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Identifying Our Virtues

This is the renowned Stanford University, birthplace of gene-splicing and global positioning systems, where I applied for undergraduate admission thrice but was rejected.

When I was applying to Stanford University for the second time eleven years ago, I described myself in one of the application materials as a simple person. Then Chris Walters, a helpful gentleman from England who was volunteering as a Music teacher at Starehe Boys' Centre, advised me not to present myself as a simple person. That was a wise advice because the Bible insinuates that simple people are easy to deceive and manipulate.

Today, I have decided to come up with a list of adjectives that describe me which I will be reviewing often. Okay, let me begin.

First, the following are the adjectives that describe my physical appearance:
  • Handsome
  • Youthful
  • Smart
Then the following adjectives describe my character and personality:
  • Polite
  • Intelligent
  • Social
  • Punctual
  • Honest
  • Tactful
  • Insightful
  • Understanding
  • God-fearing
  • Friendly
  • Bright
  • Wise
  • Creative
  • Ambitious
  • Daring
  • Persevering

And the following are the adjectives that I am trying to internalize into my day-to-day living:
  • Diligent
  • Assertive
  • Courageous
  • Optimist
  • Discerning
  • Charming
  • Forgiving
  • Funny
  • Early-riser
  • Avid-reader
  • Team-player
  • Quick-witted
  • Clear-thinker
  • Jogging-enthusiast
  • Self-reliant
There you have them: that is, the adjectives that describe me as well as those I am striving to possess. I recommend that you also give that kind of exercise a try. Over to you!


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Soaring Like an Eagle

With permission, I have extracted this photo-quote from Motivateustoday.com. All rights reserved worldwide.

When the spacecraft carrying the first men to the moon made its lunar landing, astronaut Neil Armstrong radioed back to the Earth and said, "The Eagle has landed!" NASA must have christened the spacecraft as "Eagle" because of the enviable character traits of the eagle, a bird that is a popular source of reference for preachers and motivational speakers.

The enviable character traits of the eagle include its clear vision, its focus on achieving its vision, its ability to overcome storms by soaring above the clouds, its preference for eating fresh meat and its renewal process when it reaches advanced age. Great character traits, aren't they?

Today, let me focus on the eagle's character trait of overcoming storms by soaring above the clouds; a trait that gives it peace as the world beneath is buffeted by stormy weather. The kind of peace that St. Paul described as surpassing all understanding.

Life is full of storms. There are sicknesses, injuries, loss, theft, criticism, rejections, mistakes, conflicts, discouragements, fears, career failures, rude remarks, technological problems, financial constraints - just to mention but a few. No one is immune to most of those storms regardless of wealth and physical looks.

On my part, I am striving to develop myself to a point where those storms no longer affect my serenity. I want to live peacefully in times of prosperity as well as in times of adversity. By so doing, I will emulate the eagle that experiences peace in times of stormy weather by soaring above the clouds. Hopefully after I die, the angels will welcome me in heaven by shouting rejoicingly, "The eagle has landed!"


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