'Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see' - Neil Postman
Let my stories be your medicine
As a South African doctor with over thirty years of rural clinical experience, I'm increasingly looking to nature for wellness. Wellness is for everyone and that means children too. It was only after writing my first children's book 'The Old Man and The Fat Ginger Cat' as a gift for my late mother, that I appreciated the incredible life-changing powers of good stories.
A healthy chat with loved ones can do miracles in terms of improving your understanding of each other, and bringing you closer together. My stories will get you talking.
It is not always easy to talk to one's own children about certain things, that's why I specifically try and bring up 'sensitive' issues in my stories and offer the readers an opportunity to address them. I craft my stories into nature's medicine, stimulating young minds to grow confident, connect with their inner voices, and most importantly believe in themselves.
I subtly encourage children to think a little deeper to appreciate that things are not always what they seem on the surface. I trust my readers' minds to be enthralled as they venture through my simple short stories, leaving them a little wiser for their efforts. And, perhaps a little closer to nature.
Trying to Open minds...mine included
I look to the world around me for fresh inspiration, sometimes I see it, other times I feel it, but far too often I neglect it and life bumbles on without enough gratitude and cognisance of the miracles of daily life. This project started out of love and respect for my mother, a gift for her with a special meaning. She was an amazing nursery school teacher and gave so much love to her kids. Many years ago, she dreamt of writing a children's book, but her dream and draft story never made it to the printing press and she backed off. In this modern world, writing a story is so much easier and by me writing this story, I hope to inspire her to finish hers. Anyway, that good mama love and passion grew into this endless project....a project of love, love for children and for my dear mother. The underlying goals are to gently try and assist children discover their inner sunshine as early on in life as possible, this will help them bud into healthy adults and get the most out of their precious years on this earth. I often explained to my own children, that one of my jobs as a father was to ensure they would be healthy and strong and be confident and keen to leave the nest one day as strong flyers and enjoy their lives to the full, doing the same for their children in time.
With years of unplanned exposure to the hardships encountered in life working as a doctor all around the world, I have acquired a great deal of insight into human behaviour and an appreciation for the niggles that make us unhappy. I have had my share of unhappiness and been blessed to see my way out of most of it. This story is light-hearted but provides endless opportunities to stop and consider the deeper meanings, consequences and choices that arise through life's adventures. I am most enthusiastic about supporting the younger generations because the sooner you learn these things the sooner you can take off, leave your silliness behind and become less emotionally constipated.
Life is short, everyone could do with a little support finding their happy place, their purpose and finding a beefy smile in their hearts. So often the simple things in life are way underrated, the warm touch of a helping hand, the encouraging pat on the back when someone is down, whatever it is ...stop and smell the flowers, listen to the birds and allow your heart to be grateful for every single little thing, you will only appreciate how big they are when they vanish. A deep love for yourself and your world will come as you loosen up and start trying to understand and accept this world as it is, warts and all.
“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see” - Neil Postman (US education)