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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

Rising Above Negativity

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I have come to love writing. There is an emotional high I feel whenever I craft a story that I think is interesting. I especially love it when I consult my dictionary or thesaurus and find the word, idiom or phrasal verb that aptly expresses what I have in mind; I do love writing for shizzle. Writing is to me what soccer was to Ronaldinho: fun, engaging and deeply fulfilling.

What makes writing even more fun to me is when I share my stories with the world and readers comment on how they have been touched by what I have written. Some readers have told me they find my stories captivating; others have remarked to me that I have a talent for writing. Recently, I received a feedback message from a reader abroad who described the stories in this blog as unique and interesting. Such is the kind of feedback that make writing a deeply fulfilling hobby for me.

However, not all people with whom I have shared my stories have been positive and encouraging. Some, I am ashamed to say, have sent me negative feedback that has depressed me. And what I find ironic is that the negative feedback has come from "educated" people who I naturally expected to find something meaningful in what I write.

On one memorable evening in December 2015 for instance, I wrote a story about how I struggled with my social life when I was growing up. Having liked the way the story came out, I joyfully shared it with my circle of friends via email in the firm belief that I was entertaining and enlightening them. I can still remember how elated I felt after emailing the story to those friends.

Guess what! One of the "friends", a former Social Ethics teacher at Starehe Boys' Centre where I had my high school as well as college education, took the joy out of me when she emailed back to me, commanding me to stop bothering her. She instructed me to find someone else to confide in, not her.

That "friend" had completely misunderstood me. I had shared my story with her, not to unburden my problems on her but to entertain and enlighten her. And there she was, commanding me to desist emailing her. She so depressed me with her caustic reply that I was beside myself with gloom for a day or two.

Then on another memorable evening in January 2020, I penned a story titled "Abuse of Power" in which I narrated how some of my schoolmates at Starehe Institute were expelled from school over trivial matters. I thoroughly enjoyed penning the story, and after I shared it in a Facebook group of Starehe old boys, I could hardly wait to hear what the old boys had to say.

But alas! A character I don't know named Smith Mwangi, who was in the Facebook group of Starehe old boys, spoilt my fun by posting a scathing comment designed to depress me. He curtly called me an underachiever, then went on to tell me that I was stuck in my past and that I had nothing to show for the 'A's I scored in my final high school exams.

That character Smith Mwangi so depressed me with his scathing comment that I was unable to carry on with life for a number of hours. Imagine I didn't even take a shower on the morning of that day I read his comment. His comment was a real downer for me. Fortunately, some other old boys lifted my moods when they came to my defence.

Well, I still love sharing my writings with the world. And if there is anything I have learnt from that hobby, it is that there are so many insensitive and insulting people out there. I am therefore careful these days when selecting those with whom I share my stories. Also, I have learnt to protect my enthusiasm from the negativity of others.

My beloved reader, this world is full of negative people for shizzle. I am sure you encounter them as you go about your daily life. My advice to you is to not let anyone's ignorance, hate, drama or negativity stop you from being the best person you can be. Be yourself, pursue your dreams passionately while keeping away from small-minded people who try to belittle your ambitions. That's all I am saying.

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed this story on rising above negativity, you might also enjoy another one I wrote about three years ago on "Handling Criticism". Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Wisdom From Steve Jobs

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This is me in my den holding a biography of Steve Jobs that I read recently. More about Steve Jobs in the story below.

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life," thus advised Steve Jobs in his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. He had been invited to that commencement ceremony to be conferred an honorary doctorate by Stanford for the pivotal contributions he had made in the field of personal computing.

Born in America in 1955 to a mother who was not ready to raise a child, Steve Jobs was adopted by a couple who promised his biological mother that they would educate him up to college. True to their promise, the couple saw to it that Steve Jobs attended college; he was accepted at Reed College in 1972.

But you know what? After only one semester, Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College since he didn't see the value of his college education. And after he dropped out, he started hanging around the college while pursuing his hobbies and personal interests. He, for instance, took lessons in calligraphy by dropping in on classes at Reed.

Thanks to his pursuit of what interested him, Steve Jobs, together with two of his friends, founded in 1976 a computer-making company they named Apple Inc. They began the company's operations in a garage. And despite the company's humble beginnings, it grew in size within a few years - making Steve Jobs a dollar-millionaire while still in his 30s.

Steve Jobs told Stanford graduates in 2005 that the calligraphy skills he acquired at Reed College came in handy when he was developing Apple computers. So dropping out of the college turned out to be one of the best decisions he ever made.

While Steve Jobs worked on growing Apple Inc., office politics came into play which in 1985 led him to be sacked from Apple Inc. - the company he had founded. Getting sacked from Apple Inc. was a frustrating experience for him. But as he told Stanford graduates in 2005, it is the best thing that ever happened to him because it transitioned him into one of the most creative periods of his life.

After being sacked from Apple Inc., Steve Jobs founded another company he called NeXT. Using the skills and experiences he had gained while working for Apple Inc., he nurtured NeXT into such a successful company that it was eventually bought by Apple Inc. in 1996, making Steve Jobs return to the company he founded in 1976. He was made CEO of Apple Inc. in 1997.

As the CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs steered the company into one of the most respected and most profitable firms in the world. It was under his visionary leadership that the company created such game-changing gadgets as iPod, iPad and iPhone. And the products of Apple Inc. came to be known for their quality and durability.

Steve Jobs told Stanford graduates in 2005 that he was lucky to have found something he loved to do at an early age. He advised the graduates to also find their passion. This is what he advised them:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle... Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice... And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Besides his love for what he did, what also contributed to Steve Jobs' success as an entrepreneur was his motto: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." When I first came across that motto of his, I didn't understand what it meant. I must have thought it had something to do with going without food and being stupid. But alas! On googling up its meaning, I learnt that to stay hungry and to stay foolish means to keep improving ourselves and to keep on aiming high even after attaining our goals. Staying foolish also means to keep pursing goals that seem unrealistic to others.

Another factor that contributed to Steve Jobs' success was his thinking that he would die one day. That sense of mortality infused him with a desire to make the most of each day. He would often ask himself in the morning, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever his answer was "no" for several days in a row, he knew he had to change.

Sure enough, Steve Jobs did eventually die. He passed away on October 5th, 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer for a number of years. And when he died, the whole world mourned his death - a testament to the impact he had made in the field of personal computing. He left a legacy of ambition, innovation and challenging the status quo that has continued to guide Apple Inc. employees.

The story of Steve Jobs has inspired me to keep on working on my talents in music and writing. It has also given me hope that all things will eventually work out for my good as the Bible says in the book of Romans. Hopefully, I will one day look back on my life, just as Steve Jobs did in 2005, and realize that both the good and the bad things in my life contributed to my success.

By the way, Steve Jobs was a Buddhist who found meaning and direction in life from the Buddhism religion of the Far East. That's why, even though I am deeply Christian, I have never looked down on people of other creeds - be they Hindus, Muslims or atheists. For me, I consider my Christian faith a personal issue that I have never wished to impose on others. Adieu!

UPDATE: I added subtitles to show the lyrics of the hymn "Help Me God" that I produced about six years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the hymn and have a listen. I am sure you'll love it.


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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)