Mandela’s 90th Birthday in London

Nelson-Mandela_1On the 29th June 2008 I went to Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday concert in Hyde Park in London. This is what I felt at the time:

I have not been this touched, moved and inspired for a very long time. This event was just perfect!  The artists were talented, committed, passionate, and felt so privileged to be there. The crowd was there for one reason – to celebrate the life of this remarkable man.  I stood crying when Mandela came onto the stage – I just couldn’t believe I was there. And I was seeing him with my own eyes! 47,000 people were DEAD quiet and you could almost touch the love and admiration.  (Tears are streaming down my cheeks even as I type this.)

What this concert has reawakened in me – life is so very special and people are just so wonderful!  My social media message to Mandela last night was “You are Africa!  You are humanity!” He embodies the person we all want to be – I want to be!  Life’s trivialities seem so insignificant – there are greater issues at stake…and today those issues include Zimbabwe and more than ever HIV/Aids.

I am more motivated than ever to take my emotion and put it where is counts – where? I don’t know, but it will come to me.

My favourite Mandela quotes are:

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given that separates one man from another!”

“I wanted to be known as Mandela, a man with weaknesses, some of which are fundamental, and a man who is committed, but, nevertheless, sometimes fails to live up to expectations!”

Both of these quotes have a massive impact on my life.

Happy Birthday Madiba!  You ARE humanity!


Study Tips from Mom

In 2008 I started my degree as a correspondence student.  It was going to be tough to work and study at the same time, but my mother did her whole degree studying in her spare and ‘spare’ time when I was little and this letter she sent me when I registered, which I found again after she died in 2014, gave me the inspiration at the time and reading it today, almost 7 years later, it still motivates me.

Hi Dawn,

Now that you are about to study, I just want to give you a few pointers. You probably know all this & much more but sometimes its valuable to get some inspiration from elsewhere, especially someone who did it for many years.

It’s not important how many hours you put into the work, it’s the quality of the time you spend.

Work smart & you’ll get a lot more done in a much shorter time.

Don’t let your studies take over your life, make time for yourself & especially for your partner. I always used to tell the clinic mommies how important it was to make time for their partners even though at times the 24 hours in the day seemed to be stretched to the limit.

Make time to get some exercise too. You will find that the time taken for a brisk walk or in the gym. is well worth it, because your mind has been oxygenated & the quality thereafter will be so much more productive.

Buy a year planner, fill in your assignments & just work steadily towards your goal.

I know there will be times of stress & tension, but above all you must enjoy it otherwise its not worth putting yourself through the torture.

In my mind there is no doubt that you’ll be a success,  & I want you to remember that I will always be there for a shoulder to cry on or to vent your frustration on.

Your studies have now become your hobby enjoy the whole experience & you’ll derive so much more benefit from it!

Lots of love,



One Solitary Tear

You knew, Emperor of India, Shah-Jahan,

That life, youth, wealth, renown

Float away down the stream of time.

Your only dream

Was to preserve forever your heart’s pain.

The harsh thunder of imperial power

Would fade into sleep

Like a sunset’s crimson splendour,

But it was your hope

That at least a single, eternally-heaved sigh would stay

To grieve the sky.

Though emeralds, rubies, pearls are all

But as the glitter of a rainbow tricking out empty air

And must pass away,

Yet still one solitary tear

Would hang on the cheek of time

In the form

Of this white and gleaming Taj Mahal.

O human heart,

You have no time

To look back at anyone again,

No time.

You are driven by life’s quick spate

On and on from landing to landing…

Rabindranath Tagore

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Women’s Day Inspiration

In celebration of Women’s Day here’s an inspirational quote from Oprah Winfrey:

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

You are living your dream and your excitement and enthusiasm has been a great inspiration for everyone that knows you!

Continue to enjoy every last minute of the Olympics!!

Team SA couldn’t ask for a better ambassador 🙂

Cindy Peinke


The Power of Colour

Colour evokes such emotion it is almost another language. We all feel something when we see a wall painted blue or yellow, when we put on our little black dress or when we don the red lipstick. All this got me thinking about what colour to use on my blog. I was excited about accessing all the options to change the background, pictures and headings. But what colour would I use?

Carl Jung said, ‘Colours are the mother tongue of the sub-conscious’. Maybe we are not taking colour seriously enough. Even in Ancient Egypt crystals were used to create colourful temples which were used to treat physical and mental conditions. Colour psychologists agree that colour has energy and evokes primitive instincts.

Orange is an interesting colour. I instantly associate it with EasyJey (proof that colour really does evoke emotions and are invaluable in marketing), but according to ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, it is the colour of the sacral chakra and thus used to stimulate the senses and unleashing positive emotions. It is believed that the energy this colour releases helps to harmonise the mind, body and soul. On the physical side, it is believed that the vibrating energy from the colour orange works on a deeper level. It helps boost the lymphatic flow and may even encourage the body to eject toxins. Thinking about it this way, has made me realise why there is nothing like an African sunset. The orange is bold, rich and gives me a sense of complete harmony.

What has interested me the most while reading about the effects of colour, has been the colour purple and its different shades. Lavender, for example has been used for centuries as a healing agent, to reduce stress and treat anxiety and other mental conditions. It would thus make sense to decorate the room of a stressed, workaholic in tones of lavender.

Purple is said to vibrate at a higher level than most other colours. The vibrational energy healer Michelle Roques-O’Neil says that purple ‘has the ability to transcend thoughts and emotions from the present moment and can help us connect with our own higher purpose. It’s a bridging colour that synchronises our physical being with something more spiritual. ‘ As it appeals to our subconscious and deep instinct purple thus plays a role in feminine seduction. Mmmm!

So, what colour am I going to use for my blog? I suppose I am more confused than ever, but orange and purple have really ‘struck a cord’ with me. In my life and in my job, I do so want to encompass what these two colour could add – positivity, harmony, living a spiritual life that is toxin and stress free and most importantly connecting with my higher purpose.

Dawn Denton©

Welcome y’all…

…and welcome to the adventure!

I am taking the big brave step into the world of the self-employed. I am also dipping my toe into the sea of writing, blogging and publishing.

I live my life with the desire to grow and learn – always my priority in anything I do. So, this journey will be about what I learn, how I grow, my inspirations and this I will share with you along the way.

Please join me on this exciting path, and follow me on Twitter (Dawn_Africa) too for quotes and insights.

……here goes…..