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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

Becoming as Bold as a Lion

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While at the Kenya National Library in Nairobi on one lovely morning in 2012, I picked Myles Munroe's The Spirit of Leadership - a book I had never heard about before. I came across in it a story that was so enlightening that I felt compelled to google it on the internet. Since then, I have reread the story a couple of times.

As the story goes, there once lived in a certain village a farmer who was also a shepherd. He was out in the field grazing his sheep one evening when he heard the sound of an animal coming from the end of the field. At first, he thought the sound was that of a kitten. But on nearing the animal, he found out it was a lion cub.

His first thought when he saw that it was a lion cub was the danger he would be in if he went close to it and its parents returned while attending to it. He therefore watched the cub from the safety of a leafless tree.

When the sun began to set without the cub's parents returning, he decided to take the cub with him to the farmhouse in order to protect it from the vagaries of the jungle. He kept it together with his sheep. And for the next six months, he hand-fed it with milk.

After the cub grew into an energetic ball of shiny muscle, the farmer began taking it out to the field with the sheep. Not surprisingly, the cub came to behave and bleat like a sheep, even when it developed the body of a lion. It became a sheep by association.

One day when the farmer took out the sheep and the lion to the field as usual, they strolled to a river that nourished them with water. As they were drinking water, a large beast suddenly emerged from a nearby forest.

The beast roared with a loud voice that seemed to shake the forest. Stricken with fear, the sheep ran with breakneck speed toward the farmhouse. So did the lion that had grown up with them.

After the sheep and the lion were safely huddled together in the farmhouse, the farmer, who was watching the incident from the safety of a leafless tree, saw the beast holding a lamb in its blood-drenched jaws. That made him know danger had returned to his part of the village.

Several weeks went by without any further such incidents. But at one time when the lion went to the river to drink water, it had a panic attack when it saw something in the water that resembled the beast that had preyed on a lamb.

Alarmed like an antelope that had spotted an approaching predator, the lion bolted to the farmhouse. It then wondered why the sheep hadn't also scampered for safety. Didn't they see the beast?

A few days later while the sheep and the lion were lapping water in the river, the lion again saw the beast in the water and began to tremble with fear. Then out of the forest, there emerged the same beast that had preyed on a lamb. It roared deafeningly.

The sheep hotfooted it back to the farmhouse. But the lion stood in confusion because it was now seeing two beasts: the real one and the one in the water which was its own reflection. It thought it was going to be killed.

However, as if to encourage the lion to be bold, the beast continued roaring. The lion attempted to imitate the beast yet all that came out of its mouth was the sound of a sheep. But on further attempts, it started to sound like a lion.

No sooner had it began to sound like a lion than it felt new stirrings in its body. It felt strong, confident and courageous. Sure that the timid lion had acquired the boldness of a lion, the beast turned on its paws and loped back to the forest.

The lion looked back and surveyed the village it had grown up in. And then it resolved to follow the beast into the jungle, for it knew its time had come to be all that it was intended to be - a lion king! End of story.

Well, I haven't retold the story as eloquently as Myles Munroe did in his book, The Spirit of Leadership. All the same, I believe my version of the story still aptly captures the kind of person I have been and what I am aspiring to be.

Like I narrated in my previous story on this blog, I grew up as a timid boy - a weakness I carried into adulthood. I was more or less like a sheep. But I am now beginning to realize that I have been a lion all along. It's just that I have had the mindset of a sheep.

In recent weeks, while endeavoring to live out the life God intended for me, I have felt new stirrings in my soul. Stirrings of hope, of faith and of courage. It has truly been a transformative experience. I intend to continue following those stirrings to wherever they may lead.

My beloved reader, I exhort you to also acquire the spirit of a lion. The world out there is a jungle. There is a lot of bullying and intimidation. And for us to excel in it, we need to have the boldness of a lion. Why, then, should we cower from becoming the lions God intended us to be?

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on becoming as bold as a lion, you might also enjoy another one on "Developing Hope & Optimism" which I wrote a few years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Becoming Assertive

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The renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson is one of my role models and favorite authors. I admire him not only because he is black like me but also because he has made it in life in spite of him being a softie.

Like Ben Carson, I am also a softie. I fear hurting the feelings of others, so I am often kind. And whenever I wrong someone, I strive to make up for it in one way or another.

Maybe it's due to my softness that I was never appointed a prefect during my high school years at Starehe Boys' Centre. Frankly speaking, I don't think I would have summoned the courage to command my fellow students to go down for twelve press-ups the way most prefects in the school did to errant boys.

It's also due to my softness that my siblings usually instruct my brother Bob Njinju to come home to supervise their projects. Bob, a former soldier, drives all the way from Nairobi to our home here in Kiserian where I live.

While there is nothing wrong with being a softie, I must admit that for many years, my softness bordered on timidness. I allowed others to bully or exploit me without me speaking up for myself. A doormat I was.

I continued being timid well into adulthood. Even after I turned 21, I was an adolescent in the body of a grown-up man.

At one time in 2010 when I was at the University of Nairobi for instance, I loaned some money to a female classmate and was afraid of asking for it back. I exhibited the same weakness in 2012 when I lent money to an evangelist in a local church. That's how timid I was.

After I acquired a disciplined lifestyle four years ago, I came to believe that I had evolved into a man of valor. But alas! Something happened several weeks ago that made me realize the Englishmen were right when they quipped that "old fears die hard".

Well, my brother Paddy brought home a valet named Jeremiah to be looking after our aging Dad. That evening Jeremiah came home, I became fearful of handing my clothes to him for washing. I worried that he might refuse the clothes and order me to wash them myself.

My fears, it turned out, were unfounded, for Jeremiah has been washing my clothes and cleaning my room since he came to live with us. He is such a submissive man despite him being much older than me.

Jeremiah is also hard-working. On his first morning here at home, he woke up before 5:00 a.m. to do some general cleaning in the house. And he often tries to keep himself busy during the day.

Perhaps on noting how kind and humble I am, Jeremiah has asked me to do some tasks in the house. Having grown smart enough to know that I shouldn't do chores that others are paid to do, I have assertively declined to do the tasks.

The great thing about Jeremiah is that he takes my "no" in good faith. He doesn't sulk or do something evil in retaliation; he just goes on with his duties like a clock that has shown the time.

If Jeremiah had come home a couple of years ago when I was a lazy and weak-kneed young man, he would have domineered over me. He would have made me carry out jobs that he, not I, is paid to do.

Not that I dislike Jeremiah, but I like to think that he represents all those people who have bossed me around in the past. It has been fulfilling for me to assertively resist his commands. And when I loaned him some money last month, I was bold enough to ask for it back.

Yes, my softness bordered on timidness for many years. I hate to think that some of the people I was afraid of could have been liars, fraudsters or addicts of various detrimental things. How glad I am that I have grown more assertive without becoming less kind and humble!

In a world full of theft, lying and exploitation, it's important for us to become assertive. To assert our rights and let our principles be known. Even Bill and Hillary Clinton, the most powerful couple in American history, encouraged their daughter to be assertive. That's all I am saying.

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on becoming assertive, you might also enjoy another one on "Developing Courage" which I wrote more than five 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)