“The tallest buildings have the deepest foundations” – Baxolise Dlali “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincolm Across cultures and times we have been exposed to this … More cultivating the soil before growing the plant
I’ve found that it is very difficult to let go of, or change our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours. Acting out of line can feel inauthentic or unnatural, and it’s scary and difficult to change at this level. Now this would all be fine, if our current beliefs, attitudes and behaviours served us all the time. … More experiments on ourselves
One of my favourite things about nature is that there is no such thing as waste. Everything has a purpose, often multiple purposes. Consider a leaf, at one stage it absorbs light to provide energy to the plant or tree that it is on. At another stage of life it falls, dries and eventually integrates … More what i’m loving about waste
It’s easy to go through life with an expectation that we’ll grow, become more confident, and less insecure. Many of us would probably agree that we’re far more comfortable and confident in our skins now, than we were as teenagers desperately trying figure ourselves out. The very idea of self-doubt is typically conceived of as … More befriending self-doubt
Many of us experience transition points where we simply do not know what to do. Perhaps we are in a job we do not like and hoping to change, in between things or simply soul searching. As unsettling as the uncertainty may be, I commend you (yes, commend) if you are experiencing this right now. … More you must drop the rocks to receive the diamonds
Being at Oxford feels like you you are constantly at a conference. Every single day we are meeting new people – classmates, scientists, CEOs, even Malala. Outside of our classes there are a ton of talks on everything from morality to healthcare innovation to cryptocurrency to Middle Eastern politics, a gazillion clubs, numerous balls, sports, … More know your priorities but focus on giving rather than taking
We slowly walked over to the lakeside, holding two large bags filled with vegetables – zucchinis, carrots, potatoes, onions, and various herbs and leaves. The surrounding mountains welcomed us and we took a seat by the lake. I began washing the veggies in my bag and by the time I had finished, my friend Luana … More human-doing or human-being?
I had a realisation earlier this year that there are an infinite number of meaningful, exciting things to do. An infinite number of great projects to get involved with. And an infinite number of fantastic people to meet. Really, there is no end. But my time is limited. (This feels super obvious now, and probably … More saying no to others = saying yes to yourself
I was that kid who’s report card in school always read “talks too much”. From long conversations over the phone to spending the night chatting away under the stars, I have always loved sharing stories, connecting with others and utilising this wonderful ability of speech that we have been given. Yet earlier this year for … More what i learnt from 10 days of absolute silence
“why on earth would you swim with sharks?” “do you have life insurance?” “you’re nuts!” “how on earth can you let your daughter do such a thing?” Sharks after all are pretty dangerous creatures. From their multiple rows of sharp teeth, agile bodies that slice through the water to their extraordinary sense of smell – … More shark tales #1: who is the real victim?