It’s that time of year where I struggle. Despite being well and truly half way through it but nowhere near the end.
‘I’m over it’ is my general response these days to ‘How are you?’
Too bad if you were hoping for less honesty.
Barely in our third week of term, my little boy asked me how many days left until holidays. Man, did he have a tornado when I told him 35.
The meltdown happened all over again when five minutes later he also asked his teacher.
Sorry, kid. THIRTY-FIVE it is. Nothing more and definitely nothing less.
The weather is wild and woolly. The lack of light and the freezing temperatures are affecting my moods and a case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) has kicked in.
It doesn’t help that there is so much tragedy and sadness going on in the world right now.
Forming in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir are currently touring Australia for the third time. I thought I was going to miss out again but then there was this gorgeous version of the Play School theme:
I immediately bought tickets for the Sydney Opera House concert.
And wow. Best medicine to kill the SADs.
The powerful voices, the joyful dancing, the vibrant colours immediately warmed my heart, reassuring it that there is still good in the world.
The concert hall was jam packed with an audience from all walks of life who just wanted to be uplifted, proving you don’t need to be religious to enjoy gospel music.
Despite winning Grammys, performing for Oprah, Nelson Mandela and singing along with stars like Bono and Celine Dion, these guys seem to never forget their roots or the people who need them.
At the end of the concert, choir members were collecting donations for African AIDS charities.
I can’t remember the last time I left a musical performance where there was so many genuine smiles, hugs and kindness.
Life can be so dark, full of struggles and pain. Sometimes it takes extra effort to search for the music and colour. But when found, cling onto it. Rejoice in it.
Ever heard of the Soweto Gospel Choir? Ever had a case of the SADs? What are some of your remedies?
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