“…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Steindl-Rast – Theologian

Over the next three weeks, the Overstrand will be bursting at the seams with activities. With festivals, concerts, music performances, a classic car show, markets, a comedy night, fun runs, mountain bike challenges and the artwalk, to name just a few of the planned events, there is almost no day of the week when there isn’t something to do. Over the coming weekends, in particular, you will be spoilt for choice.

If you throw in the school holidays, the expected increase in visitor numbers and the beautiful spring weather we have been enjoying over the past two weekends, the stage is set for what should be three incredibly busy and enjoyable weeks.

But how many of us will actually pause from our fast-paced daily lives and consider the broader picture of what all this means? Last year, the picture looked very different and there were not nearly as many events being planned for all to enjoy.  

How many of us realise how much the mood of the entire Overstrand has lifted, compared to this time last year when we were still reeling from the violent protests and the mood was very different?  

If you do take a moment for reflection, hopefully, the overwhelming emotion that bursts forth from within you will be one of gratitude. Yes, of course, the general political environment and economy could be much better. Yes, there are many challenges that still need to be faced, often it feels, without the will to tackle them. Yes, one could go on and on with the list of “problems” that our country, province, district and municipalities are facing.

But what is the point of doing this, if you can’t, at the same time, also find the time to focus on the things that are going right and are better than they were before.

If you do, you will find so many things to be grateful for. What a difference a year makes!

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