New Year and a new you - start by embracing Ubuntu
The one guaranteed spin-off from the New Year is a million (at least) resolutions promising self-improvement of one sort or another.
Gym membership spirals and so to do bookings for classes covering everything from yoga and pilates to mindfulness and Tai Chi.
Every other person you meet seems to be extolling the virtues of adhering to a booze free months. And for those who find that ‘Dry January’ is not enough there’s always Veganuary.
The other thing that happens of course is that there’s a spike in the sales of self-help books.
I was pleased that prominent among the recommend reads was Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together, the African Way, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s granddaughter by Mungi Ngomane.
This is a book that embraces the southern African philosophy of Ubuntu and urges us to respect and understand each other. It outlines in a series of Ubuntu lessons how we can benefit from our shared sense of humanity.
It is a practice, long promoted by Desmond Tutu himself, and one that thanks to the Tutu Foundation UK has already been adopted by police dealing with gangland conflict in some of London’s toughest inner city boroughs.
Mungi Ngomane’s book show how Ubuntu can improved all our lives. It was published last September and a copy was given as a gift by the Tutu family to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their recent South African tour.
The message is simple. By embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu and living it out in daily life, it’s possible to overcome division and be stronger in a world where the wise build bridges, not walls.