Thursday..

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Originally posted on Thursday 6 April

It is Thursday, my most ‘predictable’ day of the week because I am sure how it will end- with a 4040 meeting.
I often schedule appointments around it..If anyone wants to have wedding meetings with me involved, I ask that Thursday isn’t an option; if there is an invitation on a Thursday, I make an exception only if it is really important or if I know my presence will make a difference.
Everyone who knows me, knows this bit of my schedule. *If I owe you money, this is all a joke👆*
This bond has lasted longer than some relationships. We stick together. Before the meetings we are catching up, during the meeting we’re being a menace to the chairman and after the meeting we are saying goodbye but really staying. <cue song- Everytime I try to leave, something keeps pulling me back…🎼🎶🎵>
Even when I am unwell, I force myself there. I know that a night fight or disagree, but we all want the same thing-to create change and that is priceless.
Today it rained in the evening and there were some cancellations as expected but still 14 friends were there to discuss over tea and snacks, sharing ideas that we hope will change lives.
We used to meet on Tuesdays, then two members enrolled in a Master’s class that required them to study on Tuesday. We moved days and never looked back.
We have had ‘5 homes’ where we have met for 5 years.
Some members have settled down and stopped coming, others have settled down and still come; some are single and searching..others are single and being searched..and some..we don’t even know..and it doesn’t really matter. What we know is a have each other.

I don’t know what this picture will look 5 years from now and to be honest, that doesn’t make me lose sleep at night (as much as it used to) I am basking in the now..and the now is beautiful!

It speaks of dreams and rainbows, pain and lessons, love and loss, hard work and loyalty. It provides so many things I never even knew I wanted, that fit right into this life of mine.

 

I probably didn’t do much in my own power, to deserve this blessing that keeps on giving..but one thing is for sure; I will do everything in my power to keep it, to keep them.

Past joys

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Today’s entry has come so easily.

On this day, 3 years ago; I posted this

Originally posted on 5 April.

It is the ordinary days when you get up early, run a few errands and try to make all ends meet that turn out extraordinary.
Yesterday was one of those.
At lunch time a stranger asked if he could pay for our meal (my friends and I) When he noticed my puzzled look, he simply said “Thank you for the good work you do in the community, I am 40-40.” He paid the bill and left.
We were mesmerised, to say the very least!

Later that evening, after jumping from one appointment to another-literally, I honoured an invitation to Sales pitch Night where 40-40 had a slot to speak. I arrived late, made my 5 minute pitch and joined my team at our table.

At the end of the night, it was mentioned that there had been ‘secret judges’ throughout the event and we were handed an award for “Best Pitch.”

 

The shock and elation, I can’t even explain..plus people generously donated to 4040 just based on my pitch- at very short notice!
Here I am still wowed..and amazed!
Let everyday be exciting even if it is ordinary-for God, the maker of all will add an extra to your ordinary.

Thank you Jamila for organising this event and successfully pulling it off.
40-40 team, you rock.

Bless you all.

E for Enough.

Story 4
For a long time, very few members of the 4040 core team had cars. That meant that the few who did were burdened with the responsibility of transporting items..and people whenever we had an outreach and before/after.
This one time we happened to be in Joseph’s* car.
Joseph is one of those people who is knowledgeable about cars and gadgets and he is quite pragmatic. As with most people who ‘know their stuff,’ it is difficult for him to accept that when he is wrong.
I am one of those people who can poke you till you want to throw them out of your car. 😤This background 《will be helpful for the next part.

We were leaving a community one evening and picking up items from a Good Samaritan who had kid’s stuff to spare. I peeked at the fuel gauge and noticed it was warning so I mentioned it to Joseph. “I know my car, this fuel will be enough.” After a kilometre I asked again. Same response. Another few kilometres and I start pointing out fuel stations along the way.
Him: “I can’t take fuel from those fake petrol stations. Let me know when you see SHELL.

empty-gauge
I showed him one last ‘fake’ petrol station then decided to give up.
500 metres after we past it, the car got stuck..wait for it..On a slope, blocking several cars as it grew dark, in the middle of nowhere.😧
Guess which petrol station Joseph went to..? Yup, you get a cookie. You guessed it! The last ‘fake’ one.

I would like to tell you that this is the last time such a scenario occurred with our dear Joseph, and his car, ‘Esmeralda’ but you my dear readers, do not deserve to be lied to.