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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

Attracting Money

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With permission, I have extracted this picture-quote from the Facebook page of Zig Ziglar. All rights reserved worldwide.

Today, let's talk about money. Do you desire to be rich like I do? And do you charge people for your services as I do these days? Yes, I charge people for even offering a piece of advice since I need money to put food in my stomach. Need I say what else I require money for?

People may say contradicting things about money but the fact remains: money makes life easier for those who have it. If you have ever been poor, then you understand what I mean.

Having money is important for as long as we are alive on this planet. It's due to the importance of money to put food on the table that forces some people to engage in crime. It's also due to the importance of money that some women have vowed never to marry a poor man.

William Shakespeare quipped that "poor and content is rich and rich enough." But you know what? Shakespeare was himself a very wealthy man. I therefore don't think he understood how unwise it is to be content with poverty.

From experience, I can tell it is very frustrating to be dependent on others for our needs. And a certain cousin of mine has taught me that even asking money from relatives is improper. The cousin really ticked my brothers off by regularly texting them to request for financial assistance.

In the United States, the world's richest nation, being on welfare is something that is frowned on. One American is reported to have become so happy when she landed a job that she boasted of moving from welfare to being well and fair.

The necessity of having money explains why I charge people for my services and why I have become money-conscious. Sometimes when I see a domestic animal such as a hen strolling by the roadside, I say to myself, "Now, this is money walking!" My point is that I can sell the hen for KSh 800 and buy something valuable in a supermarket.

I have become money-conscious because I want to mould myself into a self-reliant man. Not only would I like to be rich enough to meet my needs but also to visit my friends and relatives at their time of need and leave them with some money the way people did to us when Mum died early this year.

Motivated by that desire to be self-reliant, I have been reflecting on how I can attract money into my life. One thing I know for sure is that the art of making money relies more on our thinking ability than on the resources we have.

Take for instance India which is not blessed with abundant natural resources but has become a hotbed of computer and software development. Or Hong Kong which has little natural resources but is a leading destination for investments.

On the other hand, we have nations like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which are endowed with plenty of natural resources but remain poor and troubled. Just last week, violence erupted in some parts of DRC, leaving several people dead.

The art of making money is indeed more mental than physical. Robert T. Kiyosaki, author of the bestselling Rich Dad Poor Dad, had it right when he wrote, "The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth in what seems to be an instant."

Now that I have realized the art of making money is more mental than physical, I will continue working on my thinking ability. I will strive to think clearly, to grow in knowledge and to apply that knowledge in my day-to-day living. Knowledge is power for shizzle.

I will also love people so much that they will want to do business with me. By loving people, I mean wishing them well in their endeavors and celebrating their successes. (Trust me, that's something many individuals find it difficult to do.)

In addition to that, I will continue working hard in my blogging career and do my work (writing, singing and making speeches) with a spirit of excellence. Like Thomas Jefferson, I am a great believer in luck and I am finding that the harder I work, the luckier I get.

My beloved reader, I implore you to also become money-conscious and think of ways of attracting money into your life. Don't just enjoy showing off how funny, clever and talented you are; also think of how you can make money from those show-offs. That's all I am saying. Sayonara!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on attracting money, you might also enjoy another one on "My Take on Getting Rich" which I wrote three years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Working on a Six-pack

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Taken last Thursday, this photo of me had some of my friends worried when I shared it on Facebook yesterday. They asked me, "Are you okay?"

By the time I was getting discharged from JKUAT hospital where I was diagnosed with a mental illness in September or October 2008, I had gained a lot of weight. I put on excess weight due to eating and sleeping too much without doing any physical activity, something I have narrated before on this blog.

To be honest, my new look didn't sit well with me because I had hated being plump. I especially rued the pot belly I developed after gaining weight in the hospital. A pot belly like the one beer-loving men have. Or what my friend Ruth Wangire told me is called a one-pack.

It is that pot belly and flabby body I had that set me on the warpath of battling my weight. I tried all sorts of tricks to lose weight: dieting, fasting, exercising and putting pepper in my food. And in an effort to reduce my stomach size, I took deworming tablets and bought rollers for firming up my abdominal muscles.

Some of those tricks worked but sadly, I got stuck in a cycle of gaining weight again after lapsing back to a devil-may-care lifestyle. You know, a lifestyle characterized by eating and sleeping a bit excessively.

Just one and a half years ago, I was disappointed to notice I had gained the weight I worked so hard to lose. I wondered what could have led to my weight gain. Could it be the groundnuts I had been feasting on?

Convinced it was the groundnuts that caused my weight gain, I have been limiting the number of nuts I partake. My solution seemed to have worked given the weight I have lost since then. About two months ago while taking a shower, I noticed my pot belly was disappearing. How encouraging!

Now, I usually update my social media profile pics every six months: in June and in December. Last Thursday when I requested Dad to take a photo of me, it was like he knew I was going to upload it to my social media profiles. He warned me that people would think I was sick, for I was looking too thin.

Dad turned out to be right. After uploading the photo onto Facebook yesterday, two friends phoned me. One of them, Michael Njeru, informed me that I didn't look good in the photo. He kept urging me to eat more food, at one moment inquiring from me whether I suffer from any eating disorder such as bulimia.

When I finally logged on to Messenger and Facebook later on in the day, about nine hours after uploading the photo, I found out that several people had expressed similar concerns. They commented that I wasn't looking good and asked me whether I was really fine.

Those comments touched me deeply. It impressed me to note that while some people have a tendency to put me down, others do care about my welfare. I was truly touched.

Despite the concerns expressed by my friends, I am in a fine fettle. I don't have a cold or any of those minor illnesses that people catch every now and then. But I have gotten the message: I need to start eating more, which I will do.

As I plan to gormandize more food, my desire to stay lean and athletic remains undiminished. I would particularly like to develop a six-pack, the kind that my future wife will take pleasure in glancing at. So I will keep on exercising and stretching with rollers. That's all I am saying.

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on my plan to get a six-pack, you might also enjoy another one on "Battling My Weight Again" which I wrote a couple of years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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"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."

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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)