Bartering to live

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?


We had somewhat of a “dop-stelsel” at work last week with the IT guy next door.  The “dop-stelsel” refers to a, less than popular, system used during the Apartheid years, whereby workers (on wine farms and such) were paid with drink instead of receiving wages.  As mentioned last week, we had some major IT fails and I was the one to sort it out.  By the time I reached the end of my tether, I went to the IT-guy next door and asked for advice, which he gladly gave.  We, in turn, paid him with a bottle of good Cabernet.  The next day, my IT woes continued and Mr IT Guy Next Door was paid with a bottle of really good Shiraz.  See, dop-stelsel works, from time to time!

If, however, I had to barter for a living, I’m afraid I wouldn’t get very far.  I’m way too giving and negotiations have never been my strong point.  What skills could I offer?  I suppose I could write, but I think my biggest one would be listening and giving advice.  My poster would look something like this:

lady at the waterside

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Author: nanuschka

I am a free spirit born in the Free State, 20 years to late. I am Ying and Yang. I am the girl next door who prefers daisies and peace rallies, but can just as easily rock at a rally. I love all things Latin and am sure that in my previous life (if that existed) I was Spanish. The dark side of me, however, tells me that I lived in Mother Russia. I am an over thinker par excellence , in constant search of answers to all things that makes us human. What we do and, more importantly, why we do it. I hope you enjoy my rambles and would love to hear from you. If you like it here, please come back, comment and share. If not, let me not waste another second of your time. All I ask is that you respect my space, be constructive and leave negativity at the door. There is enough of that in this world we live in and yes, in my head too sometimes. Not everything here will be liked or agreed with. Some of it will be downright rude, crazy and straight forward. Not everyone will like me and what goes on in my head, but this is my life and my space. Enjoy the ride

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