Actions To Take This Month
For the past two years, I have been having my hair-cut on the first day of the month - a habit I plan to continue with for the rest of my life in this grand and beautiful planet. And because yesterday was the first day of this new month of March, I visited a barbershop where I observed in the mirror that I am yet to cut my weight to my desired levels. I still look as fat as a pig.
That I am plump didn't come as a surprise to me because I started eating moderately and exercising daily only about a week ago. I estimate that it will take three more weeks to shed those extra stubborn kilos in my body if I continue eating moderately and exercising daily as I have been doing for the past eight days. And I will continue doing so, God willing.
In addition to those two measures I have taken with the aim of losing weight, I thought today morning of other actions I will take this month of March to make myself a wiser, better and happier person. Here's what I came up with:
- Thank God before every meal.
- Pray and meditate on the Word of God often.
- Let go of hate and guilt.
- Rejoice in hope always and be optimistic that things will work out.
- Practise gratitude. I will be counting my blessings often.
- Believe in God more, and think that He cares for me.
- Ask for what I need.
- Drink plenty of water, especially in between meals when hunger pangs strike.
- Smile at people.
- Do what I value and value what I do.
- Examine my demands on others and then give up on some of them.
- Forgive an old grudge.
- Be kind to myself. When guilt creeps into my being, I will say to myself, "Thuita, stop bullying yourself! Will you please not accept yourself as you are?"
- Listen to uplifting music regularly.
- Rejoice in the success of others.
- Tell the truth, but with kindness and tact. I will strive to ask myself before speaking, "Does the other person need to hear this?"
- Free myself of envy and malice.
- Offer hope and lift others up.
- Think things through.
- Lighten up. I will try to find the funny side of a situation.
- Be genuine.
- Walk tall and confidently.
- Cultivate cheerfulness.
- Allow someone a mistake.
- Allow myself a mistake.
- Laugh at an old joke.
- Let got of the urge to be critical of someone.
- Look people in the eye.
- Sing in the shower.
- Make new friends but cherish old ones.
- Keep secrets.
- Keep a tight rein on my temper.
- Use my wit to amuse, not abuse.
- Not make the same mistake twice.
- Appreciate good health. I will no longer take it for granted.
- Pray not only for things but also for wisdom and courage.
- Be original and neat.
- Become the most positive and enthusiastic person I know.
- Use less salt. (I came across this advice in Vijaya Kumar's How to Lose Weight Safely & Quickly, a delightful read.)
- Commit myself to constant self-improvement.
- Not spend time grieving over past mistakes. I will learn from them and move on.
- Seek out the good in people.
- Be modest. A lot was accomplished before I was born. (I came across this advice in H. Jackson Brown Jr.'s Life's Little Instructions Book, another delightful read.)
- Show my family members how much I appreciate them: in word, deed and thought.
- Avoid whining.
- Practise empathy. I will try to see things from other people's points of view.
- Learn to say 'no' politely and quickly.
- And lastly, I will see problems as opportunities for growth and self-mastery.
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Earlier on in this decade while mulling over life, it dawned on me that to live successfully as humans, we need to advertise ourselves well to others. It's only after presenting ourselves favourably that others will become willing to sacrifice their time and resources to hire or help us. I shared that insight with some of my fellow choristers at All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi one Saturday evening.
Well, I was travelling from the cathedral with the choristers in a car that my good friend John Okoth was driving. As the car got stuck in traffic, I told them, "By the way, I have discovered that life is all about advertising ourselves well. If, for example, I want a friend to sacrifice his time and resources to teach me how to drive, I must have presented myself to him over time as a good and reliable person."
After sharing that insight with the fellow choristers, John Okoth replied, "That's very true."
Today as I recalled that insight, I found myself thinking about three inspiring adverts I have come across in my reading so far. They are full of wisdom that can help us to be better people. Okay, let me tell you about them.
The first is an advert promoting Rolex (the classy watch made in Switzerland) that I came across in an international news magazine back in 2007 while I was preparing to report back to Starehe Institute for my final months in the diploma course I was pursuing. I became so inspired by the advert that I penned what it said in a note book I still have today. It went as follows:
There are people who believe that the world moves forward on the back of inspiration and ideas. For them, a day is more than 24 hours. A day is an opportunity to make something happen - to make a positive difference. They are the people who believe that making a contribution matters. And they find it impossible to go about their lives any other way. Those are the same people you'll often find wearing rolex. Not because they have to. Because it's who they are.So inspired was me by the advert that later on, I tried to use its words to interview some Starehe Institute students who wanted to become part of Gskool.com - an educational website I had co-founded with my classmates Stephen Mutevu and Kennedy Munene. I still love that advert.
A rolex will never change the world. We leave that to the people who wear them.
The second inspiring advert is one I saw in a local daily sometime in 2015 promoting a product whose name I beg not to mention because this is a family-safe blog suitable for reading by high school students. The advert read as follows:
A pretty inspiring advert, isn't it? I have come to find it as a source of encouragement in my blogging hobby.
There are those who push into the unknown,
Those that push past haters and doubters,
Those that push no matter what.
Like them, there is a [product] that sets them apart,
Breaking convention and conformity,
Making others play copycat and catch-up.
It's the [product] for those who shine a light for others to follow.
The last inspiring advert I will tell you about is one that promoted the Hummer, a classy and trendy car that once captured the imagination of some people here in Kenya and became the talk of the town. The advert went like this:
It's time to cut loose from the rest. Unmistakable looks, unrivaled performance, unbelievable value and a unique personality. It speaks volumes about you and your attitude.I have just committed that advert to memory. And I have resolved to be reciting it often with the faith that it will help me build the kind of good self-esteem I am desiring to have. Adieu!
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