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"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."— Maya Angelou

31 Lessons Learnt As I Turn 31

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Whoopee! It's my birthday today; I am turning 31! I can't believe more than 18 years have passed since the late '90s when I used to celebrate my birthday by baking cakes with my siblings late into the night as we ushered the New Year. Time flies for shizzle.

And because time flies, I have resolved to make the most of every day so that another 19 years don't fly by and I turn 50 without having achieved much in life. So as from today, I am back to my routine of waking up before dawn every day - come rain, come sunshine.

Today, unlike in the '90s when I used to bake cakes, I won't feast on any special meal or host a party in my den to celebrate my birthday. Instead, I will reflect on the following 31 lessons I have learnt in life as I turn 31:
  1. Rising early is the key not only to personal effectiveness but also to peace of mind.
  2. Greet each day with a smile and be grateful for it.
  3. I am a late-bloomer and there is nothing wrong with that because, as Sharon Olds said, anyone who blooms at all is very lucky.
  4. Things are not always as easy as some people put it.
  5. Nobody gets it right the first time (maybe apart from geniuses of whom there are too few).
  6. No one is perfect. Everybody makes mistakes, so try to profit from yours.
  7. Praying helps. God exists.
  8. Man hatches plans in his mind but it's the Lord's will that prevails.
  9. It's not good to have zeal without knowledge.
  10. Having knowledge, wisdom and insight saves time, energy and money.
  11. A wise person takes pleasure in understanding but a fool delights in airing his own opinions.
  12. The Bible is not a piously stuffy tome but an inspiring manual with scientific procedure for successful living.
  13. Everybody's path in life is different.
  14. Stop worrying and trust divine providence.
  15. Avoid comparing yourself with others. It's because we are different that each of us is special.
  16. People who say hurtful things are themselves hurting
  17. There will always be haters and harsh critics as we journey in life. Let them not disturb your peace.
  18. Be kind because the people you meet could be fighting tough battles you know nothing about.
  19. Be assertive at times.
  20. People can't just be judged by their worst or weakest moment.
  21. Read the best books. Interact with high-achieving individuals. But learn to be happy alone.
  22. Mind your business. Run your own race.
  23. Trust your intuition.
  24. Don't trust your memory. Write the idea down as soon as it pops up in the mind.
  25. Count your blessings regularly as an anti-dote to the blues and the negative thoughts that keeping on popping up in the mind.
  26. Be prepared.
  27. Whatever is worth doing takes longer to achieve than you think.
  28. Not all rich people are successful
  29. He who refreshes others will refresh himself as well.
  30. People are different. Like some are helpful; others are not.
  31. Life is like that - incomprehensible and full of surprises.
There you have them: that is, the 31 lessons I have learnt in life so far. I hope you have enjoyed going through the list, have you? And this being the last day of 2018, I want to thank you for visiting my blog in the course of the year. It has been nice having you here and I am looking forward to even more visits from you in the coming year. May your 2019 be full of God's blessings and protection. Adieu!


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Prayers God Didn't Answer

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In my previous story on this lovely blog of mine, I wrote about my prayers that God answered in 2018. Today, I thought it wise to share with you the ones He didn't answer because it's a fact that God doesn't always fulfil all our requests.

The first prayer, and which I consider the most important, that God didn't answer was connecting me to my future wife. I really wanted to fall in love and get engaged in 2018; to have a young lady to walk with in this crazy journey called life.

Early in the year, I wrote that I wanted as a future wife a woman who is physically attractive to me. I also wanted her to have these hobbies: walking, jogging, singing, playing a musical instrument and writing (which obviously means she reads).

And then I listed the values and qualities she should possess, which I am always striving to cultivate in myself as well. They are:
  • Loyal
  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • A Christian
  • Loves people
  • A good listener
  • Fun and charming
  • Practises healthy living
  • Righteous (spiritual nature)
  • Will make me laugh everyday
  • Good mother/good with children
  • Will support me in my pursuits/goals in life
  • Will make time for me and will want the best for me in life
Maybe my future wife might not turn out to be exactly what I expect her to be but I am still trusting God that He will connect me to her. I am now praying for her daily. And as I pray for that divine connection, I am keeping in mind the advice of H. Jackson Brown Jr. in his inspiring Life's Little Instructions Book. He advised:
Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come ninety percent of your happiness or misery.
My other prayer that God didn't answer this year was composing inspirational songs. It has always been my dream to produce songs that will be aired on the radio; songs that people will hum again and again as they commute to work. I did try to produce such songs in 2015 but they didn't hit; a further proof that things don't always work out as planned. But I still haven't given up on the dream.

Of late, I have been beseeching God to help me come up with a song that has a beautiful melody and inspiring lyrics. I have also been praying that He may avail money for its production and connect me to a producer who will be fun to work with. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

My beloved reader, I believe there's always a reason for closed doors, unanswered prayers and blocked roads. And I agree with whoever said that some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. So I am not mad with Him for not answering some of my prayers. Instead, I am trusting that He has better things in store for me.

Before I finish my story, let me take this opportunity to wish you a refreshing festive season. May this Christmas cleanse your mind and soul of all that assaults your being and bring you to a life of renewed hope and inspiration. Adieu!


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Bible Quote

"Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do... Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."

~Phillipians 4:4-7 (TLB)

About the Author

Name: Thuita J. Maina
Nationality: Kenyan
Lives in: Kiserian, Rift Valley, Kenya
Mission: To inspire the world to godly living, one person at a time.

Just For Laughs

There was this drunkard named Azoge who loved drinking at Josiah's Bar. On being told a certain Hon. Nanga was flying to America to be conferred a law degree so that he could be admitted to the bar, Azoge replied, "Why fly all the way to America to be admitted to the bar while you can get into Josiah's Bar any time?"

The 7 Deadly Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Envy
  3. Gluttony
  4. Lust
  5. Anger
  6. Greed
  7. Sloth

Author's Note

I am learning to treat life as a journey, not a destination. So I am trying to enjoy each day as I anticipate to fulfill my dreams especially meeting my soulmate and traveling abroad. Tomorrow may never be mine.

Fun Facts

  1. The fear of having no cell-phone service, running out of battery, or losing sight of your phone is called Nomophobia, reportedly affecting 66% of people.
  2. A single Google search needs more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the moon. The Apollo computer was less equipped than a modern toaster.
  3. Besides being some of the biggest names in the tech industry, HP, Apple, Google and Microsoft share another commonality. They all started in garages.
~Extracted from Codingforums.com

Health Tip

So many of us take for granted the wonderful construction of the human body and the workings of its various parts. Some of us even expect it to function efficiently with less than the minimum care and attention. Learn the much you can about your body and how the care of it can help to give you that greatest blessing of all - good health.

Wonders of the Modern World

  1. The Simplon Tunnel
  2. The Sky-scrapers of New York
  3. The Boulder Dam of Colorado
  4. The Panama Canal
  5. The Golden Gate Bridge
  6. The Taj Mahal at Agra in India
  7. The North Sea Oil Drilling Rigs

Great Example for Politicians

"My life in politics was a joy. I loved campaigns and I loved governing. I always tried to keep things moving in the right direction, to give more people a chance to live their dreams, to lift people's spirits, and to bring them together. That's the way I kept score."

~Bill Clinton

Scientific Marvels

  1. Space travel
  2. Heart surgery
  3. Fibre-optics communication
  4. Concorde
  5. Computers & Radios
  6. Anesthetics
  7. The atom bomb

My Supreme Desire

Although I'd like to be rich and famous, my supreme desire is to be radiant: to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and goodwill. I wish to live without hate, guilt, worry, jealousy, cynicism and envy. I wish to be honest, natural, confident, clean in mind and body - ready to say "I do not know" if it be so and to treat all men with kindness - to meet any loss, failure, criticism and rejection unabashed and unafraid.

Greatest American Presidents

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. George Washington
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. Franklin Roosevelt
  5. Theodore Roosevelt
  6. Woodrow Wilson
  7. Andrew Jackson

Making Peace With the Past

"Dwell not on your past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."

~Eileen Caddy

Toughest Colleges to Get Into

  1. MIT
  2. Princeton
  3. Harvard
  4. Yale
  5. Stanford
  6. Brown
  7. Columbia

Why You Should Trust God

"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities and pour out peace."

~Ezra Taft Benson

The 7 Greatest Scientists

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Isaac Newton
  3. Galileo Galilei
  4. Nikola Tesla
  5. Aristotle
  6. Archimedes
  7. Charles Darwin

You Matter

"Always be yourself. Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always question what other people tell you. Never regret the past; it's a waste of time. There's a reason for everything. Every mistake, every moment of weakness, every terrible thing that has happened to you, grow from it. The only way you can ever get the respect of others is when you show them that you respect yourself and most importantly, do your thing and never apologize for being you."


The Most Industrialized Nations

  1. The United States
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. France
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Italy
  7. Canada

Keys to Success

"...in his effort to withstand temptation, to economize, to exercise thrift, to disregard the superficial for the real - the shadow for the substance; to be great yet small, in his effort to be patient in the laying of a firm foundation; to so grow in skill and knowledge that he shall place his services in demand by reason of his intrinsic and superior worth. This is the key that unlocks every door of opportunity, and all others fail."

~Booker T. Washington

The 7 Social Sins

  1. Politics without principle
  2. Wealth without work
  3. Pleasure without conscience
  4. Knowledge without character
  5. Commerce without morality
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Science without humanity

Cherish What You Love

"Cherish your visions, cherish your ideals, cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts - for out of them will grow all heavenly environment, of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built."~James Allen

The World's Largest Cities

  1. London in England
  2. New York in the United States
  3. Tokyo in Japan
  4. Berlin in Germany
  5. Chicago in the United States
  6. Shanghai in China
  7. Paris in France

Benefits of Optimism

"In terms of success, optimistic people out perform their pessimistic colleagues. Research shows that they are consistently promoted higher and make more money while working fewer hours than those who think pessimistically. Optimists also contribute more significantly to social progress. It is the optimists who start and run successful companies, who win elections and carry out reforms, and who make breakthroughs in the realms of science and technology."

~Pepe Minambo

The World's Greatest Lakes

  1. Caspian Sea in the Commonwealth of Independent States, C.I.S. (formerly U.S.S.R)
  2. Lake Superior in North America
  3. Victoria Nyanza in Central Africa
  4. Aral Sea in C.I.S.
  5. Lake Huron in North America
  6. Lake Michigan in North America

Demonstrating His Love

"Take your communication for instance - the way you address others. It ought to be with loving, gracious and edifying words. Never talk people down. Never use words that hurt and demean people. Communicate excellently with others without destroying their self-image or making them feel sorry for themselves. Talk to people in a way that they never forget the excellence of your words, the love and grace of Christ that you communicated. It's how God wants us to love."

~Dr. Chris Oyakhilome

World's Longest Rivers

  1. Missouri-Mississipi (U.S.)
  2. Amazon (Brazil)
  3. Nile (Egypt)
  4. Yangtse (China)
  5. Lena (Russia)
  6. Zaire (Central Africa)
  7. Niger (West Africa)