Easter Weekend

As Christians proceed for the Easter Weekend, I take this time to share images and themes that will help us remember the purpose of Jesus Christ’s death.

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Enjoy your Easter weekend as you take the time to remember that Jesus Christ for our sins. Take this period to ponder on his significance in your life.

SHALOM!!

Be Proactive….

We have all experienced moments in life when we are so low such that there is just a weak fence that separates us from going into depression. During this moment, it is common to find many people if not all, experiencing a sudden change in their character. It is during this time that majority remember God and prayer. One will be willing to do anything that will go a long way in helping him/her overcome the problem at hand. This may seem normal since the Lord is the provider of life. As a matter of fact, one artiste sang:

”….Eh Baba nikupe nini na yote ni mali yako….
…..uhai umenipa na yote ni mali yako….
…..afya umenipa na yote ni mali yako…..
…..chakula umenipa na yote ni mali yako….”

  (”…Eh Heavenly Father what should I give you and it all belongs to you
…..you have given me life and it all belongs to you……
…..you have given me health and it all belongs to you…..
…..you have given me food and it all belongs to you…..”)

Hitting a rock bottom most of the times serves to remind us that we have a Father who sees our pain and is always there for us from season to season.

I happened to take a course in campus where I got examined in organization behavior as one of the units. It is prudent for us to be proactive in everything we do.  In this unit, I got to learn of proactive behavior where it involves acting in advance of a future situation rather than just reacting. The key term here is acting in advance. A proactive person will, therefore, note trouble from miles away and develop mechanisms to alleviate it even before it occurs. Hence, it is prudent for us to be proactive in everything we do, that is, doing things without the need to be asked or forced to do so.

In the past weekend, our plot experienced a water outage. This was after the main pipe that serves our area and its environs experienced a burst. It was the first time since my friends and I moved in the plot that such an outage occured.  Life in this new neighbourhood seemed all rosy till when we experienced the water outage. You all know how hard life can be when you live in a house with insufficient or no water supply.

It was during this situation that it hit all of us that we had failed to be proactive. If only we had stocked up water when it was in plenty would we have avoided such kind of suffering. We suddenly became reactive. The first step was buying clean drinking water, a water bucket and a 70-litre water drum for water storage purposes. The next step was looking for a water vendor to bring us two containers of water to cover us at least for the night.

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Unfortunately, it was late in the evening and finding a water vendor who would be willing to bring us water by then was close to impossible. It was not until when we sought the help of a neighbour that we were given water enough to cater for our cooking needs. I must say that this experience helped me learn two important lessons in life. The first lesson is being proactive and the second one is, know thy neighbour.

Stephen R. Covey in his book – which is one of my all time favorites – places being proactive as the first habit of highly effective people. In his book, he tries to explain in simple terms what separates proactive people from reactive people. The weather is the neisame to proactive people. Whether it rains or shines makes no difference to them since they carry their own weather. What drives proactive people is their value to produce good quality work and it should be noted that this factor is not dependent on whether the weather is conducive or not.

Knowing thy neighbour when you move into a new apartment will bring you out as a proactive being. Few cases of crisis or problems which may force you to seek the help of a neighbour are bound to happen. Taking the worst case scenario, such shortcomings may usually occur in the most unexpected time when you have no one to turn to except your neighbour. He/she may also in one time be low and need your help. Indeed, no man is an island. It is these little acts of helping each other that will add value to humanity and also help you bond strongly with other beings in this journey  of life.

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I would like to share the quote below as I conclude.

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The Birth of a Dream….

It has always been my dream to write. As a young kid growing up, I had a passion for reading anything that came my way. This passion seemed like an obsession to an extent that I began reading materials that were beyond my level of study. Today, I am proud to say that I have no regrets about having the tendency to read contents of materials that were way beyond my level of study because this helped me acquire a lot of general knowledge which has enabled me to ‘survive’ well in the world of academics.

If you happen to ask your friends or any other random person what is contained in their bucket list, there is a high probability that majority of them will tell you that they would like to write a book before they die. More often than not, a few people end up fulfilling this wish. The reason for this is that we are all striving to live a life that has no pressure, a stress-free life where we are under no pressure to deliver.

As I write this post, I cannot help but remember what inspired me to write a short story that will later form part of my first anthology. It was during the lowest point of my life last year that I got the inspiration to write the story. Campus comrades, more specifically the third years, will understand how hard it is to obtain an attachment in the capital especially if you do not have ‘connections’. What inspired me to write the story is that I had missed out on internship opportunities in town and this gave me a lot of stress that I ended up developing gastritis+ulcers. I became very sick till the doctor who examined me used the phrase hali mahututi to describe my condition. Time was running out and I had not found a place where I could get attached as an intern. At last, a chance came forth and I was required to go back home to get attached at a certain tea estate.

I must say that experiences I encountered as an intern humbled me. I was so low and in desperate need of motivation and inspiration. It was at this moment where I was almost giving up on everything that the thought of writing about the internship experience came. At first, I was so confused and could not just make up my mind of how the story was going to flow. What gave birth to my dream of writing was the moment I was under internship in the fields. Here, I got a chance to interact with the tea pluckers who all came from a humble background. Upon hearing their kaheshes and mucenes, I managed to get the content to my story. I decided that the title of the story was going to be The Estate. You can get a chance to read the story by clicking on the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pqg6ths5lcd72u1/The%20Estate.pdf?dl=0.

NB: The encounters contained therein are based on true events that actually took place during my internship.

At this point, I would like to give a food for thought. What really inspires you to do things that you love doing? If you got the answer to this question, then please apply the same driving force in other areas and aspects of your life. As for me, it was during the lowest moment of my life that I found the motivation and inspiration to write the first story to my first ever anthology. As I conclude, I would like to share a quote shown below to motivate and inspire you.

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Time Management

Have you ever been in this kind of situation where you wish to do something but at the end of the day you still find yourself in the same place? It might be completing that assignment which is due in a month, a piece of research due next week, or perhaps reading a chapter of your ‘favorite’ novel so to speak. Time flies in between your contemplations on whether to carry out such tasks or not. This is usually a challenge that faces the youth especially those in campus. There seems to be a notion that time is always on their side. This is usually backed up by the fact that everything is going on well and in their favor especially for the colleagues receiving ‘something’ from Anniversary Towers.

The challenge comes in when reality hits them hard. At this point, the deadline is around the corner and time is really flying fast like bullets fired in Kapedo. There is a tendency to either panic or be complacent in a manner that shows they do not care about the outcome. These two states more often than not lead to one doing a shoddy job. However, in many occasions these ‘type-B’ comrades are often ‘lucky’ to scoop high marks in the assignments. As time goes by, a culture of last minute rush is bred among the students. In the longrun, the university is accused of churning out ‘half-baked’ graduates who are unfit for the job market. This is because the comrades fail to understand the assignments and classwork since they copy-paste the assignments from one another before submission and use mwakenyas during CATs and exams. After all, degree ni harambee!

However, as a responsible being, one needs to understand that time is money and that time lost is never recovered. Time management is one of the most important if not the most important skill that one needs to have in life. In my quest to research on how best I could manage my time, I came across a book titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written by the late Stephen R. Covey. What impressed me most on how one can manage his time well was the use of four quadrants divided as follows:

  • Quadrant I: Urgent & Important (For immediate and important deadlines).
  • Quadrant II: Not Urgent & Important (For long-term strategy and development).
  • Quadrant III: Urgent & Not Important (For distractions based on time pressure).
  • Quadrant IV: Not Urgent & Not Important (For activities yielding little value).

For most people, their activities are in quadrant I and III. According to Covey, quadrant II is the most important yet the most underused. In order to yield maximum returns from any task undertaken, one needs to work both tactically and strategically at the same time as emphasized in quadrant II. For more information on how to use the quadrants, please click on the following link http://www.brefigroup.co.uk/acrobat/quadrnts.pdf

As I conclude, it is important for us to understand the value of time. Good time management requires that one maintains a schedule. For example, as a student, one will need to set key milestones that will help him/her complete his/her assignments in time and at the same time understand the course work. The golden rule is to understand one’s priorities. Moreover, the bottomline is that we need to schedule our priorities before prioritizing our schedule.