• “I see no beginning, middle or end to you. Only boundless strength in your endless arms, the moon and sun in your eyes, your own brilliance scorching the universe.” 

    - Bhagavad Gita 
  • “Give up the drop and become the ocean.” 

    - Rumi 
  • ” How wonderful that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

    - Anne Frank 
  • “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” 

    - Elizabeth Edwards 
  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny in comparison to what lies within us.” 

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

    - Victor Frankl 
  • “You can curse the darkness or you could be the one who lights a candle.” 

    - Anonymous 
  • “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” 

    - T.S Elliot 
  • “Cancer could be cruel and send me into misery, but instead it has been kind and has woven rather than unstitching. If it doesn’t let me feel joy without sadness, at least I am so much less likely to feel sadness without joy.” 

    - Jennifer Berger 
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Lipstick and World War 2

It was while reading this account of a certain Colonel Gonin’s stay at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during world war two that the idea of pamper packs was born. The story touched me deeply and I was reminded that sometimes it is the small things we do that make a big difference. That we should never do nothing because a problem seems overwhelmingly big and our ability to contribute seems overwhelmingly small.

“It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nighty but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the postmortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity.”

So sometimes the difference between heaven and hell may be a bit of lipstick. Sometimes the difference between losing your feminine soul may be a bottle of nail polish or hand cream. Sometimes it is not that difficult at all to change someone’s life.

by Dr Liana Roodt

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