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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

An Inspiring Environment

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This is me in my recently refurbished room, just the kind of environment that inspires writers and musicians to be creative.

You know what? It has dawned on me that the environment we live in influences the kind of people we become and how creative we are in our careers. That's why it's so essential to bring up children in a home which is not only neat and orderly but also loving and caring.

My brothers and I weren't lucky to be raised in a neat and orderly home. We lived in wooden houses that had rusty iron-sheet roofs. Needless to say, we depended on firewood for cooking and a pit latrine for relieving ourselves.

Those wooden houses came to age miserably. They would leak water whenever it rained, and the leaking water would form a stream on the slanted floor. On one rainy night in 2015, my younger brother Symo took a picture of my flooded room that resembled a river.

And the pit latrine? Oh my! Should I talk about it? Well, the latrine would flood with water during the rainy seasons, making our solid waste matter float to the surface. The sight of that solid waste matter made eating a less exciting sensory delight for us.

Such is the kind of environment we grew up in. Had we been raised in an elegant home, we would now be far more successful individuals. As for me, I wouldn't have developed the psychosomatic illnesses I was diagnosed with at the two local universities I attended. Instead, I would have made it into MIT, Yale or Harvard as it was my dream.

My brilliant brother Paddy seems to have been the first one in my family to discern how pathetic an environment we were living in. I think he owes that discernment to the exposure he got while doing a gap year internship at an elite school in New South Wales, Australia.

When Paddy jetted back from Australia in September or October 2005, he began to detest the low standards of our home. He occasionally regaled me with tales of the sort of stylish homes he observed people in Australia reside in.

It therefore came as no surprise to me when, after landing a well-paying job with a multinational, Paddy marshalled resources from my brothers for constructing a brick mansion for our humble parents. They had it built in 2015.

I am glad that my late mother lived in the brick mansion for about eight years. How proud she was of it! While the mansion was under construction, she would ask visitors to have a look at it. And after it was completed, she enjoyed entertaining guests in it.

Had my brothers not constructed the brick mansion, I wouldn't have been as creative and courageous as I have been over the past eight years. That's why it has dawned on me that the environment we live in influences the kind of people we become. And that's also why I have resolved to love my brothers even when they fail to do something for me.

By the way, Paddy is still lifting us up to the high standards of living he observed in Australia. A few months ago after we laid Mum to rest, he had our mansion renovated. And he is very big on order and neatness. He has insisted that our refurbished mansion be kept scrupulously clean. No more does he want clutter in it.

Now that I am living in an inspiring environment - the kind I wish I grew up in - I believe that I will blossom as a writer and musician. So, my beloved reader, I exhort you to stay tuned to this blog for new stories and hymns as well as revised editions of my past blog posts. See ya!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story about living in an inspiring environment, you might also enjoy another one entitled "Home Sweet Home" which I wrote more than four years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Not Judging Others Harshly

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In 2008 when I was attending evangelism classes at All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi, I was given some booklets that would help me grow in my Christian faith. I read them with keen interest. My attention was particularly drawn to a statement in one of the booklets that admonished Christians against judging others harshly.

That statement struck a chord with me because I was a victim of harsh judgements in a choir I sang with at the cathedral. Some choristers would talk about me behind my back, spreading rumours that I was up to no good. They mistook my timidity and confusion - weaknesses I have struggled to overcome - for signs of criminal behaviour.

I have also been guilty of judging others harshly (as if I am perfect myself). Just recently, I found myself nitpicking my brothers Paddy and Bob after they failed to do something for me. Okay, let me tell you the full story.

About two months ago, Paddy began financing the renovation of our mansion. He had the ceiling redone, the floor retiled and the walls repainted. In addition, he replaced sofas, curtains, wardrobes, showerheads, toilet bowls and electric bulbs in the mansion with hipper ones.

With all that costly facelift of our mansion, I was sure Paddy would be generous enough to purchase for me a classic table for studying and writing. I imagined my ideal table to have drawers for keeping my stationery as well as the diary, Bible, thesaurus and dictionaries I refer to regularly while studying and writing.

Guess what! When I beseeched Paddy to buy me my desired table, he instructed me to do it myself with my own money. His response embittered me. I wondered how he could spend thousands of shillings to renovate our mansion and not afford a table for me. Selfish, uncaring, inconsiderate - these are the adjectives that describe how I thought of him.

But then I remembered all the good deeds Paddy has done for me. Chief among the deeds is lifting me from living in a dilapidated wooden house to living in a fanciful brick mansion, without which I wouldn't be feeling as creative and courageous as I am these days. Remembering all those deeds helped neutralize the bitterness I had towards him.

As for my brother Bob, I always appreciate the little amounts of money he sends me since they come in handy when I have to buy internet data for my phone after our home WiFi fails to work. So when he promised to send me some money two weeks ago, I was looking forward to receiving it.

When two days went by without receiving the money, I phoned Bob to remind him of his promise to me. He said "okay" to what I said and then ended the call.

Come the following evening, he still hadn't fulfilled his promise. I therefore phoned him again. Even though he didn't say anything negative, something about his response told me he wasn't going to send me any money this time round.

My instincts were confirmed when I phoned him the next night only for him to end my call without uttering a word to me. His attitude towards me pissed me off. "Why had he made a promise he couldn't keep?" I asked myself indignantly.

Like I often do when a loved one wrongs me, I brought to memory all the past sins Bob had done to me. Those memories awakened in my soul feelings of resentment towards him.

When he visited us last Monday, I resolved not to talk to him in order to teach him a lesson that I am not a person to be trifled with. I would actually have ignored him had he not requested me to input the password of our home WiFi on his smartphone.

Guess what again! While leaving home that Monday for my evening walk, I noted Bob had visited us without his car. It then dawned on me that he could be having problems of his own to deal with. And here had been me judging him harshly for not sending me money. Foolish me!

By judging my brothers Paddy and Bob negatively, I was committing the same sins that some choristers at All Saints' Cathedral did to me back in 2008. The choristers tarnished my name by making others believe that I could be pilfering materials from the cathedral, a misjudgement that wounded my soul for years.

My beloved reader, I implore you not to be quick to judge others harshly. The next time you feel someone has not lived up to your expectations, try to remember that everyone makes mistakes, that the person you are angry with could be grappling with problems, and that people are not in this world to make you happy. Shalom!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on not judging others harshly, you might also enjoy another one on "Allowing Others a Mistake" which I wrote two years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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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)