Friday, December 17, 2004

CHANGING PERCEPTIONS?

So, am tired of being asked if am used to this hot summer.. well it goes more like this "so you must be happy its hot now eh! you are used to it!!!" (By this time a part of me is screaming.. please dont go there.. am out to be positive today and hoping no snide remark gets the better of me( which usually happens when i get people having converstaions based on percpetions))

The word developed seriously needs to be reconsidered. Yep am in Australia.. right down under.. where clips on Africa and any other developing country are mainly on hunger and war.. ' not that i find that an excuse for ignorance....

The other day we were comparing notes with a group of friends..
Person A: You come from from where again?
Reply from B: Tanzania
Person A: Oh, i know Tazmania, i have been there a number of times..
B thinking( no point explainig the disconnection.. they just never get it!)

Okay enough rantings.. what am i doing about it?

Correct the ignorance there and then. In your talks on Africa try and inject some positive thought other than animals and great safaris!!. I have a talk on perceptions and why we think the way we do and where our 'so called knowledge' about anything comes from...
Hopefully this deep probbing gets us all to question our thoughts and beliefs.

Maybe am refusing to put myself in a box? am i? refusing to let perceptions mar my otherwise positive thoughts of who i am and where i am from...maybe i may never win the perception crap ..but hey one must try , must'nt they?
Enjoy your day.

Monday, December 13, 2004

WE SALUTE YOU-WANGARI MAATHAI!

Proffesor Wangari Maathai's Nobel prize is an honour to the world as she epitomizes the spirit of CHANUKA!!

Here are extracts from her speach:
"I would like to call on young people to commit themselves to activities that contribute toward achieving their long-term dreams. They have the energy and creativity to shape a sustainable future. To the young people I say, you are a gift to your communities and indeed the world. You are our hope and our future."

"I call on leaders, especially from Africa, to expand democratic space and build fair and just societies that allow the creativity and energy of their citizens to flourish"

"Africans, especially, should re-discover positive aspects of their culture. In accepting them, they would give themselves a sense of belonging, identity and self-confidence"

"Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership" (Mathai, 2004)

For the full speach see MAATHAI NOBEL LECTURE

Friday, December 10, 2004

BECAUSE

Because it needs to be done, we play our part.

Because it can be done, we play our part


There are many projects that we can all get involved in. Lets forget 'tomorrow'and act today, simply because it can be done!

Monday, December 06, 2004

TODAY

Today is the the bridge between your Yesterday and your Tommorrow

Today is the bridge between your past and your present

We all only have today!

Lets piece together our strings of today to make a better tommorrow.

Lets all act Today.

Chanuka!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

A CALL TO NATIONAL PRIDE


O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving

National pride is simply feeling good not only about who we are but also about our country. National pride means that you will not be a bystander when you see things going wrong around you. National pride means you will stand up and be CHANUKAD!!with the words of our national anthem resonating in your heart.
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    IF by Rudyard Kipling

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son