Pleasant Discomfort

10-03-2019 – Random Thoughts and Reflections.
During the 1970s up to 1980s, growing up in Luapula Province of the Republic of Zambia, the Rain Season usually would run from Early November to end of April the following year. The Early warning signs of the Rain Season (drizzles and showers) would normally pour on the very dry, scotched heat grounds on on 24th October – during the Independence day celebrations. There were no Climate Change stories or El-nino.
This week Luapula Province Minister, Honourable Nickson Chilangwa confirmed that it rained heavily in Mansa and Kawambwa Districts. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever. Seasons come and go. Just like in real life, vinthu vikinja. Some level of Comfort or Discomfort will be experienced by many through ones lifetime.
Discomfort is by definition not pleasant. It is, however, powerful. A person who never experiences discomfort will not know the full extent of life’s richness. That’s not an arbitrary judgment, but a fact proven over thousands of years. Discomfort teaches what nothing else can. Discomfort pushes you to grow in a way that cannot be replicated. Comfort is enjoyable and makes you soft, weak, puts you out of touch. Discomfort hardens, energizes, fills you with determination. Muscles that have never experienced discomfort are feeble. Going through discomfort creates resilience, robustness, firmness, strength.

Grab the best of those possibilities and inject your authentic passion into them. Create something wonderful, again and again. Instead of using your situation as an excuse, use it as a starting point. Connect with the unique beauty and immense value of who you are, and rise above any situation. Go ahead, take on a challenge that makes you uncomfortable. You’ll get through it, and it will make you a whole lot better.

Unfortunately, we can never truly know if we’re making the right decision. What we do know is that wherever we are, that’s where the Light wants us to be. It’s the best place for us to be now. And as long as we don’t try to control the situation, then we won’t end up in the place we shouldn’t be. – Yehuda Berg aadvised all of us.

If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance. – Ralph Marston

Your situation does not define you. In fact, your situation does not really even limit you. You can transcend any situation with purposeful, focused action. You can choose to change things, to grow, to improve, to create, to prosper and to live with joy and fulfillment. Don’t get caught up in making judgments about whether it is easy or difficult, pleasant or uncomfortable. Just step forward and do what you know is best for your life and your world. You are a living bundle of infinitely flexible energy. Instead of letting your circumstances bring you down, let your possibilities lift you up. Stay well and be blessed. KKK888-2019

The Zambian Economist

10/03/2019 – Random Thoughts and Reflections
On Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Groups and Pages, I, just like many others, follow certain Zambian Thought Leaders and brilliant minds as they engage in intellectual discourse, share historical perspectives, analyse current and future perspectives on a lot of wide ranging topics and real life experiences. And they are so many such Zambians, too numerous to acknowledge and tabulate their names here. Suffice to mention here that we are grateful for everything you do.

I have also taken keen interest on how several have handled social platform “controversies” or comments which have the potential to raise furore or is it kerfuffle (my grandmother used to call it Kafwafwa).

Of late, Professor Kenneth K Mwenda and Elder Chibamba F. Kanyama had to calmly and amicably resolve or diffuse some social platform backlash or impasse (Ba yama would say Impasase) over their respective comments pertaining to Motherland Zambian Politics and Economics.

Although now water under the bridge, the subtle and salient lessons learnt from the two prominent Zambians are treasured. The art of letting go. Cardinal among them is their conviction in their informed staunch belief of “Don’t let someone else’s negativity become yours”. They let facts, numbers, knowledge and research findings speak for themselves. They ….don’t lie. We all can learn and emulate.

These moments that are your life are too valuable to waste on others trying to raise other people’s blood pressure. When another person is rude, thoughtless, disrespectful or worse, don’t react by sinking to that level yourself. Instead, let it motivate you to be even more understanding, thoughtful, and kind. Reflecting negativity back at others does not teach them a lesson. A far more influential choice is to serve as a positive example. (I just hope, pray and wish that all Political Leaders, Cadres and Die Hards can learn something from such illustrations). Certainly you don’t want to allow others to take advantage of you. But neither do you want them to turn you against your highest, treasured values. Umuntu ku kwata ama Principles na value system. Not just be a vuvuzela on behalf of the significant others in the corridors and echelons of power. Inga iwe wemwine, where do you stand, come rain come sunshine? Politicians come and go, just like the Seasons.

In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil (mischief). The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices. – James E. Faust guided us.

The best way to win is not by fighting. In Elder Chibamba F. Kanyama’s recent case, the Battle was fought on his behalf by a myriad of old faithful followers and comrades among them Hjoe Moono, Brian Mulenga and many others who shared their views on how “Economists” sound, behave and look like. The same way ba Shenda Zukas, ba Placido Kaluba, ba Lemekani Remmy Phiri and many others vouched for Professor Kenneth K Mwenda’s musing touching on Politics.

Sometimes, the best way to win is by being so strong, so positively purposeful that a fight never starts in the first place. The petty negativity of others does not have to get to you. Because you can choose, in a loving, generous, amiable way, to live beyond it. Is there something you wish you had done sooner? Or is there something you’ve been trying to decide how to start? Give your attitude, your life, your world the benefit of your action. Do yourself a favour today, and get it done.

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. – Malcolm X

Escape the stale confinement of wishing, waiting, wondering. Refresh your day with action. Shake off the excuses and rationalizations, the second guesses, regrets and indecisiveness. Energize your life with action. Not every action will bring the results you desire. Yet the more you take action, the more effective you become at achieving what you choose. Every time you act you create valuable experience. Besides producing results, that experience builds on itself, boosting your confidence and competence.

If the only prayer you will ever say in your entire life is “THANK YOU” it will be more than enough – Maester Eckhart
Stay well and be blessed – KKK999 – 2019

Serpent Eating Challenge

Wednesday – The 2nd Day of October 2019
Random Thoughts and Reflections. On my mind? My Motherland. My home Country – Zambia. The Economy, Climate Change, Mukula tree, Black Mountains, Zesco Tarriffs, ZESCO Loadshedding or Load Management, Fuel Prices, Mealie Meal (Mugayuwa) Prices, Bill No.10, 48 Houses, ACC, ZPS, DEC, FIC, Ratsa, KCM, Mopani, Budget, GST, VAT and several other issues such as Serpent Challenge Lo. Fyani ama issues.

But, before we all develop High Blood Pressure and put pressure on GRZ Health infrastructure and Resources, let us swallow a chill pill and try to see an interesting irony. Agreed, we are all alive to the facts on the ground and we are equally able to see what’s wrong with life. One of the reasons for this could be attributed to our free education (for those above 40) and or deep knowledge of understanding and appreciating – knowing what is right. Precisely, because there’s so much right with life.

All the good parts give us the luxury of being able to consider what’s not so good. All the things that work correctly enable us to fix what’s broken. Whenever anything goes wrong, it’s easy to feel dismayed. That is no reason to perpetually be depressed or attempt to take our own lives now. Our own time will come for for. For now, we need to hang in there. We will be be much better off in future. Tukaba bwino kuntanshi (others will obviously disagree with me as the UNIP GRZ almost always assured us of the light at the end of the tunnel and future leadership which arguably never came for most of us. Tuleya tulekula ka! Lol).

Let us use the current situation and view the occurrences in good stead. We can use the moment and the occasion to remind ourselves how good we have it. Life’s troubles exist within a larger context. That context includes the beauty and abundance of life and all its positive possibilities.

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. – Mao Zedong. And China is where it is today because of Chairman Mao’s vision.

If all we want to do is obsess over what’s wrong, day in and day out just busy pinpointing the wrongs, that disconnects all of us from our power to move forward. Instead, consider all we still have going for us, so we can collectively make good use of it. Let us all remember and appreciate everything that’s right with life. Then we can effectively deal with everything else. There’s a way we can instantly make anything we have more valuable. All we have to do is more fully appreciate it, embrace Zambia and preserve the Country. The more we appreciate our skills, the more useful they become. The more we appreciate the people around us, the more helpful and enjoyable they become.

Appreciate your circumstances, and you’ll get more out of them. Appreciate the challenges, and you’ll transform them into achievements. Consider all the good things in your life, and even the not-so-good things. Give them more appreciation, and they will all grow in positive value.

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. – Colin Powell the President who never was stated.

You may not be able to move forward in the way you planned. So, move forward some other way. You may be prevented from going in the direction you intended. Yet there are plenty of other positive directions in which you can go. If plan A does not work, there are still 25 letters more on the Alphabet. Try plan B, C, D, E, F, …XYZ. Don’t allow yourself to see the obstacles as excuses. See them as opportunities. Obstacles after all are those small frightful things we see when we take the eyes off the ball and off the goalpost.

Just like the #7thNationalPlan, Planning is important, but the plan is not the achievement. If the plan doesn’t bring the progress you seek, put your positive energy into another approach. You absolutely can live the fulfilling life you wish to live. Open yourself to all the possibilities, not just the ones you originally imagined.

We all must be alive to the undeniable facts of Life. Problems or Challenges are synonymous to life. Whenever you find yourself facing a challenge which is deterring you from your hope, vision, project or faith, smile. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees (Mwe ma kufi yandi mwinenuka – Zambian Song and our perpetual cry). Stay well and be blessed folks. KEKK- October 2019

Building our own

01/10/19 – Random thoughts and reflections.
For the past two months, I have been following the inspiring stories of hardworking ordinary Zambian men and women who have been resilient, focused, determined with unshakable conviction and resolve to build their own homes, houses and dwelling places.
Through several FaceBook Pages dubbed Building My Own and Building My Own (Zambia), Citizens have been consulting, admiring, giving advise, encouraging one another on the whole range of topics pertaining to acquiring land, architectural plans, floor plans, brick layers, foundations, windows, building materials, colours, plumbing, sunken lounges and hidden roofs, cost of building, bills of Quantities, services and materials like cement, stones, glass, aluminium, doors, fittings etc. Visiting those pages, makes one realize that Zambians are serious about life away from Politics and Religion. That is the way it should be. Forward looking and securing one’s future. Not ukunwina shonse.

To all those colleagues who are busy on various Projects and Assignments in all areas of Human Endeavour, let me just encourage you and say “It always seems impossible until it is done” – Nelson Madiba Mandela and I are on the same page.

Do not get stuck, obsessed or stopped by the need to get it done. Just get it done. Stay away from doubting, wondering or questioning your every move. Just get it done. Take care of the work that is in front of you. Let others take care of the other things. Save whatever will come later, for later, letting go of any concern about what has happened, or what will happen, what might happen or could happen. Concern yourself fully right now with what you are doing right now.

Everyone gets dumped and everyone gets hurt and there’s karma to love in regards to what you’ve done to other people. – Marina and the Diamonds said.

Project a powerful force field around yourself with intention as its energy source. Let it repel all doubt, fear, anger, discouragement, distraction and disillusion, for you have great work to do. In the task at hand is your opportunity to make a valuable positive difference. Do it, and do it well. Go with what you have, from where you are, with the powerful passion of authentic purpose. And you can end up anywhere you choose.

Things don’t just happen in this world of arising and passing away. We don’t live in some kind of crazy, accidental universe. Things happen according to certain laws, laws of nature, which teaches us that as a certain seed gets planted, so will that fruit be. Sharon Salzberg added to encourage all of us.

This moment is here, the situation is as it is, so go with it. Your best option is to adopt a positive, enthusiastic attitude, and to move forward with what you have.

Wishing elections were in 2020 instead of 2021, complaining about Load Shedding, blaming ZESCO, and harbouring resentment against Ichipani and GRZ won’t do much other than waste your time.
Instead, use that time to use what’s available to you and make things better. There’s much to distract you, and it’s easy to make perfectly reasonable excuses out of those distractions. Yet you can choose instead to focus on the task at hand, using your diligent efforts to create what you desire from what you have.
Stay well and be blessed Folks – KEKK-10.01

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

Miles Ahead

The “Miles Ahead” Project
On June 14 2005, Barclays Group undertook an overland expedition from the Head Office at Canary Wharf, London, which culminated six months later in Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the team, a crew of eight, along with Barclays staff in each country, was to make a positive impact on, and a meaningful contribution to, all the communities in which Barclays operated at that time. These include the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. In addition, the hope was to raise a million pounds for charity and touch the lives of hundreds of people en route. In Europe, the expedition was about fundraising for specifically chosen projects in Africa. This six-month journey, carried out in association with the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), celebrated a culture of caring for the community. The Project was branded “Miles Ahead.”

“Miles Ahead” Project was launched by Barclays Group as an initiative to support non-profit organizations in Africa by encouraging sustainable and meaningful community development. The Project Planning began in February 2004 to May 2005 and Project Execution from June 2005 to December 20. “180 degrees project” were responsible for conceptualization and Project Management. Barclays was responsible for communications, public relations, and fundraising activities.

The actual Project implementation and execution ran from June 14 to December 13 2005. The crew covered 30,000 km over 157 days and having traversed 17 countries with over 6,000 Barclays staff who were actively involved in 159 fundraising activities which raised GBP1,600,000. which spanned over five months and raised awareness for the various community partners, NGOs and causes that Barclays supported throughout the countries in which it operates.

The five-month-long event itself kicked off at Barclays’ new Canary Wharf headquarters in London, with a convoy of four off-road vehicles which transported a relay of teams comprising representatives from selected charities, Barclays’ staff, celebrities, and crew. The colorful vehicles painted in blue and white made their way from London through France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, ending in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2005.

Events such as football, sailing, sponsored marathons and extreme sports such as bungee jumping and white water rafting, were held in each of Barclays-member countries to rally support and awareness for the charities. The communities’ activities saw the participation of government ministers, the bank’s customers and the public, invited to rally support for the charities.

Funds raised through Miles Ahead were channeled into sustainable upliftment initiatives on the African continent. The support focused on education, social inclusion, for example, street children and orphans, the environment, the disabled, HIV/Aids, and health issues. In Europe, this was achieved through partner organization UNICEF and its Girls in Education program.

Our Zambian Miles Project Manager was Mwaba Mwaba D. Mwaba (Not sure which one is the Last/Surname Lol) who together with the Executive Committee (EXCO) team coordinated and gave support to all members of the project team.

I was a member of the Miles Project in Zambia and ensured specific matters of safety and security were taken good care of. I had already driven 1,100kms from Lusaka to Nakonde Border post and made contact with and briefed all heads of security, immigration, and customs officials about the visiting crew. On behalf of the Bank, I single handily received and in the usual Zambian hospitality way welcomed the entourage from the Tanzanian side on the Zambian soil. I assisted them with immigration and security protocol entry formalities into Zambia.

I had to accompany the crew up to Projects in Chinsali, Shiwangandu, Mkushi, Lusaka, and Livingstone until we passed over the button to our Zimbabwean Counterparts at the Livingstone Bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The first Zambian Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda was the patron of Miles Ahead. Barclays Bank Board Chairperson then Mr. Hakainde Hichilema (Yes the same HH) who later became President of the United Party for National Development (UPND) was part of the crew in Chinsali. I took an opportunity to take a photo with Dr. Kaunda at Shiwangandu in Chinsali. I was surprised to know that the man could still remember me after 15 years. He recognized me from the Anti-Corruption Commission days when I used to frequent State House on National duties. I always treasure that picture up to date and will do so for many years to come.

Kabanda Lilanda did Bunji Jumping in Livingstone. Simon Bota and I did White Water rafting covering the first ten dangerous water rapids on the Mighty Zambezi River in the Tourist Capital of Zambia – Livingstone City. That was a great experience and excellent exposure. That exhilarating and breathtaking White Water rafting on the Mighty Zambezi River did not go without a near miss. It was both hair-raising and jaw-dropping when one of the Senior Executive Members of the Bank fell off the air-inflated boat and was sucked down by the dangerous waters and thrown nearly hundred meters in front of our boat While everyone else was frantically looking for him at the back. Luckily, the life-saving jacket was still wrapped around him. It was clear that the man had gulped several cups of water against his will. Scary. Life and Living.

The art of “Letting Go” and “Moving on.”

The art of “Letting Go” and “Moving on.”
——————————–In my past life, I worked with two of my elderly Colleagues who had religiously worked for this Institution for 35 and 36 years, respectively. I’m not sure how many times they may have been awarded gifts and “long service” awards and bonuses. They had worked under 7 CEOs/MDs, and they would vividly and passionately recall the good characters and personalities of each of them while reading three bulky newspapers from the first page up to the last page which was normally sports page.

While we were busy logging in our laptops and review early email assignments from our line directors, the two comrades would read articles in newspapers loud and making unpleasant running comments almost on every page. From 8.00am, the two comrades would be buried in newspaper stories analyzing every topic ranging from politics, sports, local court stories, business and everything in between up to 10.00am. They would move to the kitchen and make themselves a cup of tea or coffee. They would come back with those cups of tea complaining why the milk was powdered and instead of fresh milk. They would sip their cups of tea While attempting to log on their big screen computers only to realize they had forgotten their login passwords.

They would call Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk to reset the passwords or decide to walk downstairs to summon one of the younger Turks to “make the computer work.” By the time they log in, it was a lunch break. Instead of taking 1 hour, they would disappear for 2 hours only to reappear at 3.00pm and discover they had emails in their inbox inviting them for the 8.30am meeting in the Boardroom. Their Line Director had asked for a report which was needed by noon, and the fellows had not delivered. Surely that type of conduct is career limiting. We all must know that certain things, reports, and board papers can’t just wait until you finish drinking your tea.

For one reason or another, the mere thought of working in one institution for more than 25 years (Quarter a Century) has always scared me. I may be naïve, or it could be that rolling stones gather no moss, but even these two gentlemen had gathered none at all except rust. I could be wrong, but my view is there is another life outside your known “comfortable zone” and corporate circles. Even a change of Desk position, job role, job description, function, Change of Department or promotion could make a difference. Being stagnant can be an energy-sapping and tormenting excercise. There are only a few ways out. If you overstay in one working place or the environment, I have this gut feeling you may become part of the ancient pedantic culture and old furniture.
If you work in a Financial Institution, for example, you could have been availed at preferential staff rate a car loan, a house loan, furniture loan, educational loan, wedding loan, cash advance, personal to the holder, leased vehicle, etc. These types of “so-called incentives” indirectly binds you to an institution and limits your ability, flexibility, and capacity to maneuver and look out for higher positions and higher package incentives internally and externally – within or outside opportunities with different institutions.

The undeniable fact is that some prospective employers, no matter what your 35 years of experience and qualifications you may show them will not move them and may not be so willing and ready to take on your personal liabilities. The challenge which may turn into real fear is that once you resign, your former employers reserve the right to call for their money with immediate effect and or they will transfer your loan from Staff to “general customer” portfolio and commercial interest rates kick in immediately.

In some Sub-Saharan African countries where I have been privileged to serve, inflationary, and interest rates on commercial loans can be that high. Inevitably, one thinks twice and tends to hang around – stay for some time longer in one position.

Once entangled in such web of personal debts and contractual obligations, chances are that your promotion is most likely going to be painfully gradual, very slow or none existent.

Some institutions may take advantage and may stop considering you for any departmental transfer, internal promotions, salary increase or zero annual bonus knowing full well that the probabilities or chances of you are initiating a self-induced resignation is almost none or close to zero. You are trapped in debt and indirectly bonded by the contractual loan obligations you appended your signature on. This could explain why certain brilliant individuals may not seem willing to change industries and try Oil and Gas, Power and Energy Sector, Transport and Telecommunications, IT and other Parastatal Companies which may be equally well-paying jobs. Such type of members of Staff may not resign easily, and they may continue to report for work grudgingly. Surely their poor performance is guaranteed to be noticed by all. After all, their friends and colleagues are noticing how they cannot manage to browse a newspaper and get to work, but want to read and analyze every article in three National papers using company time, company chair, company phone, company desk while sipping a cup of tea provided by company resources.

Employers may also be hesitant to ask you to leave since once they initiate, the labor laws may demand that they compensate you for such a separation. Your labor value now becomes a diminishing return. The company can’t sponsor you for further training as that is considered throwing good money after bad investments. Your promotion prospects become next to zero. So is your personal net income growth. Eventually, no one invites you for any Company strategic meetings. No one notices whether you have dodged or concerned about your whereabouts. Like a zombie, your overstaying in one position creates the perception that you have stopped adding value to the company, and your existence on a payroll becomes just another statistic. Any dynamic company would love to move on.

The company will continue to bring in younger Turks half-size your age, more qualified as your bosses and they will pay them three times your current salary. You wonder whether it is nepotism, tribalism, regionalism, racism or Management is just being unfairly discriminatory. You have missed the writings on the wall. Once you notice that the Human Resource team has placed an advert internally and externally in the media inviting applications from interested parties for positions within your department with similarities in your Job description and job role, be wise and start to introspect and intensely pray and reflect on what may befall before your own eyes. You end up engaging in a “Complaints and Corridor Gossip Mode” criticizing every decision Management implements While being nostalgic about the working environment 35 years ago when no one used computers, internet, wifi, smartphones, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Kiwi or Instagram, pasture, e-bay or Amazon, Alibaba.

Eventually, what was once a comfortable retreat becomes a prison. If you continue to deny and avoid the opportunities to move forward, you will ultimately find the situation so intolerable. I would advise that it will be better not to consult Sangomas, but you’ll do well within what is in your powers and a short prayer to your Creator. Do whatever is necessary to get yourself out of that Institution which may have become Toxic for your own safety and health considerations. Unfortunately, by the time that happens, you will have lost many of your best options.

I firmly believe in the concept that a human being must be their own most significant asset. Put your time, effort, and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset – you yourself. Allow your abilities to blossom somewhere else. Progress is made by those who dare to be wrong and the persistence to find how to get it right. Great achievements are crafted into existence by those who, when they begin, are not sure exactly how they’ll do it.

Don’t wait until you know how to do everything before you have the confidence to do anything. Find confidence in the authenticity of your desire and the goodness of your purpose. Just remember God is still in Control and on the throne up in the Heavens. You don’t have to be already an expert to gain expertise. You have to get busy. If you should stumble a lot at first, get back up each time and apply what you’ve just learned. Even when you stumble going forward, you’re still moving ahead.

Don’t wait for confidence to somehow come to you. Get out there and create it for yourself. Console yourself that you are worthy and able to reach the goals that truly meant something for you. Get going, and enjoy the experience of allowing your capabilities and abilities to blossom, somewhere else. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility,” Eleanor Roosevelt. Move one. Come out of that “discomfort zone.” It does not matter at that point whether you are staggering, crawling, moving sideways or forward, but certainly, the moving should not be going backward.

On August Sunday morning, from Church meetings, the family went for lunch at Swensen’s at Bedok Mall. After some sumptuous lunch meals, we all decided to buy knowledge – books each for reading, stocking the physical bookshelves and home use and old fashioned display. We all know there are ibooks, but the Zambian mentality of having the physical books with pages in hand compelled us to haul some books back home. I bought an Interesting small book from the Popular Bookstore at Bedok Shopping mall entitled “Who Moved My Cheese.” Although, I had read this book before and had Lessons Learnt from the same during the “Great Manager’s Program,” it was still refreshing to re-focus and learn more real-life lessons from it.

With over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide in more than 40 languages, Who Moved My Cheese is a simple parable that reveals profound truths.

It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example, a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem and FACT of Life are that the cheese keeps moving. Change is the ONLY thing which is constant in real life. We ALL have to get used to this undeniable FACT of life.

In the story, the characters are faced with an unexpected change in their search for the cheese. One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you and me to discover. You’ll learn how to anticipate, adapt to, and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to. Valuable lessons, indeed!

Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read ( I was reading and underlining and highlighting salient points, so I took several hours though) , but its unique insights will/MAY last a lifetime those who have read, digested, got inspired and applied even few lessons out of the many.

Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world’s leading authors of inspirational writing. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide phenomenon Who Moved My Cheese? And one with Kenneth Blanchard, the One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages.

My family and I traveled to Malaysian Capital and visited the famous Petronas Towers and later moved to another board town called Johor Barhol to reflect and consider other probable moves to another Continent.

The date is 31st August 2015. The Day is a Monday. Time is 6.11pm. A short silent prayer of thanks to my Creator, family, and colleagues always do the trick for me. It is time-up. On my marks, get ready, pack, and go! I logged-off, shut-off/down and power off the Official laptop. Unplug it from the power socket within my Official workstation. That’s it. It is done and dusted. Together with other Company Assets, I religiously handed them over to my Global Line Director. This official handover process signified the end of yet another Professional Epic journey with Standard Chartered Bank Plc (SCB). Time had come to formally leave the services of Bank to pursue other personal interests outside the Bank how time flies. 31/08/15 – 6.11pm marks version 6.11 information and data overload. It has been six years and 11 months of dedicated, selfless, diligent, and professional service of Financial Crime Compliance work within Legal and Compliance Functions of SCB ever since I joined on 01/10/2008.

As I bid farewell, adieu and move on, I would like to take a moment to especially thank you and say goodbye as I remember and cherish our times together. It has been great interacting and knowing each one of you. I have enjoyed working for Standard Chartered Bank. I greatly appreciate having had this fantastic opportunity to work with you all within the Country, Region, and Global role. It has been both an enjoyable and learning professional experience and growth. During these last six years and eleven months, you all have supported me and through your coaching, encouragement, and guidance. With many of you, I have shared a unique camaraderie which I hope will continue in the years to come.

My colleagues and seniors have been unfailingly supportive and professional, and I have learned a great deal about several Countries, Regions, Group Functions, Client Segments, and Products – not forgetting the famous Acronyms and great Corporate Politics of this great Standard Chartered Bank.

To my colleagues I worked with within the Africa (COMESA and SADC Region, Southern, Central, Eastern, and West Africa), Middle East, Asia Pacific and ASEAN Region, the European and Americas Regions, I will miss your enthusiasm, perseverance, and the ‘never say die’ spirit and of course the talent that you brought to our groups and various
Projects and Assignments. I sincerely thank you for all your support throughout and hope you continue to extend your cooperation to the current MANCO leadership teams and the succeeding managers. I wish you all, my fellow partners and everyone in the larger SCB family, all the very best.

This is not a goodbye, only “hasta luego” or “see you later.” Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They mean I’ll miss you until we meet again! ~Author Unknown. The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest.

The word thank you may not be enough actually to thank you, but I wish nothing more for you but your realization, growth, success and that of Standard Chartered Bank every success in all its future endeavors.
Stay well and be blessed. Many thanks and kind regards. I signed off.
Later that evening, I went online and bought Air tickets for my family members and me to relocate from the East to the West via South in December 2015.