The Lenses You Wear | #MyFridayStory No. 109

The Lenses You Wear | #MyFridayStory No. 109

The world is coloured by the lenses you wear.

Our brain has the ability to filter out what’s not important to us. Each day we get thousands of messages. The things we see, touch, hear, smell and taste, send signals to our brain to decipher. The brain hasn’t got the capacity to take note of all these bits of information arriving at once. So it filters out the signals that are not of interest and keeps those that draw attention.

So, if you are a person who only sees negativity and problems all the time, then that’s what you will see. We all get the same amount of good and bad signals each day. It is up to us to decide how we are going to react to that input. If what you see around you is joy, love and compassion, then that’s what you will experience.

One of the best and easiest ways to change your lenses for the better is through humour. You don’t have to be great at telling jokes, although it helps, having a good sense of humour is available to us all. Someone with a good sense of humour naturally maximises their day. They have the ability to make the most out of any situation, even challenging ones. Humour is one of the largest forms of positive energy we have. Sadly, it’s one least often used.


I think it’s because humour has a bad reputation. Folks that walk around looking pensive and wearing a frown, are considered to be thoughtful or busy. Try walking around with a grin on your face, and people either think you are daft or up to no good. There are studies that prove people who enjoy life and have a lust for laughter, live longer. They are also more resistant to illnesses and are generally healthier than their grumpier counterparts.

Smiling and laughing helps you to think more creativelyAs you stretch yourself to understand, your brain is practising thinking creatively. When we think creatively, we extend belief in search of a solution. We don’t yet have the answer for it but feel confident we can find it. A music composer writing a new song doesn’t actually invent new chords. She simply arranges the chords in a way that no-one else has done before.

Humour even helps remove the stress from situations. Think of a time when you accidentally hurt yourself. I remember kicking my toe on the leg of a coffee table. At first, I fell on the floor crying in pain. Then I started laughing. Then I was crying again. That’s the bodies way of saying, “Chill out. Be mellow.”

A final vote for using humour. If you and your lover both have a good sense of humour, you will greatly improve your love life. If you and your lover are in bed and laughing, that’s a good sign. If only one of you is laughing…not so much.

“V” is for Victory.

This past Saturday, the 2nd of November, the South African Springboks beat England 32 – 12 in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan. The victory gave many South Africans a sense of unified national pride. The national squad, led by the first black Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, were together for a mere 18 months. Under the leadership of coach Rassie Erasmus, the team set out to change the course of history.

Running onto the field to face South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama after convincingly beating New Zealand 19 – 7 in their semi-final clash, England were firm favourites to win the Webb Ellis Cup. Conversely, the Springboks narrowly won their semi-final game against Wales 19 – 16, were considered the underdogs.

The Springbok Team never doubted their ability to win the World Cup. They had all committed to being #StrongerTogether. This covenant was adopted by many South Africans who saw a chance for a better tomorrow for all for the country at large.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup win has caused a groundswell of hope and possibility.

To all those standing together wearing lenses that see a similar future, now we know it is within our reach!

Have an awesome weekend! 😄

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