When we are counting our blessings, we count only the tangible things that we can see, touch, taste, hear or smell; but we most often have no clue that, simultaneously, God Almighty saved us from ills and calamities which would have befallen us without our knowledge, and for which we should count as blessings too.

Imagine this true-life story of James, not his real name, the father of a two-week-old child who has a condition that required dialysis on a weekly basis. Doctors had indicated that the condition was treatable through some minor surgery but the procedure could only be safely carried out when Continue Reading "Count The Blessings, Seen And Unseen"

“Wealth without work” was described by Mahatma Gandhi as one of the “Seven Deadly Sins”; the others being, “Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, and Worship without sacrifice”.

These seven deadly sins perfectly define the misery that is brought about by corruption. The love of wealth without sweat has rendered human life useless. It has made life cheap and expendable.

The Seven Deadly Sins have made it very dangerous to step outside the house every morning of every single day; the reason being Continue Reading "The Heavy Cost Of Corruption"

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad” – Anonymous

This article is about dads: Dads are those fathers who choose to be ever-present in the lives of their children, especially in this age when there is a lot of father-hunger in society. It celebrates fathers who invest themselves completely in their families and contribute to the lives of their children even when today’s community continues to ignore the tremendous role of a father in the lives of their children. As the late Billy Graham once said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets of our society”. Dads have been referred to as, “a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love”.

Philosophers describe the “Family” as one of the four pillars that hold society together. The other three being Continue Reading "Fathers Build Houses, Dads Create Homes"

“Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”

My child, I know that your Primary School, Secondary School or College mates have gone in different directions. Some have completed university and are now doctors, engineers, teachers, pilots, lawyers, administrators, and so on. Some are running their second or third degrees; while some haven’t gained admission into tertiary institutions and may never do. Some own companies; and others are directors and shareholders in reputable companies. Some are married and some have children. Some are on the sick bed; and others are dead, don’t forget that too.

My child, you will meet them and feel that they have accomplished their dreams while you feel you’re not close to achieving yours; but also know that you will meet others who are still struggling to survive. Continue Reading "A Letter To My Child – In Life, Be Patient; And Do Not Compare Yourself To Others"

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets of our society” – Billy Graham

Tonight, approximately 45 percent of children aged between 0 – 17 years will go to sleep in homes in which either their fathers or their mothers do not live. For 22 percent of children, both parents are alive but their fathers are living elsewhere. This is according to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of 2014.

First, a caveat: Immeasurable credit and applause goes to the many single mothers out there who are forced to raise children all by themselves. They are doing a heroic job, often under difficult circumstances. But they shouldn’t have to do it alone. The work of raising children is very important, and it’s the responsibility of both fathers and mothers. This article is, therefore, not meant to either belittle Continue Reading "Boys Are An Endangered Lot Due To Father Hunger In Society"

“Parents of free-range adults” – Robin Fox

After college, or during college for some, most people go through life as bachelors.

This is quickly followed by the stage of being a father or a mother, when children dramatically make their debut into this world.

Then follows the tedious,  but welcome, stage where parents lovingly raise their young children, starting with the sleepless nights which seem endless, as the infants mark their territory and declare that they can only be ignored at the parent’s peril. At this point, the thought of them ever leaving home is a non-issue. They slowly, but surely, however, learn how to do things on their own, for themselves.

Before long, the children grow into the teenagers, and they slowly start sending clear signs of wanting to be left alone. They want the parents to loosen the grip and give them some space. They can’t wait to be independent. The teenagers are at this stage busy developing Continue Reading "Coping With The Quiet After Children Leave The Nest"