Benefits of Wisdom
If there is something I value these days and desire to get, it is wisdom. The wisdom on how to spend my time, energy, money and words wisely. I usually pray for it regularly. And God is answering my prayers because I am no longer making some unwise judgements that I used to make in the past.
Yes, I used to make some very unwise judgements in the past. Like when I was in Starehe Institute in 2006, I sometimes used to sneak out of the school during class hours. I would wear a jumper to hide my black and white uniform, glance in all directions to see whether there was any man of authority looking at me, disappear into Ziwani Estate that borders Starehe, and then head to Nairobi City. And if you ask me what I gained from those sneak-outs, I am at a loss what to say. I just wasted my time, energy and money.
If I could wave the magic wand and roll back the hands of time to 2006, I would spend my time improving my mind through reading instead of sneaking out of the school. Or in the Music Centre honing my musical talent. Or in the computer laboratory developing my skills in computer-programming. Such wise use of my time would have made me a better person, thus saving me from some of the failures and mistakes I have committed over the years.
Another example I will give you of how I made an unwise judgement was a project I initiated sometime in the year 2014. A mentor of mine from Canada called Norman Brown sent me money that time for doing farming here at my home in Kiserian. You know what? I used some of the money to hire several workers who I instructed to pull down a fence. And I did so without consulting my father, the owner of the land on which I was to carry out the farming.
That evening I had the fence pulled down, I was paralysed by fear of how my father would react when he came home. I was afraid that he might castigate me. And he did. So did my elder brother Bob Njinju who was also doing some farming on the land.
Well, I had the fence pulled down because I thought it was too rickety to keep thieves from stealing my farming products. I intended to erect a new fence and make it more secure by planting kei-apple along it. But you know what again? I eventually gave up on my plans of planting kei-apple. So I ended up wasting money, time and energy, not forgetting the lack of peace I felt when I had the fence pulled down without consulting my father.
And the thing about wasting money is that when you don't have it, you end up regretting why you squandered it when you had the money. That's what has happened to me in the past several years. There are times I have thought of how I could have made wiser use of the money I wasted in having the fence pulled down; wiser use such as buying a good book or a nice pair of sports shoes.
Indeed wisdom is of great value. Especially the wisdom on how to spend our time, money, energy and words wisely. There are several benefits of possessing wisdom that I can think of. They are:
- Having peace of mind
- Giving us happiness
- Making us strong
- Keeping us from evil
- Saving resources
- Winning us good friends
- Discerning great opportunities
- Bringing us wealth and honour
- Imparting us with good health
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Finding an Occupation
A trend I have observed here in Kenya is that students who score an 'A' in KCSE exams are generally expected to pursue Medicine, Engineering or Actuarial Science at the university. Only a few 'A' students break the norm and venture into other courses. And because I was an 'A' student when I was finishing high school in 2005, I contemplated on pursuing Actuarial Science and then Medicine before finally settling on Electronics & Computer Engineering.
But alas! When I matriculated at JKUAT in 2007 to pursue Electronics & Computer Engineering, I had a hard time understanding the course - something I have narrated before in this blog of mine. Eventually, I gave up engineering in 2009 after three frustrating years at JKUAT.
As I was dropping out of JKUAT in 2009, I set my sights on venturing into politics because I used to admire charismatic leaders like John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama whose speeches I would listen to again and again. I thought in my mind that I could become as great as them. When a lecturer at JKUAT in 2009 heard of my ambition, he advised me that I could finish my engineering course and still get into politics. He gave me an example of Raila Odinga, a prominent politician here in Kenya who studied engineering in his undergraduate years. I didn't heed the lecturer's advice because I went on to drop engineering like a piece of red-hot charcoal.
That I didn't have a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life was also demonstrated in my applications to top American colleges. I applied to the colleges in the years 2006, 2007 and 2009 - that is before I matriculated at JKUAT as well as while I was there.
When I was applying to the American colleges in 2006 before I matriculated at JKUAT, I mentioned in my application that I wanted to pursue Computer Science because I was fascinated by the way computers work. I also said I aspired to be president of my country someday. As it happened, the colleges didn't think I was worth their salt - so they rejected me.
Then when I was applying to the American colleges for the second time in 2007 while I was at JKUAT, I said in my application that I intended to study Physics. I contemplated studying Physics because of the way I admired great particle physicists like Albert Einstein. Again, the colleges didn't accept me.
You know what? That time I intended to pursue Physics in America, I tried studying Physics books at JKUAT library. And wa! What a difficult read the books were! I particularly remember going through one Particle Physics book page by page without comprehending anything; it was full of mathematical formulas that made extensive use of Greek alphabets.
Due to that difficulty I had in understanding Physics, I changed my mind on the course I wanted to pursue in the United Staes when I re-applied to three top American colleges in 2009. This time round, I said in my applications that I desired to pursue History or Political Science or International Relations. (I can't remember exactly which I wanted to pursue.) Remember, 2009 was the year I dropped out of JKUAT where I had been pursuing engineering. Unfortunately, the American colleges didn't accept me this time either.
Undeterred, I did follow my ambition to get into politics by running for a political seat in Kenya's 2013 General Elections. And you know what again? Running for a political seat didn't turn out to be as easy as I thought - especially raising money and going out to talk to people.
Well, I did try to psyche myself up by opening a Facebook group and updating my friends on how my campaign was progressing. But those efforts didn't help because I struggled to get out of bed on most mornings to go sell myself to people as a great leader. Little wonder that my campaign was a complete flop. As in, I didn't put forth a spirited campaign that would have made me noticeable in my home-area.
In all those years beginning in my late teens when I contemplated on pursuing a career and then giving up on it, I have discovered that all along, I have had a consistent passion for sharing my thoughts in writing and in music. Today, I thought to myself, "Aha! Why not make music and writing my full-time occupation?"
I have therefore resolved to continue honing my talents in those two hobbies while praying for breakthroughs so that I may become the kind of self-reliant man I desire to be. So help me God.
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