Reflections of Life produces gorgeous short films that uplift the personal stories of ordinary people, with the goal of sharing ideas and inspiring change. We feel hugely blessed to feature video-stories that filmmakers Michael and Justine capture with exquisite expertise, and which so beautifully illustrate grateful living principles and practices. In this short film we hear from Bronwen Lankers-Byrne.

Learn more about Reflections of Life (formerly Green Renaissance) through our Grateful Changemaker feature.

Questions for Reflection

  • What do you stand for? What do you hold as sacred?
  • What might you do this day to help create a “tiny ripple of change” as Bronwen suggests?

We invite you to share your reflections below the video transcript that follows.

Video Transcript

People have gotten comfortable. We don’t speak out. We shy away from discomfort. That’s the conditioning we’ve had as a society, we’ve allowed the context to just move without us, just going along with it. It’s just easier to look the other way and pretend it’s not happening.

For injustice to prevail, all it takes is for good people to remain silent.

There are certain places in the world that are sacred, places that allow me to be at peace, to reconnect.

I do get a sense of awe and wonder, the majesty and the miracle of the presence of the mountains, the ocean and the waves. It’s just a magical place.

We need to ensure that it is protected for future generations.

I trust that it’s not too late. We can change the course of things. Each time one person speaks out against injustice, they create a tiny ripple of change. And when many different ripples join together, they form a current which our leaders cannot ignore. We need to remember that our voice matters.

To support Michael and Justine in their film-making journey, visit Reflections of Life.

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About the author

Justine and Michael are a creative couple living in South Africa.  Their project, Reflections of Life (formerly Green Renaissance), works to spread positive stories that reflect the wonder of the world. With the goal of sharing ideas and inspiring change, they produce gorgeous short films that are posted online and available for anyone, anywhere, to watch and share freely.


Through their films, they explore what it means to be human. They touch on topics that can often be difficult for people to discuss – from loss of a loved one to aging and retirement to friendship to love and courage – universal themes that we all deal with at some stage in our lives.


By sharing these stories, Justine and Michael hope to remind us of one simple truth – that we are all human – that inside our hearts and minds, we are all facing similar challenges.  We have so much to learn from each other, and our connections run so much deeper and stronger than we think. Learn more and support their work at