Author: Dr. Roze Phillips

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Spring has sprung south of the world. Time to get rid of the Lockdown blues, to flatten those Winter curves, to get out of that rut. Time for new beginnings. Don’t beat yourself up about what you should not have done last year, last week or yesterday. How you should not have stopped exercising, should […]

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We are born sinners; being sinful is in our nature. For centuries we have been fed this narrative. But is it really true? What makes us so eager to believe in our own badness? Maybe it is a kind of comfort that comes from being able to shrug our shoulders and say: “ Resistance is […]

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In the old days (a year ago), we started meetings with safety briefings. ‘When you hear the fire alarm, safety officers will direct you to the nearest exit, …’ etc. Our physical safety was paramount. Our smoke detectors were our early threat detectors – our warning signs of trouble. It is safe to say we […]

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Age denialism is a global phenomenon. We celebrate our 39th year for 10 consecutive years and our 49th year for another 20.  Those in the field refer to the Longevity Revolution as potentially the biggest achievement in the history of our species. Ashton Applewhite in her book ‘This Chair Rocks, A Manifesto against Ageism’ explains […]

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Over the past few months I have been focusing on ‘getting my affairs in order’. The threat of COVID does that to you. And yes, this involves thinking about my own mortality.  With this in mind, I reviewed my last Will and Testament. Your last Will and Testament is essentially your precommitment to taking care […]

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I have lived at the foot of majestic Table Mountain much of my life. It took me half my life to take the time to climb it though. I figured the mountain will always be there. I had time. My late dad thought the same. He missed his opportunity. Many of us are hoping to […]

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All things being equal, we are few days away from the end of 2020.   I’m not ready! Where has the time gone? I wanted to start a veggie garden. I wanted to get more exercise.  I wanted to clean out my store room. I wanted to declutter my wardrobe. I wanted to bake a […]

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Your mind is like a house with many rooms. There are rooms you use often – your kitchen, your bedroom, your bathroom and in the time of lockdown, your study (if you are lucky enough to have one). And then there are those rooms that you use infrequently and those that you just simply avoid. […]

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“Inspire through the ups. Lead through the downs.” I read this quote every single day I entered the Absa offices, ready for another day of ‘bringing possibilities to life’. It inspired me without fail to try to be my best self – through the ups and the downs. From my first day to now, 30 […]

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I miss the days when a watch was just a watch . Now I wear this ‘smarty pants’ watch that reminds me everyday that I am not taking enough steps. What my watch does not appreciate is the long road I have walked, the valleys I have traversed, the hills I have climbed. Sometimes a […]

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