The Power Is In Our Hands

In this fast-paced digital world we often forget what life was like before our world was lit up by the internet. This glimmer of light, information and news spread through South Africa; changing our neural pathways to instead seek out the artificial light, forgetting that we have a light of our own.

Many South Africans feel as though Maslow forgot to include electricity and Wi-Fi when creating his iconic Hierarchy of Needs, even though it’s something we have learned to need.

We bring you a spin on load shedding and how it could in fact be saving us from ourselves by “shedding light” on how we as South Africans could be using this time in a positive way.

Let’s be pro-active and turn a negative into a positive. After all we cannot change the situation, but we can change the way in which we see and react to it.

5 Things to do while there is load shedding:

  1. Take time-out and take a relaxing candlelit bath
  2. Make a dinner and enjoy some quiet time by candle light (oh, Eskom, you little romantic you)
  3. Teach your kids the games of your youth that require no electricity and a whole lot of imagination
  4. Read a good book – to yourself or enjoy a beautiful moment and share your favourite with your kids
  5. Bask in the beauty that is the sun setting with a cocktail in hand and great company

5 steps to take to prevent you from punching Eskom’s lights out:

  1. Take note of the schedule for areas that apply to you (work, home and so on) using this handy website: http://loadshedding.news24.com/suburbs
  2. Unplug your mobile electronic goods when you’re not charging them; decreasing your electricity bills and protecting your hardware
  3. Grab yourself a solar powered phone charger. Read more about them here: http://solar-phone-charger-review.toptenreviews.com/
  4. Make an Eskom power-outage kit (candles, lighter, headlamp and torch) and make sure to keep it in an easy-to-find location for those sudden moments when Eskom calls “lights out.”
  5. Breathe, try 1 of the 5 things mentioned above and enjoy the quiet time.

Load shedding, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing – just ask Typhane.


By: Michelle Minitzer

@Mich_Minitzer

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