THE CHRISTIAN WALK

#SimpleThings…Sweetness Embraced


#SimpleThings...Sweetness Embraced

Ok…so by now if you read my blog often you all know I am a sweet tooth and am inspired by beautiful things.

I have been thinking and reading about Chocolate Truffles. According to Wikipedia, A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, traditionally made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate, icing sugar, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts, usually in a spherical, conical, or curved shape. Other fillings may replace the ganache: cream like melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, almonds, berries, or other assorted sweet fruits, nougat, fudge, or toffee, mint, chocolate chips, marshmallow, and, popularly, liqueur.

The different fillings and the enjoyable taste made me think about our lives. We are all made of heart soul and body. Our outer cover may be different in terms of colour of complexion. Our insides are also different in terms of temperament, beliefs and behaviour.

However, just because a chocolate truffle has a white chocolate covering and mint filling and another one has a chocolate ganache filling and dark chocolate topping doesn’t change the fact that they both truffles.

Let’s be fair to one another and realise that nothing seperates us from the love of God and our humanity is the reason we are on this planet.

Remember that our differences are what make us strong and great. Our differences like our individual purposes meet a specific need and provide a specific connection to the completion of divine purpose on earth.

Choose today to be all you can be
Embrace the colour and flavour you bring to this life
Live on and in purpose

#SimpleThings

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

#SimpleThings….#Rest


#SimpleThings....#Rest

Every week I look for things that are #simple and #profound

This picture was first posted last year by Ncruba a long time acquaintance and I loved it then and love it now

The silhouette and the setting sun are a promise for #rest and #refreshment that awaits each of us at the end of the day…so I say…find #SimpleThings that help you rest and post them online this week..

Take time to #Rest
Take time to #Refresh
Take time for #SimpleThings

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

#SimpleThings


#SimpleThings

Sometimes we are sad when the day ends and wish for more time to do the things we needed to do. Today I have learnt that indeed with planning I can achieve all I need to achieve. I just need a couple things:
1. Clarity
2. Knowledge I am loved and appreciated
3. Certainty that this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Truly #SimpleThings

The Simple Life

#UnexpectedLessons


I was never really sporty but I am married to and avid sports fan. I admit that it hasn’t been easy over the years. Those who know avid sports fans, know that they are so committed to their sports and teams it is a waste of time to try and get their attention during games. Over the years I have learnt not to sweat it but to let him be and in time it has worked out ok.

Early this morning, he bookmarks The Premier League: The Night. I thought to myself….really??? It’s early morning dude. Anyway, since I have to give room I kept quiet and sat down to do my stuff. Lol…..I was soon watching the program with rapt attention, maybe more than he did.

As we watched, he made an interesting comment, “The Kenya Premier League today, is where the English Premier League was 20 years ago.” This comment caught my attention and had me watching for dear life. Yes, I know that it sounds strange that one statement can make such great impact. It got me thinking that there could be lessons we are missing in our general interaction in life.

So here is a brief for the non soccer fans. For 100 years soccer had seemed to be a game of the poor, the Football Association wasn’t able to keep the clubs happy, the clubs felt they needed greater income and there was a desire to grow the presence of the league. The first change was a TV deal with ITV that changed the fortunes of the largest 5 clubs commonly called “The Big Five.” Their income moved from 25,000 pounds to 750,000 pounds. The next phase was precipitated by a tragedy in a stadium that killed 90 people.

I won’t go into the details here but there was a push to change better management of the sport. The government provided grants, the clubs pooled funds but the major revenue source was the TV deals. All the while, some dreamers were seeking the formation of a special league for the top clubs. As expected there were objections to the move because it proposed such a drastic change. The major contention was that “It had been that way for 100 years.” So I ask, is that really a reason to leave things as they are because they have been that way for so long?

You see, they wanted to set up a high end league…suddenly today it struck me!!!! It was like setting up business class, club world, first class, premier world……top of the range. Would that be offensive? Of course. Would it be beneficial?

In the light of this, I find some real lessons here:
1. Somebody got tired, desired more and begun seeking another option
2. Someone put in the work to research, negotiate, plan, and keep moving to the possible option
3. It took time (two years in this instance) to develop and refine the plan
4. Somebody created a dream, shared it and inspired others to believe
5. Somebody questioned the status quo

This effort really bore fruit for the English Premier League as follows:
1. Increased income: initial income 25,000 pounds; tv deals brought 750,000; Premier League worth 1.7billion pounds
2. Initially English players played overseas, now the drain is into England
3. The league is now the Richest, most international most powerful league in the world

Let’s bring this home now…..
1. What is holding us back as individuals, businesses and a nation?
2. Do we need to harness out discontent?
3. Who can we join hands with to achieve our dream?

I am not there yet so let’s walk together and keep each other accountable to reach our dreams and attain our goals.

Lessons from watching The Premier League: The Night on Discovery.

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THE CHRISTIAN WALK

#CoffeeBreak…Stop and Do It All…


The last 12 weeks have been so intense and very often I have been caught up in something close to the rat race. I say close to because I have made a choice to keep off the rat race. So we have been deeply embedded in several projects at once. This has indeed been a learning curve and has galvanised the team in ways that may never have happened. It has also taught me many things as the team leader. I have learnt to listen to the team, play fair and make fair choices, listen to all sides of the discussion and keep everyone on track and in step regardless of how we feel. We have been in situations where it took boot strap thinking to get through the day.

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On Thursday October 25th 2013, something changed!!! We were hosting a conference and gala at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi and it had been a very intense run up to this day. We went to bed late and were up early to keep things going well. I got up with an adrenaline rush and was well on the way to having a pressure filled day as I rushed off to breakfast. I  had an early appointment in town and was on site by 7.00am. I dashed to grab a bite before the start of the day. As usual I had a notebook and paper and was developing the list of things to do for the day. I often start the day that way so that I don’t miss anything. There were so many things to be done I begun to feel like we would not be able to do all the things we needed to do.

Suddenly I wondered, “Why am I choosing to be stressed and pressured?” My first answer was, “Because there is so much to do!!” When I said that I could hear myself ask, “REALLY???” Well, was the stress I was under by choice or a function of my work??? Now that probably sounds strange but it is a real question. In that moment, I suddenly realised that I had been running and running and running yet life around had so much more to offer that I wasn’t seeing it. I realised that no matter how much I worked that day or the next or the next, life will never stop and I won’t finish it all. Don’t get me wrong, I had work to do and projects to finalise and I would indeed do it successfully, but there had to be a better way. The frenzied running I had been doing was not prudent or efficient and I needed to find a way to stop and do it all. YES!!!! Stop and do it all.

That morning, with the pressure of a 700pax gala in less than 12 hours, I decided to have a leisurely breakfast. I put my phone on silent and placed it face down on the table. I sat there for about an hour (I have never eaten for so long), I chose to eat things I haven’t had in a long time and I enjoyed my meal. As I sat there chewing my food slower than usual, I became aware of other sounds and sights in the room. I noticed the different ethnicities of other hotel guests. I noticed sounds that had been previously unheard like cutlery and crockery, the hum of the fridge, the conversations of the wait staff. It was as though my food tasted better.

This experience taught me that I need to take a regular #coffeebreak. Uhu…a #coffeebreak. This is a moment when I MUST stop and disconnect from the world. Yes….Disconnect from the world and all our responsibilities. I dare say even just 5 min. A #coffeebreak has increasingly become part of my daily life. They have begun to provide clear moments of clarity and efficiency. Do you find a #coffeebreak important? Take time to think about it and plan in time for a #coffeebreak.