It’s a stunning late winter/ early spring day in our part of the world and we’re getting a summer teaser! I have the most amazing conversations with my friend Kerry ( a very smart, very dynamic lady who works in the banking industry) and she told me this story which really touched me.
An old Zulu lady came into the bank the other day and this Gogo (an affectionate term for elderly woman in our country. Literal translation means grandmother) was chatting to Kerry and a colleague of hers and colleague mentioned that this Gogo had traveled all over the world. Kerry, being a traveler herself, immediately asked where she had been and how she had come to be so widely traveled, as this is fairly unusual for an elderly Zulu lady living in rural South Africa. The lady explained that she worked as a char/nanny for an American family for many years in South Africa and when they left, this family kept in contact with her. No, not just a letter or an e-mail…kept in contact to the tune of sending her a ticket to join the family wherever in the world they happened to be for their holidays. For six weeks on that holiday , she told Kerry, she is treated like a queen.
When Kerry mentioned that she was lucky to have made contact with this wonderful family, the old Gogo sent her a wise look and said ‘I was born lucky and I will die lucky.’
This little story will probably have more of an oomph when I explain to you that black woman in South Africa, and in Africa, have it exceptionally hard. Many of them have little education, are frequently treated like third class citizens and have tough lives raising children, a good proportion of them doing so on their own with no financial or emotional contribution from their children’s fathers. A lot of woman are also raising their siblings children after they have passed away from AIDS or from other diseases. I do not blame them for feeling like life has given them a raw deal because in many ways it has. Black woman are the backbone of Africa and they will always have my undying respect.
But this wonderful old lady decided that she was going to be lucky- blessed – and she was…the law of attraction in action! There’s a lesson in here somewhere…about being grateful for what we have and to always have a positive outlook on life. Well, that’s the lesson I’m taking away…because, really, I’m damn lucky and don’t have a thing to complain about!