Friday, 24 January 2014

Drunk in change

It takes an extraordinary amount of effort and energy to break free. 

We are all creatures of habit. The key is to choose effective habits instead of letting bad habits choose you.

Stop procrastinating.Turn off the distractions, and do the work of focusing on the real deal. Stick at the idea that works for you.Do not pitch a solution before you have a clear thought.

Having the energy to do a 360 degree stride is progress, adapt new ideas and march ahead.Here are my 10 turning point quotes that have helped me through:

“Nothing lasts forever; so live it up, drink it down, avoid the negativity, take chances and never regret because at one point it was what you wanted.” 

“There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good.  After all life is too short to be anything but happy.”

“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t.  If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it.  If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”

“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out – because that’s what’s inside.  When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.”  –Wayne Dyer

“Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never overestimate your power to change others.”  –Wayne Dyer

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.”

“By letting it go it all gets done.  The world is won by those who let it go.  But when you try and try.  The world is beyond the winning.”     

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure.  But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it.  Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”  –Shunryu Suzuki

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”  –Mark Twain

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.  Watch your words, for they become actions.  Watch your actions, for they become habits.  Watch your habits, for they become character.  Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”      

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Abel Mutua's Tribute to his late mother

Writing is an art used to express what we feel through paper and pen. Just like photography writing express a thousand words and emotions.

While going through a couple of blogs i came across this touching story or rather letter written by one of our own Kenyans - Abel Mutua alias 'Freddy' in the television. The letter expresses emotions of sad but there is some burst of deep love in it.

Here goes the letter :

“Hi Mum
it’s been four years now and a couple of months since you left us. Just thought I’d fill you in on what has been going on in my life. Well, three days after you passed on I went for the top comic finals. Guess what, the guy you voted for won the pick up. I thought you were joking when you said kura napatia Oyoo, wewe una girlfriends wengi sana hata nikikunyima haitamake difference. Year 2010 you were replaced by a lovely baby girl who we named after you, thanks to the love of my life supuu wa karatina like you used to call her. We are still very much together by the way but story ya a second grandchild sahau. Huko haturudi, I also was blessed with the Mercedes I was always telling you about towards the end of 2010. It was a good year indeed.
2011 I was doing a million things for citizen tv thanks to the lovely lady I always told you about, Catherine Wamuyu. She took care of me like my own mum after you left. She has played a big role in moulding me to the person I am today. So In The afterlife Mkikutana mbinguni kwa Chama ya wamama mlipie merry go round Miezi kadhaa. You owe her. 2012 was the year leading to the election year. Believe it or not I left citizen and got into politics. So unlike me huh, seeing as I never cared about politics. Uhuru Kenyatta ran for president and I was part of his campaign team. 2013 we went for elections and Uhuru became president. Now, for the shocker. Remember when I told you that I’d never work for the government in my life and that if I ever did I’d cut you a cheque for a hundred thousand? Well, I have your cheque for 100k. I’m part of the govt now thanks to a guy who is an alumnus of the college we hustled so much to get. KIMC. His name is Dennis Itumbi.
Supuu wa karatina namtembeza down the isle pretty soon. I have already picked out my wedding attire. Nitakuwa na zile bell bottom za 1970 na jersie ya Gor Mahia. My best friend Philo wa Ngara is still here, but we no longer live together. Kulikuwa na rumor alichotwa na shosho flani dagoretti but tulipata ni Uwongo. The plates you bought us when we lived with him alivunja karibu zote, Mimi nikavunja half of them. Your army of 8 kids wako shwari kabisa. Jesse Vicky na Rapho are the only ones in school. Mpenzi wako wa Machakos (Dad) is still going strong. Siku hizi yeye ni bachelor boy mbaya. Jesse says In case dad decides to remarry he will make sure that the mathe in question is pretty and properly moneyed. Daddy anafaa kuwa na bonge la trophy. Retirement benefits. Jesse’s words.
Well, that’s pretty much it mum. A lot has gone down but I can’t tell you everything. I miss you though. Rest well mummy. Ukisikia umechoka kupumzika unaweza rudi. Dad is lonely. Well. Til we meet again.

May God rest her soul in Eternal Peace.