Albeit not my first Christmas away from home, there is often something odd about spending Christmas Day away from family. This year however, there was something rather special about being at “work” over this particular Festive Season. After working with all of the Londolozi team for over a year without much interruption, I had finally come to the realisation that I and the Londolozi staff contingent had seemingly made the shift from colleagues to family. Naturally there was the “friends” phase, but to me it was far more than that from the word go!
Reflection is something that I do often, sometimes too often and I suspect I am not alone in this.
But as I sit nearing the end of the second month of the year 2022, reflecting on the past few weeks, I am finally able to look back on all that was with a broad smile across my face. From the annual girls Christmas dinner, secret Santa gifts, the Christmas Eve dinner service with the team at large, to finally welcoming in the New Year and experiencing my first real festive season at Londolozi since Covid – it was really something to behold. The energy was tangible, as it always is at Londolozi.
I had the privilege of hosting the same set of guest over Christmas and New Year. At the time I thought nothing more of it, but hosting guests over a longer period of time allows one to build a more familial bond with them given the time shared together and thus the increased interaction. Not to mention that they were a big family who relished in all that Londolozi had to over as well as the Festivities of Christmas and New Year. It was rather special to witness the festive frenzy of love, excitement and anticipation!
As much as this past Festive Season comprised itself of many big moments accompanied by significant shifts in the mental and physical space, it was mostly the magnitude of small moments that touched my heart the most. With a list too long to share, I’d like to encourage those taking their time to read this to make a little list of their own. A list of small moments, seemingly insignificant interactions and occurrences. Once you have completed your own reflections of the Festive Season look at the list as a whole. It is at this point in time that I hope you too realise the magnitude of all the things in between, the day to day and the mundane. The act of reflection brings me great joy, for only through reflection am I able to fully acknowledge and appreciate the blessing that is life – with all the ups and downs, the good and the bad.