strength and integrity. The Apostle, Paul, this great man said; I'm about to go and here's the reputation I want when I'm gone. He said three things; 

1. I fought a good fight! Let that be your reputation, you fought the ideology that wanted to capture your family and your business, and whether you won or not, let that be your reputation that you fought a good fight. You fought for others, you fought for integrity and honesty, you didn't leave any energy unspent in your cause. Let that be the reputation you leave behind, I fought a good fight.
2.I finished the task! I stayed until it was done, I stayed, I finished it - what a good reputation. Finish what you start, finish your assignment, finish the contract and keep your commitment to your partners, your colleagues, your family and your friends.
3. I kept the faith! Keep faith with your family, keep faith with your church, keep faith with your business, let that be your reputation. We want to be involved with people who pledge and keep our confidence. Develop the reputation of keeping faith, so that no matter where you go, you represent your family well, represent your business well. Have integrity and honesty, get success at the service of others not at their expense, because at the end of the road we all want to be able to say, I fought a good fight, I finished the task and I kept the faith. And the last part, keeping the faith is not that easy, hence the master prayer  "lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil." Help us keep integrity in-spite of the evil, and as we journey through the valley of the shadow of death, we will not fear that evil will dislodge us.

Here's how Paul wrapped it up, he said; I understand there's a crown waiting for me, isn't that great to say - I hear they have a reward for me, and I deserve it. I fought a good fight, I finished the task, I kept the faith and I deserve the crown, wow! Incredible! Others we associate with might not have the resolve and integrity to leave such a legacy behind, however, let others lead small lives, but not you.

In the challenge of accomplishing what we've set out for ourselves, the opportunity of sharing with others light and direction and refinement of thought and character. Let everybody else lead small lives, but not you - let everybody else give up, but not you. Let everybody else argue over non-essentials, but not you. Deal in things that matter, the larger challenge, the larger opportunity - go for the challenge and the responsibility of being the absolute best you can be; of doing your best and creating your best. Lets be the best friend, the best father, the best spouse, the best brother and best colleague.  

Finally, here's part of the drama as we close this year, I go with you. Because of all our experiences together, and hopefully some of the spiritual insights we've shared - I go with all of you. But here's the big drama, all of you go with me. See that's so incredible, so as I send this final Newsletter for the the year, I promise not to leave you - I will take you with me in my thoughts and in my heart.

I want to thank you for this chance and opportunity to share and experience life with you. I wish for you achievement and influence, I wish for you treasures of the soul and of the spirit and of the mind and of the wallet. Let your ambition and success cause you to go out and touch the life of someone else.
God bless and As-Salaam-Alaikum.

" Welcome all experiences, you never know which one is going to turn everything on".

―  Jim Rohn