Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Journeys

"There is no arriving somewhere without leaving somewhere." John Updike

Every morning we either leave our homes or houses and embark on a journey or trip to work or even school. Most people see this as just simple no-fun stuff. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe there is something that is changing in your life as you do this? So let's start with this: Mondays!
I love Mondays because they always signify beginnings to me. Most people who work and especially here in Kenya hate Mondays because it means going to work. It means submitting to an authority and simply doing something that you have either done or know nothing about. So, you leave the house and then go to work obviously not motivated to do so. While at work you keep asking when the clock will turn 5, so you can leave for home. The cycle can continue throughout the week as you only look forward to resting during the weekends.
Allow me to throw in some Biblical insight, -Colossians 3:23: "Whatever you do, work at it, with all your heat, as for working for the Lord,not human masters."
This has become my mantra for every single day I wake up and head to campus for my classes. I do complain, of course, or publicly state my boredom once in a while, but it still hits me that I am in this for a reason. I chose to study and will have to deal with what comes my way. The same way, you or anyone out there applied for that job-so you have to deal with what it comes along with. In doing so, you also have to decided what work cultures and values you are going to reinforce and which ones you are going to abandon. If you complain 24/7 or drag yourself to work all through till the end of the month. You will tend to feel empty, as though you are a non-achiever, yet its your perspective that's letting you down.
You cannot  head somewhere without leaving another place. You cannot make a move unless you take the first step. You can expect to gain without knowing what you want.
Everyday is a journey. It is a process in which in all your do and think you want to become a better person. You want to feel as though each step you took matters and that there are people who have benefited by it.
So, try and smile and appreciate the little things that irk you. They help you decide what values to keep and which ones to discard.
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How can one change the world if one identifies oneself with everybody?