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PURA VIDA 2: VALUES AND PRACTICES: PART 1 of 2
Costa Rica has owned the phrase “pura vida” and use it often. It may be translated as “pure life” – enjoying simple pleasures, companionship, calm and leisurely times. This series of newsletters is different, is intended to provide ideas for your pura vida during the forced lockdowns we now face with the advent of the coronavirus. They may cover topics such as gardening, reading, reflecting and journaling, games, music, conversations (at home and with the outside world), stress and anxiety reduction, coping with boredom, introducing ritual and symbol … depending on the responses received. The series will address the WHOLE PERSON, with an accent on life values and related practices. The first newsletter in this series looked at leisure reading. (Value: curiosity, Practice: reading for pleasure). An opening question was Zorba the Greeks exasperated outburst to Basil 'You don’t know! Well, all those damned books you read - what good are they? Why do you read them?' (Kazantzakis, N. 1961), answered in part by English author Julian Patrick Barnes: “When you read a great book, you don’t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it (life)”. This newsletter outlines personal values and personal practices in general, and goes deeper into one or two of those … During this series, which is to be published every few days during our initial lock-down period, should any reader wish to discuss any of the topics covered, my Skype address is: graham.lynette , and my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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LOCK-DOWN TEETHING TROUBLES. Here in South Africa a number of people, because they’re not sufficiently informed, don’t understand or don’t believe just how contagious and threatening the virus is, are not complying with lock-down regulations. We have first and third world communication needs. The Spanish coronavirus spread is much more advanced than ours, and reached a point where patients over 65 in Madrid, because of the shortage of ventilators, are being taken off their ventilators, and left to die alone. We may be in the calm before the storm phase …. And shouldn’t discount a lock-down extension, with all its implications
LOCK-DOWN WEB SITE. The South African government coronavirus resource portal for up-to-date information, is sacoronavirus.co.za
IMCSA NEWSLETTER. I have been asked to producing a monthly newsletter for members of the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South African. imcsa.org.za
ENCOURAGEMENT. A UK Professor of Leadership commented on the first piece in this series (Read Right), “Graham, what a great reminder of how satisfying the simple pleasures of life can be....and thank you for some great recommendations”. It’s great to receive encouraging feedback – keeps us going, especially during challenging times.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within” - Maya Angelou
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