Monthly Archives: May 2011

be kind…..

Hold fast on to your heart, and stay a soul­ful mind.

Whilst to pain be kind.

Lean on summer’s breeze, and winter’s fad­ing light.

Whilst to empti­ness be kind.

Sing, and share with all what you may find.

Whilst to the wicked be kind.

Dream with the heav­ens, and drink the sun’s might.

Whilst to dark­ness be kind.

Soar through life’s every moment, and every fight.

Whilst to lost causes be kind.

Keep your­self unbound, and free from spite.

Whilst to the end be kind.

cc Karey Mwari. Butterfly fly too

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Balconies and mentors…

Help spread the message of ‘mentorship 1 child at a time’ – Kate Njoroge

Samuel Kamau Wanjiru. The first time I saw this young man was as he ran into the stadium on his way to win the Olympic gold medal.

Within days, the story of his humble beginning was known worldwide. You know how people just love the rags to riches stories.

Now, put yourself in his shoes for a moment. Let’s pay his childhood a visit….

…..I see a young man struggling in school…

….I see him running home, not just to get home early, but because he is looking forward to his only meal of the day…

…I also see him sent home often for lack of school fees and eventually dropping out at age 12…

…I see a mother too busy struggling to put a meal on the table that I wonder if she has time to impart wisdom to her son…

…I see a 16 years old boy leaving his country to go to Japan, too young to be away from his family…

…I see a young man with no real male role models to help shape him into a real man…

…I see a young man who marries early, in a hurry, not ready for the commitment ahead….

Ok. Maybe I see my own things, but work with me here.  Samuel must have missed out on some crucial lessons when growing up, more so when he moved away from his mother at a young age.

Imagine suddenly been thrust into the limelight after a rocky childhood. Imagine getting respect and admiration from people who previously snickered behind your poor back, and sometimes to your poor face. Imagine your villagers coming out in throngs to give you a homecoming party fit for a king after winning the Olympic. Now, imagine not having any previous training or mentoring on how to handle this sudden fame and fortune.

So you can imagine the crowd he was hanging around, especially when the money started coming in.

At that young age, with all that money, you are bound to attract false friends. And groupies.  People will hang around you for the freebies and goodies you pass around. Be assured that they are not hanging around you because of your charming character!

He had a coach to train him on the field, but did he have a life coach or mentor to teach him off the field? I wonder, did he have someone to speak wisdom into his life? Did he surround himself with people who could challenge his thinking and tell him straight up when he was trippin’?

I guess he did not. As a result, he became a successful runner but eventually, a failure at home.

Of great concern to me was his lack of moral fiber. The frequent infamous media mentions revealed a side of Sammy that most Kenyans would have liked to wish away. But that was the reality for Sammy, and it continues to be the reality for many people in Kenya.

The things that ensnare men – money, power, women, alcohol – also ensnared our beloved Sammy. The truth about these snares is that no man is immune. It takes exceptional courage and determination to keep away.

Money – gives you a false sense of power. You believe you can get / buy anything. Nothing is outside your reach. You think everything has a price. What baloney.

Remember – riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4)

Power – you think you are invincible. You use and misuse your position and authority.  You become a law unto yourself. You think you can get away with anything. But the truth is you can’t.

Remember – …no one has power in the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8)

Women – you are not satisfied with one woman. You forget that in a heart where there is room for many, there is no room for one. You become unfaithful to your wife. You find it hard to exercise self control. You endanger your life, and your wife’s, through immorality. So uncool.

Remember – For by means of a harlot, a man is reduced to a crust of bread. (Proverbs 6:26)

Alcohol – you seek happiness from a bottle. You begin to lose control when under the influence. You think life is one big party. You are of the opinion that booze brings out the cool you. Yah right.

Remember – wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led away by it is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1)

Our Sammy was not able to avoid these snares. Eventually, Sammy jumped of a physical balcony. (Or was pushed – who knows?!)

Many young people are jumping off other types of balconies. They jump off balconies when they live uncontrollable and lawless lives. They jump off balconies when they do drugs. Drunk driving. Violence. Gangs. Disobedience to parents and authorities. Alcoholism. Taking in filth in the name of music, TV, movies and other forms of entertainment. Sexual immorality. Foul language.

How many more people have to jump of a “balcony” before we admit that there is something wrong with the way we are living? How many more young people will die before we stand against immorality and vice? How many more broken marriages and broken families do we need to see before we arise and do something?

I don’t know about you, but as for me, I have made a decision to provide mentoring and coaching to young person around me. Be it at work, church, home or wherever, if I meet a young person, I will take time to listen to them, and to talk to them. I have a passion for mentoring and coaching young people. Having gone through a very rocky previous life, I do not desire for anyone to learn the way I did – though hard experiences.

If speaking to a young person could get them to stay in school and off the streets, then I will speak. If sharing my heart with a young person will help them make better decisions, then I will speak. If sharing my thoughts will equip a young person with life skills and emotional intelligence, then I will speak. If opening up my life will prevent another young person from jumping off life’s balconies, then Lord help me, I will speak!!!!

So, what are you going to do about it?

Samuel Wanjiru 1986 -2011

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Quotes………Thank you!

Karey_Mwari this is for you for all you said:

For your thoughtfulness and generosity, from you I have learned much of life’s philosophy … thank you sincerely.

Thank you for teaching me, how beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!

Thank you for reminding me, when you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.

Thank you for reminding me, the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Thank you for showing me, one can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Thank you for telling me, Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal; thank you for insisting it to me.

Thank you for always showing me, we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thank you for emulating this, how far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you, thank you for acknowledging this.

Thank you for now I know, unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls

And;

Not what we give, But what we share, for the gift without the give is bare.

Now I know, success will destroy any man who gets it before he has the character, discipline, friendships and values he needs to succeed. Thank you.

And finally;

In the end it’s pretty simple, people want the impossible from you and you just have to give it to them.

Thank you for shaping it in my head for to the generous mind, the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.

I will forever be grateful because I will never forget an understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough.

It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart, thank you for your wisdom.

And when I was low, you told me gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.

Thank you for your insight, blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.

Forever I will be grateful for now I know, “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

And I will always remember;

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Thank you Quotes for you have been true!

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