Finally, it is that time of year that we have all been longing for! It’s the time when we can kick back and relax, we can spend money with the hope to feel guilty later and we can spend as much time away from the desk as possible. But it is also that time when we begin to look back on the past year, its lessons, its pains and its joys…
As December rolls in, I challenge you to take a few more considerations of the bygone 2012;
This year we have seen more terrorism in Kenya that we thought possible. Contrary to popular belief, a terrorist if not person from a certain country or a certain religion, but it is anyone who sets out to cause terror in the life of another. Can we reflect on our lives and see if when have ever sought to cause terror to the life of another, to bring heartache on a loved one, or even to manipulate a situation to put your workmate in trouble. Let not 2013 be consumed with as much terrorism as 2012.
This year we saw President Obama go in for a second term, many say the second win is always harder than the first, yet despite the high unemployment rates, he still made it in. The Lesson? Its not always the statistics and figures that win the day, it is the strength and commitment to a vision. What is your vision for 2013?
This year, in Kenya we have seen huge development in our infrastructure particularly our roads. That is truly a milestone; let us reflect on it a little bit. The road has changed but the driver hasn’t. The road is now smooth and polished, but the driver is as unpolished as possible. The passenger has agreed to what once seemed like subtle manipulation, but now is open exploitation. Today you get in a matatu and pay 100 ksh to be squeezed with 5 others on a 3 person seat. And what do we say….” Songa songa madam, kila mutu ana haraka” ! In 2013 let’s allow development to begin in our minds.
Next year we await the elections. Many of us feel the fear and trepidation that once again our country will be shattered to pieces. As the leaders seek to eat a bigger and bigger share of the pie, the poor of the country eat less and less…..As a Kenyan seated at your desk or at home reading this. What are you doing in your world to influence peace? Don’t be fooled peace is not a treaty to be signed at the UN convention. Peace is a state of mind that begins one individual at a time…Preach peace, be peace and grow peace In 2013.
Preach peace, be peace and grow peace in 2013.