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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

Visualizing the Future

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This is the kind of mansion I'd love to live in. I have extracted the photo of the mansion with permission from the website of Hrenko Insurance Agency. All rights reserved worldwide.

How are you, my dear reader? Hoping that you are well, I am going to tell you something special today. It's not the usual yadda yadda.

I recently learnt from Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People that we (yes, you and me) have two sections in the brain: the left and the right. The left brain deals with words, the right with pictures; the left with parts, the right with wholes and the relationship between the two. All that means the left brain is where we analyse issues while the right brain is where we creatively visualize things.

Given the brilliant stories I have been posting on this lovely blog of mine, I believe my left brain is in good working order. But my right brain still needs to be developed. That's why I have resolved that, beginning today, I'll be setting aside time to visualize the kind of future I'd like to have.

After all, if I don't visualize the kind of future I'd like to have, how will I know that my dreams have materialized? Or to put it in biblical language, how will I know God has fulfilled the desires of my heart?

And what kind of life do I desire to lead? Okay, let me begin with the material world.

Well, I understand from the Scriptures that we don't live to eat, but again, we can't live without eating. So I desire to have enough money to live a wonderful life. And a wonderful life entails eating a balanced diet punctuated with an occasional glass of wine and residing in a comfortable abode.

I envision my abode to be a home here in Kiserian, an area I have come to adore due to its year-long balmy weather and its green landscape demarcated on the western horizon by the world-famous Ngong Hills.

My home shall basically be made up of a magnificent mansion (like the one in the photo above) which shall be surrounded by a manicured lawn and a well-knit kei-apple fence. I will stuff the mansion with books, music, movies, modern appliances and comfortable furnitures as well as with rare and beautiful treasures.

Next to the mansion will be a farm that I shall christen "The Garden of Eden". And in that Garden of Eden, I will set aside sections for an apiary, an aviary, a cowshed, a fish pond and a vegetable garden. In addition, I will plant on the farm numerous orange trees because, as my siblings can attest, orange trees grow robustly here in Kiserian where I am currently living with my supportive parents.

As well as connecting me with nature, such kind of farming will also provide my future family with eggs, meat, milk, fish, fruits, honey and vegetables. That's awesome, isn't it?

Besides building a magnificent home, I also envision having enough money to purchase a sleek car, to travel around the globe and to conduct a colourful wedding, God willing.

That's for the material world. Now let me visualize about the kind of mind and spirit I'd like to have. It's worth noting that the mind and spirit are the most precious assets of a human, more precious than cars and houses. And if well developed, the mind and spirit can bring us the peace we all yearn for.

On developing my mind, I want to gain a lot of knowledge, mostly through reading. I will therefore be visualizing myself turning the pages of a book, getting engrossed in what it's saying and pausing occasionally to reflect on how its message relates to my own world, to historical contexts and to the opinions held by particular authors.

And on developing my spirit, I want to be praying, singing and connecting regularly with nature which is the visible work of God. The wonderful old hymn "How Great Thou Art" puts it this way in its first verse:

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow'r thro'out the universe displayed...
Then sings my soul my Saviour God to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art!
I have come to cherish that verse in the couple of times I have listened to it with joy. And it's my faith that I will feel the verse again and again in my heart when I sing it to myself while gazing at the Grand Canyon in the United States, at the Coral Barrier Reef in Australia, at the Himalayas mountain range in China or at any other magnificent work of nature that I may be honoured to see before I depart from this grand and beautiful planet.

Enough about me. How about you, my dear reader? What kind of future do you envision to have? Join me in this journey of making productive use of the right section of our brains which, as I have informed you, is where we creatively visualize things. Think about your future in clear vivid details. Over to you!


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Reconnecting With God

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This is the magnificent Starehe Boys' chapel where we used to sing "Guide Me O My Great Redeemer" with unusual zeal. More on it in the story below.

Yesterday late in the evening as I was going to check whether a certain bunch of banana fruits I had seen on our farm was still there or stolen, I was greeted by a sight of the full moon freely suspended on the sky to the east of the farm. The moon was so perfectly spherical that I had the impression God must have used a mathematical set to design and construct it. Then I found myself reciting the following lines from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream:

Sweet moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams;
I thank thee, moon, for shining now so bright;
For by thy gracious, golden, glittering gleams
I trust to take of truest Thisbe sight!
And the sight of the Moon has set me thinking about God because like it, I was also designed and constructed by Him. But I must be more important in God's eye than the Moon because I am more fearfully and wonderfully made as I possess reason, feelings and life.

I have decided to reconnect with this God who created me whom I know as the Lord, the Mighty One. By reconnecting with God, I mean tapping to the powerhouse within after experiencing a setback in life that could be anything from a rejection to an illness to a loss of loved one. As for me, I usually reconnect with God through believing, praying, singing and studying His Word.

Of believing, I have this time round deepened my faith in God by thinking of Him as my source of strength and guidance. You see, I didn't choose to be alive; I just found myself in this planet as it must be the case with you. Or did you apply to be born and live at this particular time?

Of praying, I have this time round asked for peace in my life using a prayer Dr. Geoffrey Griffin, the founder of Starehe Boys' Centre, used to utter during Friday assemblies. The prayer went like this: "Show us, O God, Your mercy and Your grace, so that our hearts may be stirred to worship, and our lives may know Your peace."

O peace, what a pleasant and precious feeling to possess! Now that I have trained my mind to stop worrying, I believe peace shall always reign supreme in me as I journey in this life on a planet characterized by death and sorrow.

Of singing, I have this time round sang "Guide Me O My Great Redeemer", a hymn I came to like during my days at Starehe Boys' Centre. We used to sing that hymn with zeal during a church service held before breaking for long holidays. And we sang it with such zeal that we might have cleaved the roof of Starehe Boys' magnificent chapel (see photo above) with our pleas for guidance. But our zeal sprang not from an earnest plea for guidance from God but from a joy that we were finally heading home after more than twelve weeks in school at Starehe.

I have come to love that hymn these days because of the way it calls on God to guide me. So much have I come to love it that I have committed it to memory.

And finally of studying God's Word as a way of reconnecting with God, I have this time been reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Now, I know some may yell at me, "Oh Thuita, for Christ's sake, that Stephen Covey's book is not God's Word!"

Well, I am alive to the fact that people usually refer to the Bible, and only the Bible, as the Word of God. But for me, any book, magazine or newspaper that helps me understand God and life better is God's Word phrased differently.

And from the Stephen Covey's book, I have learnt to attain emotional independence. That means the way I feel should never result from what others say to me or how they treat me but from the way I accept myself as a brilliant and charming young man. 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)