Happy New Month!!!!!

The first half of the year is really coming to a close. This month marks the last month of the first half of the year 2016. For the football lovers, Euro 2016 will be kicking off in France in the course of this month. Well, that is just one of the major events to anticipate during this month.

 

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As an individual, a new month presents you with a chance to turn over a new leaf. To some other people, a new month is a time for them to determine whether they review have been treading on the right path or not. It is a chance for them to take on the set goals for the month so that they can remain on course towards achieving what they set forth at the beginning of the year in their resolutions.

Take this time to look back and see whether you are on the right path. Take a moment and reflect. Pose this important question to yourself: Is this place where I had set myself to be at the beginning of the year? If your answer is yes, keep it up! If your answer is no, do not worry. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. So during this month, take time to adopt new healthy habits that will streamline you towards achieving your set targets.

 

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Remember that life presents you with a second chance and it is called TOMORROW. Do not despair. Stay focused. Happy New Month!!!

 

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Is this TRUE???

It was all fun for the football fans last Saturday as Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy for the 11th time. This feat made them the most successful club in the competition prompting some individuals to term them as ‘The Champion of Champions’.

In light of that achievement, there were some interesting observations made by football fans and pundits. Cristiano Ronaldo more so is said to have a less impact in this particular game. However, he saved himself from ’embarrassment’ when he netted the winner during the penalty shootout to emerge the hero of the game. On the other hand, Pepe, who is recognized as one of the most versatile members of the Madrid back four was termed as ‘lazy’ and was further criticized for play-acting during the match. This led to one pundit using unprintable words to describe his performance for the night.

 

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Away from that little reminder of that night in San Siro and back to my post today. I would like to share a story of Cristiano Ronaldo and his academy team-mate, Albert Fantrau.

 

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”…….Moments after Real Madrid Football Club won their 10th UEFA Champions League trophy in 2014, the global audience and thousands of football fans at the Estádio da Luz, Lisbon in Lisbon were taken by surprise when Cristiano Ronaldo abandoned the team’s celebration and ran to a section of the stand to pull out a man from the crowd and hug him affectionately. The action was a public confession by Ronaldo to honour his childhood clubmate who ‘sacrificed himself’ and allowed the Portuguese star to become a global icon today. Ronaldo said in an interview he granted some years ago that he and his friend were vying for a spot in an academy of Andorinha in Funchal, Madeira. “I have to thank my old friend Albert Fantrau for my success. We played together for the same team in the U-18 championship. When a scout came to see us he said that “Whoever scores more goals will come into our academy.” “We won that match 3-0. I scored the first goal then Albert scored the second with a great header. But the third goal was impressive for all of us. Albert was one-on-one against the goalkeeper, he rounded the goalkeeper and I was running in front of him. “All he had to do was to score that goal but he passed it to me and I scored the third goal, so I got that spot and went to the academy. “After the match, I went to him and asked him why? Albert said that “Because you (Ronaldo) are better than me.” Journalists then went to Albert’s house and asked him if it was a true story. He said yes. He also said that his career as a player after the match ended and now is unemployed. “But how did you build this house so great, you have a car? You seem like a rich man. You also able keep your family. From where did this come from? ‘ Albert more proudly replied: “It is from Ronaldo!” This explains why Ronaldo had to single him out of the crowd to share in his celebration…….”

 

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PAUSE: If this story is anything to go by, then it serves us with an important lesson which is that of never forgetting the person who believed in us and gave us a helping hand in life.

Be Aware…

It was back in 2004. I was in primary school. It was the second term and music festivals were around the corner. The music teachers made efforts to train us hard. We worked under the rule of the army, ‘train hard to fight easy’. I was in the boys set piece. We were supposed to sing ‘The Riddle Song’. For those who know it, it is an English folk song with its origin being traced back to the 15th Century. I can still remember those practice moments like it was just yesterday. The lyrics to the song went like:

”I gave my love a cherry that had no stone
I gave my love a chicken that had no bones
I gave my love a ring that had no end
I gave my love a baby thats no cryen

How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bones?
How can there be a ring that has no end?
How can there be a baby thats no cryen?

A cherry when it’s blooming it has no stone
A chicken when it’s pipping, it has no bones
A ring when it’s rolling, it has no end
A baby when it’s sleeping, has no cryen”.

I was on a transition from childhood to adolescence. I was still unaware of the changes to expect. During our time, adolescence and puberty as a topic was being taught in Class 6. In 2004 I was not in Class 6 and so I could not understand the changes that were going on in me. I remember the first session when we started practising The Riddle Song. We were called in twos and asked to sing the whole song so that our trainers could determine to which voice we belonged. To my surprise, I was the only boy in our classroom who was grouped in the tenor voice. The rest of the boys were grouped in either soprano or alto. in the tenor group, I found myself alongside Class 7 and Class 8 boys.

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As boys sang The Riddle Song, girls sang Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers. Their angelic voices could easily soothe a crying child to sleep. It could provide a man deep in debt with a brief moment of ecstasy where he would feel like he owns the whole world. Nonetheless, the harmony in their voices served as a catalyst to the boys who eventually took their game to the next level knowing that there is a she out there watching them.

In as much as I believed that my voice could not be found on the keyboard, I knew it was somewhere between soprano and alto. But alas! To my surprise, it was categorized as a tenor. For the coming weeks, Mr. Makongele and his elder brother were involved in training us. His elder brother was an army man on a break from a mission in Burundi. Mr. Makongele was a Kiswahili, Science, and Creative Arts (quite a tricky combination) teacher at our school. Their passion for music could be seen in the way they were able to sing out the lyrics to the song in all the four voices. Mr. Makongele was involved in training the soprano and alto ‘boys’ while his elder brother was involved in training the tenor and bass ‘men’.The training sessions were from 3.10pm to 5.00pm, a period when all the learning activity for the day had been exhausted and all that remained were games before we all attended an evening assembly for dismissal back to our homes.

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I was in denial. How could I be the only one with the tenor voice in our classroom? Why were the rest of the boys different from me? How comes I am the only one practising alongside the mature Class 7 and Class 8 boys with deep voices? Rather than appreciating this uniqueness, I kept on looking at myself as having a ‘disability’. The first few training sessions were a success as I always made the cut. The trainers were looking to have the final 42 set piece members. In as much as I kept on making the cut, I still lived in denial. I longed for those moments where I could train with the rest of my classmates. Most of the times I felt out of place as I trained with the tenor ‘men’. It reached a point where I contemplated making a switch to training with the rest of my classmates. I settled on soprano since alto was very competitive. Moreover, a large number of Class 6 boys and few Class 7 boys had the alto voice. They were all qualified to sing in that voice. I knew it was close to impossible to dislodge a member of the alto ‘boys’.

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The day I decided to make a switch to soprano was the day I made a very grave mistake. As a consequence of this switch and to cut the long story short, I never made it to the final 42. I carried this guilty conscience with me for a very long time simply because I missed out on a chance to represent our school in the Regional Music Competition held in Narok. When you mention Narok, Maasai Mara Game Reserve automatically comes into mind. Imagine I missed a chance to visit the game reserve. If only I had stuck to training with the tenor ‘men’ then I would have visited the park. As the wise men said, ‘If wishes were horses then beggars would ride on them’.

Sometimes in our lives, we are faced with a scenario where we feel that holding on is the dumbest thing we can ever do. We tend to overthink and this makes us imagine non-existent things and issues. In such situations, overthinking clouds our minds with thoughts which more often than not leads us into making uninformed decisions. Like in my case, I was unaware of adolescence till the day when I stepped into Class 6. If I had been aware, chances are high that I would have learned to accept myself and sing on with the tenor ‘men’. Awareness helps us understand our lives and our environment better. It assists us in making the necessary adjustments in our lives. It is, therefore, prudent that we be aware of the situation at hand before making decisions. This awareness will help us make sound judgment and in the emerge as wise decision-makers.

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Your mind’s power is LIMITLESS….

I am an avid follower of TED Talks. This ritual was enhanced more recently due to the fact that Capital FM Kenya airs TED Talks Radio edition each Thursday from 10p.m to 11p.m with repeats on Sunday at the same time.

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As I was making a follow up on past episodes, I happened to come across one where a young boy by the name Richard Turere from the Maasai community came up with an invention to outsmart lions which had been a nuisance to his community.

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His invention was born when one morning he woke up and found that their only bull had been killed by a lion. He hated lions to death. At first, he used fire to scare away the lions at night only to find out that it aided them on their mission to attack the livestock in the shed. Secondly, he tried using a scarecrow but the lions were clever since they realized that it was stationary. Then one night he decided to take a walk around the cow shed using a torch and to his surprise, the lions did not come.

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It was on that night that he made the discovery that lions are afraid of moving light. Using an old car battery, an indicator box from a motorcycle, a solar panel, and bulbs from obsolete flashlights he implemented his idea. The working mechanism is as follows: The solar panel charges the car battery from which the indicator box is connected. The light bulbs are connected from the indicator box. The indicator box enables the light bulbs to flash on and off. He then set up the system at his home and since then, his family has known peace.

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As a result of this simple invention, he was lucky to get a scholarship to study at Brookhouse International School which is among the best and most prestigious schools in Kenya. As a young boy grazing livestock in the fields, he used to watch planes fly high up in the sky and he used to tell himself that one day he will board one. His chance to board one came when he was invited to give a talk about his invention on TED. You can have a look at his talk in the video below:

 

Richard’s amazing story serves to remind us that there is always an opportunity in the midst of our challenges. We should always make it a point to try and discover what is hidden within the challenges that we encounter. Many inventions and success stories around the world were born out of a problem. Your mind’s power is indeed LIMITLESS.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

Today being Mother’s day, I take this chance to share a few selected Mother’s Day messages from all over the world.

Happy Mother’s Day! I don’t say it nearly enough but thank you for all you’ve done for me in my life and everything you still do.
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I could bring you flowers, I could give you gifts, but nothing in this world can truly show you the love I care for you. Happy Mother’s Day!

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To all our loving mothers:

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How time has flown…

Back then when I was a child, there used to be a lot of wrestling action on TV. Monday Night Raw and Tuesday Night Smackdown with repeats on Saturday and Sunday. In short, there used to be 4 consecutive days of wrestling action!!! Back then, Dwayne Johnson a.k.a The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin used to be on form and all the focus was on them. That was over 15 years ago.

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I was a big fan of The Rock due to his tagline, “If you smeeeeeellll what The Rock is cooking!!!” He had a jersey written ‘JUST BRING IT’. He also had a bull tattoo on his right arm. In addition, he used to have a signature behavior of raising his right eyebrow over the left one. I used to just find myself imitating him. I could not help it.

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Steve Austin, on the other hand, had taglines such as ‘Hell Yeah!!’ and ‘What?’ There was also the Austin 3:16 which back then I could not understand. He also had a rattle snake such that a certain flash on the viewers screen would signal that it was time for Stone Cold to finish off his opponent. Besides that, he used to receive beer from fans. He would smash the beer cans against each other and proceed on to gulp the contents. He also used to come to the ring with an SUV pick up with a skull tattoo on the bonnet. I really had a rough time choosing who to remain loyal to between The Rock and Stone Cold.

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That was then. Time has really flown fast and these two superstars have moved on. Both of them have taken roles in movies. The Rock is in the Fast n Furious franchise besides taking roles in other movies such as Scorpion King and Walking Tall. Steve Austin has played roles in The Package and The Expendables.

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Below is a short clip I found online that really rekindled my childhood memories when WWE had a large number of superstars who just kept the show entertaining. They are the superstars a majority of my agemates grew up knowing. Have a look at the video:

 

 

Oh Yeah!!! What a nice childhood I had!!

Ignite your Passion

As he is laid to rest, we shall all live to remember his music. Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, commonly referred to as Papa Wemba always loved what he did. He found passion in music and it is reported that if he were to die at any moment in time, he wished to die while performing on stage.

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The story of Papa Wemba serves to remind us to find our passion in life. What is it that if you were asked to do you would do it effortlessly even for free and still find a great sense of fulfilment? What is this thing that will make you sacrifice a Friday night out with friends to attend to it especially if you are a party man/woman? What is it that thing that you would do on a cold and wet Monday morning at a time that all you feel is that you still need to lay in your cosy bed and enjoy the warmth?

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Well, those are just few of the questions you need to ask yourself as a way of igniting the passion within you. Always find meaning and fulfilment in everything you do to avoid being stuck in a rat race of no progression.

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Have a good evening won’t you?

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