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Isaac at the Victoria Falls

Isaac at the Victoria Falls

You may have noticed that there was only a single post on this blog in the months of June and July. That’s because I was ‘out of office’. I took some time off to go down to Livingstone. It is always an adventure. If you are thinking of going on holiday Livingstone might just be the perfect destination for you.

Naturally, the family was happy to see me. And so was I. It was quite a re-union-after almost a year.

with mom, dad and Limpo

with mom, dad and Limpo

Jay, Isaac,  Dominic and Limpo

with my brothers Jay and Dominic and my little nephew, Limpo

Then there was Limpo-my three year old nephew. Such a brilliant boy! Would you believe, I spent more time with him than with anyone else! How sad he must have felt after I left!

Isaac, Ruth, Jay and Dominic

with my sister Ruth and my brothers Dominic and Jay

and Dominic

and Dominic

When I left Lusaka the idea was “to go away and take a little break”. Alas! It turned out to be more work than I anticipated. The family has just acquired a ‘small’ piece of land which we are trying to develop. Right now it is nothing more than a forest (with animals in it too). The idea is to turn it into a smallholding. Half of my time was spent there.

I also spent some time visiting family and friends. My grandmother seems to be getting younger!

Even when I am on holiday, I try not to miss church services (Heb. 10:25). I was given the opportunity to preach at three of the four congregations I visited. It was a wonderful experience. To the Churches of Christ at Airport, Fallsview, Highland and Kamadobe, thank you so much for your hospitality. Keep up the good work. Your work in the Lord is not in vain (II Cor. 10:57).

Well, after all the hard work I had to take some real time off. There could be only one destination – the Victoria Falls. Such a lovely place. David Livingstone couldn’t have put it any better when he said “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

While at the Vic Falls I met Kim Novotny who was on holiday from Utah, USA. She did such a fantastic job of being my photographer. She also visited a couple of charities while in Zambia.

Isaac with Kim

with Kim

Naturally, I made some observations about business operations in Livingstone. The customer care at Spar Livingstone was great. I had to keep going there. MTN impressed me as well. I called customer care to complain about something and they were very prompt at dealing with it.

Barclays might need another branch soon. For now I think they are managing just fine.

I was also surprised that shops in Livingstone still close in order to go for lunch. You would think there is a way of making the workers have lunch without closing the shop for two hours. Well, what do I know?

But the ice cream at Wonderbake tastes just as good. I had to do a couple of them with my little man.

To my disappointment the projects that started prior to the UNWTO seem to have ground to a halt. We hope they don’t become white elephants.

All in all I enjoyed every minute of my stay in Livingstone. Actually, I can’t wait for my next one.

Thank you Livingstone for your hospitality. Home sweet home! Now, let’s get back to work. We have bills to pay after all.

Note: Since coming back from my trip I have made two posts on this blog. Make time to read them (if you have not).

Isaac at the Victoria Falls

The Guy in the Glass

The guy in the glass

a Poem by Dale Wimbrow

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you King for a day,

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,

Who judgement upon you must pass.

The feller whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear up to the end,

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,

And think you’re a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

This poem was written by Dale Wimbrow in 1934. It brings to the fore one of the most important lessons of successful and happy living; being true to oneself. Quit trying to impress other people. Live the life YOU were meant to live, not the life other people want you to live.

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Will Rogers

You can visit the official page of this poem here.

We are the Youths, We are the Future But that Future is NOW!

Welcome to the Future Two kids pointing

Many young people spend their small days being told that they are the ‘future’ and they spend all their life hoping, waiting,wishing that they will wake up one morning and find that the ‘future’ has arrived.But it never does.

The future is not an occasion. It is not an event. Neither is it a place.Here are five key points that every young person should have in mind while thinking of the future.

5 key points for the youth

  1. Stop waiting for some uncertain future-create it
  2. The best way to predict the future is to create it.Create a vision of what you want your life to look like in the next two years and begin doing something that brings you closer to your objective everyday.You are not going to wake up one morning and then BOOM, here is your future.It’s the little things you do everyday that determine where your life is heading.

    Take control of your life

  3. You are responsible for your life
  4. Stop trying to justify everything that’s wrong with your life.You are responsible for where you are today and for where you are going.You are the pilot of your life.Yes,the weather will be bad sometimes.You can’t control that.But you are in control of the navigation.That’s what matters.

  5. Seize the opportunities in your hand
  6. Many youths complain about how the older generation does not give them an opportunity ‘to prove themselves’.To some extent,that argument holds water.But the people who made it in life are not those who waited for opportunities to present themselves.They got up and pursued their set goals. If you are going to do something worthy of note you must be willing to take the initiative.

    There is also the tendency for people (not only youths) to think that there are better opportunities elsewhere.Before you leave for those seemingly ‘greener pastures’ make sure you are not looking for something that is already in your hands.There are opportunities where you are.Just spare a moment to look.Gold is under your feet!

  7. Youth is no excuse for mischief
  8. Don’t use your youthful energy in self destructive behaviors.Use it to create a better world for yourself and for others.Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg made revolutionary innovations when they were still young men.Both of them were 20 when they started Microsoft and Facebook respectively.Steve Jobs was 21 when he co-founded Apple.Even our Lord Jesus Christ was a youth when He was doing everything He did.

  9. Position yourself purposely
  10. Be deliberate in everything you do.Direct your efforts to where they will give you the most desired result.Don’t be haphazard.

    If you want to be a doctor,for example, start reading medical journals and become friends with practicing doctors.Stop waiting for things to happen-make them.Be proactive.

We are the youths, we are the future but that future is NOW!

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