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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

Appreciating the Little Blessings

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Nairobi is an interesting city; whenever I travel there, I usually observe some bizarre scenes and people. I often see, for instance, disabled beggars sitting silently on the roadsides, watching pedestrians pass by, obviously wishing some of them will be kind enough to drop a few coins into their begging bowls. Some of the beggars have a story of their fate written on a placard beside them. Nairobi is indeed an interesting city.

Just last year, while walking on a busy street in Nairobi, I saw a man whose nose had been cut off. He looked frighteningly ugly without his nose - the kind of man who would scare little girls away. I could have stopped the man and asked him what happened to his nose but since I always try to mind my own business, I walked past him without exchanging a word with him.

Later on when I reflected on the fate of that man who appeared frighteningly ugly without his nose, I felt an immense sense of gratitude for my handsome face. You see, I have come to admire the way I look since I lost weight two years ago. Whenever I have a photo of myself taken, I am usually eager to share it on social media. And it delights me when some friends comment that I am handsome.

While I have felt proud of my good looks, the man I saw in Nairobi without a nose must have been dreading to be seen by others. I can imagine his pain whenever he catches a glimpse of himself on reflective surfaces such as the glass walls that adorn some of the buildings in downtown Nairobi. Whatever happened to his nose, he is unfortunate to be without it.

Two weeks ago, I came across an even more unfortunate man in the Saturday "Nation" newspaper. The man had developed a cancer of the jaws that had spread to other parts of his head and severely disfigured part of his face. He appeared so grotesque in a picture in the newspaper that I had trouble viewing the picture.

As I struggled to avert my eyes from the man's picture in the newspaper, I read his story with deepened interest. I read of the travails he had undergone while seeking treatment for his cancer. And I learnt how his family had been impoverished by the high medical bill incurred in treating the cancer. Man, if you think you have problems, wait till you see the picture of that man and read his story - you will be left feeling blessed beyond measure.

The picture of that man whose face had been severely disfigured by cancer made me appreciate my handsome face that I like showing off on social media. And his ordeals set me thinking about all the other "little" blessings that I tend to take for granted.

I thought of how I like playing the piano in the afternoon, of how I enjoy going for a walk in the evening, of how I relish swallowing food with ease, and of how I love letting my mind wander imaginatively to times of the past and to dreams of the future. Truly, those are "little" blessings worth rejoicing over.

But you know what? Instead of feeling eternally grateful for those "little" blessings, I sometimes worry about what I lack. I wonder when I will ever fall in love, own a swanky car, build my own home and travel overseas.

At other times, I have gotten consumed with the sins I have committed and with the wrongs that others have done to me. Such kind of painful memories have left in their wake feelings of guilt and bitterness in my soul, making me forget the "little" blessings that would alone make some unfortunate people feel on top of the world if they were to have them.

I am undoubtedly blessed. So as from today, I will strive to focus more on what I have than what I lack. I will appreciate such "little" blessings as having a handsome face, swallowing food with ease, going for a walk in the evening and letting my mind loose on imagining big dreams of the future. Not an unwise thing for you to do as well, my beloved reader!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed this story on appreciating the little blessings, you might also enjoy another one on "Contentment" that I wrote a few years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Recognizing the Work of Others

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On Thursday last week, I sprang out of bed at 6.30am eager to face the day. I began the morning with a prayer and doing some chores, after which I settled on my desk to read the previous day's "Nation" newspaper. As I read the paper, I heard loud sparks from a distance. Then the bulb lighting my room flickered and went out. Oh my, electricity was off!

Because the power outage had been caused by sparks near my home, I had a premonition that we would go for more than a day without electricity. That meant I couldn't use my laptop to post the story I had purposed to write for this blog after having breakfast on Thursday. (My laptop battery conked out several months ago.)

Without electricity to power my laptop, I had to use my smartphone to type my story, edit it, post it on this blog and share the story link on all my social media accounts. Doing all those tasks turned out to be fun but they consumed the power of my smartphone battery like crazy. By the time my story was done and dusted, my smartphone battery power had fallen below 55%.

Thursday evening came without there being electricity at home. On coming back home from my one-hour walk that evening, I had to limit my time on social media since my smartphone battery power had sunk below 50%. I also didn't listen to hymns and classical music on my laptop as I usually do when checking my social media accounts in the evening.

When I woke up the following morning (on Friday, that is), there was still no electricity at home. It turned out I was right in my premonition that we would go for more than a day without power. After making my bed on Friday morning, I switched off my smartphone to save some battery power for checking my social media accounts in the evening in case electricity hadn't come back by then.

Switching off the smartphone meant that I couldn't use it to check time during the day. I had to rely on an old digital watch of mine that is always gaining time. The power outage also forced me to bathe with warm water in a tub (instead of showering) and to skip practising the piano for the second day running.

As I contemplated how the power outage had greatly inconvenienced me, I came to appreciate and recognise the work that staff at Kenya Power Company do to ensure we have our daily supply of electricity. Work such as erecting poles to support electrical wires, replacing malfunctioned equipment and finding new sources of power to keep up with growing demand for electricity.

Then I found myself recognising the work that other people have done to ensure I have been well fed, clothed and housed. Work such as the construction of the mansion I live in, the growing of food that I have eaten and the sewing of clothes that I wear. While those thoughts of appreciation raced through my mind, the following quote by Albert Einstein rang true to me:
A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
As Friday wore on, I was bracing myself for another full day without access to electricity. And guess what! At around 2.30pm on that day, I saw out of the corner of my eye the bulb in my room light briefly and then go off. That made me tingle with excitement, for it made me know someone was working on having power back in my home area.

Sure enough, power did come back five minutes or so later. And once it came back, I switched on my smartphone and began charging it. The smartphone battery power level was 1% at the time I started charging it, meaning that if electricity hadn't come back, I would have missed going through my social media accounts in the evening. Oh, how immensely grateful I felt for the electrical connection!

The gratitude I felt for the power supply made me resolve to work harder in life in order to give back for the goods and services I get from others. I will therefore strive to be diligent and put forth the best in everything I do. Or to borrow the immortal words of Albert Einstein, I will exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. So help me God.

NEW! NEW! NEW! If you missed my social media update a week ago, let me take this opportunity to inform you that I have produced a new hymn that is available in the videos' section of this blog. Just click on the "videos" link on the menu at the top of this blog to listen to the hymn.


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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)