How Alcoholism Can Ruin
A True Story
on Dec 15, 2020
While walking home from my hometown of Kiserian last Sunday but one, I passed by a young man I frequently see during my evening walks. He was drunk as always and seemed to have drank like a fish that Sunday given the way he was hurling insults and obscenities at motorists. As I walked past him, I was careful not to get too close to him since I feared he might vent his frustrations on me.
The alcohol the young man had taken on that Sunday had given him the false feeling that he had conquered the world. For how else can you explain the way he staggered onto the road, forcing motorists to stop their cars to avoid hitting him? Unbeknownst to him, the alcohol the young man had taken and which made him feel on top of the world was actually ruining him. And he has reminded me of other youths who have also been led astray by alcoholism.
Like there is this cousin of mine called Gachehe who I hear goes binge-drinking and becomes violent towards his family. Sometimes, his drunkenness and violence worries his mother so much that she has had to call my father and ask for his help. My father has seemed at a loss to offer guidance on how Gachehe should be dealt with. He once suggested that he be taken to the police.
Then there is a farmhand by the name Wambugu that my family once employed in 2018. I liked Wambugu because of the way he laughed at the way I threw things at him. You see, I like tossing things at people probably because I played volleyball in high school. For instance, when a farmhand asks me for a matchbox, I go get it and throw it to him from a distance. Wambugu used to take my tossing of things at him in good humour. When I threw something at him, he would smile that big smile of his.
During his first days at our home here in Kiserian, Wambugu narrated to Mum about his experiences in a rehab where he learnt to cook a variety of meals such as chapattis. After I heard him say he had been in a rehab for over-drinking, I assumed he had recovered from alcoholism. But alas! A week or so later, my father found him lying by the roadside. He had drunk himself unconscious on liquor.
On finding Wambugu lying by the roadside, my father had someone help him to carry Wambugu back to our home. The following day when he became sober, Wambugu asked my father if he knew the whereabouts of his phone. Luckily for him, it was my father who had taken his phone when he was inebriated. And my father being a kind-hearted person, he gave Wambugu back the phone. If the phone had been taken by someone else, he would never have gotten it back.
A dutiful and obedient fellow, Wambugu would have made a great employee had it not been for his drinking. He continued drinking during his stay at our home, especially on the days after he received his salary. And whenever he came home drunk, he would be overly talkative and then skip his duties by going to his room to sleep. That behaviour bothered me and my father as well.
Later on when I realized Wambugu was addicted to alcohol and would never change, I repeatedly suggested to my father he be sacked from his job. At first, my father was reluctant to lay Wambugu off probably because he was a dutiful and obedient fellow. But eventually, my father acceded to my demands and laid him off.
Wambugu was crestfallen when Dad instructed him to pack his things and leave our home. He told my father of how he had come to feel at home here in Kiserian. As he was packing his belongings and getting ready to go away, I could tell from his mood that he was feeling sad to depart from our home where we had tolerated his drinking habit for several months.
And Wambugu wasn't the first guy I know who had lost his job due to alcoholism. A couple of years before, my neighbour Mama Kuria also had to get rid of a farmhand who drank too much. The farmhand Mama Kuria sacked was always friendly to me and I had come to know him by name. I guess he was also hard-working like Wambugu; it was just that alcohol had gotten the better of him.
Alcoholism, as you can see, is a disease that I have seen ruin the lives of young men. So if you are under eighteen, I urge you to avoid alcohol like the plague. And if you are already an adult and have to drink as St. Paul advises us in the book of 1st Timothy, I beseech you to drink in moderation lest you be led astray by a fondness for the bottle. That's all I am saying.
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Wonders of Nature
A True Story
on Dec 10, 2020
Let me tell you a little secret about myself: I love nature and meditating on its wonders. I can stop to take in the beauty of a flowing river, of the sun setting in the western horizon or of a lone bird flying high up in the sky. As a result of my appreciation of nature, I tend to like those friends who put images of nature on their social media profile pics as opposed to the latest models of cars, shoes or airplanes.
So much do I love nature that I have memorized motivational quotes that draw inspiration from the marvels of nature. Motivational quotes like "A river cuts through rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence", "A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings", and "The tree that bears the most fruits gets stoned the most."
Yes, I love nature and meditating on its wonders. And because I am a nature-lover, let me today share with you, my dear reader, some four wonders of nature that have awe-struck me. Ony four.
The first are the gases oxygen and hydrogen. Those two gases are highly flammable. Oxygen gas, as every high school student knows, is needed for combustion. Hydrogen gas was at one time used in hot air balloons but was quickly abandoned after one devastating accident during which a hydrogen-filled hot air balloon burst into flames. And you know what? When you combine those two highly flammable gases oxygen and hydrogen, you form water which extinguishes fire. Isn't that a wonder?
The second wonder of nature are the elements sodium and chlorine. Both elements are extremely poisonous. Sodium is a very reactive element; if you were to put it into your mouth, it would react explosively with the saliva and cause wounds. Chlorine gas is equally harmful; it was used in the First World War by Germans to kill enemy soldiers. And you know what again? When you combine those two harmful elements sodium and chlorine, you form sodium chloride (table salt) which we add to food everyday to improve its taste. Isn't that another wonder?
The third wonder of nature is the human body. I have come to be amazed by the wonderful construction of the human body and the workings of its various parts - how, for instance, the body heals itself from an injury. Only God can create such a miracle-working machine as the human body. A skilled artist can make a likeness of a human body from a rock or wax, but to make the sculpture breathe, grow and think creatively - that is beyond the scope of human ability.
The last wonder of nature that I will share with you today is the human brain. It is said that the human brain is made up of over 100 billion neurons. What's more, every single one of those neurons can connect with other neurons in more than 100 trillion different ways - that's more than the number of atoms in the entire universe! Basically, that means the human brain is capable of storing all the knowledge that has ever existed.
When I first came across that fact (that the human brain's neurons can connect in more ways than there are atoms in the universe) in Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, I doubted its veracity. It's not until I read about that fact again this year in Tony Buzan's Age-Proof Your Brain that I came to believe it. There is no way those two respected authors could be wrong.
Just think about of the number of atoms in your body (and you have billions of them), then the number of atoms in the whole earth, then those in the sun and other planets, then those in all the billions of stars in our galaxy, and then those in all the billions of galaxies that are in the universe - and all those atoms don't amount to the number of ways that the neurons in your brain can connect. Isn't that another wonder for shizzle?
My dear reader, you have a very powerful tool in between your ears: your brain, that is. I urge you to use it well. Don't intoxicate it with drugs and excessive alcohol. Instead nurture it not only with water and healthy food but also with knowledge - broad, deep knowledge. That's all I am saying.
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