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We must not forget that there is always hope, and if we want, then we can truly be the engineers of our own happiness, even in tragic times.


Johannesburg, South Africa (11 January 2022) – As most of South Africa head back to work this week to kickstart the economy (even from your home offices), I thought I would share some advice.

First and foremost, I think we all need to be cognizant that there are many people who will not be heading back to work this week, as they just do not have jobs.

It’s been 656 days of lockdown. 656 days of not earning a salary. 656 days of also not being helped by the government.

This is the tragic reality that many are facing in South Africa right now. Hunger and unemployment are soaring, and our beautiful country is facing a national crisis that we may never recover from; extreme poverty that we have never seen before. Our unemployment rate was shocking before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, but that number has almost doubled since the 26th of March 2020. It has been estimated that over 10 million citizens are actively looking for a job but can’t find one right now. South Africa has also just been ranked as the world’s most miserable economy after Venezuela and Argentina.

But even though this lockdown can make us feel like our emotions are all over the place and what is happening in the world can start to feel very overwhelming, we must not forget that there is always hope, and if we want, then we can truly be the engineers of our own happiness, even in tragic times.

So here’s the “back to work” advice bit

You are the architect of your reality. You choose your thoughts, your perceptions, and your reaction to external forces. You possess all of the tools needed to expand your awareness… to orchestrate the evolution of your consciousness, to choose happiness, to choose love and kindness!

“Stop waiting for Friday, for Summer, for your next vacation, for someone to fall in love with you, or for a different life. Stop placing all your joy on a person, job or thing that you cannot really control. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for things and make the most of the moment you are in now right now. You are responsible for your happiness. In fact, you create it. You attract it. You manifest it”

You have the power to create your own happiness; you are that flipping powerful.

So I hope you find the courage to go out there today and create a life of happiness… even if that means reaching out to get the help you need to find it again. Because some days are harder than others and if for a moment you feel like you are battling to create happiness… then the bravest thing you can do is reach out. Mental health and wellness is so important right now.

Now go! Create the life you absolutely deserve.

Wishing you only good things, always.

Okay. Love you. Bye.

Sources: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy | Back to work 
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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