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My Life, don’t spike it!

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My day in routine of a once was a joy to walk and being out and about in the CBD is now an antagonising experience that I dread for. From the narrow paths that you have to walk squeezed dumbu nemusana in an constant fear of pick pocketing thieves; to the fear of being a victim of a hit and run of an over speeding kombi  being chased by the ‘traffic police’. You won’t believe it, but believe you me the so called ‘Need for Speed’  game console is coming to a reality in our deteriorated roads of Harare CBD.

 

Each day you walk in those street sidewalks of once used to be our pride Sunshine City, what’s all left is the Joina City, you pray and hope you get to your point B still safe and sound as it is more likely that you can get burnt by burning coal from the sidewalk stalls of your walking path from the guys selling grilled corn. Without mentioning being verbally insulted for stepping on the vendor’s goods that are spread all over the side walks that you cannot even walk properly. Walking in Harare CBD is hectic!

 

I can go on and on about how hate walking in the CBD but without mentioning the police with the spikes I haven’t started. Neither is it safe or legal, in my total opinion the Zimbabwean Police have taken it a little too far. Well I won’t spare the Municipal police too they are in this together.

 

A moment a week ago when I witnessed the police with spikes being battered by the Zimbabwean National Army’s Red Barrett, a part of me inside was overjoyed. Not that I like the violence, NO! But I felt like with all the commotion caused and unnecessary stampedes our police has caused they need to taste a little bit of their own medicine. Not from so long ago there have been unnecessary accidents which led to fatal injuries and even deaths of innocent citizens just walking along the streets of Harare and get ploughed by a kombi running away from the spikes. It is sad. You can imagine, one day walking along Robert Mugabe Street, and out of nowhere, bang! You hit! Just like that and boom you gone! Dead!  It is just not fair at all.

 

Spikes are a crime against Zimbabweans, they serve more of a danger to us than they are protecting us. We cannot go on like this and accepting our lives being endangered, that each day as it comes to us we are reminded that you can be a victim of road carnage that you have no control over. It starts with me, I am a concerned Zimbabwean I am my own army to fight this, I say NO TO Spikes! Be that #ArmyofOne!

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Been there… Done that… and am Over it! 😉

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I remember a time in my life when I faced a gut-wrenching emotional and mental pain that left me envying the dead. Now you see, the scariest thing about death isn’t being dead, it’s dying, it’s the suffering. This one goes to those who have come close to death: physically, emotionally, mentally.

 

I know it hurts being in that space. Where you had all these hopes for your business, your relationships, your career, your academic life or your family; but one thing or the other comes crashing down and you lose.It’s embarrassing. You lose control. It’s not that you are out of your mind, you just can’t get out of your own mind. The constant voices within remind you of what you have lost and tell you over and over again that you have finally been reduced to nothing.

 

I want you to look at your problems. Fair and fine, you have problems, but those problems do not have you!! Claim the loss, embrace the pain. If you can own it, it seizes to have power over you. Carrie Fisher once said, “say your weak things in a strong voice”.

 

When I finally plucked up the courage to get out of my hole, I started afraid, but I am not afraid now. Fear? Fear seizes to exist if you deal with it. A lot of people will scold you for feeling what you feel in that moment. They will tell you that your pain is nothing new under the sun. If you listen to people and allow them to project their fears or opinions onto you, you will not live. Never give another human the responsibility of your happiness.

 

Maya Angelou once said:

“Did you want to see me broken, bowed head and lowered eyes, shoulders falling down like tear drops weakened by my soulful cries? Up from a past rooted in pain I RISE… Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I RISE… Into a daybreak that’s wonderfully clear I RISE. I RISE…I RISE…I RISE!

 

I may not know your story, but today, choose to find beauty in the life you have left, however long or short it may be. Redesign your life. Draw enough from the disappointments to triumph yourself. Live life ferociously…

 

 

The goal still remains the same: to inspire others

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5 BIG LIES ABOUT SEX! 💏👫

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Lie #1: Sex is no big deal!

Wrong! Sex is a huge deal. It ties two people together forever (Genesis 2:24), even if they never speak to each other again. You can’t escape the memories of sharing the most intimate act of all. That’s why God wants us to save sex for the person we commit our lives to—the person we marry.

Lie #2: You can be a “technical” virgin!

In God’s eyes, staying a virgin means more than just not having sex (Matthew 5:27-28). It means keeping your mind, body, and spirit sexually pure. Messing around, touching each other in private places and doing “everything but” just don’t fit into that picture.

Lie #3: Sex = Love!

It’s true, at least for many, that sex equals an emotional tie of some sort—one that might seem like love. But here’s a news flash: many treat sex as more of a physical thing than an emotional one. Sex is meant to be the ultimate expression of the ultimate commitment, marriage. Love comes first, marriage second, sex third.

Lie #4: Having sex is just like any other sin!

God definitely forgives sexual sin the same way he forgives all sin. But the reason the Bible pays close attention to sexual sin is that sex affects people like no other sin does (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). Most sins involve mainly your actions, but premarital sex involves your heart, mind, and body as well. That kind of internal damage is very hard to get beyond.

Lie #5: Everybody’s doing it!

So not true. In every school, every town, every state there are plenty of cool, happy people who have chosen to follow God’s plan and save sex for marriage. And they’re also saving themselves all kinds of heartache. So not only are they cool; they’re very, very smart.

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MOTIVATIONAL POETRY FOR THE JOB SEEKERS

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TITLE: ITS ALL IN TIME🕐🕒🕕🕘🕛

Only Time is the factor,
Only Time is the healer,…
Only Time is the difference,
Only Time is the concern,
Only Time is the best,
Only Time will turn the sadness into Smiles,

Only Time invested in prayer will lead you to the destiny of hope in faith,
Only Time wasted in sitting and no action taken will lead you to worries and hopelessness,
In times, when Only Time spent in preparing, posting and submitting the Cvs, will lead you to the answer of the prayers made henceforth the JOB,
Only Time will wipe the tears of the unemployment worries,
Only YOUR Time and Chance shall come,
As such Only if you wait patiently, invest on the Time you shall enjoy the best yet to come..

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“…l want some more…”

IMG-20170522-WA0007At the time when l read Charles Dickens book ‘Oliver Twist’ it was for exam purpose. I recently stumbled upon this picture and it gave me a new perspective of this scene when Oliver, hands trembling, unsure of the response from the authority figure infront of him, said, “Please sir, l want some more…”

I would like to pose this question to you, “Are you challenging yourself enough to grow?” l had slipped into a state of being too comfortable with where I was. But in life, you can’t be who you want to be and who you used to be at the same time. Understand that your past success is in no way a franchise on your future.

 
We have to go through the necessary hardships now to avoid unnecessary hardships later on. Work out now to avoid having a broken down body 20 years down the line. Read more to avoid mental malnourishment. Move confidently in the direction of your dreams to avoid regret later. You will find that what you don’t know, you can always learn. As for what you already know, there is always room for improvement & deepening your understanding of the topic.

 
Refuse to remain average. The magic happens outside your comfort zone. Stay hungry and stay foolish always asking for more!!!

The goal still remains the same; to inspire others!

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It’s all about ATTITUDE!

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Man using scissors to remove the word can’t to read I can do it concept for self belief, positive attitude and motivation

Sometimes life hits you with a couple of blows that leave you feeling like you are on the verge of a Knock Out… These past weeks have been hard. Every week seemingly worse than the last… Despite those challenges, l choose to wear a smile on my face.

Recently Les Brown said, “You can see what others can not see for your life and dream. Make it okay to stand alone or apart from the crowd. You are the architect of your life. Give yourself permission to express the real you, or another part of yourself. It does not matter if others do not get you. Stay focused on what you want, even if it does not seem possible right now. Your mind will try and convince you to be logical, realistic and practical… given your age, finances, or life situation. Let your heart be your guide and have the last word. You can not get out of life alive, so be bold. Go after what you want. Commit to live an adventurous, significant and purposeful life. You have greatness within you!!”….

Whatever you are going through, it’s okay not to be okay; but make a decision today to keep your head up, keep walking…with or without you, life goes on.

The goal still remains the same; to inspire others!

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A Star 🌟 in the making!

“We should take control of our own narrative”, asserts Miss Thelma.

It is on this point I would like to point out that it is not only the beauty that she holds but also the brains, and certainly she will make it big in life! You go girl!

The emerging Theatre Director, Thelma Machinga says that,  for Africa as a continent and as a people to develop there’s need for us to take control of our own narrative and it starts with being able to tell our own stories through literature, music, film and of course, theatre.

“I am an Africana ‘womanist’ who strongly believes that for Africa to develop, our own people should be agents in their own narrative rather than being relegated to being mere subjects.

“They should be at the forefront, taking action in what needs to be done rather than waiting for an outsider”, said Miss Machinga.

The final year student at UZ [University of Zimbabwe] where she is majoring in a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree was speaking to the media in the aftermath of scooping the Most Promising Female Director award during her varsity’s recent Theatre Week.

She won the accolade for her debut directorial role in the play, “The Honourable MP”.

“I was not even expecting it, I thought that I was just going to be another ‘nominee’. It was a suprise to say the least, but at the end of it all I was really happy. It boosted my confidence and as a result I am going to continue working harder to attain my goals”, she said frantically.

As to the play itself, this is what Machinga had to say,

“The Honourable MP was written by G Msengezi and it addresses the socio-economic and political issues of post independence Zimbabwe. The masses have been betrayed by the political leaders and they are not getting what they were expecting when they voted. “Corruption, nepotism and neocolonialism is rampant, the blacks inherited the colonial master’s system and the people are now suffering at the hands of their own. “The ‘MP’ in our play is involved in illicit deals at the expense of the commom man, he and his counterparts are living luxuriously whilst the masses are languishing in poverty and thus, the eople are are now rebellling against the governmnt. They want a change…”, said the aspiring director.

But just who is this passionate young woman and where did her journey begin?

“I am quite shy, so theatre is my sanctuary and shell. I find that I have been able to fully-express myself through theatrical forms. I basically flourish and blossom more in theatrical spaces since it gives me more freedom of expression and I cant help but fall deep in love with theatre.

“My own journey in theatre began last year. Rather than just sitting at home during vacations i told myself that maybe I should start working on something.

“I auditioned in several films but for some reason I could never get a role. I eventually got employed by Chaminuka Arts Foundation, an organisation that focuses on empowering young people through theatre”, said Machinga.

Besides theatre, the young lady is also passionate about dance and is no pushover when it comes to Latin American dances such as salsa, cha cha cha, bachada, paso doble.

Thelma said that it was her hope that by the end of this year she would have been able to publish one of her plays, titled ‘Troubled soul’ among other things.

“As from July onwards I will be working with young people engaging them in Educational Theatre. Under Chaminuka Arts Foundation we will also be engaging in different programs. In years to come I should be advancing in my education, getting a Special honours, Masters, Doctrate”, she  said

Certainly, the promising young lady has a great potential to make it big and she has already started making a name on her own at such a stage.  Her applauded play ‘Honourable MP’ got her featured in one of the prominent newspapers in Zimbabwe, Newsday. Within a space of 2 days after her debut directorial play, she was honoured to direct another play for the varsity’s first year students majoring in Media and Performance, which she nailed to the point and the ZBC (Zimbabwe Brodicasting Corporation, Zimbabwe’s only broadcaster) was there to film the play and get a feel of her magic.

DREAM BIG AND BOLD

One Speaker once said “don’t focus on chasing a butterfly you will never catch, but focus on tending your garden and butterflies will come.” It is amazing how we sometimes look at great things that happened to others while ignoring how mighty we are.

Even if your life is hit by turbulence times it is still not the end of the game. Some people might relegate your energy oozing life to the peripheries of poverty, failure and misfortune, but as long as you can breathe, don’t throw in the towel. Why? Because all great people who achieved greatness only used less than ten percent of their potential. This goes to show that you have great capacity to achieve the unimaginable and be a perenial occupier of the life’s appex position.

Records can be set and can be broken again. In June 2014 a woman by the name Charlotte competed in her 15th Marathon race in America. By taking  this fate she broke few exciting life records: at 91 years old she was the oldest woman to compete in this marathon and the second oldest marathon runner in USA history. In that race she completed it in 7hours, 7 minutes and 42 seconds to break the US record for the fastest time in her old age group. Charlotte though she was a cancer survivor, has been running since 1999 and had her first marathon at 76. As you pursue your life great goals, let not age be anything. Actually you  can become better with age like wine. As you grow up, it only means you are accumulating more experience to achieve your goals using more refined strategies. Enjoy this is your day.

You may not know what you can accomplish if you decide to ignore a negative rough patch on your way. Get this mental tonic that nothing can stand in your way, not even sickness, age, disability or abject poverty. Dream big and bold, while you keep knocking, the life doors will soon hear your untiring courageous voice of authority.

Imagine if Charlote had let age horrifying effects tend to her, was she going to achieve anything? You have great potential to achieve more than your current success. Potential to own one of the biggest businesses. Potential to make you a log leader, not a log anchor, and that potential can transform terrible adversity into a success fate.

Take action and move on be like a boxer, who even if he is down trodden, can still rise and try one more time. Who knows, the taste of pudding is in eating.

The record you are afraid to break was set by someone just like you, who knew the difference between extra ordinary and ordinary is that simple extra effort. It must be remembered that all the champions’ are afraid of losing, while everyone else is afraid of winning. Be a champion and don’t be like anyone else. Go and tell yourself you can conquer your most feared goal and you will find that you will have covered half the journey.

In life the minute you are satisfied with where you are, that is when you won’t be anymore. Just move, for boats in the harbour will never experience the aid they get from moving sea waters. Leave your harbour, visualise your inspiring big audacious dreams and take action.

Credit :

Steve Nyambe

(Motivational Speaker and a Leadership Coach)

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‘Mfana Graduate!’

Its well past after the hour of 9 in the morning and there I was in the bed, half asleep. I try to act if I am sleeping but consciously I am wide awake, feeding my brain with what I want to dream. It’s been almost a year now since I graduated and this has been my daily routine now, and even accustomed myself to be time ignorant. ‘Around 10’ I say to myself in my laziness. I reluctantly open my eyes as I sleep on my back. My eyes meet the aligned timber trusses on the roof. My eyes quickly get drawn in my absent-mind and get focused on that little hole on the asbestos which sends through the beam of light straight to the age of my bed. In my contemplation my mind start thinking how that little hole gives me trouble during the rainy season that I will be forced to rearrange the room so the water from the roof does not wet my bed.

Quickly I snap out of it, bringing myself back to reality. It is awfully quiet outside, all the kids are at school obviously. I drag myself out of the bed and reach out to the light switch near the door. ‘Click, click’ I switch on and off the light. “Better kune magetsi” (Good, there is electricity), I mumbled to myself with a slight grin on the edge of my lips. As I say this, my head is all now engrossed on the idea that I will spend the rest of my day binge watching the TV series I got the disc from a friend next door. Quickly I put on my slippers and get out of my room. Continue reading ‘Mfana Graduate!’