Howdy and welcome to me sharing my world with you this week. The week of my wedding anniversary and birthday.
So what do I consider to be the most perfect food for me?
Dahl and rice of course! I love dahl and rice. It’s such a simple food, the perfect protein with all the amino acids my body needs. And it’s scoop-food – bonus!
Am I focused on today or tomorrow?
I want to be focused on today, it is the most relaxing place to be. When I focus on tomorrow I get anxious. I’m working on this becoming the default for me – focusing on today.
If I could interview one of my great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would I ask?
I don’t know the names of my great-great-great grandparents but I do suspect that they must have been very interesting people. On my Dad’s side, they probably lived in Ireland and I’d want to ask them where in Ireland they hailed from. Who knows, maybe I have family out there I’m not even aware of! On my Mom’s side they came from the Iberian Penninsula, Spain and Portugal, and probably lived through some interesting times, maybe even the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.
What inspired me or what did I appreciate this past week?
I worked at home, and I’m grateful that home is where my office is based.
If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?
Oh yes, without a doubt! At one stage I considered learning how to fly one and opted out because of the cost. It costs more to learn to fly a helicopter than a small plane. My favourite helicopter is the Screaming Mimi from the 80s TV series Riptide. Do you remember it? My sister, brother and I didn’t miss an episode :-). I was sad when it ended.
What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)
I eat fish and seafood, mostly when I am out and about because it is easy to get and prevents me from having to eat a carb-heavy meal. Most restaurants cater pasta for non-meat eaters and that is just sad. A friend who was studying to be a chef told me that it just was not worth, financially, catering for vegetarians because there aren’t many compared to non-vegetarians.
When I am in control of my food, I eat vegetarian protein – I love dahl and chickpeas. I’m not a fan of tofu. Incredulously there are still people who think that vegetarians don’t eat protein. I once worked with someone who was convinced that chicken was vegetarian – true story. There is also the story of a fellow toastmaster who looked at me with sad eyes, and in a sad voice asked me, “Why don’t you like meat?” South Africa is a meat country, part of the national culture and cuisine. It is not that I don’t like meat, I choose not to eat it because my body is healthier without eating it. I’m not against people eating meat and have no issue with cooking it for my guests – Che does the tasting for me. I’m going raw vegan for a month to see what that is like and I’m looking forward to shedding some kgs.
What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?
Awake before noon is my default although when I have been awake before dawn I have felt amazing.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
I was at GIBS for the final block of lectures of the Social Entrepreneurship programme and my classmates inspire me. There is such a diversity of ideas and businesses amongst us all that if we all implemented them, significant inroads would be made in poverty alleviation in our regions.
Sitting in the sun, feeling the warmth on my skin, listening to the sounds of nature around me, and feeling the grass underneath. Nothing connects me with the earth more than that simple activity. Even better is if the sounds of nature include running water, or waves crashing on the beach. The feel of sand beneath my feet also brings about a similar feeling of bliss.
In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
Without a doubt, the driver. I love driving, especially long distances. Driving fast, yes, I love that!
If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?
Everyone in the world to have a job, a roof over their heads, safety and security.
That all children have the basic right of education.
Everyone to do some form of meditation, from prayer to buddhist to transcendental meditation – it matters not, as long as the whole world did it, just once a day.
I know the question said the wishes should be for me alone. Those would mean that (1) my heart wouldn’t break each time I see a vulnerable person begging on the streets, (2) see number 1 and (3) that I could sleep easily knowing that peace reigned in the world.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?
I enjoyed attending a Toastmasters meeting again with Che. It has been a while since we went, and I appreciated once again what a quality educational program it has. This set me to thinking about my future and what I want to focus on next. Toastmasters has a role to play.
I also loved the first highveld thunderstorm last night. Thunder boomed, the cats took refuge under the table and the garden was greener this morning than yesterday.