Farming - Reflections of a Young Man™

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This is Stephen Ngaruiya, one of my high school classmates, posing for a photo on a verdant farm somewhere in Kenya. I have displayed and modified the photo here with his permission. Copyright © all rights reserved worldwide.

Some people confuse mere inconveniences with real problems. Like you will hear them complaining bitterly of power loss just because they have been denied a chance to watch their favourite TV show. Surely, is power loss a real problem? It is not even a problem - just a mere inconvenience.

But if you don't know where your next meal will come from because you are poor - now that is a real problem. And that's why when Jesus taught us how to pray, he advised us to ask for daily bread first. So to guarantee myself an assured constant source of 'daily bread', I will engage in farming when I build my own home, hopefully in the near future, God-willing.

My interest in farming grew to be part of my dreams when I became a nature lover sometime in 2014. I did try it later on in the year on the land of my father but gave up when I found myself in conflict with him for making changes on his farm. Since it was his land and it is unwise to conflict with a parent regularly, I put my farming interest on hold till I acquire my own piece of land which I will christen "The Garden of Eden".

You see, I tried making changes on my father's land because I love beauty and my goal was to farm in style so that I could sit back to admire my efforts like the way God did when he created the universe as narrated in the Book of Genesis. So I envision my Garden of Eden as verdantly neat with sections for vegetables, cowshed, fish-pond, apiary and aviary separated by fruit trees. And I will use the farm manure to produce kitchen biogas and to enrich the garden soil.

As you can see, I will have a healthy family that feasts on vegetables, milk, fish, honey, eggs, chicken and fruits on a daily basis. So help me God.


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Thuita's 3rd Law of Human Nature®

Norman Vincent Peale wrote an enlightening book titled The Power of Positive Thinking that I read two times and would done so for a third time had it not been stolen from me. But I am nonetheless glad that I still remember some pieces of advice I gleaned from it.

Like that faith is the source of all genuine success and I should therefore believe in myself; that it is possible to be constantly happy; that the Bible is not a piously stuffy book but a scientific procedure for successful living; and that I can transform myself into a popular likeable person.

I am thinking that Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States who led his country to Cold War victory, must have read The Power of Positive Thinking because he was a living example of all that the book expounds. He was a charismatic president who believed in God deeply, loved meeting people and thought that all the solutions to problems facing civilized man today can be found within the covers of the Bible.

But guess what? I was surprised to learn that Peale and Reagan, the men I have briefly mentioned above, were hated by some people.

"St. Paul is appealing," remarked one politician in the 1960s, "but Peale is appalling."

"I would rather have Roosevelt in a wheelchair," remarked another politician in 1984, "than Reagan on a horse."

Not only was I amused by those hateful remarks on those two heroes of mine but also felt in good company because I have also been through the fire of vile comments. Like when I started sharing my stories on social media after falling in love with writing, I was discouraged by the negative words some friends spoke of me.

Imagine taking time to craft beautiful stories by carefully selecting the right words from my thesaurus and sharing the stories with my friends in the hope of entertaining them only to receive a feedback saying, "Thuita was a nuisance; I unfriended him on Facebook."

Reflecting on those negative remarks has led me to formulate what I call the Thuita's 3rd Law of Human Nature® which states as follows:
You will never be liked by everyone no matter how good you try to be. [1]
This law teaches us intuitively that enemies are part of life. And as for me, I consider it my job to like people; not to get others like me. So I like you. And if you like me too, you can let me know. But if you don't like me, go make a better looking scarecrow and teach it how to live.

[1] Here are the first law and second law. These laws have been copyrighted with the Kenya Copyright Board. All rights reserved worldwide. DO NOT QUOTE THEM WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR.


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The Woman of My Dreams

This is the mischievous Starehe Boys' 2F Class of '03, of which I was a member, in a lesson of Mr. Martin Moore - our wonderful History teacher from Indiana, United States. I was not captured in the picture though.

Mr. John Mwaura was teaching us Swahili in 2F one morning when he digressed by saying, "There are some young men who fall in love with old sugar mummies..." I can't recall what else he said but I do remember my classmate Ngaruiya shouted back, "Thuita!"

Ngaruiya was certainly poking fun at me in our usual brotherly mischief because I have never been in a relationship but at least he made me cautious not to be seduced by old women while still a young handsome man as some people say I am. And that brings me to the topic of the woman of my dreams.

I have thought about her for the last nine years and progressively developed a clearer picture of her with time. Like in '07, all I wanted was a young attractive woman with whom we could hold hands when walking on the streets. But these days, I want her also to be a Christian who respects the beliefs of others and with whom I share similar interests, values as well as dreams. A true soul-mate.

Though I have tried to be patient in meeting my soul-mate, I must confess that I have at times become impatient with finding my soul-mate by spending a lot of data searching her on social media, dating sites and phone services. I also did put a Ksh. 1,000 advert in the Saturday Nation women magazine in late 2014 stating briefly that I needed a woman. Of course I did receive calls and messages from numerous females but none of them fitted the woman of my dreams because they were not writers.

After reading all the turmoil that some people go through in relationships, I have finally decided to exercise patience with finding my soul-mate. And as I continue praying for divine connection, I will let this piece of advice I came across in the web be my guiding torch:
"If you ever fall in love, fall in love with someone who wants to know your favourite colour and just how you like your coffee.
Fall in love with someone who loves the way you laugh and would do absolutely anything to hear it.
Fall in love with someone who puts their head on your chest just to hear your heart beat.
Fall in love with someone who kisses you in public and is proud to show you off to anyone they know.
Fall in love with someone who makes you question why you were afraid to fall in love in the first place.
Fall in love with someone who would never want to hurt you.
Fall in love with someone who falls in love with your flaws and thinks you're perfect just the way you are.
Fall in love with someone who thinks that you're the one they would love to wake up to each day." [1]
While I will try to be patient and follow that advice, I pray that everything falls in place so that I have a colourful wedding on the December of 2017, a week or so before my 30th birthday and thus transit into my 30s as a married man. So help me God.

[1] If you know the author of this quote, please let me know so that I can acknowledge her and link my audience to one of her books.


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