Little kicks to get you going…

It’s a known fact that Monday is and has always been that unspoken enemy to many people, especially those who enjoy their weekend a little too much (no offense, guys).

People get up monday morning and pretty much have to drag their feet out of their very cozy and comfortable beds so as to start Work.

BUT,

I feel Monday should not be dreaded, I’ve always said beginnings can be tough as much as endings can be heartbreaking but I’d rather have beginnings than endings, but then there would never be a beginning without an end to it…it’s a cycle really (I hope that makes sense ..lol)

Anyways, Mondays represent a beginning, a new thing. They represent hope and as such, they should be welcomed with full energy.

That being said,  I’ve prepared for you some inspirational Monday Quotes to get you mentally pumped, give you perspective and get you out of that weekend slump your struggling to jump out of.

” Today I begin a new life. I will greet this day with love in my heart.” -Of Mandino

” Work is either fun or drudgery.  It depends on your attitude.  I like fun.” -Colleen. C. Barrett

” The difference between who you are and who you want to be ,is what you do” -Unknown

” We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habbit” -Aristotle

” The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

” A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.” -Elbert Hubbard

” Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced everyday. ” -Jim Rohn

” Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain.” -Unknown

” The elevator to success is out of order. You will have yo use the stairs. One step at a time.” -Joe Girad

” Live up to the best that is in you. Live noble lives, as you may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.” -Henry W Longfellows

” Anyone who suggests to me to do less is either not a real friend or very confused.” -Grant Cardone

Monday is just a reminder that the weekend has passed and there are only a few more days before another weekend gets here.

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Have a lovely week guys!

Thinking of France…

Life as i know it....

Matthew 5:44

But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors.

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My heart is heavy.

Broken even.

I just don’t get it. How can people be this heartless, lack mercy and be this selfish? I have no answer to this but in times like these one can’t help but feel hate. I know we are told to love, it’s a command infact but human nature wills you to think otherwise in such circumstances.

I’m not going to preach hate. No. Even if it’s really heartbreaking and really seems inpossible to do…today i’ll preach LOVE.

Today, i’d rather pray for France. I’d rather pray for each country under attack by these selfish merciless people.

My heart aches, but I know something good has to come out of this and that good should be love.

I’m thinking of you France and praying for peace, perseverance, hope and most…

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More-vember

Unsaid Feelings

“At the break of the new dawn
The orange of the sun, dull
Through a cracked cloud
A piercing and bold shooting star
I saw”

We have for a while now been faced with some really troubling odds. And I sometimes think the poverty line must have shifted to half a dollar just so we could be accommodated and if it hadn’t been for my spurring mind, I don’t know how heated some conversations would have been for me.

In so many ways and on so many occasions, I’d wish these little spats in my head would die out. And almost as if on cue, November came through and just decided to offer small nuggets of niceties daily just so I could keep my head and troubled mind at peace.

Anybody might argue that I’m happy because we’ve peacefully maneuvered through the presidential nominations process. I can’t refute this claim…

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The Royal(s) At Bayimba

I am hoping that this is going to be a really short blog post. Let me first shoot The Royals in the foot. How is it that you were all in the same place for three days and didn’t take a picture together? How? Also, how is it that @TheRoyalsUg did not even tweet ‘ko’ during the event? Anyway

The 8th Bayimba Festival of the Arts 2015 started on my (Benjaah Edwards’) birthday and despite my desire to be at home and do completely nothing except reflect, I failed. Not entirely really. I enjoyed going back into my childhood and past to dig out some interesting and sad happenings. All of these have played a role in who I am. (I don’t want to go there otherwise, I will make this blog post about me and I wouldn’t want to do that here. Not today at least.)

On that Friday, a call from three friends, one for a work-related meeting near Bayimba venue, another for a birthday hug and The Royals (the third friend), all coerced me into coming out of hiding. When I saw a tweet showing the Nyamachoma (roasted meat), which I must tell you wasn’t that nice, I decided food was a good reason to be there. On arrival, I met a close friend Brian who made it his duty to buy me everything whether I wanted it or not. Thanks.

Let’s fast forward to that day one. Quite honestly, my highlight was Levixone and I know a certain Christian platform wrote an entire blog post about it, so, I won’t repeat what they said. I enjoyed being out. I missed Maddox Sematimba because I was having a meeting but I was close enough to listen and know he did not perform the song Nakatudde. Namagembe was a good one, if my memory serves me right. I saw three ROYALS, Joel Jemba, Reagan, and Josh Agaba.

Forget everything that happened on day two except Sheebah Karungi. Mukama (Lord)! Was she dressed up or what!? The singer who I tweeted saying she is like Uganda’s Beyonce except Beyoncé has a good voice did not leave me the same again. I know some people who will be like, what were you doing in that place? Well, I was there partly to work but how on earth was I to miss a Festival of The Arts? Who in their right mind does that? The whole time I was there, I was thinking, “Okay, we need a lady who can mentor our future wives, daughters and sisters.” That’s all I will say to that.

Day three was one I did not want to attend. Still I got numerous phone calls and invites that got me out of my Uncle duty from a place beyond Gayaza to go and attend Bayimba. The only sad part is that I for one missed Naava Grey. From the tweets, The Royals who had been joined by Massie enjoyed every bit of it. I arrived in time for a Burundian artiste who was really good. Unfortunately, because I had missed Naava Grey, I did not enjoy the three man band. I strayed away to the upper stage to watch a team of musicians who sung Bob Marley’s One Love song. That was the performance that got me dancing. I walked back to the main stage for an album launch before I went to the Theatre Auditorium where Kadongo Kamu (a Luganda music genre) dominated the stage with great acting and X-rated bedroom issues handled in song.

I made my way back to the main stage after they were done and realised all the action was taking place on Twitter. I wasn’t going to leave the place without a piece of the cake. I joined in. Sent a few tweets but continuously laughed at some of the most interesting ‘tweeps.’

The duo Moze Radio and Weasle were the closing acts. I won’t go into that, check the hashtag #Bayimba2015 to see what happened. All I know is, illuminati talk, Ngenda Mu Maaso was crowd favorite, Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleon were all dissed, and I kept thinking, Weasle and brother Chameleon should put away their pride and do another song together.

Disclaimer: I write all of these from a critics point of view. If my presence and engagement during Bayimba stumbled any of you, I am sorry. I enjoyed the arts at Bayimba. That’s all. I have a meeting.

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Where is your focus?

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test.

They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the question paper, with the text facing down as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin.

To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions….just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s face, told them the following: “I want you to write what you see there.” The students confused, got started on the inexplicable task.

At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions, described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc.

After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain: “I am not going to grade you on this; I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots.

Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see everyday……. However we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend etc.

The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life.

Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with LOVE.

Media And Purity

Many of us have heard or read about the story of David in the bible. Sunday school or church or maybe any Christian gathering but if you have never, well I’ll try to fill you in. A lot is said about David and what he was in the bible, a few things and qualities of those were; he was strong (refer to the point where he killed the Lion, the bear and Goliath). David was wise, Had authority and was wealthy.

Now you might be wondering why am talking about David yet this blog is entitled media purity. Lets go; “Media is reffered to as the collective communication outlets or tools that are used to store and deliver information or data” ~ Wikipedia

Just to take you back to David, You must have heard or read about that particular story where David slept with a woman he had SEEN showering. Woman’s name: Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 11:1-5

The similarity of this story and media is that both involve “seeing” But even before the seeing we earlier notice in the story that King David was alone in his castle relaxing and resting and his men had gone for battle because it was a time of war. We know how the story finally ends he gets some. Yes that some!

A few aspects we should focus on when dealing with media purity;

Being alone; David stayed alone and sent the servants to battle. He was doing nothing just sleeping, (insert: Watching series, and movies alone) being alone in the house or somewhere can be tricky and tempting many times, you will agree with me (or not) that Most of the major decisions in life are done/signed while you are alone. This is because the time when you are alone your mind is so active. Always find something to keep you busy and active whenever you are alone. Make sure that it will be of benefit to you.

The other thing we see is that this happened in the afternoon (time). People had been active and doing stuff for the king, the king was sleeping and resting in his bed. Probably drinking. Who knows? Lets face it Temptations are very inevitable when you are idle.

Still in the very story we read that “David saw a woman bathing. The act of “seeing” here was not just a mere glance, but he saw and pondered on what he was seeing… Exactly! The bible does explain what he saw exactly, though it says the lady was showering and naked! The rest was oba censored but David saw.

Here is the thing when you see what should-have-been censored media content, be it a photo or a video or an article. What do you do in that moment? Do you only glance at it and scroll on or do you pause and ponder on that media content?

Remember your eyes are the windows to your soul, and what you feed your soul has a big impact on your character. (And don’t get me started about character.)

The other thing we notice is that David took a further step to inquire about the woman, and later she was brought to the palace. If we relate this to media. You might see something you shouldn’t have, which in turn will lead you to start pondering or meditating on it, what can I do to get that? how do I quench my thirst now? In search for answers and you go a head and look for answers from wherever you can. By everywhere I mean everywhere.

The final thing would be your body getting some action of what started as a mind game (soul game), though keep in mind this started with a glance/seeing of media content.

Am not saying media is bad, no. I spend 3/4 of my time everyday on media to be specific; social media. Of course when am awake! My whole point is that what content do you look out for or at? (you don’t have to answer that) Remember “Tiny drops of water make a big ocean”

I usually joke around and tell my friends, forget about the tree in the garden of Eden. That tree of good and evil now stands erect in this generation and it’s the internet. Most of the things we do and think might satisfy us, they are very things that leave us more empty. Anything that you do outside of God’s will for pleasure will always leave you empty. Be pure in body, mind and soul!

A lot more can be reflected on from that story. From different dimensions and angles,  I couldn’t divulge it all. And as the baganda say ” A good dancer eventually leaves the floor”

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, what is noble, what is right, what is admirable, if anything is excellent and praiseworthy – think about such things” Philippians 4:8 NIV

Not Another Self-Help Post. This, You Need!

By nature, I love encouraging others to succeed. I even think I do it a little too much. I feel happy to simply inspire someone to living a fulfilled life. This does not however mean that I am a ‘self-help’ advocate. Contrary to that, I even fear Social Media accounts that post only self-help content. It feels plastic and unrealistic. I think some times you just need to be human enough to feel pain. I don’t mean have self-pity. I am just saying be sincere with where you are as a person while on your way somewhere else.

This post however, is to encourage you from my real life experience. I went through a tough season not so long ago. Friends who I could lean on were nowhere to be found. I was tired of being who I am (It’s a long story). Let’s just say I wanted a change that wasn’t coming. And on top of that, I wasn’t even at my best spiritual state to seek God’s counsel and help. I was in a place that I believe is not so strange to many of you.

I was in a place where, as Mary Mary the Gospel singing group sung, when all that could go wrong went wrong at the same time. As a normal human being, I complained rather than believe God. (I am trying to tell it as it is. No sugar-coating.)

The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us

1. {A Song of degrees.} When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

2. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

3. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

4. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

5. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

When God in a few days turned the situation around, my heart was filled with joy. I told of God’s goodness to the small group that we meet with every Wednesday. They shared in my joy. I would like to encourage you that, Whatever, you are facing, God is able to see you through. He will cause all things to work together for your good. He will do that for His name’s sake. You bear the name of God and that alone is your guarantee of a great future. God is fighting with and for you.

Stay blessed.