Looking into the Future - Reflections of a Young Man™

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Looking into the Future

Photo art by my friend James Rafiq. I have displayed the photo here with his permission. Copyright © all rights reserved worldwide.

I was once browsing through a thought-provoking blog by my friend Ngishili Njuguna when I came across an article in which he posed the question, "What will the Me of Tomorrow inherit from the Me of Today?"

As I was reflecting on that question yesterday, I was delighted to discern that I once applied it unknowingly or instinctively which saved me from committing a terrible mistake. Okay, let me narrate the story.

I was taking a recreational walk around my home-town one early night in 2013 when a lass asked me to escort her home. Wanting to win her as a friend, I obliged by escorting her through short-cut paths that passed through a deeply vegetated countryside.

Then as we were conversing, she asked me to fondle her breasts. I can't recall the exact reason why I refused to do so in that lonely, dark path and given that she has a fairly attractive face. All I know is that I resisted. Maybe I was feeling morally strong. Or maybe given the visionary young man that I am, I thought of the situation this way:
"If I fondle her breasts, I will get tempted to explore her further behind one of these bushes. Then I could end up fathering a child I am not ready to nurture. And in the future, the lass might take me to court demanding child upkeep money from me."
Anyway, whatever the reason I had for refusing, I made the right decision. And I am proud the Me of Today has inherited peace from the Me of Yesterday in so far as that incidence was concerned, otherwise I would be grieving with guilt, an unwanted child or perhaps even poor health.

So I will continue asking myself the question, "What will the Me of Tomorrow inherit from the Me of Today?" Hopefully, I will be able to then use my time and energy wisely and productively. So help me God.


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Converting Knowledge to Power

Receiving an academic award during my high school years from Prof. George Saitoti, the then Kajiado North MP and Minister for Education.

My parents did a job in instilling me with a passion for learning by buying me plenty of books. As a result, I know quite a lot these days. Like I can play more than thirty hymns on the piano. I can name more than twenty American presidents from memory. I can design a website with HTML, CSS and PHP. And I have a good command of Kikuyu, Sheng', Swahili and English languages.

In spite of that wealth of knowledge, I have been such a timid fellow in the past. Like I have been emotionally affected by the opinions of others, have struggled financially, have feared expressing myself confidently and have had trouble with getting out of bed early everyday. Yet St. Paul wrote this in the second of Timothy:
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of power, of love and of self-discipline." [1]
Now I am striving to convert my wealth of knowledge to power; that is to radiate cheerfulness, to exude confidence, to earn money and to disregard cynics. So help me God.

[1] Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.


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Thuita's Theory of Getting Rich®

Dr. Geoffrey Griffin, the founder of Starehe Boys' Centre, used to encourage us to volunteer as a way of giving back to the society. He even advised bright students that they would understand a subject more if they volunteered to teach it to academically weaker students.

As I reflect on that volunteering advice, I glean a lot of wisdom from it in this world that seems to be more concerned with material gain. And I am proud that I have unknowingly implemented that advice in the past six years by writing stories, producing songs and giving speeches for free. Somehow through that volunteering, I have been able to identify my passions as well as learnt useful lessons such as that the world is full of mean and negative people.

Now I am switching from volunteering mode to money-making mode, and hopefully I will be able to prove the veracity of what I call the Thuita's Theory of Getting Rich® which states as follows:
"Volunteer at something you love and once you learn the tricks of the hobby, find a way of making money from it." [1]
The beauty of this theory of getting rich is that it enriches not only the bank account with money but also the soul with joy. If I happen to succeed in implementing it life, I will teach it to every child who desires to lead an honorable life.

[1] This theory has been copyrighted with the Kenya Copyright Board. All rights reserved worldwide. DO NOT QUOTE IT WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR.


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