Thursday, December 20, 2012
THIS IS WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU TODAY IN YES I CAN!...
Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. Everyone knows about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947.
So let’s just move on to some of my favourite tips from Mahatma Gandhi.
1. Change yourself.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Not only because you are now viewing your environment through new lenses of thoughts and emotions but also because the change within can allow you to take action in ways you wouldn’t have – or maybe even have thought about – while stuck in your old thought patterns.
And the problem with changing your outer world without changing yourself is that you will still be you when you reach that change you have strived for. You will still have your flaws, anger, negativity, self-sabotaging tendencies etc. intact.
And so in this new situation you will still not find what you hoped for since your mind is still seeping with that negative stuff. And if you get more without having some insight into and distance from your ego it may grow more powerful. Since your ego loves to divide things, to find enemies and to create separation it may start to try to create even more problems and conflicts in your life and world.
2. You are in control.
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
What you feel and how you react to something is always up to you. There may be a “normal” or a common way to react to different things. But that’s mostly just all it is.
You can choose your own thoughts, reactions and emotions to pretty much everything. You don’t have to freak out, overreact of even react in a negative way. Perhaps not every time or instantly. Sometimes a knee-jerk reaction just goes off. Or an old thought habit kicks in.
And as you realize that no-one outside of yourself can actually control how you feel you can start to incorporate this thinking into your daily life and develop it as a thought habit. A habit that you can grow stronger and stronger over time. Doing this makes life a whole lot easier and more pleasurable.
3. Forgive and let it go.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
Fighting evil with evil won’t help anyone. And as said in the previous tip, you always choose how to react to something. When you can incorporate such a thought habit more and more into your life then you can react in a way that is more useful to you and others.
You realize that forgiving and letting go of the past will do you and the people in your world a great service. And spending your time in some negative memory won’t help you after you have learned the lessons you can learn from that experience. You’ll probably just cause yourself more suffering and paralyze yourself from taking action in this present moment.
If you don’t forgive then you let the past and another person to control how you feel. By forgiving you release yourself from those bonds. And then you can focus totally on, for instance, the next point.
4. Without action you aren’t going anywhere.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
Without taking action very little will be done. However, taking action can be hard and difficult. There can be much inner resistance.
And so you may resort to preaching, as Gandhi says. Or reading and studying endlessly. And feeling like you are moving forward. But getting little or no practical results in real life.
So, to really get where you want to go and to really understand yourself and your world you need to practice. Books can mostly just bring you knowledge. You have to take action and translate that knowledge into results and understanding.
5. Take care of this moment.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”
The best way that I have found to overcome the inner resistance that often stops us from taking action is to stay in the present as much as possible and to be accepting.
Why? Well, when you are in the present moment you don’t worry about the next moment that you can’t control anyway. And the resistance to action that comes from you imagining negative future consequences – or reflecting on past failures – of your actions loses its power. And so it becomes easier to both take action and to keep your focus on this moment and perform better.
6. Everyone is human.
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
When you start to make myths out of people – even though they may have produced extraordinary results – you run the risk of becoming disconnected from them. You can start to feel like you could never achieve similar things that they did because they are so very different. So it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is just a human being no matter who they are.
And I think it’s important to remember that we are all human and prone to make mistakes. Holding people to unreasonable standards will only create more unnecessary conflicts in your world and negativity within you.
It’s also important to remember this to avoid falling into the pretty useless habit of beating yourself up over mistakes that you have made. And instead be able to see with clarity where you went wrong and what you can learn from your mistake. And then try again.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Be persistent. In time the opposition around you will fade and fall away. And your inner resistance and self-sabotaging tendencies that want to hold you back and keep you like you have always been will grow weaker.
Success or victory will seldom come as quickly as you would have liked it to. I think one of the reasons people don’t get what they want is simply because they give up too soon. The time they think an achievement will require isn’t the same amount of time it usually takes to achieve that goal. This faulty belief partly comes from the world we live in. A world full of magic pill solutions where advertising continually promises us that we can lose a lot of weight or earn a ton of money in just 30 days.
8. See the good in people and help them.“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
There is pretty much always something good in people. And things that may not be so good. But you can choose what things to focus on. And if you want improvement then focusing on the good in people is a useful choice. It also makes life easier for you as your world and relationships become more pleasant and positive.
And when you see the good in people it becomes easier to motivate yourself to be of service to them. By being of service to other people, by giving them value you not only make their lives better. Over time you tend to get what you give. And the people you help may feel more inclined to help other people. And so you, together, create an upward spiral of positive change that grows and becomes stronger.
9. Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
I think that one of the best tips for improving your social skills is to behave in a congruent manner and communicate in an authentic way. People seem to really like authentic communication. And there is much inner enjoyment to be found when your thoughts, words and actions are aligned. You feel powerful and good about yourself.
When words and thoughts are aligned then that shows through in your communication. Because now you have your voice tonality and body language – some say they are over 90 percent of communication – in alignment with your words.
10. Continue to grow and evolve.
”Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”
You can pretty much always improve your skills, habits or re-evaluate your evaluations. You can gain deeper understanding of yourself and the world.
Sure, you may look inconsistent or like you don’t know what you are doing from time to time. You may have trouble to act congruently or to communicate authentically. But if you don’t then you will, as Gandhi says, drive yourself into a false position. A place where you try to uphold or cling to your old views to appear consistent while you realise within that something is wrong. It’s not a fun place to be. To choose to grow and evolve is a happier and more useful path to take.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Julius Kambarage Nyerere addressing British Governor-General Richard Gordon Turnbull, at a meeting of the Legco, prior to taking up the premiership in 1960.
"Having come into contact with a civilization which has over-emphasized the freedom of the individual, we are in fact faced with one of the big problems of Africa in the modern world. Our problem is just this: how to get the benefits of European society -- benefits that have been brought about by an organization based upon the individual -- and yet retain African's own structure of society in which the individual is a member of a kind of fellowship."
Julius Kambarage Nyerere as quoted in the New York Times Magazine on 27 March 1960.
"In Tanzania, it was more than one hundred tribal units which lost their freedom; it was one nation that regained it."
Julius Kambarage Nyerere, from his Stability and Change in Africa speech given to the University of Toronto, Canada, 2 October 1969.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
My father once told me “Don’t serve time, make time serve you. And so as I grew up, I discovered how much time I have been serving waiting! Let me share this with you.
How much time do you spend standing in line, stalled in traffic, sitting in airplanes or buses,waiting for a meeting to begin, being put on hold or in any of the hundred ways life puts you in a suspended animation? Do you know that, the time we spend waiting which averages only some minutes a day could easily consume over two hundred days of our lifetime? Let me show you how to make a good use of this time.
Waiting is simply a gift of time, and so you have to take advantage of this gift. If you are at home, and you typically find yourself with large chunks of waiting time, you can possibly enroll in a home study tuition course. How about keeping a good book by your side? Maybe you can pass through two or three pages on your pleasure or business reading while waiting.
I believe its much better using a laptop computer so as to be productive even away from office, instead of waiting for electricity. Take work with you wherever you go. It usually happen to me, whenever I know I will be bored waiting, I simply carry my notebook and pen to update my to do list or to record any ideas which pop in my mind while on the run.
We see many starring blank while driving or just day dreaming. I believe its better to use time struck in traffic to improve your mind with educational audiotapes or simply praise God with some religious audiotapes. Make sure your mind is always active on something while you wait.
And finally, another simple healthy way of using your free waiting time is taking a refreshing nap. But watch out!! Don’t do this in traffic, or else you will find yourself in an ambulance. Always remember to use your waiting time productively. Yes you can!!
Says, Elder Philbert
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It was today morning as drop in class and get bad news about the death of a Tanzanian Famous Artist,..known as Sharo millionea.It pains a lot..but that's it!! Glory to God!...The Artist died by a car accident in Muheza town,Tanga district.May his soul rest in peace!
On the photo,..is his car After the accident which occured on Monday, at night in muheza town Tanga.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
"Why did you take all this time to come? Don't you know that my son's life is in danger? Don't U have any sense of responsibility?"
The doctor smiled & said:
"I am sorry, I wasn't in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call...... And now, I wish you'd calm down so that I can do my work"
"Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??" said the father angrily
The doctor smiled again & replied: "I will say what Job said in the Holy Book "From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God". Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God's grace"
"Giving advises when we're not concerned is so easy" Murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy,
"Thank goodness!, your son is saved!" And without waiting for the father's reply he carried on his way running. "If U have any question, ask the nurse!!"
"Why is he so arrogant? He couldn't wait some minutes so that I ask about my son's state" Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: "His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son's surgery. And now that he saved your son's life, he left running to finish his son's burial."
Moral-Never judge anyone….. because U never know how their life is & what they're going through”
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A group of roommates at school, We had a small cake,.and this is what we did as a sign that we share what we have and we are one!! These pictures are not just pictures we took for fun,..but this teaches us that we should do the same even in our communities!! Lets share the small we have and together we will be happy!! This is my simple message to you today!! Cheers!!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Obama declared victory in the 2012 presidential campaign in the early hours of 7th November,Wednesday this morning from his Chicago headquarters. Here are photos of his speech in front of thousands of supporters. With his wife Michelle and daughters, Malia and Sasha!
Theresia Rwebanga,..my lovely cousin..posing for a photo with her sweet mom Mrs.Anthony Rwebanga and the lovely young sister!..Her message:.."I love you so much mom,You are the best in my life!,God bless You!
The black beauty miss, Theresia Rwebanga is a form 6 student at Barbro johansson Model Girls secondary school shining in ECA combinations!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Born on 29th September, probably among the many shining Libras I know. Eliya Msagati came to interest my nerves as i came across his name in the Model United Nations .Getting to know him more and more I soon realize that I have possibly met a man of people, a young African Leader!
Eliya Msagati lives in Kinondoni Dar es Sallam and attends Kibasila Secondary school.The most amazing thing about him is how he manages to run school life and at the same time work in UN as the secretary general of the United Nations Youth Associations (YUNA).If you are looking for a positive friend who will pull up your self esteem I advice you to hook up with this Guy.You will gain more than u ever needed.
Taking a lead is always his altitude!! and its what keeps him going, Guess what? He is now working on film making!! Cant wait to see one of that!!..You should be waiting too because you will never regret anything from my hero Eliya.Im writing this because my few days of being friends with this guy have been the most wonderful experiences ever.Whenever I find him online makes it even more of an experience..I always learn something new if not discovering a new opportunity!...i cant tell where do I see this young man in 10 years after now.All I can say is!! Africa needs him!! Bravo Eliya Msagati. Yes You Can!!
Please add him in Facebook and Google+ with the name Eliya Msagati. or email him at email@example.com
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I open my eyes; I see the blue sheet,
I look through the window, its morning!
Its six o’clock and everybody is busy!
Except me on bed!! Oh!!
I go to the washroom, all doors closed,
I haven’t ironed my uniform, poor me!
I do it fast running in my towel,
It’s only me late!! Oh!!
It’s Monday! My worst day of the week,
Out of the shower running, I almost fell,
I get in my room, no one is there,
I am the only one left! , oh!!
Running with my shirt untied,
The comb in my hair,
The socks in my hands,
I couldn’t finish dressing!! Oh!!
You come here you late kid! She shouts!
I pass her by, running with fear!!
I was to clean the dorm alone, lucky me!
But she saw my face!! Oh!!
I get in class, I don’t have a pen!
Math is early at eight sharp!
I didn’t finish the homework!
Holiday’s over! Back to school!!
composed by Elder..when i came back from holidays,..this term!!!..