What Is Beauty?

Absolute Beauty must be the most popular name for a beauty salon worldwide. A Google search yielded over 3 million results. I got through 10 pages and the links kept on referring to beauty salons from South Africa to New Zealand to Malaysia.

This can only mean like sex, beauty sells. Fortunes are made and spent in the pursuit of beauty.

But what is beauty?

If it’s just the way one looks then it’s a very 2-dimensional view because it is subjective and ignores the fact that we are complex creatures who are more than what we appear to be.

Remember your Mom telling you “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”

Maya Angelou’s famous quote:

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

In general youth is revered and is synonymous with beauty.

If I understand the quote correctly then it throws this completely on its head. If beauty is gained through change then older people are more beautiful than younger people.

I like this.


The Long And Short Of It – Business School Edition

Business school

I spent a mind blowing week at business school on block 1 of the Social Entrepreneurship Programme. I learnt new things, and got new insights into things that I already knew.

Let me start off by saying that it’s a lot of work. On day 4 I wrote the following in my journal, transcribed as it was written so excuse less than perfect grammar:

“I asked myself countless times during the course of this week what I am doing (here). And as I ask myself that a bubble of excitement starts bubbling up and I know then that I’m in the right place! 🙂 “

Definitions of social entrepreneurship are in flux owing to the newness of the formal discipline and the application of complexity theory to solving social problems, especially in the South African context where social entrepreneurs operate in a constrained environment. I’m reminded of Marissa Meyer’s reference to creativity loving constraints.

The weather

It’s rained cats and dogs for over a week. Che began to get cabin fever and so did the cats who’ve decided to adopt us. It didn’t affect me like it normally does because I was occupied with business school and preparing for each day. The clouds thinned and the sun managed to peek out from above them, enough for us to see a bit of blue. At best it’s watery sunlight. On the up up side the dams around Gauteng are almost full. This is good news in these conditions of drought. Sadly other parts of South Africa have not been as lucky. The network of dams serving Cape Town are at about 36% full.


…was non-existent…working out that is, because… business school…. Che and I will go later. It will be good to get this body moving again.

Next week

I fly to Cape Town on Wednesday for agile42’s quarterly coach camp. I love Cape Town. Enough said.

The beautiful unique Table Mountain. Photo taken from the V&A Waterfront. I never tire of looking out at this view whenever I am in the Mother City.
©2017 Regina Martins

PS…I value your loyalty

I am trying to keep my head above water balancing blogging with study, work, family and gym. I work best when I am under pressure (who doesn’t?). Bear with me as a semblance of routine becomes the new normal for me. The same goes for visiting your blogs. I haven’t visited many of late. You are still on my mind and I will be coming by. To those that are still coming by Wide Eyed In Wonder, I thank you.





A haiku for you, in response to today’s one-word prompt from WordPress – Hideout.

A furtive escape

to the hideout of my thoughts...

Blissful solitude!

Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme. (Kidzone)


Video: The Future is Social Entrepreneurship

I’m sitting in an Airbnb preparing for day 1 of Block 1 of the Social Entrepreneurship programme. There is a WHOLE lot of reading to do before each module. It starts tomorrow with site visits. My group is going to visit Jonathan Liebmann, The Maverick of Maboneng, as Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber describe him in their book The Disruptors (click on the link to download a chapter from the book).

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