South Africans tend to whinge and whine about pretty much everything quite a lot. Admittedly things aren’t all that rosy, and it doesn’t help when our political and community leaders face criminal and civil charges, and when they lie, steal, and cheat to stay in power.
In case you haven’t heard of such a day either, it is described on their website as follows:
“A non-political initiative calling every person in to stop for 30 seconds in silence, prayer or solidarity in recognition that all our leaders need positive encouragement. A positive society inspires positive leadership, ensuring a positive future.”
“Leaders’ Day has been scheduled to take place on the 18th of July 2008 – Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. At precisely 10:00am all South Africans are urged to stop for 30 seconds in silence, prayer or agreement to show all the country’s leaders (not just political) that we are committed to being positive.”
“The initiative aims to counter the mood of negativity that is filtering through the country by encouraging South Africans to collectively change their attitudes.”
“Leaders Day hopes to prove that doing something, no matter how small, is better than doing nothing.”
“Leaders Day spokesperson Graham Alexander says that a few moments of silence or positive thought can have a long reaching effect. Recalling a national moment of silence for peace held shortly before the 1994 elections, Alexander says, ‘I remember I was in the middle of Sandton City and when the time came, everybody stopped. It was a powerful moment. You knew then that everybody around you wanted the same thing for this country.'”
So how about it? Are you going to join in or not?
I think this is suuuuuch a cool idea – and even more so because it’s ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!