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By Roz Thomas, Media Team Leader at HCC, Jesus lover, popcorn muncher, dancing mamma …

Heading up a team of creatives has brought great joy to the colourful rooms of my heart. It has also taught me great lessons in managing people who are just people. Sometimes leaders fail to recognise this by expecting consistent performance, high efficiency, and unwavering effectivity no matter the weather (or time of year). People are simply souls in earth suits, meaning we are affected by life and all its topsy-turvy ups and downs.

This inspired me to think on and define the following:

Novemberitis – a periodic mental condition caused by a year-long residual build-up, due to an uninterrupted pattern of physical and/or emotional labour. The sufferer shows signs of social-filter breakdown, lack of tact, loose tongue syndrome and a tendency to indulge in unhealthy habits, sometimes chocolate.

The following subject was exposed to Novemberitis and was left untreated.


Scripture has an antidote for this condition:

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

This is my suggested treatment plan:


  • Do what you do as worship unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). When the motivation behind our work is to glorify God, we won’t fall into the trap of vindication or yearning for people’s recognition. He energises, affirms and promises to guide us.
  • Tame the tongue (Ephesians 4:29). Speak only what is uplifting and productive. Say your say to the person who can change the situation and keep each other accountable to this.
  • Don’t assume anything. Communicate, connect, correspond, report, make known, interact, impart, disseminate, relate, reveal, suggest, advise, proclaim, touch base, contact, talk!


There’s no use denying the very factors that make us human, they are evidence of a life being lived. The magic happens when we acknowledge our weaknesses or the emotions that wear us down. Together – unified by our mission to glorify God – we stand steady, chins lifted and eyes on the One who holds all time and space in the palm of His hand.