If you ever lose your faith…

in humanity, here’s what to do.

Get stuck with your car on an extremely busy intersection at rush-hour traffic.  (This apparently only works in South Africa, so it may cost you a plane ticket, but it’s still cheaper than prolonged psychotherapy – and more effective.)

One out of three or four cars, as they squeeze past you, will ask with high concern if you are okay and if they can help.

You will be so drenched in good wishes and vibes and strongs that everyone gives you, you cannot help but believe in humans again.

This is what I love about our rainbow nation (I’m not being PC, I really do love this).

Here’s another effect you won’t easily get elsewhere (I presume) :

Spur, Woodlands:  When the staff sing for a birthday boy or girl, they carry on dancing for quite a while; and not only around the birthday child’s table but through the whole shop.

The effect on lifting the mood is incredible.  It really feels like a party – and you can see it’s not put-on, they are enjoying it.

Wouldn’t it be so cool if every company made it policy that once in every random time interval, everyone gets up and dances for 5 minutes?

They would win a health award; and they would have immensely happy employees.  That is, as long as there aren’t any that would feel put-upon by this routine.  People need to realize that good feelings (allow them in your life) are critically important to your health and general wellbeing.  I wonder what would happen to such a company’s productivity?


On another note:  It ought to be mandatory for every instrumental teacher to first have worked in a field they hated.  Because teaching music is a calling, not a job.  If you regard it as a job, the pay will never be enough, and non-practising kids will stress you out.  If it’s your calling, it keeps you healthy and smiling,  always with the background niggle of guilt that you could be earning more doing something that’s less enjoyable – “real work”.

Btw that’s also my take on Agatha Christie and her quote:

I like “Writers Write” – a very nice site and a good writing school, here in SA.  I pirate their piccies and quotes quite often.  😉  (And of course I link back – just click on the pic to get to her spot.  If she doesn’t want me pirating and back-linking, I figure she’ll tell me quickly.)

But this particular quote…  I feel sorry for Aggie.  Once again I’d prescribe a healthy dose of admin work in a high-pressure environment, or perhaps a sales job in a car parts wholesale shop, to reinstill her sense of wonder and thankfulness for having such a cool profession.  Writers, musicians, artists, designers – we have it good.  We do what we love.


(btw here are the Amazon links for Douglas Pearce’s “Almost Dead in Suburbia”:

Almost Dead on Kindle:

Almost Dead in Amazon Store:
http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Dead-Suburbia-Douglas-Pearce/dp/0620479280     )

And don’t forget to grab your copy of the free downloads while they are still available…


Lupa Tabika

The Mystery of the Solar Wind Almost Dead in Suburbia 


That be all for now…


4 thoughts on “If you ever lose your faith…

  1. “Wouldn’t it be so cool if every company made it policy that once in every random time interval, everyone gets up and dances for 5 minutes?”

    It wouldn’t make a crappy job any less crappy to have the bosses say “Every morning you will spend at least five minutes dancing around pretending to be happy.” It would be like the compulsory physical jerks in front of the telescreen in ‘1984’.

    • Yup, that’s what I mean – it wouldn’t work everywhere. The spirit has to be there. You’re right, put this into a bank in Germany and you’ll have 1984.

      But the point is this:

      Most jobs are crappy. The pay is also crappy in most jobs. Those waiters in Spur don’t get paid; they live from the tips (still better income than in some other places). And I’m sure they get “sourpuss” customers on a regular basis who rain on them because of not enough onion rings or the food taking too long. Yet somehow these people manage to look, sound and appear as though they really are enjoying themselves when they perform their “birthday dance”. As a trainer for young (and older) performers, I can’t help but appreciate the spirit of this.

      … in fact this is such a long reply, there’s a blog post in here. Wait up – I’ll blog on this 😉

    • Not before you read the passage in Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ where he describes the relationship between waiters and diners in revolutionary Barcelona in 1936. 🙂

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