Jacaranda blooms

Well! Today’s prompt is “describe yourself as a tree”. I am suddenly so glad that there is only one more day to go in bloganuary.😂 Just kidding. I am actually enjoying these prompts. Right, let me give this a bash.

I have alsways equated trees with knowledge and ancient wisdom. When I came up with the name “Grounded African” for my blog I actually did see myself as a tree. I saw myself as being deeply rooted in Mother Earth (grounded) where I could absorb her wisdom and share it with all who came to sit in the cool shade of my branches and read. Perhaps I would drop a fruit or flower on the “head” of a visitor and inspire a new train of thought much like the apple did for Isaac Newton. Who knows. 😉

If I had to choose a particular type of tree, I would probably choose a jacaranda tree. I grew up in a city called Pietermaritzburg, which is the capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. My grandparents lived in the old residential area of the town where the streets were lined with Jacaranda trees. The park opposite the city hall also has jacaranda trees and I remember how all the birds would congregate in them in the late afternoon in winter and make quite a racket. As noisy as they were, they were awesome to listen to. I loved the purple flowers that lined the streets as well as the fragrance that filled the air. Spring had a colour in Pietermaritzburg and it was purple.

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This beautiful tree symbolises wisdom, rebirth, wealth and good luck. Although it is native to South America, it is often found planted around universities in the US, Australia and South Africa. The belief is that if a flower falls on your head, you will pass your exams. I don’t know how true that is but hey, it actually fits with the vision I had when I named my blog.

So there you have it, my roots run deep with the soil and my branches are covered with beautiful and fragrant purple blossoms in spring. I am a jacaranda tree.

Superwoman I am not, but…

“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch for the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.”

Leon Brown

I am listening to Day 5 of Tony Robbins Ultimate Breakthrough Challenge while I write this. To me he is an example of someone who has made a difference in so many people’s lives in some way. I remain a member of the challenge’s facebook page as every single day, someone from somewhere in the world tells their story of success. Their stories are so inspiring and a constant reminder of what is possible.

Today’s prompt asks how I change the world. The truth is that I don’t believe that I change the world but I do believe that I am here because I matter. I also believe that we are all here to serve to each other. How we serve is what makes our impact different. So my belief that directs how I now live my life is that I am here because I matter and because I am here to serve. I have a personal mission statement that I created as an output of a course I attended in 2020. It is as follows: “I am a dynamic life transformer. I enlighten, educate and empower people to unleash their full potential.” As I mentioned in my response to day 16 , I get my energy from empowering others and that statement helps keep me focused on why I am here and why I do what I do.

As I mentioned before as well, I believe that my job is me. I believe that I am responsible for doing the work on myself to change my world. If I make positive changes to my world then I am more likely to positively impact the world of those around me.

So, Superwoman I am not, therefore changing the world is probably a bit of a stretch for me. However, nothing is impossible so watch this space. 😉 That being said, I can however change my world and hopefully, positively impact yours in someway. 😊

Rhythm is life and life is Rhythm

I don’t remember what song that was from and I am too lazy to look it up right now but it sums up how I feel about music. I love music because I love dancing if that makes sense.

My playlist is filled with the songs that I danced to in the club back in the day with awesome friends, family and acquaintances. I listen to them every day in the car. I see that quite a few has crept on to my son’s playlist too now🤭

My old party songs

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with – nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”

Rob Sheffield

I guess to todays playlists are the equivalents of mixtapes. 😊

The songs that lift my spirit

Music also helps me remain grateful and feel closer to God. So I have a playlist for that as well. On that note, I will love and leave you with this quote from the great man himself, Louis Armstrong

“Music is life itself.”

Louis Armstrong
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