DO NOT FEAR, FOR I AM WITH YOU?

The only person, that can truly tell you, DO NOT BE AFRAID, for I AM WITH YOU, is You. In the end, its your strength, your ability to overcome fears and your ability to rise above tides that will hold this world together.DungarSingh

Its a good thing, isn’t it. Not to be alone. To take a step, knowing that well, there is a person not in a distant far, but close by, watching out, just in case you slip.

This comfort though, welcome, can only be assuring if the person who said it is reliable, and true and will ALWAYS be there. A truth that we can never be assured of.

You can never tell, that those we trust and value will always be there. At a snap of an incident, they vanish. Some, when danger knocks, they run away to seek their own safety. There is also the other truth, that just as we need them to be with us, so do they also need another person to be with them.

So you see, whenever we believe this is a shoulder to lean on, that shoulder leans on another too. In a way, the whole world is leaning. So actually in the end, only one person hold the world together. And that person, can never be the other, it has always to be you.

The only person, that can truly tell you, DO NOT BE AFRAID, for I AM WITH YOU, is You. In the end, its your strength, your ability to overcome fears and your ability to rise above tides that will hold this world together.

Whenever you are scared beyond holding yourself together, your world crumbles and with it thousands of other worlds. So learn to be brave in your fears, knowing, truly, in this leaning world, its always dependent on you.

So pursue your motivations, say prayers or Dua, Meditate, take deep breathes, but always, remember, You hold your own world and thousands of others who lean on you.

Brave day friends!

KU SHUTTLE SERVICES

There is an on going discussion about KU Shuttle Services with students affected by the termination, myself included truly concerned.

First, I must laud the efforts that are ongoing to find a solution. These are some of those problems where there can only be one view of it, a solution has to be found.

In my first year, I faced the extreme inconvenience of using one college bus that had been assigned to us. The shuttle services were a welcome relief, and the VC having explained the matter to us, we chose to adopt and subscribe.

The rationale was that we will subscribe en-mass, and in my view, it was not a pretty weak assumption. That the subscription failed to meet the threshold, is proof that perhaps the idea was not looked into.

The previously agreed amounts were varied and then the termination as was communicated.

In the communique, students were advised to look for alternative modalities of transport. While this would be the default advice, its my hope that it does not reflect the actual position of the administration on the matter. The administration, in the discharge of its obligations to avail to students a place from where to learn, must see the urgency, even without our leaders pushing to find an alternative.

That said, I believe we have viable alternatives that can be pursued to create a sustainable and reliable solution.

1. PROVIDE KU BUSES TO CARRY STUDENTS: Students can pay the ksh. 3,000 they used to pay to fuel & maintain college buses. while this may not suffice the entire hog, it will substantially reduce the amount chipped in by the administration.

I do not believe that there is a government policy against using university buses. My belief is on the basis that I seem an unable to get the basis of such a policy. And we actually have other Colleges ferrying their students.

2. In the Interim, before a solution is found, the Administration should commit to facilitate transport of students. The apprehension that has been created is not good at all. There are students who have been allocated rooms at main campus and need to be allowed the peace of mind as the semester starts.

3. In the Long run, I believe it will be necessary for the management to consider designating some of its buses to ferry students who commute or procure more vehicles for the same. While outsourcing is a viable option in the short run, its prone to many other speculative factors that make it unreliable.

One thing that should guide all those involved in this matter, is that the student’s safety and convenience have to guide our decisions. While its prudent to cut costs and what have you, basics should not be compromised on such a justification.

We also have to guard against suggestions that may add extra costs to students creating strains. The proposal to balloon the cost to Ksh. 5000 for a single bus is clearly impractical on many bases.

Several students barely remain with any allocations of money after paying there school fees & accommodation fees.

My urge to all those who are in a position of making this decision, is that they must do everything possible to find a viable, affordable & reliable solution.

And where someone has an idea of alternatives, support your leaders by suggesting and not criticizing them as inept.

The Burden of being Responsible

Well, that is a contradiction with what we imagine. We all hope to be light and free. And cruise the world with ease. We all want to laugh, and smile and be happyleader

Responsibility is a decent word. In fact, when one says you are responsible, it an admirable compliment, is it not?

But bearing responsibility has its own rules. That you are aware, that you make decisions that affect beyond you. That when you are right, those you benefit will smile, but when wrong, you carry the blame.

That said, responsibility is what brings the weight that gives life its true meaning. Knowing that you have to worry beyond you, that you have to influence, think beyond you, and that your failure affects others who look up to you.

Milan Kundera, in his book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, says in life, the heavier the burden you carry, the more fulfilling life becomes.

Well, that is a contradiction with what we imagine. We all hope to be light and free. And cruise the world with ease. We all want to laugh, and smile and be happy.

Well, I took a thought at it. And it dawned on me, that perhaps the deepest and truest of the smile and laughter is one that comes from the heaviest of the burdens.

When your smile was born from knowing that another one person smiled before you, when your glow in life comes from seeing other faces lit. When that happens, you know that, you carried a burden to lighten others, and in the end created your own light.

Responsibility will be more often about sacrifice, and not privilege, but if you find privilege in sacrificing, then you have the purity of life.

Have a reflective day friends.

FEELING PROFOUNDLY CONFUSED?

stock-photo-girl-before-a-white-roadsign-in-fear-of-the-unknown-134240561 So, I approach it with caution and spontaneity, thinking through what I can, but praying for grace to accept what I cant change. Sometimes, yes, giving up myself to a higher motivation. Even sometimes, just letting it all pass. I guess, its just human to be human.

I have always wondered, what should guide my decisions at that moment. That moment when you think you should move on,yet your hearts asks you to be cautious. Or when you feel, you should quit, yet your heart wants you to persist.

That strain, that is very often created when, what our hearts wills and what our eyes conceive are two huge contradictions. That second, when no data, or history can assure the accuracy of your decisions.

I find myself on this path more often than not, and I believe many human beings find themselves here. I have done all experiments, sometimes trusted my gut, sometimes prayed, sometimes just took one path, hoping that it will be the best.

And just like in all experiments, some work out, some disappoint.

Yet, the fear I face each day, is that I cannot keep on experimenting, or disappointing every day. The brevity of time and life cannot afford that luxury. Yet, the dream that somehow I will ever get a way out, a formula, a method of handling all this with precision has faded.

So, I have resigned to this truth. That life is a risk. And that, more often than not, we will be called to take the risk. That if we are profoundly timid to take any, we will never live, that if we are profoundly brave to take all, we may never live again.

So, I approach it with caution and spontaneity, thinking through what I can, but praying for grace to accept what I cant change. Sometimes, yes, giving up myself to a higher motivation. Even sometimes, just letting it all pass. I guess, its just human to be human.

To cry and laugh, to succeeded and fail sometimes, to impress and disappoint sometimes, to face days and nights sometimes. All that matters, is that you know deep down your heart, that you did your best. Honestly, your best.

Have a Reflective day friends!

WHEN AIRPORTS BURN

Agni, the deity of fire in Hindu has very many roles. In part, the deity links the mortals and the gods. Agni has two heads. One symbolizes immortality and the other is a mystery to mankind. Agni is the acceptor of sacrifices, but never takes the sacrifice himself. One thing I know not, is whether, the presence of a fire, like at airports, signify the presence of Agni, or Agni’s will.

Now, I am also not sure, if arrival terminuses at airports can be sacrifices, that billowy smokes of luggage please gods. But well, I will make an assumption, that it is true, when airports burn, sorry, when JKIA burns, the gods take the sacrifices.

On April, 14th, 2011, some American folk, Hank Krakowski, resigned from his work. Now you see; Hank was the head of Federal Aviation Authority Traffic Organization. And he resigned because a controller at Reno-Tahoe International Airport could not be reached for 16 minutes because he was asleep.

This is really funny, a folk who is perhaps miles away sleeps for 16 minutes and his employer feels so guilty, that he decides to call it quits. Perhaps because he was not keen to ensure that those employed as controllers all had acute insomnia. I tried to see whether the names, Hank or Krakowski means anything close to sleep, in any language, but I did not manage to.

You see, in Kenya, the head of KQ, at anytime, it has many planes at JKIA, is called, NaiKUNI, something like, Na hii KUNI, quite a factor, for fires to start, right? I actually, am told there is a folk within the KAA, JKIA ranks who is called, Kibiriti, now that is really a tough coincidence.

Well, you see, I had woken up pretty early that morning to catch a flight to Johannesburg. So I when the country saw its pride, JKIA is quite something by the way, go up in flames, I was there, surprised.
The worst that has befallen any official so far, has been being summoned for questioning, and the redeployment of the KAA security. Now, one of the few Cabinet Secretaries I have come to like is Engineer Michael Kamau. You see, as a PS, that guy did awesome things, like Thika Super Highway.

If my memory serves me right, Mr. Secretary, I almost said, Minister, you were the first to arrive at JKIA. In a black jeans trouser, I actually did not see your bodyguards, I am sure though, they were somewhere. Well, you were on the phone, and was shouting something. Something, I am sure you have forgotten, but I will remind, it was something like: Stima yote, kwa uwanja ifungwe.

Now, Eng. Kamau is also the chairperson of a committee that was tasked by the President to look at the JKIA fire. You see, the Engineer should tell the country the person who he was talking to the phone with. And FIRE that person first.I do not mean the literal, JKIA flame thing on their coat, but in the sense, in which the Republican American, Donald Trump, is famed for using the using the word:

How can fire burn in an airport, for one hour while electricity is still very on, then, the government calls in FBI to determine whether there was flammable material that helped the fire to spread. I am sure, electricity was kept on to ensure that they saw the fire they were fighting, right?
Now, I was talking about Agni, that god of fire, if he takes airports as sacrifices, I am sure he rejected the JKIA Arrival terminuses. You see, as a god, I will only take fires that are extinguished with those big, red trucks with sirens and men and women dressed in asbestos suits. I will not, take fires extinguished by the Nairobi, CLEAN WATER trucks, or NYS folk-hood with pails and buckets.

I do not doubt it, not even a moment, that the JKIA fire was a result of extreme negligence, started off, as a small spark, to grow into one of the largest infernos ever. I am sure, my friends the pressitutes, I borrowed this from Charles Obbo, would like to see how the airport burnt. Here is how it happens, When Airports Burn:

The Fire Starts like Smoke

The Fire Starts like Smoke

Then our first, and only priority for the time, is evacuating people

Then our first, and only priority for the time, is evacuating people

Then as the fire rages on, we keep electricity on so that we see it clearly

Then as the fire rages on, we keep electricity on so that we see it clearly

3O MINUTES LATER, ONE FIRE ENGINE ARRIVES

3O MINUTES LATER, ONE FIRE ENGINE ARRIVES

But the Fire defies that Engine, and a couple more get in

But the Fire defies that Engine, and a couple more get in

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A COP, Keeping people away from fire, Uniquely. I actually wondered how Kenyans would like to go to the fire, think about it

A COP, Keeping people away from fire, Uniquely. I actually wondered how Kenyans would like to go to the fire, think about it, being restrained from going to the fire

And folks get stranded

And folks get stranded

On Your Left, the first tweet to the world about the fire was from her

On Your Left, the first tweet to the world about the fire was from her

IMG_1405 The Governor was also here
And the Governor Came

And the Governor Came

That is when the head of Airport Security, Erick Kiraithe Walked in

That is when the head of Airport Security, Erick Kiraithe Walked in

Ans he walked, to secure a burnt Airport

Ans he walked, to secure a burnt Airport

And a Police Helicopter then circled the Airport

And a Police Helicopter then circled the Airport

And the President was escorted in

And the President was escorted in

The President was quite concerned

The President was quite concerned

And the Head of CID, THE Internal Security Minister briefed the President

And the Head of CID, THE Internal Security Minister briefed the President

This Man must have seen real Crime for his Department to Investigate

This Man must have seen real Crime for his Department to Investigate

Stranded Me

Stranded Me

And the Head of NSIS & CEO NaiKuni

And the Head of NSIS & CEO NaiKuni

The Fire saw the President, the governor, the minister, the Inspector General and the Fire Engines, it calmed down

The Fire saw th
e President, the governor, the minister, the Inspector General and the Fire Engines, it calmed down

EMBRACING TOMORROW- GLOBAL CONVERSATION; PRETORIA

IMG_20130803_125050Tomorrow Wednesday the 7th, Lone Felix will join President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton, 2012 Forbes Africa Person of the year and Equity Bank CEO Dr. James Mwangi and Chair Person of Board of trustees for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Mr. Njabulo in South Africa, Pretoria for a Global Conversation on Leadership that embraces tomorrow.

You can submit your questions and share stories using the hashtag ‪#‎EmbraceTmrw‬ both before and during the conversation.

A joint initiative of The Clinton and Nelson Mandela Foundations.

The Conversation will highlight African change makers, individuals and organizations working to take positive action, and will focus on how engagement, dialogue, and citizen service form the cornerstone of Africa’s progress as the continent with the world’s fastest growing economies and are crucial for Africa to reach its full potential.

On Thursday, Lone Felix, will visit the Neslon Mandela Centre of Memory to interact with its advocacy initiatives, especially the initiative of Freedom of Access to Information. This is in line with his duties as the ICJ-Kenya University freedom of Information Ambassador.

Later, he will visit the historic Soweto slums.

DELIGHT IN YOUR FEARS

The strongest of men or women, are not those who endure pain with ease, they are those who face failure with knowledge that they too are just human, but that failing is in itself full of lessons.Fear
Ever heard this phrase, for when I am weak, then I am strong! Sometimes, it passes as one of those religious clichés that make little sense.

But it is very true, our greatest strength, is revealed in the moments of our biggest weakness. Strength, I have come to believe, is not about being bubbly and happy, and meeting our challenges and living through fire with a smile.

True strength, is about sometimes being jolted by reality that we are all human. That moment, when you realize you can also fail, also cry. That you can also try and it does not work out. That realization that brings you closer to yourself.

The strongest of men or women, are not those who endure pain with ease, they are those who face failure with knowledge that they too are just human, but that failing is in itself full of lessons.

I realize, as a person it takes me to be frightened to be closer with myself and conscience. And when that happens, that moment when I realize that I missed a step, or that I may miss a step. That moment when your own strength seems not to work, and you are forced to give yourself up to a greater guidance, a greater inspiration, that is when you are truly strong.

So just like it is written, I too this morning: I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong

Happy day Friends

This Girl Mitchelle Knight

Now this girl Michelle Knight, exemplifies the true spirit that we should embrace, rather a spirit that I deeply admire.HT_michelle_knight_thg_130801_16x9_992

She was chained by Aerial Castro for eleven years, defiled against her will for eleven years, eleven years. I can only imagine what can be more torturous, when you know with certainty that your dignity, value and self have been debased. Waking each morning confined in a room.

What would it mean, to know that you are waking up before a man who stole your youthful years, against your will, but even more, stole your freedom, for eleven years.

Eleven years, can be a long time. What happens to you, each morning,each day and each night for eleven years can easily become you. I though Knight and her three colleagues would live prisoners of their past.

But a few months after they were released, Knight yesterday looked stood in the same room with her abductor, and said these words: For you took 11 years of my life away, and I have got it back. I spent 11 years in hell, and now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that happened, but you will face hell for eternity.
From this moment on, I will not let you define me or affect who I am. You will live — I will live on. You will die a little every day

What more is courage than knowing that you are not what happens to you. That even if the world, degrades and devalues you, you are never that valueless, you are what you are, a dignified human being.

All we need is to muster courage, muster the will, forgive, I do not believe in forgetting, but move on knowing you are never what your failures suggest you are.