Archive for January, 2013

“Never ever let the sun set on such a glorious achievement.”

January 31, 2013

“Never ever let the sun set on such a glorious achievement.”
– the words of Nelson Mandela


“The past is not just another country- it’s another planet!”

January 30, 2013


The past is not just another country – it’s another planet!”

January 27, 2013

My New Books

My brand new e-book Writers on Writing: ‘WRITE RITE’ has just been published (today) by Amazon and is already available at

The second fastest published book in the world!

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on the writing journey) are available at: and

All procceds go to needy and underprivileged children

MINE!writers block



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“In the midst of darkness light exists.”

January 26, 2013


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking;
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

I love these words from Marianne Williamson as used by Nelson Mandela in his inaugeration speech as State President at South Africa’s first Democratic Election in 1994. I have admired and respected ‘Madiba’ for many years – his graciousness and the nobility of his unique spirit of reconciliation”. Nelson Mandela’s integrity, his sense of humour, his forgiveness of human frailty, his “immense generosity of spirit”, his faith in reconciliation – and above all, by the sacrifices he personally made. All this ensured his “beloved” country would remain a beacon to the world, an example of a different mode of thinking, a new way of viewing problems as challenges. And as South Africa (and the African National Congress) prepares to choose a new President to succeed Thabo Mbeki, it is vitally important that this new democracy succeeds in the future, not just for South Africa’s sake, but as ‘a beacon of hope’ for the entire world.

c (1999)


SAflag3“Nelson Mandela’s integrity, his sense of humour, his forgiveness of human frailty, his generosity of spirit, his faith in reconciliation – and above all, by the sacrifices he had personally made. All this ensured his country would remain a beacon to the world, an example of a different mode of thinking, a new way of viewing problems as challenges. It is in our nature , the “sutheffrikun” psyche, to move between hope one moment and despair the next. We are involved in and are all defined by this southern tip of the vast and so-called “dark” continent of Africa . (As writer Njabulo Ndebele has called it “the rediscovery of the ordinary”). And it is vitally important , not just for South Africa’s sake , but for the entire world, that we succeed.”

And each ONE of us in our daily “ordinary, little” lives can shine a torch, perhaps even a bright light that helps in some way to overcome the darkness in the world.

Shared by craig

“Whatever you are
no matter whether it is
a brain surgeon, an artist, a street sweeper,
always just be the best you can possibly be.”

“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, and that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”
– anon

“In the midst of darkness light exists.”



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January 25, 2013

From Seeds of Hate to Bonds of Love


“There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power. Only strive for power if it is not at the cost (expense) of other men (people). Power corrupts. You first have to be pure and righteous first before one can attain power. I believe that love is a greater force than power.

I see only one hope for our country, and that is when white men and black men, desiring neither power nor money, but desiring only the good of their country, come together to work for it. He was grave and silent, and then he said sombrely, I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating.”

-powerful and amazing writing by Alan Paton…

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January 23, 2013

The Pursuit of a More Peaceful Middle East...and so a more peaceful and better World

Article Title: The Politics of Love (from a book ‘The Passing Summer’ by Michael Cassidy)
Submitted by: Craig Lock

Key words (tags): Books, ‘The Passing Summer’ , Michael Cassidy, South Africa, Negotiation, Love, Hope, Dreams, Peace, Inspiration, Pursuit ofPeace, Good Books, Politics, Political Negotiations (enough there now)

Web sites: and and

The submitter’s other blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and

Other Articles are available at: and
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines:

These writings (as with all my articles) may be freely published electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to Michael Cassidy, please).

Craig is currently researching and writing his latest novel based on fact, set in the the…

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Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

January 22, 2013

South Africa, the “Beloved Country” – a long and tortuous journey of a “negotiated revolution”…and a model of reconciliation to the world

Article Title: Sharing A Few Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, New Book(s), Craig Lock, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace, Pursuit of peace (enough there now)

Web sites: and

The submitter’s blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.

Other articles are available at: and

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines: All my writings may be freely published.

These are some notes that I’ve made recently (from my “red book”), which is forming the basis, the frame-work, the building-blocks for a new manuscript I’m writing. So will share with you and post extracts (hopefully regularly) on my blog as I write it. Hopefully I’ll continue getting my “daily dose of inspiration”.
“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”
– Franklin Roosevelt

“We can all be great; because we can all serve (others in some way).”
– Mother Teresa

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”
– Friedrich Schiller, German writer and philosopher

“Try not to become a man (person) of success, but one of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“Those who stand up for justice will always be on the right side of history.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

(Heed those words, President al Assad of Syria!)

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong –oops!)

“We are committed to the positive values found in sport:
Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

The strength of spirit in the human heart. The love of God made manifest.
God’s greatest gift to us is to find our own truths.
Everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God’s ultimate nature.

My Thoughts on Writing
I write about the ‘essence of humanity’. I want to impel some kind of action in readers, like breaking down barriers in some small way. Religion divides; but truth unites (unity in truth). The way we live is more important than what we believe. We are all connected by the common bond of our shared humanity.
I try to show the extra-ordinary in ’ordinary’ (what’s that?) lives, as revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very hard; yet of so satisfying journey that is called life.

“I was like floating on a cloud of infinite possibilities.”
(that’s a simile, btw!)



“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“I love you in the very special way that I’ve written about in these pages.”

“To all of us who believe love rules,
stand up and let it shine.”

A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths.
Hope for a new beginning – one not divided by the past but with hope for the future.
In a phrase, A NEW HEART.
Khatib is the Arab word (name) for writer

Themes of:
* building bridges of reconciliation (“threads of hope”)
* Truth overcomes power
* forgiveness: Forgiveness for the past, strength for today and hope for the future.
* the strength of spirit in the human heart

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us;
but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”
“Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”
– craig

* the redemptive power of love
* Hope is irresistable. Plant seeds of hope: From seeds of hope to endless possibilities, far and grand horizons.”
“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many hearts can be transformed from hatred into love… with God’s help
(as only God can do that, but each one of us can be a channel for God’s love).
Let your spirit shine through these words.
Embrace the Light (Infinite ) and shine Your bright light on humanity

“Many small (yet significant) steps by many ‘little people with big hearts’ * will eventually reach their destination, their destiny.

“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
However, it is a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.


About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and ‘principles’ to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

(Come on now, craig. Show some faith!)

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our goals.”
– Barack Obama (in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

January 14, 2013

The Woman Who Took on Mugabe

Web Site:

The woman who took on Mugabe

Weekly Mail and Guardian May 10 2009 08:15

Of all the terrible things that have happened to Jenni Williams over the past six years — and there have been many — there is one incident that stands out from the rest. It was October 2008. She had been arrested by Zimbabwean police after taking part in a peaceful protest outside a government complex. The marchers were asking for food aid, in a population where three-quarters of the population is starving under Robert Mugabe’s oppressive regime. Bundled into a police van, Williams and a colleague were taken to prison and denied bail. She was in jail for three weeks. On one “particularly bad day” Williams recalls being forced by the guards to sit for hours in the burning sunshine. “I am of light skin, they knew I was going to get very…

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January 14, 2013

January 11, 2013

Craig's List of Writings

Monty Python – Novel Writing

Thomas Hardy writes The Return Of the Native.

enjoy and have a laugh at our “funny” profession.

Get a real job, man!


“Writing is the only profession where no one considers it riduculous that you don’t earn any money!”

– ‘a nonymoose’ writer

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