By Camilla Swart

Welcome to the new decade! 

Goodness, you might say, what happened to welcoming the New Year?  My answer – a New Decade calls for a greater amount of mental preparation and planning – mental fitness, as well as resilience. 

We face trying times as a planet, never mind as a country.  Two options are open to us at such times – to turn our backs and shrug off all responsibility, or to face the challenges as they arrive; embracing the change that is necessary for us to triumph.  At Linen Drawer we are facing up to our responsibilities and flexing our ‘change-muscles’, ready for the future.

In times of change and challenge, it is only the constants of our humanity that enable us to cope.  Our ability to be kind, compassionate, generous, to have fun, to reason, and to evaluate our responses to life-situations allow us to handle the changes life demands of us.

Be Kind

Kindness is the most underrated, yet most important, gift we can give one another.  To be consistently kind is difficult.

Somehow, we humans are not wired to be kind, even compassion is easier than kindness.  Having experienced true kindness a few times in my life, I can testify that it makes the recipient feel not only loved, but valued and included.

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. Mahatma Gandhi

Fast developing technology, global politics that scare and intimidate, economic challenges and a world that seems to be careening towards annihilation; all are counteracted by the new global trends (mostly spearheaded by youth) of contemplative living, mindfulness and kindness towards each other and the planet we live on. A life-raft of hope, we only need to grasp it!

Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. C. A. Bartol

Take it slowly. There’s no need to change the world in a morning. Constant practise of kindness makes every act of kindness easier. Welcome new year, new decade, new world!