Positive Quote For Today

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

Home Sweet Home

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Over the last six months or so during my regular walks to my hometown of Kiserian, I have been observing a homeless man who spends his days lying under a tree by the roadside. He leads a lonely life since I never see him talking to anyone. And I wonder where he gets his meals from and where he goes to relieve himself. His must be a pathetic life.

Seeing that homeless man has made me feel grateful that I have a place I can call home. A place where I can relax, feel free to be myself and associate with people I love. And for those reasons, I often remember to thank God in my prayers that I have a home. It truly is a blessing that not many people enjoy. Even in America, the so-called land of freedom and opportunity, there are folks without homes.

To tell you the truth, there was a time when I didn't like the home where I currently live. I think I began hating my home in December 2005 after I finished my high school career at Starehe Boys' Centre because I recollect preferring to spend that December holiday at Starehe than at home. So on some days during that holiday, I would dash to Starehe where I whiled away my time sleeping and playing the piano.

And do you know why I hated home? Because my family would have me wake up in the morning to do such boring menial tasks as fetching firewood and cooking meals in a sooty kitchen. Imagine I came to hate my home so much that in 2008 when I went astray at the university in JKUAT, I resolved to never go back to it. I really didn't want to go home at all. And when my family and university authorities caught up with me and urged me to head home, I totally refused.

It was my refusal to go back home that forced my family and university authorities to take me to a psychiatrist at JKUAT hospital. After questioning me for a few minutes, the psychiatrist had me admitted at Thika Nursing Home, which is about twenty kilometres from JKUAT.

But not even my admission to the nursing home could make me change my mind; when I was discharged from the nursing home after about three weeks of stay, I declined to go home. I simply escaped back to JKUAT and continued hanging around the university as I had been doing before my family and university authorities caught up with me.

And guess what! When I escaped back to JKUAT, I became horribly sick probably as a result of discontinuing the medication I had been taking at Thika Nursing Home. That sickness compelled me to seek treatment at JKUAT hospital. And when the hospital staff went through my records, they found out I had been admitted at Thika Nursing Home less than a month before. This time, they admitted me to the hospital (not Thika Nursing Home) and informed my family about it.

During the two or three weeks I was admitted at JKUAT hospital, my family and the hospital psychiatrist coaxed me to go back home. I eventually relented and when I was discharged, I agreed to go home.

And guess what again! After I went home, two of my senior brothers criticized me for not helping my parents in duties at home. They asked me to assist Mum in cooking and looking after the cattle. Because I was emotionally too weak to speak up for myself, I gave in to my brothers' demands and began helping out in chores at home - the same boring menial tasks that had made me hate home.

I still remember the evening my senior brother Joe Kagigite reproached me for staying at home doing nothing. It was in early 2009. That evening, I had gone to visit him in his rented room in Nairobi. During the visit, I was envious of the kind of lifestyle he was living. He was staying in a self-contained room with painted walls, a ceiling, a shower and an indoor toilet; he had a microwave and a gas-cooker for preparing meals as well as a refrigerator for storing food. I envied that lifestyle for shizzle, and when I went back home, I felt like I was living in a backward world where I had to fetch firewood for cooking.

That envy I felt of the kind of lifestyle Joe was living must have contributed to my desire to also stay in Nairobi. So in the year 2011 after I dropped out of the University of Nairobi for lack of fees, I stayed in a students' hostel on the outskirts of Nairobi City. And when I realized I would be unable to continue staying in the hostel due to the high cost of living, I approached a few friends of mine in Nairobi and inquired from them if they could take me in. I can't recall what they said. All I remember is that I chose to head back to my home in Kiserian where I have been staying since then.

And wow! With time, I have come to love staying at home, especially after my senior brothers constructed a mansion with painted walls, a ceiling, a shower and an indoor toilet. We have in the mansion such modern accessories as a gas-cooker and a refrigerator. Thanks to those facilities, I am now living the kind of lifestyle that I once envied in my brother Joe. What's more, my family no longer subjects me to such boring menial tasks as fetching firewood.

I really have come to like staying at home where I have access to internet, a piano keyboard and numerous reading materials that make my days exciting. Also, I love the company of my parents who tolerate my foibles and never put me down. And since ours is a rural home, I enjoy watching and listening to the sounds of birds whistling in the air, of trees dancing to the rhythm of the winds and of the Sun setting in the Ngong Hills that form the western horizon of our home area.

The more than eight years I have stayed at home have not been a waste for I have come to earn my parents' respect and affection. As a result of that respect and affection, I know they will allocate me a piece of land where I will build an even better home with my future wife, hopefully before the next FIFA World Cup in 2022. I regularly visualize the kind of home I would like to build, how I will fence it and what kind of plants I will garden on its compound. So help me God.

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Why It Was Good I Didn't Study Abroad

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In my previous story on this lovely blog of mine, I narrated how I was unable to matriculate at a Canadian university in 2006 and how I was rejected by several top American colleges in the three times I applied for admission. The feelings of disappointment that I had when I was rejected by the American colleges still linger in my memory.

Over the last ten years, I have had recurring dreams in my sleep of myself reapplying and enrolling at top American colleges. Last year for instance, I had two such dreams, and I probably had more, only that I managed to remember two after I woke up from my slumbers. That tells of how deeply I desired to study in America, doesn't it?

Instead of forgetting the disappointments and focussing on future achievements, I have to confess that I have at times found myself reflecting on why I was rejected by the American colleges while some of my schoolmates in high school were accepted. (Yes, I had schoolmates in high school who attended such prestigious universities as MIT, UPenn, Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Princeton and West Point. And some of them didn't do so well in their final high school exams as I did in mine.)

To be honest, there were times I felt that those schoolmates who made it to top American colleges got good breaks they didn't deserve while I was denied opportunities that I deserved. (Whoever said life is unfair had a point.) Then there have been other times I thought that I would probably have been accepted by the American colleges if I had a professional counsellor guide me through the applications, a counsellor who understood the ins and outs of the admission process.

Come to think of it, I now firmly believe I didn't deserve to get into the colleges I applied for admission. Why? Because I got average scores in the SAT exams and I did a lot of lying, exaggeration and plagiarism in the essays and recommendation letters I sent to the colleges. Imagine I extracted one recommendation letter from a book on how to get into top American colleges, modified it a bit and then mailed it to the colleges I was applying for admission. I was such a fool.

Besides getting mediocre SAT scores and submitting untruthful essays and recommendation letters, another reason that makes me think I didn't deserve to get into the colleges was the low self-esteem and poor social skills that I had in my late teens and early twenties. Believe me, I used to sometimes feel inadequate and view some people as superior to me, especially those with a white complexion. That low self-esteem affected my social life; I often felt lonely in social gatherings and awkward when striking a conversation with the girls I admired.

Probably as a result of that low self-esteem, I would sometimes make excessive class contributions during school lessons, a habit that I began at Starehe Institute in 2006 and perfected at the University of Nairobi in 2011. One time when I was in Starehe Institute in 2007, a classmate of mine called Kennedy Munene became so pissed off with my excessive chatter during class that he urged me to keep my mouth shut.

Despite my outspokenness during class hours, the truth is that I was not such a brilliant person, if my mediocre SAT scores were anything to go by. It must have been my way of making up for my lack of a healthy self-esteem. And I wonder what would have happened to me if I had taken such foolishness to America. So in a sense, it was good that I didn't study abroad.

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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."

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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)