My Happiness, My Choice

Categories Meditation

The conversation below refers:

Mia: Hii Covid nimeamua haitaenda nami (laughter). Nimeamua kuendelea na shughuli zangu huku nikizingatia masharti yaliowekwa vile niwezavyo. Hii barakoa yashinda imefunika mapua na mdomo siku nzima nikiwa nje; inashinda imefunika urembo wote, lakini bora uhai (more laughter).

Ava: Mimi nimeamua kujipa raha kivyangu. Hata nikiwa kwa nyumba peke yangu namshukuru Mola kwa kunipa uhai; na kwa kuniwezesha kujimudu niwezavyo hata ingawa maisha yamekua magumu sana.

Arising from this conversation, the positive outlook of Mia and Ava towards life during these difficult days is one that we would want to emulate.

Happiness comes when the mind chooses to cast the nets wide enough so as to find light beyond the darkness.

Just like those embers in the fireplace which light the fire each morning; those glowing embers of persuasion which lift the hope inside.

Instead of lamenting, the mind chooses to find the glimmer that brings back happiness, joy and hope; even when earnings, livelihoods and loved ones have been lost.

The positive outlook of Mia and Ava towards life tells that peace can be found amid turbulence.

Just like what the lawyer Horatio G. Safford chose to do after losing his only son, followed in quick succession by the sudden death of all his four daughters;

despite his difficult circumstances, he composed himself and decided to find peace by composing the Christian hymnal, “It is well with my soul”.

I am an epic introvert, who quickly becomes an open book when I pen what’s in my significantly fertile mind; fertile as a result of bombardment by realities that are continuously captured by my inquisitive eyes, ears which are constantly rubbing the ground, through constant reading, and through dreaming too.

Writing provides an opportunity to ‘say’ what my unapologetic quiet mouth will not say; which not only soothes me, but also bequeaths to me a relief, a release, and a hope that the written words will change the world, even if only one person at a time.

And so should you seek, that’s where to find me; deeply tucked inside the blankets of reading, seeing, listening, dreaming, and then writing.

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