The curtains are closing in to usher the year 2013 and it definitely has been a great year. As 2012 started, there was unison of it been a great year. Having done the usual new year resolution write up, I bore in mind that they were going to come to pass. I am proud to have achieved 95% of the resolutions. In an earlier blog I had listed them down https://adanmawanji.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/the-joy-of-crossing-that-list/
Meanwhile, allow me to share the learning’s and memories of the year that was.
- I have had my spiritual moments with God and sometimes He has not made sense but the best part: He is such a gentleman ,he gives me the choice to follow Him or not
- Each of us has a sixth sense if not instincts. Now more than ever I do not ignore them, they have saved the day on one too many occasions.
- Life is about winning and losing. If I win all the time then I will miss the lesson derived from failing and doing it differently.
- Family is the only group you forgive for what you kill others for and they are here to stay
- I set the foundation on how I want people to treat me; I also don’t have to sit around and let someone devalue me
- There is a thin line between honesty and being impolite. the only difference in my experience, is a lot of us do not want to hear it in black and white
- You must be a student before you become the teacher just as you must be a servant before you become a leader; the core ingredient is humility.
- Serving others especially the less fortunate has brought on so much personal satisfaction ,its irreplaceable
- Cancer has been a big enemy for most in 2012, from a cancer scare to losing loved ones, it has also created a great awareness and helped me appreciate good health even more
- On the day I am happy, someone else will be sad, frustrated, depressed or mourning a loved one. There really never is a day that everyone is happy and it’s a fact
- There is no easy way to handle death whether it’s a loved one or someone distant, we all feel something, it’s inevitable hence only grace keeps us going
- Giving the best at my job is an obligation and duty whether my efforts are appreciated or not, after all the results will be the stepping stone to the next great job
- Expecting everyone to appreciate you for good efforts is unrealistic. There will always be those against and for you.
- Attitude is everything, every morning I wake up I chose the attitude I take with me throughout the day
- My priorities and plans are not another’s, it is up to me to make them happen lest I get disappointed waiting for someone else to fulfill them for me
- As you grow older, dreams, visions and focus tends to change and so are the people around. My list of friends has thinned but created more time for quality friendships and relationships
- Love is a virtue, a feeling, a rush but most of all it’s a choice we all have to make
- People come in to your life for different reasons and seasons, when their purpose is fulfilled, they leave or stay. If they leave make peace with yourself and don’t beat yourself about it.
- You must give in order to get. Giving generously is not always about the money its your heart, your time and what you put into that time
- Each of us has a season of growth, success, failure and frustrations. Figure out which season you are at, and don’t compare yourself with another unless its acts as a pillar of encouragement.
- Food is good for the soul and body but when abused or overdone it portrays itself in ways which we are sometimes not very proud of.
- A fast off processed food is very good for cleansing your system and rejuvenating worn out muscles and organs. This is one I will do over and over again!
- I chose to be healthy by eating right, keeping fit and indulging in the positive way of life
- Man is not an island and therefore I must accept support from time to time as I can never do it alone after all Together Everyone Achieves More!
- Delayed gratification is a great way to teach yourself that it is not a must that you obey your cravings ,wants and desires
- Tomorrow will be a better day but I have to make the effort to make that happen
There could be more to write but I believe this stood out the most.
Share the lessons ….
Looking forward to an even greater year.
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that if you feel like you ought to make a resolution this year, then that probably means you need to make a resolution.
But the word resolution is overused and not as heavy as a word I am going to propose in its stead for this post. This year, I plan on making a few New Year’s commitments. But how do you decide if it’s worth it?
You know what I mean… you resolve to lose three pounds a month and it’s December before you even realize you gave up on that back in March. But this year, let’s make deeper commitments than just meager weight loss and less video game time. Let’s examine a structure for how we can set commitments for 2013 and actually keep them.
1. Start Now
If there’s something you know you ought to change, we’ve less than a…
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When I was a freshman in college, my speech professor was very community-oriented. Our class was required to deliver a talk on a worthy local charity — and that assignment was a chance to flex our persuasive muscles. The goal? Convincing our classmates to help in whatever way they could. And inspiring us to lend a hand, too.
Helping others is close to my heart, and I chose an organization easily. That Christmas in 2003, I volunteered to help distribute toys to needy families in Southern Maryland. The gratitude, spirit of giving and generosity were so inspiring — and it was an unforgettable experience.
I’ve always wanted to go back and help again, but . . . well, in the past nine years, life has just happened. Every fall I get a letter from Christmas Connection asking if I can help by donating toys or time. Though I always…
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On this day in 1924 Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison after spending 264 days there after being convicted of treason following the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich in 1923. While Hitler was in prison he wrote his book Mein Kampf with assistance from his deputy Rudolf Hess. A dreadfully boring read.
This evening as i walked home i remembered that i had not registered as a voter using the newly introduced Biometric system,yet the registration center is visible from my balcony.
I joined the line and in about twenty minutes i was done with the registration. Perhaps proud to have registered but then again the uncertainty within is so high that am wondering whether it will be worth waking up 90 days from now to cast my vote.
In the year 2008,many of my colleagues did not report to work either because the violence in their vicinity was beyond or they were afraid for their lives,tension was running high.
Lucky to have been working for a company that was able to charter a plane to airlift them back to the city,I cannot imagine this happening again.One colleague described how his fully furnished house was burnt down just because he was not from “that” community.
Exit the past,enter the present,Caroline Mutoko one of Kenya’s top journalist and very candid for that matter(I have great respect for her) wrote an article explaining why Kenyans are not moved to register as voters for the next general elections even with a deadline so close. Point on,perhaps you should read for yourself to understand.
The politicians are so busy presenting their “manuals” so to speak that they have forgotten to convince the common mwananch i(citizen) why they should register. without voters= to no elections as such or should we say a suitable leader?
About a year and a half ago,i locked my television away in a store because of the political madness that had become the order of the day. Simply put i was not getting much value from it. If anything it was emotionally draining The newspapers,radio and internet work just fine,that way i stay selective of what to feed my mind.
Imagine having a long day with all your energies drained only to come and watch television that has politicians bickering all over, news of deaths,accidents and terrorism,in addition those annoying Mexican and Phillipino soaps( no pun intended) where they are always crying?
I don’t know about you ,but i have discovered great things to do with my time.Reading a well authored book for example relaxes my mind.
I may sound like I digressed from the main issue but all i am saying like Carol,give me a good reason to wake up in March of 2013 to vote for you Mr and Mrs Politician.Its not just about the money and prestige that comes with the title or is it position?
Make me feel worthy and safe as a citizen to take that leap of faith again.