Having information

Is not the sameAs having answers.And it takes someMaturityTo acknowledgeThat what you have to offerIs not what is needed.Saying that you don’t haveA good answerNeed not be a walk of shame,But rather a signalTo yourself and othersThat you are not using this momentIn service of your egoTo pad a false personaOf Omniscience.Sure, you may know […]

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Honesty

Is dangerous It uncovers things we were happier To leave unseen Unsaid It leaves nowhere to hide No more corners to play the victim No more darkness to retreat into It kills the need for further explanation The facts speak for themselves It grinds over-explanation to a halt Incessant apologies finally no longer need to […]

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Brave Faces vs. Brave Hearts

Brave faces are what we put on when everything isn’t okay at home.A show of strengthThe forced smile in public places.The half-hearted appearance at gatherings like a mindless roll call.A lot of the fodder on our newsfeeds are brave facesThe pleasant but joyless phone call.Putting on a brave face is not bravery at allIts going […]

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On mute

I recently started a new job.Its a chance to decide, againHow I am going to show up.To determine what kind of energyPeople can expect from me.A clean slate of sorts.However, I have also noticedAn inner pull to want to be the safestVersion of myself.To censor insights and ideas that might notQuite fit with how things […]

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The African Professional

Rising from poverty Is not the same as rising from blackness. While it is true that many black people are poor Being black is not synonymous with being poor. For the African health care professionals making their way into the middle class, It often occurs that progress in your career Can translate to a wrestle […]

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Distortion

Having nothing profound to say Is not the same as having nothing to say, Sometimes the important things don’t have a ‘wow’ factor, Sometimes we just need to talk about them because they need mentioning On the other hand, there is nothing worse than creating a bigger hype about what you are doing Than the […]

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Fear base

If the biggest fear of your team members Is getting shouted at by the team leader Then they will do all they can to avoid showing you The spills that happen along the way And stop trying to improve when you are absent or in a good mood. If we are going to fear anything […]

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On biting your tongue

Biting your tongue can be useful When you know that you have a mouth full of acid And you will do more harm than good, When you risk saying something racist, sexist and bigoted. So you bite your lip because you realize That what you have to say Need not be said just yet, if […]

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