How To Get Your Mojo Back
In his book The Mystery of God's Will, pastor Charles Swindoll admits that he loses his mojo by saying that sometimes he has felt strangely abandoned by God. And be saying so, he has made me feel in good company because I also lose my mojo at times. When I lose my mojo, I feel bored and lacking the zeal to pursue my hobbies. Waking up in the morning becomes a difficult chore.
Oh! I almost forgot to add that when I lose my mojo, I sometimes feel guilty over some of the things I have done and hateful towards people who have been unkind to me in the past. Do those experiences sound familiar to you?
If they do, and I am sure they do, I have got nine tips I'd like to share with you on how to get your mojo back when you lose it. They work for me and I am sure they can do the same to you. The tips are:
- Going for a jog and a walk: These two exercises improve mood and outlook. They also provide uplifting social opportunities. Try them for at least forty minutes next time you lose your mojo.
- Reading an entertaining short-story or an inspiring book: This is another effective way of lifting your spirits. It has worked for me. Like I remember there was an evening in 2016 I felt energized after reading just the first chapter of Immaculee Ilibagiza's wonderful memoir, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide. It truly was energizing.
- Writing a story and sharing it on social media: I have found this to be one of the most rewarding exercises, especially when people like and comment on my stories. Try it next time you feel low and I can guarantee you that it will boost you mojo. And don't be worried by the first draft of your story. Rewrite it several times and most likely, the story will look better by the time you are re-writing it like for the fourth time.
- Talking to a good friend or family member: This has helped to elevate my spirits on several occasions when I felt low. Like I recall one evening in 2011, I was feeling terribly burdened with guilt. But when I met my brother Paddy who gave me a short talk about the Nobel-prize winning economist John Nash and the mental illness he'd overcome, I felt suddenly inspired; I literally bounced all the way back to the hostel I was staying. Next time you are in the doldrums, try talking to a trusted friend or family member.
- Thinking of past successes: I came across this advice in a document that my friend Michael Njeru sent me a couple of years ago. But I have to confess I have never tried it when feeling low in moods. Next time I lose my mojo, I'll give the advice a shot. I beseech you to also try reflecting on your past successes when you lose your mojo; it could improve your moods.
- Practising gratitude: This is an advice we have all heard many times. But have you noticed how gratitude seems to be on everybody's lips but in a few people's practice? Let's be different by practising gratitude every day as the Kenya national anthem exhorts us in the third verse.
- Praying: If you believe in God like I do, I recommend trying prayer power next time you lose your mojo. Pray for your needs and for whatever problem that has caused you to lose your mojo. And who knows? By the time you finish praying, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding could descend on you.
- Listening to music: Well, I usually stay away from music when I lose my mojo. But once I begin to feel it getting back, listening to music helps speed up the process of regaining full mojo. Next time you feel low, I recommend you go for a jog and a walk, read a great book and write a story. And if those exercises improve your moods, turn to your favourite music and bingo! You will be a happy man again.
- Remembering that everyone loses mojo at times: Keeping this in mind when you feel low in moods helps to remove guilt and put things in perspective. Yes, we all feel bored, guilty or hateful at times. And we all mess up at one time or another in life.
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Points to Ponder
Whoopee! It has been raining in my home-area over the last few days. Our farm, which was looking more like a desert in its brown-yellowish colour, is now turning green. If the rains continue, I expect the farm to have turned beautifully green by this day next week. And by the way, green is my favourite colour of nature.
Today, as I observed our farm begin to turn green thanks to the rains that have been pouring in my home-area, I thought to myself as a wise man would think, "If God can do all these wonders of turning a dry area green, what if we allow Him into our lives? Perhaps He can make our lives more fruitful and full of peace and love."
There is a pumpkin plant growing behind my room. It sprouted by accident after someone threw a pumpkin seed there. While I wait for it to produce pumpkins, I have been religiously watering the plant everyday with the water I use to clean my room.
Over the past four weeks or so as I have observed the pumpkin plant grow in length, I have thought to myself as a wise man would think, "In our times of challenge, what if we turn to the same God who makes living things grow? Perhaps He can strengthen us, expand our vision, lift our spirits and pour out peace."
I agree with the Bible when it says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. A few months ago while thinking of the wonderful construction of the human body and the workings of its various parts, it dawned on me that no other organ of the body is as tightly protected as the brain. Try to poke your forehead with your fingers and you will feel the hard skull that tightly protects the brain.
As I contemplated on how tightly protected the brain is, I thought to myself as a wise man would think, "If we protect our minds from negative thoughts the way the skull protects the brain from external damage, perhaps our lives can start growing beautifully."
Today, I found myself admiring a picture of the Earth as viewed from space (see photo above). And wow! The planet looks breathtakingly beautiful in its bluish, whitish and greenish colours. It is arguably the cutest planet in the solar system.
What I find most fascinating is that the planet looks perfectly spherical when viewed from space. Not even Mt. Everest can be discerned. And mark you, Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth that only a handful of people have managed to climb since Sir Edmund Hillary's triumphant ascent in 1953.
In the photo of the Earth as viewed from space, Mt. Everest is reduced to the same level as valleys. But some valleys are visible from space by virtue of their bluish or greenish colours. That reminds me of the following verse in The Messiah by George F. Handel:
All these teaches us to be wise, humble, hopeful and repentant if we wish to be exalted from God's perspective. But if we insist on being arrogant and boastful, we shall surely be made low in heaven just like the seemingly tall Mt. Everest is made low when viewed from space.
Every valley shall be exalted;
And every mountain shall be made low,
And the crooked be made straight,
And the rough places plain.
A story is told that when the great Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Last Supper, he decided to use living models of Jesus and his twelve apostles. He first started by painting Judas Iscariot when he spotted a man whose face appeared vicious, malicious, avaricious and hypocritical. Then over the next three years, he successfully found other men who appeared like each of the other eleven apostles.
After he was through with painting the final apostle, da Vinci was lucky to spot a man whose face looked like that of Jesus in that it radiated joy, hope, love and peace. And while da Vinci was painting him as Jesus, the man asked, "Do you know who I am?"
"No, I don't know you," replied da Vinci.
"Well," the man responded, "I am the same man you painted as Judas Iscariot three years ago."
While that story is fictional, it does teach us two valuable lessons: that the appearance of our faces reflects the condition of our souls and that it is never too late to change our character.
So let us strive to become like Jesus by making our faces radiate joy, hope, love and peace. Let us strive to turn our fears into courage, our mockery into compassion, our ignorance into knowledge, our foolishness into wisdom, our idleness into moments of creativity, our anger creases into laugh lines, and our sorrows into hope of a better future on Earth and in heaven. Adieu!
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