Choose your battles wisely…


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An elephant took a bath in a river and was walking on the road. When it neared a bridge, it saw a pig fully soaked in mud coming from the opposite direction. The elephant quietly moved to one side, allowed the dirty pig to pass and then continued its onward journey.

The unclean pig later spoke to its friends in arrogance, “See how big I am; even the elephant was afraid of me and moved to one side to let me pass”.

On hearing this, some elephants questioned their friend, the reason for its action. Was it out of fear?

The elephant smiled and replied, “I could have easily crushed the pig under my leg, but I was clean and the pig was very dirty. By crushing it, my leg will become dirty and I wanted to avoid it. Hence, I moved aside.”

_This story reveals :_
Realized souls will avoid contact with negativity not out of fear, but out of desire to keep away from impurity though they are strong enough to destroy the impurity.

You need not react to every opinion, every comment, or every situation.

Kick the drama and keep going ahead

Choose your battles wisely… Not everything deserves Ur time and attention.

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How to get rid of your soft spot


⬛️ We all have some thing we believe so strongly, that whenever anyone tries to critizes it we can get super defensive. In a way it’s like a religion, our personal religion and funny thing that those claming to be atheists are just as affected as those who believe in god.
Perfectly cool guys can lose their minds and turn into douchebags.
I’ve heard advise from one of the top Russian journalits, one of the ways how not to get triggered:
” Every week you have a conversation with yourself where you make fun of yourself and your deepest values. So the next time someone hits you into what he thinks a soft spot, he’ll find it empty”.

Democracy turned tyranny


Sparta!
You probably remember reading in school about extraordinary warriors who bravely beat huge armies to defend Greece from terrible Persian. How powerful these soldiers were.
I used to admire Spartans, until I’ve started to read about Socrates.
Today I can clearly say I despise Spartans and their ideals.
In a movie 300 Spartans we were sold a story of the war of freedom against tyranny – it’s a lie. Sparta was tyrant state, that eventually destroyed greatness of Greece, by beating a democratic state – Athens in Peloponnesian War.
Tyrants cannot tolerate democratic neighboring country, the spirit of freedom is highly contagious and undermines their power.
Thousands of years have passed but fight of freedom vs tyranny is still as relevant.
The question is how long can a democracy sustain until it either destroyed by outside tyrannies or turned into tyranny from within?
Whatever happens we must keep eyes open.

Another Corruption SCANDAL


We have lost close to half this country’s budget on corruption. It can’t be by coincidence. The country currently is running on deficit. We have lots of unpaid debts. Our economy is at the worst it has ever been since 2013. Our currency is deflating. Unemployment is at its all time high.

Paperwise we have good policies, but in reality none of those booklets of policies are implemented. 30 % of all tenders in national and County government are suppose to be for the youth but what’s the reality? An ordinary youth like you and me can never get their company name passed and if it passes, an audit opinion on your company will never pass. If you’re lucky to have a unique and a creative company name, chances are high that your idea will be sold to a much bigger and capable person or company. Registration itself is tedious.

All these we are witnessing are not by chance.

I believe our politicians deem us to be so stupid that every new dawn we wake up to a new a corruption scandal.

Politics work best when a country is divided. They’re lawyers, psychologist and political scientist. They know how to fake emotions just at the right point to earn your empathy. They know how to by pass laws. For example, in the instance of youth, they’ll use their sons, daughters and cousins who legally fall in the bracket of youth.

How are we going to put to an end to this vice?

First, we can’t afford ignorance, it’s too higher a price for us to pay. Let’s aspire to show our colleagues the right path. Teach them the role of accountability among our politicians and institution. Teach them how to examine issues using the third eye. Teach them that politics has never been about them but about our politicians. That a politician’s family interest will always come ahead of ours and that everything they do is in their best interest.

Second is a call to unity. Why do you think we have corruption exposes and scandals? It’s because they play well in our division. If a corruption graft is related to one of our favourite politician, we’ll put everything in line to defend them even if it’s by our life. It stifles out tribal reasons of our guy being attacked and awakens our need to stand and protect “our own”.

Third is a recognition that the fights we are fighting today is not only for our sake but for our children as well. Our grandparents fought so that we could have the kind of freedom we so now enjoy, and we owe it to our kids to enjoy something we fought for: A corruption free country, a better economy and an indiscriminate country.

I’m conclusion, let’s do everything we can to better this country. Let’s not buy into the idea that politics is dirty and not meant for ladies and women. That’s a sure way of excluding more than half the population on matters and policies that affect us all.
We can do it for us not for them. Just be open to listen, don’t strain yourself by watching news daily. A daily headline is enough.

What’s on your Home screen?


This question popped up in my mind during my morning breakfast. Grabbing my phone I found 6 phone notifications, 23 chats on WhatsApp,7 messages and 4 Instagram notification. Those are the four apps on my home screen. But then I new question dawned on me.What role does these apps play in shaping my morning routine?

I started by opening my WhatsApp, 20 minutes later am not even done viewing other people’s WhatsApp statuses. Top of my chat list is Phyllis with a medium articles Link about early morning productivity. I click on the link and here I am reading a 10 min read article on medium. Just at the end , another seemingly interesting article is suggested and I click on it and without know am done reading 6 articles as a result of a single link from WhatsApp.

I jump straight to my message app only to be surprised by half a dozen messages from my work colleague reminding me to send a project I was working on over the weekend in half and hour. I quickly skim through my Google drive to find the link to the project and with the help of auto paste app,am referred to Gmail account to send the link. At Gmail,I get a YouTube notification of a new subscriber and boom I’m feeling excited to open my YouTube app to check my subscriber count.

On YouTube, there’s a video recommendation of Selena Gomez new music.Gosh! Neither of these things was in my to do list. It’s been 3 hrs and I haven’t done anything you’d call “productive”
If AI can have such a huge impact on how our life plays out in the morning,how much productive can we be if we have the right apps on our home screen.

Imagine if I had a color note app to remind me of my daily affirmation and probably a Bible app to remind me of the verse of the day. What if I had Evenote to keep me up to date on the daily activities of the day. Would my morning have been a little better?

Being productive isn’t something exclusive to life coaches and the filthy rich out there. It’s something you and I can embrace by the simplest acts like changing the apps on our home screen.

Technology is suppose to make our life better. Applications are suppose to make us enjoy life. But if we allow technology to work against us and not for us, then it’s wise to assume a dangerous tread. And as a wise man once said, “Humans always have a choice” Choose wisely. Start right now my changing those apps in your home screen.

What is dividing Us?


For 11 years, Kenya as a country has enjoyed a period of relative political stability but over the past two months, a level of rage and political extremism has surfaced. To get a better perspective, let’s examine the current political situation in the country.

Corruption, corruption, corruption,political betrayal, political betrayal, poltical betrayal. In summary conflict is pretty much the theme of everydays main story on our Television. Why and how have we become so polarized in this first quarter of 2019? To understand, let’s look at Mike, a staunch Ruto and Jubilee Supporter. Mike doesn’t have his own strong political believes because in part of how he was raised up. He grew up in a family whose political allegiance was to the tribal kingpin. We can’t blame Mike for his tribal loyalty being that all his life he has always known the tribal kingpin to be speaking for him. If Today Ruto supports Musalia, then Mike will give him a vote without question.

Mike’s story is like many others who support Raila or even the President. But what are Mike’s reasons for supporting Ruto? He supports Ruto first because the Deputy President is loyal to whomever he stands with. This is evident from his strong Support of Raila in 2007 and Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017. Second would be to a large extent his geographical birthplace which is rift valley.

What is it that Mike doesn’t know about probably a Raila Supporter who’s so against the deputy President? Let’s call him Henry. Henry just like Mike support Raila because he was born in a family that were supporting Raila. He can’t be objective because he believes whatever Raila says is the Universal truth. He’s probably against Ruto because Raila has alleged him(Ruto)to be corrupt. No one can say for sure that the deputy President is Corrupt, all we’ve been hearing and seeing in the media are corruption allegations and linkings.

With that fact stated. Do Mike and Henry have the best interest of Kenya at heart or are they just blind followers of their respective kingpins?

Mike and Henry should take a step back and talk of the real vice: Corruption and lies. Mike on top of all the good reasons for supporting the deputy President should take into consideration how Henry is feeling about the corruption allegations and ask himself if they are true. Henry on the other hand should look at Mike’s good reasons and ask for a second if those are good grounds for supporting a person. Henry should understand that the corruption links could be mere political propaganda channelled to minimize Ruto’s Chances on clenching the presidency. All I’m saying is for you to look at the issues with a third eye.

We are divided because we don’t question what the other side would like us to know about their beliefs. We are divided because we don’t want to look at the other side of the coin. We are divided because we don’t empathize with how we are making the other side feel. For us to bridge this divide, we must pledge our allegiance to the country and not to some influencial politicians. That means, asking ourselves what would our children be happy about? Which kind of leaders would they admire.
As one writer says:
“Having an informed electorates is the surest way to having a better country”
Let’s Learn so that we can better our country.

Give me your views in the comment section.

Dear H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta


Dear sir,

Hope this finds you well. Since your very first big victory in 2013 many of us didn’t believe in your capability, but after outstanding record in the first seven years, we can boldly say that in deed you’re the best Kenyan friends and president the Country has ever had. You’ve taught all of us the art of leading without bashing your opponent. You’ve taught all of us that indeed we can be one irrespective of all the divisions among the Politicians. You’ve taught all of us that in fighting graft, putting the interest of people is always the wisest choice.

I want to thank you for the many roads you’ve built in this country. There are places 10 years ago,I never imagined I could travel to but because of you I now have the opportunity to witness the true beauty of this country. A decade ago,I didn’t imagine seeing electricity in my rural home, but because of you my rural home is now the shiniest home in the whole globe.

Who ever thought that Kenyan would ever have a president who would stand against all odds to say no to vices such as corruption and tribalism?

To Youngsters, indeed you’ve inspired us. Millennials and Generation Z are very proud of the kind of example you’ve given us. Our generation is inspired by you. You may not feel like you’ve accomplished many things but if there’s one accomplishment you’ve achieved, I’d say inspiring a generation. Now a tiny kid from Turkana now has some hope of having the same opportunity like a kid in Nairobi.

I want to heart fully thank you for the bold step in your building Bridges initiative. Despite,the attacks from left,right and centre on how bad the thing is, I’d say it is a necessary evil. At first I thought it was a plan against the Deputy President William Ruto,but after a few months of objectivity, I believe it has truly united the country. For once in two decades I’ve seen Kenyans speaking in one accord.

Onto Big Four.
Achieving the Big Four is close to impossible,but it’s not too late to achieve the Big one. President kibaki is remembered for stabilising the economy and implementing the free primary education. You’d be remembered for so many good things like having a well balanced cabinet, championing for women and finally doing something real in the standard gauge railway. Going to Mombasa has never been fun and fast as it is now. With three years to go, doing something on health could tremendously add onto your many legacies. I choose health, because it’s a basic need though I won’t mind if you implemented something on manufacturing or even affordable housing.

Onto my last plea,an opportunity to see you,the former prime Minister,the Deputy President and the former Nairobi Governor Aspirant Miguna Miguna together would be a dream come true. I’m an optimist Mr President,and a photo ops or even a lunch in of the four of you would speak something truly meaningful. It would teach Kenyans that all of us are a family. It will show Kenyans how mature our politics has become. It will carry with it a message that indeed we may differ on ideologies but that doesn’t meaning we become enemies. It will show Kenyans how our politics reflect the good and the humanity in us and not the worse and the darkness in us. Kenyans are so in need of all the best ideas out there. As Nelson Mandela says

“May Your Choices reflect your hopes and not your fears”

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Regards,
George Collins.