Sometimes it sneaks up slowly on you. Sometimes, it hits you like a bolt out of the blue. Either way, change is an everyday force of life that can take you by surprise and throw your world into disarray.
But whether it’s a change in the workplace, the homefront, or the country as a whole, there’s a surefire way of putting it all into perspective. And that’s the power of laughter.
Learning to Love Change means learning to laugh at those big Change Moments, even if only in retrospect, which is why BrightRock leaped at the opportunity to partner with the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival earlier this month.
With giant funnyman Jason Goliath at the helm in the #LoveChange Studio, this annual festival offers a unique opportunity to look at the lighter side of life and the way it is always subject to change.
In the meantime, a very hearty welcome to this edition of The Comet, your guide to the world of BrightRock and beyond. You’ll find an uplifting tale of an innovative South African expatriate, a guide to getting your digital life in order, a debate on the perpetual battle between the generations, and more. Enjoy, and keep on laughing!
Well, phew. There goes 2016. As years go, few among us are likely to be sorry to see this one going, going, gone.
Let’s not even mention exits, elections, and the every-which-way-but-our-way bounce of the ball against Italy and Wales.
Let’s rather focus our energies on the one unchanging truth about the state of the world we live in: It changes. Not by itself, of course, which is the big challenge and opportunity presented by the new year that lies waiting in the wings.
In the meantime, it’s time to take breather with this issue of The Comet, bringing you news, views, and insights from the the world of BrightRock and beyond.
We bring you a fresh take on current affairs with Alec Hogg’s eye-opening look at just why the world changed so much in 2016; we put a new spin that old fable about the little chicken who thought the sky was falling; and we tell you what you need to know about planning the holiday of a lifetime.
Speaking of which, here’s wishing you a wonderful one, whether you’re staying at home or heading for faraway shores. Safe travels, a healthy and happy festive season, and see you again in 2017!
It’s that time of the year again, when you take a quick look at your calendar or your phone, and you ask yourself, with a jolt: “Where did the year go?”
Time has a way of fleeting by without us even noticing, but don’t worry, because there’ll be another year along soon.
In the meantime, now would be a good time to take a deep breath and marshall your energies before the headlong rush towards 2017 begins in earnest. Are you ready? Good!
In this issue of The Comet, your guide to the world of BrightRock and beyond, we bring you advice on saving happily ever in your marriage, tips on renovating your dream home, a cautionary tale on safeguarding your identity online, and a close-up look at an innovative new trend in mobile phone technology.
We hope you enjoy this edition, and please feel free to join us on our social media channels, Twitter at @BrightRockZA, Facebook on www.facebook.com/BrightRockZA, and at our bright and breezy online portal, http://changeexchange.brightrock.co.za.
It’s Autumn, that interlude between seasons, when nature takes a deep breath, and huffs and puffs the leaves from the trees.
It’s a time of golden hues and mellow reflection, a pause for thought before winter takes over the shift and tightens its icy grip.
For now, we bid you the warmest of welcomes to this edition of The Comet, your online guide to what’s new at BrightRock and beyond.
At BrightRock, we Love Change: the way it shapes our lives, ushers in the new, and creates opportunities.
So join us as we take a look at the way the Information Age is setting the pace for an exciting “Second Renaissance” of human ingenuity; as we explain how Your State of Mind affects Your State of Money; as we show you how to solve your online password problems for once and for all; and much more.
To start with, some bright tidings: we’re very pleased to tell you that The Comet was judged Best Electronic Newsletter of 2015 at the annual awards of the South African Publication Forum, an industry platform for promoting and improving corporate publications.
We’re honoured by this acknowledgement. To you, our Comet community, thank you for reading!
In this issue, we bring you news of three bold new product enhancements from BrightRock, as we celebrate the landmark achievement of R100-billion in cover in force.
You’ll also find a handy guide to earning extra cash, a report on a new revolution in expatriate rocking habits, a how-to on streaming music on your phone and computer, and more.
Happy reading, and please join us on our social media channels, Twitter at @BrightRockZA, Facebook on www.facebook.com/BrightRockZA, and at our bright and breezy online portal, http://changeexchange.brightrock.co.za.
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Blazing a trail across the friendly skies and into your inbox, we’re very pleased to welcome you to Issue Three of our online magazine, bringing you news, views, tips and tales from the world of BrightRock and beyond.
If you’re new to The Comet, pleased to meteor – it’s great to have you on board.