Ed’s Note: Simbithi Scene Autumn ’22

There’s a show I have glimpsed during my channel flipping, called Wipeout. If you haven’t seen it, it involves brave souls ripping through a series of stomach-churning obstacles in a quest to win a grand cash prize.

One of these obstacles involves competitors precariously perching on a water-based platform, ducking and diving roving apparatus. If you don’t dodge in time, you are unceremoniously bonked on the head and toppled into the water.  

Can you picture it? That was my 2022 in a nutshell. Yes, yes. At the time I wrote this, January was barely three weeks old…so, how could I be punch-drunk, already?


En route home from a holiday, my husband and I were victims of a rock-throwing incident. One moment, we were recounting the beautiful memories of our short time away and the next, we were reeling after two boulders were hurled squarely at our windscreen.

We kept driving and got home unscathed, thank God. We were just about to book my royally bashed up Piper (that’s my car’s name, yes) in to get repaired when Omicron decided to join the party. Cue us spending 10 days in isolation feeling every shade of awful.

I was frazzled and overwhelmed when I logged on to my weekly tea date with local pastor (and a treasured friend), Tes Jahnig recently. Through her soul-enriching platform, Tea with Tes, she gracefully dropped two golden nuggets into my heart which settled me and reset my course for the year. “We cannot have ordered souls if our lives are cluttered”.

How do we fix that? I’m sure we all feel a bit wild-eyed after the last two years. Tes shared a phrase I now have up in my office: “just because I can do it, doesn’t mean it’s wise.” Two things: guard your heart and redeem your time. This year, I am going to be intentional about where I spend my time and energy.

In this edition, we celebrate newness by exploring our refreshed Welcome Centre and Drop Zone Bar. I also got to spend a delightful hour in the company of Amber and JD Mac Millan, whose love story will make you swoon, and we venture out onto the 14th hole with our golf pros.

In 2022, choose to look for the good. Choose to be deliberate with your heart and your time. One day at a time. One hour at a time, if that works for you.

And, whatever makes your heart smile? Do more of that.

Have a great year!