Alt.Exe in 2017

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I have decided to add a category on my blog. Perhaps, I can even classify it as a feature; I’m calling it…

*drum roll please


*insert pleased smile here


Why Alt.Exe

Living in a city like Johannesburg (and yes, it is nothing like London, New York and the like), with a full time job, a business or two on the side, a family (grown up son at home and toddler included), I encounter quite a lot of negative stuff as I go about my daily life; traffic being one of them and nasty souls in business being another, and these are not all. Some of these I call negative may not necessarily be bad to others, e.g. the dog eats dog mentality in commerce and I suppose even the mere pace of city living, i.e. for young professionals – as a general rule but not all-encompassing – whose lives are still very much around “making it” in their careers or businesses.

I may be like a setting sun but isn’t she magnificent?


I used to love My City Life. I thrived on living in the city. The hustle and bustle excited me. Being constantly on the go was what I lived for. I made sacrifices for my career and I prioritized anything and everything that would bring external success. This lifestyle did not ensure the very same success I desired.


I am just okay… and I am fine with it. I have moved from the dark side to the light; Jedi or not.

I no longer seek stress, no matter how good a stress it may be. I don’t long for unpredictability anymore. Of course, my preferred way of life does not mean that stress does not find me. Having learned to find joy in doing absolutely nothing at times does not assure me peace of mind at all times. My appreciation of stillness does not exempt me from the noise around me.


So, I’ve decided to be mindful. I vow to always pay attention to my state of mind or emotional state when faced with the less-pleasant; to the best of my ability, at least. I promise to see the silver lining. I will see that sun even when the clouds hide it from my view.

The result of this resolve is ALT.EXE!

ALT equals Alternative


  • Instead of seeing only the negative, ALT is looking further and seeing the positive
  • ALT moves from focusing on the lack and complaining about it to feeling the gratitude for what there is
  • In the face of all unpleasant, ALT is finding the alternative, which can be anything pleasant
ALT stands for Alternate


  • ALT is about moving to an alternate good world, even if merely in the mind, when the real world seems to render only the bad
  • ALT is about looking for and seeing the ups when there are downs (because reality is that we do not have complete control over what happens in life)
ALT is for Ctrl-Alt-Del


  • Because we can
  • Because we do need to reboot when we get stuck
  • And even when Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn’t work, we can hard boot when we hang


When? Now!

Simple enough? I think so. 🙂

Conventional? What do you think?


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Thank you all for joining me in fostering and spreading the sunshine and cheers.


18 thoughts on “Alt.Exe in 2017

    1. Thank you, Tony. I’m unconventional. 😆 We’re choosing the good and the positive; that’s our alternative. It seems, these days, we have the less-pleasant for norm and reality so we’ll be the alternative. ☺
      Thank you so much. 💖
      If you’d like to share anything that may fall under here, you’re welcome. You’ll be a guest author. Much love and hugs 💖🤗


    1. Thanks so much, Theresa.
      I’m tired of getting angry in traffic. 😂 Although it’s such a challenge keeping calm. I’m known for road rage 😆😄
      Even at work, our Accountant and I both said despite the boss, we’ll be grateful for the job and see the blessing and accept the not so good but pay absolute minimum attention to it. It may seem like pretense but we said we’re not apologizing for or defending him but since situations are never purely bad, we’ll focus on the good so we can still feel the gratitude.
      I’m really hoping it brings significant change for the better this year; that I can keep going.
      Do share your own experience. I’d like to encourage others so I’ll have guest posts.. I just thought of it now while responding to Tony. I’ll update the post and page.
      Much love and hugs 💖🤗

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      1. It’s so interesting to hear your thoughts, Anne! What you’re saying reminds me of that old saying about knowing what things you can change and what things you can’t change and recognizing those so you can be less frustrated. I’m finding that frustration seems to come up especially when I hope for or expect something different than what takes place. When I really WANT things to be different, but there is nothing I can actually do to change it. Like traffic, for instance! Your thoughts remind me of this: I had a huge thing happen in the past couple of weeks, where this difficult family member was making me so angry and frustrated. It was so painful. I had tried appeasing them, but kept wanting them to see my side, and they just kept on being inflammatory and mean-spirited. I kept thinking, why can’t they be reasonable? Can’t they understand what a kind person I am, and how I’m just trying to repair the situation between us? Can’t they meet me halfway? Well, the truth is that they can’t because their mind is made up … against my point of view. So I finally just gave in, stopped pushing for them to see my side of it. They said they can’t “forgive” me. So I said, “okay, well, you win. I’m going to rely on you to figure out how we can resolve this situation, I’ll stop pestering you and let you figure it out.” I’m sure it’s all about wanting to control the situation and feeling threatened, with this person. And even though I didn’t want to give in, I feel much less agony now about how they’ve been behaving. And, hopefully, one day they will come up with a resolution. 🙂 It’s hard, though!!! 🙂

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      2. Oh, Theresa, there really are those days you just want to give up on people, right? Then, we see the good ones 🙂 I know it’s like failing or settling or whatever New Age or successful career-driven people call it these days but I call it peace of mind. Haha. It isn’t easy. It won’t be easy but luckily we won’t be punished when we falter sometimes; we can just try again. As for people, there is that awesome feeling when we let them be and let go. 🙂 I’m so happy for you that you were the bigger one to see what’s best. I live in hope that people will change but I don’t expect. I am also stubborn, after all. Hahaha!
        Other than that, I hope you’re having a good day. I took the day off today to attend to wheel balancing (haha!) and sort out my daughter. She goes back to California tomorrow.
        Much love and hugs xxx

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      3. Oh! You have your daughter visiting from CA. Gosh, that’s nice. I know what you mean about sometimes feeling like giving up on people. This particular challenge has been over a year in its saga. Luckily for me, I have the kind support of my intimate and extended family, all of which were affected by this person’s mean-spiritedness. I think they realize she is the one not reasoning well, which helps me feel less anxious about it all. And, since I’ve let go, I don’t have to interact with her. Yay! Have a great day! 🙂

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      4. I don’t know about nice. Haha! She’s “different”. Lol. She’s not halfway through to LA, or about. 🙂 She should have departed from London now. The last bit of taking care of what she needed before leaving Africa is over. 🙂
        Yeah, people realizing the truth is like sweet revenge. And the letting go is liberating so it’s a win throughout, competition or not. Haha.
        I’m glad for some relaxing day today. Hubby and I am taking the little princess to watch Ballerina in the movies.
        I hope you have a fabulous Sunday, too. Much love and hugs. xxx

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      5. And now, my little diva is walking around in her ballet outfit 🙂 It was a great day. Hope the same for you. Pity the weekend is over. Let’s hope our week is gonna be just fine. I’ll be looking out for my Alt to execute 🙂

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