Letter to my nephews

End of September 2019 – Random Thoughts and Reflections. I have 3 elder sisters. I have been privileged to be the only surviving uncle who has seen my nieces and nephews born out of my 3 sisters, grow up to be men and women they all have become. As expected all families have various challenges in various forms and intensity.

My advise to all of them including other extended family members and all those who care to listen has been to encourage them in a subtle way to embrace challenge. Instead of fighting against the challenges or running away from them, welcome them as opportunities for growth and enlightenment (others don’t like my frank talk, but hey, life can throw punches direct in our face at times). In any challenging situation, our attitude makes all the difference. The challenge is what it is. However, what you make of it is up to you and me. Choose to use that challenge as a powerful prompting to raise your thinking and awareness to a higher, more effective level. And long after the challenge is over, you’ll continue to live more knowledgeable, richly and effectively.

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility. Thomas S. Monson and I think alike on this point,

When God shuts a door, don’t bother knocking on it, because what’s on the other side has the potential of stopping your destiny. What I’m I saying? There are some doors you’ve prayed for, worked for, sowed seed for, and done all that was needed to be done just to get it open but yet; it’s still shut before you. Relax, God wants it closed. Don’t waste precious time banging on such doors. He’ll surely open up another door that will give you peace and tranquility. Bola Panshi. Ba Yahweh balakontolola Filya. Follow the Spirit and be sensitive.

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. – Florence Scovel Shinn. So Kosenifye ba Mwanamayo.

In every situation, appreciate the moment. Whatever you must do, appreciate the task. Don’t rush ahead in your mind to whatever is next. Give all of yourself to whatever is here and now. Resist the urge to make a judgment as to whether it is good or bad, helpful or a waste of time. Just appreciate it, and fully experience it. Yes, there are some situations, some people, and some activities that it is good to get away from as quickly as possible. Yet while you are there, while you are with them, enjoy, appreciate and appreciate the moment.

Sometimes, it could be that most of our actions are influenced by how we’ve been treated by others. You might have been hurt greatly but don’t hurt people because you’ve been hurt. Please let the hurt chain end with you right now. Let’s make the world a better place. God bless you for that.

Even during the now familiar load shedding, none of us ever thinks of lighting a lamp/candle/katolitoli and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl or bed. Instead you put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Stay well and be blessed – KEKK-09/19

Published by Kunda Kalaba

Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) professional. Passionate about AML/CTF, Sanctions, ABC, KYC, CDD. Member - World Advisory Council Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-ACFE. Member of the African Task Force Committee - ACAMS. Presenter at International Conferences-ACAMS&ACFE. Certified Fraud Examiner-CFE. ACFE & ACAMS Singapore Chapters Member. Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist-CAMS. Certified Anti-Bribery and Corruption-ABC. Chairperson, ABC Working Group. Founder - Institute of Directors (IoD) Zambia Chapter. Founder - Managerial Accountability & Transparency. Two-term of two years Chairperson of the Bankers Association of Zambia Fraud Prevention and Security Committee. Zambian Government to SADC and COMESA Consultant on Crime & Corruption Prevention & management Strategies. Sound & vast experience in FCC Compliance, Deterrence, Prevention, Detection, Investigations, Security and Prosecutions. 25 years extensive experience in FCC, ABC, AML, CTF, Fraud & Operational risk assessment & Investigations. STA in Financial Crime Compliance & Risk management in London, Coventry & Southampton in the UK. Area Head of FCC for Southern & East Africa responsible for Risk Assessments & Investigations, AML/CTF, Sanctions. Central Bank regulatory and AML Directives appointed as Country Money Laundering Prevention/Reporting Officer-CMLPO. Professionally trained “trainer of trainers” & core facilitator. Proficient with proven track record of exceptional abilities in management and leadership for performance. Corporate Governance, capacity building, Institutional & Organizational development, business process re-engineering. Technical expertise is coupled with excellent interpersonal, team building, communication and presentation skills.

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