Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Women’s day poem

March 9, 2017

Inspired by the International Women’s Day, here’s the 2017 piece. #beboldforchange

eudiah kamonjo by Lusi Mbira

We see you, sisters

By Eudiah Kamonjo

 

We see you everyday mama

Juggling nanny jobs, hard-core chores and all kinds of biasharas

To put all of us through school-alone

Coz he walked out on you, walked out on all of us

And you refused to be inherited or to remarry or be number two

Talking in monologues and sprinkling paradoxes

You thought we’d never understand, but we did

And we salute you, mama!

Coz U R rock steady, steady rocking all life long

You did it mama, for us.

 

We used see you quite often Sister

Quiet sobs, black eye, bruised ego

Coz he’d come home drunk and irritable and rough-you up seriously

Silently you’d limp your way to the market;

Feigning accidents or juju to anyone who would dare ask

Until your art, squeezed out the truth about the abuse

And you bolded-up and packed-up your stuff, mtoto kwa mgongo

Waved goodbye to this fella, though you had no mulla

You knew you’d pick up the pieces, Sister!

You said: Hit the road Jerk, and don’t you come back no more no more no more no more.

 

 

We see you everyday Grandma

Back-bent dangerously, endlessly toiling in the unforgiving heat of this harsh African savanna

So your dear Grandkids can get at least that one ngwace, that one meal a day

One with the dawn to ensure they were ready and on time for the school

That you and yours (long gone by now)

Weren’t privileged to attend.

 

We saw you everynight, Dada

Talking those dark hideous streets by the horn, deep in the night

Flaunting, teasing, insulting, inviting with your moonlight-kissed, thousand-ways spanked thighs, scarred yet mellow breasts and luscious African bum ready to satisfy today’s Mafisi, these ridiculously entitled hyeanes

Just to get yourself through university

You could do better, but it’s the easiest way you knew how.

But you knew this won’t last forever, nothing ever does.

 

We see you every month Auntie

Mountain climbing, boxing, running

Then tossing and turning, wondering

How much more Zumba and Rhumba and Jaba-chewing

You’d have to do to get your body back to the way

It used to be before the babies

Just coz of all that crap you are reading online

Telling you that’s why he ain’t interested no more

But you know what Auntie, relax!

Your big booty in all its black glory is just FINE!

Love it and be confident in who you are

Coz wewe uko sawa, uko sawa

 

We see you brothers

Those concerned with the success of our African sisters

Those doing everything in their Alpha-giving, heart-stopping, women-loving power

To kill all of these madness skirting around our African Queens,

Our very own core.

 

We see you, all of humanity

Getting together in colour, shield and armour

Pen and paper, Music and Dance, Schools and Homes

Kitchens and Bedrooms, Offices and parties

Guiding our children, all of us

In thoughts, action , in words

To a world that’s fair for all

A world where we all stand a chance

At dignity, equality, honesty, joy and pleasure.

 

 

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Grim research

February 24, 2017

bomb

The morning after the bombings,

I realized that my bag held three books,

All on the lives of serial killers, grim research for a writing project.

Sure, but I admit I nearly laughed out loud thinking about rescuers who would find me,

How they’d look in my bag and think,’Whoa, maybe this one was for the best!’

-#WordWarrior Cristin O’Keefe in ‘All I’d leave behind’

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MOTIVATION; notes from Rino Solberg’s motivational talk

January 16, 2013

Rino Solberg is a successful businessman, motivational speaker and author. He is based in Norway but was recently in Kenya where he gave a talk at the office….

On Motivation: People are not lazy, just not motivated enough. Motivation comes from within-it is the inner drive. When you only have a short-term goal/thinking, your motivation is also short-term driven.

M-Motivate: When you get up every morning to go to work, what is your motive? The difference between a goal and a motive is that a goal must be dated and a motive can be a lifetime need eg. eradicate poverty in Africa. Check your motives. Are they strong enough? If not, find the one’s that are, specify them, decide and plan.

O-Optimist: An optimist always looks at the brighter side of life. A pessimist sees a problem in everything that happens (even in opportunities) while an optimist sees an opportunity in every problem.

T-Time: We all have the same time in life. Your success/well-being depends on what you do with your time. 50% of your time is spent at work, therefore, you will not be as effective if you do not plan your day before you sleep.

ON PLANNING:

1. Before you go to bed, write down a minimum of six things you will do the next day.

2. Prioritize the worst thing first

3. Start on No.1 finish it, go to two etc.

4. Transfer the tasks you couldn’t finish to the next day…and add NEW priorities.

-Remember to take control (hence have a clear conscience) and avoid worry/stress.

-Of all the things you worry about 40% will never happen

-Do everything correctly the first time!

ON COMMUNICATION: -Anything that can be misunderstood, will be.

-Perception is all there is. People will react the way they perceive it.

-The way you ask a question is the way you get your answer.

I-Integrity: It’s a rare community (especially in Africa) yet so important.

V-Value: If you are easy to replace, you can never be paid a lot. Increase your value by being unique, skills or education to get more.

The principle: Remember always first do what you are paid to do… and some extra.

A: Attitude: Which is better Positive mental Attitude (PMA) or negative Mental Attitude (NMA)? None, its just the results ie. What you put in is what you get.

PMA is the ability to think positive when you have a reason to be negative.

-Encourage yourself in front of the mirror everyday>with positive mantras about how great you are.

-Conquer the world by saying, ‘It could have been worse’.

T: Take action/responsibility. Avoid blame games.

I: Initiative: Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do!

O: Our Iife: Remember that, even if you are employed, you are working for yourself.

-Keep good habits. Avoid bad habits like procrastinating.

N: Now: Do it NOW! ~Create you legacy now.


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