Yes, your eyes don’t need testing, this post is in English.  Mainly because some of the participants have been English, but also because I hope it will reach more people than my usual readers.

And because what you’re about to read, is really really important.

For a while now I’ve been playing around with the question “what is really important?”. I’m not the greatest philosopher, but I’m an expert at observing.  And I was getting scared…  From where I sat, it looked like the whole world have become obsessed with “things”.  The new car, the bigger house, the Woolies food rather than the Checkers food, the designer clothes and the latest cellphone.  Have we come to a point where “things” are important?  And do “things” make us happy?  And on a more selfish note, does that mean I can never be happy, cause I chose to work in the NGO environment, with little money?

So an idea was born.  Let’s ask people the question, and see what they answer.  I sent out a mail to some random people on my address book, asked a few on skype and a couple on BBM and sms.  I asked them to use their phone/camera, take a picture that will answer the question, and send it to me with a short discription of why THAT is important.

Here are some of the answers:

DEON: This is my friend Jano. The photo represents friendship, good times, friendly faces and happiness.


JACO: My son Jason, the most important.

 

LOUISE: To appreciate creation while we are still alive.
MARKO: My wife, Philippa.

 

CHARL: The ideas I get for my Good Moods project, that brings happiness to other people.

 

GIZELLE: My family is the most important. Everything else can be replaced, but not your family.


FRANS: Having any meal with family or friends is the most important. Spending time with people you love.

 

RENE: A proud dad with his daughters.

 

 

MELANIE: Time - to make time for the things/people that you love, and to use your time on earth optimal.

 

MICHELLE: Family is the most important.

 

 

 

JEAN: To enjoy being engaged, as I only plan to marry once.


 

 

 

MARIETA: Love is the most important. Love for your husband/wife, your parents, your siblings, your family and your friends.

 

ILSE: Rain. Nothing can exist without rain, everything looks clean, and rain gives life.


 

RONEL: My mom and two brothers are the most important. My mom is my role model.


 

MICHAEL: Being able to use all my senses to experience the beauty of the world is the most important


JACQUES: My family is most important, as they've always been there for me, and got me to where I am today.

 

KAREN: My relationship with Robbie (my fiancé) is the most important. I'm the happiest girl alive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRK: Being with my friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Did you see it?  Did you?  These are the things that people value as “important”.  These are the answers that came through, within seconds of me asking the question.  No thinking required, just straight-up honesty.

And can you see what the best part of this is?  None of these really important things cost any money.  They are not even “things”!  It’s moments, nature, relationships, feelings and people that’s important.

So let’s stop the car for a moment, put down the cellphone, switch off the tv and focus on what’s really important.  Let us create those special moments that will pull us through our darkest hour.

Because face it… what’s more important than that?

MY FAMILY, THE MOST IMPORTANT
I’VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS POST TO MY COUSIN SANETTE, WHO IS AN INSPIRATION EVERYDAY, AND CONSTANTLY REMIND ME OF WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT.