Archive | September 2016

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When The Heart Breaks

  While I was driving this morning I heard this statement being made on the radio : “…he passed away recently because his wife died  earlier and he could not get over losing her…” And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes […]

The Way Life Should Be

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of […]

Caring Enough

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.” ― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why    What an ignominy… and yet so true in everyday life! We say we care, we say we understand, we say we are there for someone and then we find that we aren’t actually. Often times in suicide cases this truth comes […]


Time is an amazing resource –  each individual receives the same 24 hours each day yet you can not get it on credit and once spent you can never get it back. No refunds or exchanges allowed.  Paddick Van Zyl           © Paddick Van Zyl 2016 Pic.

Growing Older

  “As you get older, the heart shed its leaves like a tree. You cannot hold out against certain winds. Each day tears away a few more leaves; and then there are the storms that break off several branches at one go. And while nature’s greenery grows back again in the spring, that of the […]

Your Story…

  “A person’s tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren’t one story. We can change our stories. We can write our own.” ― Amy Poehler

Going Underground

  “We make such messes in this life, both accidently and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn’t really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It’s only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.” ― Sarah Dessen