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There is no dearth of sources in the media that slam South Africa at every available opportunity. The ongoing attacks come from all angles and target an enormous range of topics and people – crime, the government, inflation, power supply, our sports teams. Hells, even the poor eNews weatherman is not exempt =)

I’ve lived in this country all my life and while I cannot argue that there’s a lot of stuff that opposes MY opinion of how everything SHOULD be, I have absolutely no intention of leaving this land whatsoever. I believe that every country has its own problems, it’s own challenging issues to deal with and that for me to contemplate emigration because things are going to be “so much better” in another land is both naïve and irresponsible.

I am a citizen of this country, I am part of the Rainbow Nation and it is up to me, indeed to all of us, to “be the change you want to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Instead of bitching about how wrong things are all the time, what would happen if I deliberately made an effort to seek out and focus on the positive aspects of our beautiful country? You must have heard about “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne?  It’s all about the universal Law of Attraction which states that “like attracts like”. In essence, each of us creates our own circumstances through our thoughts and attracts into our lives the very things we think about.

Simple truth: If we think about the negatives all the time, there is just no chance that we can attractive any positives into our lives.

Think about THAT for a moment – do you realize how powerful your thoughts are?

Ok, now I want you to think about what the cumulative effect of an entire nation thinking negatively about their country would be. What are the chances of that country turning things around and seeing growth in a positive direction of ANY kind? Slim to none I’d say.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to point you towards a media source that DOES focus on the positive aspects of South Africa. It’s a website called SA Rocks and it was created by Nic Haralambous.

Here’s what Nic has to say about the site:

After reading the incredibly upsetting anti-SA blogs from expats around the world I decided to make a stand. This blog is that stand. I am standing up for all the good in SA. For all the great things that SA citizens do and for all the people who love this country. I love this country and I believe in it and the success that is soon to come.

SA Rocks is not a website dedicated to blindly praising South Africa. I understand that every country has flaws and I do not deny the flaws of South Africa. I do feel that there are enough people who berate our country and it’s time for people to start acting and thinking positively about South Africa.

I think it’s fantastic to have such a refreshing view of our beautiful country published on the WWW for all to share and enjoy. Big up to Nic and all the contributing authors for SA Rocks!

Nic has also created a Facebook Fan Page for SA Rocks. It’s brand new, it was only launched today and the fan base is still small but I want to urge you to accept his invitation to join the page. Go and hook up with others who love South Africa, invite more people to join and engage in the positive interaction going on there.

Remember this: Thoughts are a powerful creative force. Your thoughts create your world so become aware of what you are creating and if you don’t like it, change your thinking.