LIFE LESSON BY PROF. LUNGWANGWA
In 1986, Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa had just returned from his PHD studies in the USA. He was assigned to teach us ED110. The professor (then Dr) loved bombastic words, even more than George Mpombo. The lessons were difficult because at that time we had no Google, no Britanica, no iPads or smart phones.
One day the professor (then Dr.) entered the classroom and asked us to prepare for a surprise test. We sat on the new desks as we anxiously waited for the test in the then newly built NELT1 (New Lecture Theatre 1). The professor handed out the question paper, with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked all 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, gave instructions: “I want you to write what you see on the paper.” We were all freshers then, you can imagine the confusion. However, we all 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 us without exception described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet.
After all the answers were read, the classroom was silent. The professor began to explain,
“I am not going to grade on you this, I just wanted to give you something to think about,” he told the class. “No one wrote about the white part of the paper,” he continued. “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 Almighty, with love and care. We always have reasons to celebrate: our lives, nature, our friends, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see and the good things which happen every day.
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, and so on…”
“…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. Those are minor and most of the time inconsequential. The fears they bring don’t even happen most of the time. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Life is short. No one gets out of it alive anyway. Focus on the positives than the negatives. The negatives sap the energy and power from you.”
Stay blessed folks and look at life with a positive mind and the bigger picture.
©KUNDA KATWISHI KALABA

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