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{June 21, 2014}   Ziglar’s Wheel of Life

I agree, spirituality is core.

A Bodey in Motion

How many times have I referenced the Wheel, and yet I’ve never really explained it or why I value it so much.*
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Ziglar’s Wheel reminds us of the importance of leading a balanced life. Seven categories, all valuable and all needing a portion of our attention. You can’t spend too much of your time in just one area without repercussions. Ignore any one category entirely, and be prepared to suffer loss well beyond it.

Think of each area of the Wheel as the sides of a container – like a barrel or a cistern – that you’re trying to fill. You’re going to find capacity limited to the height of the side that you’ve built up the least. And if you spend no time building up any one category, you won’t be able to fill it at all, no matter how tall the remaining sides are.

Now, at the risk…

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{June 18, 2014}   Mpeketoni Ni Ya Walamu Milele

Uchunguzi Online

There is one half of Kenya which the other half is unaware of – a quote from The NFD book ” – by Negley Farson

The same literally applies to Mpeketoni, a division of Lamu County whose current population is edging on close to 50,000. For every 1 Kenyan who is aware of the origins and current status of Mpeketoni, there are 50 others who are not. It is these 50 Kenyans that we want to bring to their attention some startling facts about Mpeketoni Division.
Mpeketoni owed its name to an admixture of Swahili (mpe meaning give one) and English (carton) whence was coined the name: mpe katoni.

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{February 25, 2014}   Taratibu…

I am going through a moment where I feel like I have just stepped on an explosive. Things are not working out well. There are screams left, right and center and I feel like I ended up at a Halloween party thinking it was a Christmas party. I want to scream!

Fact is, the world in which I seek to undo the mistakes that were made is different from the world in which the mistakes were made hence by being reflective, I am finding myself in a place removed from the current realities of life.

Things need to change and at times its getting so overwhelming I don’t even know where to start. I feel like standing still and watching from afar – but I cannot afford that laxity.

They say to whom much is given much is expected. Right. I am not afraid of going slowly, but of standing still. There is no progression in standing still and that is not an option for me.

I have to begin with little efforts that’ll add on to make a big difference later – this is my goal. I need to remind me of this daily.

I know that the extinction of all reality is a concept no resignation can encompass; all plans are eventually exposed for what they really are.

So as they say in Tanzania “Taratibu…” meaning take it easy…this is what I resort to do. Rome was not built in a day.



If you want to grow, you will have to change. As you go through change, you will face fear.

The decision to grow always involves a choice between risk and comfort. You have to make a choice.

Every journey has a beginning, middle and an end; when you’re in the middle, you cannot see what the end will be. You can only plan and hope that your forecast of the future shall turn out as planned.

Each of us has something inside of us that tells us there is more to life than sitting in the boat. I believe we were made for something more than merely avoiding failure; something inside of us wants to walk on water, to leave our comfort zone, to let go and do something great, something worthy – but we’re afraid; fear has a tight hold on us regarding the unknown.

Leaving your boat may be the hardest thing you will ever do, but to walk on water, you have to leave your boat – your comfort zone. Growth and fear are like macaroni and cheese. It is no guarantee it shall be easier outside the boat – it is likely not going to be; you shall face challenges, but neither is it a guarantee it shall be safer in the boat. Life has no guarantees, each decision has it positives and negatives.

If you remain in the boat-whatever your boat is in this case, you face the risk of boredom and stagnation whilst if you get out of the boat, a storm might hit you. Everything is risky. Take calculated risks guided by God and not controlled by fear. When we worry about things, it is a violation and doubt of God’s authority and capability over our lives.

Here is the truth about getting out of the boat and walking on water – the fear of sinking will never go away. Why? Because each time you want to grow, it will involve you going into new territory, taking on new challenges, and each time you do that, you shall experience fear again. The worst failure is not sinking; the worst failure is to never get out of the boat. Not to try. Because failure does not shape you, the way you respond to failure shapes you.

Whether you sink or walk on water depends on what you put your focus on. If you focus on the storm, it shall take you in, if you focus on God, you dependence on faith will grow, and your willingness to risk failure will help you grow into your success.

We are made to grow, to give our lives to something; we love to be around growth.

Between today and your last day, you will give yourself to something. May it be worthy. 



{November 13, 2013}   What a mess!

Oh! What a mess I’ve made.

I long to run away from myself – to change the environment
Just so as to forget.
But the thoughts come along uninvited,
with no chance of them to leave.

I’m undergoing an open character surgery,
with no anesthesia injected.
Left in clear view of every decadent bit removed within me,
In a bid to cleanse me from within.

Oh! What a mess I’ve made.

Messing up – its what makes a person,
its how we learn how to and how not to,
how we find joy in the things we don’t plan for –
things we never see coming.

Everyone, like the moon, has a dark side to them.
When the light is lit on, its ashamedly shameful.

May we find comfort not in those that judge,
But in God who leads us along the the road less travelled.



Single For 1 With The Duke

 

No compromise

 

The better you know yourself, the more you should begin to realize that you should not settle, no matter how long you’ve been waiting for the 1.

 

It doesn’t take away your occasional frustration with the opposite sex, but if you know you’re ready for the 1, then you’re already more than half way there.

 

It takes 2, so if you are ready, that only means you need 1 more party to make 2.

 

With that being said, that 1 person must also bring their best.

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{September 3, 2013}   The Prayer of Peace

Our Father up in Heaven, 
hear this fervent prayer –
May the people of all nations
be united in Thy care…
For earth’s peace and man’s salvation
can only come by Thy grace
And not through bombs and missiles
and our quest for outer space…
For until all men recognise
that the battle is the Lord’s
And peace on earth cannot be won
with strategy and swords,
we will go on vainly fighting
as we have in ages past,
Finding only empty victories
and a peace that cannot last…
But we’ve grown so rich and mighty
and so arrogantly strong
We no longer ask in humbleness-
God, show us where we’re wrong.
We have come to trust completely
in the power of manmade things,
Unmindful of God’s mighty power
and that He is the King of Kings.
We have turned our eyes our from Him
to go our selfish way,
And money, power and pleasure
are the gods we serve today…
And what the good green earth God gave us
to peacefully enjoy
Through greed and fear and hatred
we are seeking to destroy.
Oh Father up in heaven,
stir and wake our sleeping souls,
Renew our faith and lift us up
and give us higher goals,
And grant us heavenly guidance
as war threatens us again-
For more than guided missiles,
all the world needs is guided men.



Somewhere deep ‘in-there’ I hurt so much and my tears continuously flow. Death has gruesomely taken a dear friend and the only place I know to run is to the loving hands of my Father.

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“Hosanna” (which means “Save us!”) is what I cry out as I hurt so deep, for only He knows the full weight of what I need when I cry out to Him; when our hearts betray us like the crowds betrayed Christ way back, “Hosanna” should be our cry for He still saves and Salvation belongs to the Lord.

Pain is a part of our everyday lives and in more ways than one, it helps us grow emotionally and spiritually. What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. If we don’t correctly address the pain, it can easily result to bitterness – a monster in itself which makes us suffer much worse.

May we always remember that what matters to us—matters to God; and this is not only true when it comes to the big stuff; the major-league difficulties like disease, death, sin, and disaster, even the smaller things like our pain – whatever about; a grouchy boss,  flat tires, a friends betrayal, late flights, toothaches, and the like. These too matter to God, because they matter to us.

I John 3:1. “The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God.  And we really are His children.” I love that last phrase.  “We really are His children.”

So, amid the conflict whether great or small, do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

 (Few extracts from Max Lucado)



{March 12, 2013}   The man in my dreams…

He just popped up!

He looked almost as perfect as I wished him to be in my earlier more naive days when I thought I could get him all tall, dark, cool eyed, proportional handsome faced, lean, confident and a gentleman.

This time, he was not more than two inches taller than I, about 5’9 meaning if I wore my 5 inch heels, I’d be looking down at him. He was a shade lighter than the ‘dark’ I used to envision, lean- he looked like he made a conscious effort, and attractive. I couldn’t put a finger to it but he grabbed me. Must have been his eyes, they had a darkness to them that was magnetic; our eyes connected.

It was the last day of the banking conference and being the big shot he seemed to be, he had stopped to address a few people. I was walking in the direction he was headed, only, he had stopped and turned to make his short address; that’s when our eyes locked. My brain and body registered his presence and internally communicated causing discomfort. Darn! He wasn’t a sore sight to the eyes! As I walked past him, I acknowledged his smile and fixated look at me, with my unconscious shy smile, hoping my internal combat didn’t leave external evidence.

Few steps after passing him and his wondering crowd, I slowly turned my head over my shoulder to have one more look; I caught his stare and knowingly smiled back at him as my heart skipped a beat. I gracefully turned forward as I recorded the event in the ‘to be remembered’ folder in my brain.

I smiled to myself as I walked on, not imagining I would see him again, but pleased to have had a trifling mind and body experience. I love being a woman! I thought to myself as my inner girl danced herself silly…

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