Obeying God's Laws - Reflections of a Young Man™

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Obeying God's Laws

As I wrote in my previous story, I matriculated at the University of Nairobi (UoN) on September 2010 to pursue a degree in Political Science, History, Economics & Public Administration. I came to love studying the course and the writing that went with it that I regained the vitality that I had lost in my traumatic experience I had at JKUAT. My renewed vigour made me lose excess weight.

But then the unfortunate happened: I was unable to raise university fees from the several friends I approached for help. That must have frustrated me because I woke up one morning and sent threat messages to my family that I wouldn't go back home again. Alarmed, they began searching for me. They tried contacting me via phone but I ignored their calls and SMS including one from my father in which he wrote of how my mother was crying because of me.

Eventually, I was tracked down through the mobile phone network after which I was forcefully admitted at UoN clinic for about three weeks. I didn't take note of the exact prognosis that led to my admission in the clinic but I do remember how guilty I felt after I was discharged from the clinic. It was a terrible vortex of guilt - the kind that makes you think the whole world is criticizing you.

To make matters worse, I lost the vitality that I had acquired upon enrolling at UoN. I remember wondering one night why I had lost my writing creativity. My loss of vitality made me gain weight again. And it has taken me a long time to get my groove back to consistent levels.

On reflecting about all those incidences, I am reminded of a verse in the Book of Deuteronomy that says if we obey God's laws - enemies will come to us in one direction and they will scatter in seven different directions. But if we disobey God's laws, enemies will come to us in one direction and we will scatter in seven different directions. I hope you have noted the difference, have you?

For me, I disobeyed God's laws while at UoN by threatening my family with text messages and I ran away in seven different directions of which four were forcefully getting admitted in the university clinic, feeling terribly guilty, losing vitality and gaining weight. But at least I learnt the value of obedience the hard way.

I will therefore from now henceforth be keen to obey God's laws so that I can live a life of peace, prosperity and contentment. So help me God.


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Thuita's Principle®

If you have read my stories on this website, then you know I had a hard time in understanding the intricacies of Electronics & Computer Engineering at JKUAT. I simply couldn't piece together the courses we studied in class in an effort to know how a computer works. Like we would learn Calculus, Organic Chemistry and Engineering Drawing but still couldn't relate that knowledge with how electronic gadgets function. That engineering course was in two words, completely harassing.

So I smartly dropped of JKUAT in my second year and when I returned home to contemplate my future, I found myself in a quagmire of how to acquire a university degree. I tried re-applying to American colleges but was denied admission by all the three that I chose to apply. My brother Gatonga then suggested that I pursue to degree level the Diploma in Information Technology I had acquired at Starehe Institute. That sounded like a good idea since I had enjoyed learning web-design and computer-programming in the Diploma course.

Eventually though, I chose to matriculate at the University of Nairobi (UoN) on September 2010 to pursue a degree in Political Science, History, Economics & Public Administration. It was a good but imprudent decision. Okay, let me explain.

It was a good decision because I broadened my knowledge at UoN. I loved studying History especially of African nations, some of which I learnt have been ruled by dictators who have milked public coffers like their personal cows. And I related the knowledge I gleaned from History with what I learnt in Political Science, like that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely".

But matriculating at UoN was an imprudent decision because I began the course without having a guaranteed source of money to fund my tuition and upkeep expenses. My father struggled to raise my first semester fees because unlike when I was in JKUAT, this time I wasn't on a government subsidized degree program.

I eventually and ignominiously dropped out of UoN after my first semester but after having learnt what I call the Thuita's Principle® which states as follows:
"Never start a project without knowing where to get resources to fund it to completion." [1]
This principle basically teaches us not to start a project unless we are sure we have enough money to finish it. Like we shouldn't start constructing a mansion when we only have money for laying the foundation. The principle can save us from becoming the laughing stock in town.

[1] This principle has been copyrighted with the Kenya Copyright Board. All rights reserved worldwide. DO NOT QUOTE IT WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR.


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My Heroes

Someone once figuratively said that eagles don't take flying lessons from chickens, his point being that we need to learn from great people if we are to be successful like them. I try to follow that advice by seeking counsel from people who have been where I want to be. And since I don't know my heroes face-to-face (some are dead), I have had to glean their wisdom from books. Oh, how I love books!

And who are my heroes? They are many but let me discuss a few who have most earned my admiration.

First is King David, the pioneering King of Israel as narrated in the Bible. I found him a role model because we share similar passions for God, music, writing, farming and political leadership. David followed his passions as a result of which he lived a long life of wealth and honour. Such is the example I am trying to emulate.

Second is George Washington, the first President of the United States. A man of humility who rose to greatness reluctantly and led America into infant nationhood. What I admire most about Washington was that he didn't get corrupted by power. He only served for two terms and handed over the reigns of government to another person.

Third is Abraham Lincoln who is considered America's greatest president perhaps after George Washington. I admire Lincoln for having overcome a humble background to rise to greatness. He grew up in a log cabin that resembles the wooden house I grew in. I also admire Lincoln for having overcome a mental illness to become a clear thinker and a great writer. His story has inspired me to overcome the bi-polar disorder that I was diagnosed with at the university, not by medical drugs but by studying.

Fourth is Theodore Roosevelt who is considered among the top five greatest American presidents for having guided his country to a world power. His image was sculpted on the iconic Mt. Rushmore together with three other great American presidents. I admire Theodore for having been an avid reader, a great family man and a lover of adventure.

Fifth is Franklin Roosevelt, the American president who led his country out of economic depression to World War II victory. That was in spite of the fact that he had been crippled by polio, a disease that made him more sensitive to the problems of other people.

Sixth is John F. Kennedy who ran for US presidency as a wise, young, handsome and charismatic candidate. I admire Kennedy for his reverence for courage - a trait that he so revered that he wrote a best-selling book about it: Profiles in courage.

Seventh is Ronald Reagan, the President who led America to Cold War victory. I admire Reagan for his eloquence, patriotism and wonderful sense of humour. But what I admire most in Reagan was his love for meeting and interacting with people, something I am trying to develop. And he once said, "...the future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted; it belongs to the brave."

Eighth is Bill Clinton whose autobiography I read as a freshman at the university. I admire Clinton for his charisma and positive outlook. And I admire his philosophy of living that he learnt from his mother: "...to get up every day and keep going; to look for the best in people even when they [see] the worst in me; to be grateful for every day and greet it with a smile; to believe I [can] do or be anything I put in my mind to if I [am] willing to make the requisite effort; to believe that, in the end, love and kindness [will] prevail over cruelty and selfishness".

And my last role model I will mention here is Barack Obama who looks more like a relative because of his skin colour and short hair. I admire him for following his passion for politics and his proper selection of a good spouse. To be honest, I haven't come across such a well-matched couple as Barack and Michelle Obama.

Of course those role models have had their weaknesses. So as I try to emulate their example, I am careful not to commit their sins and to develop my own individuality.


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