Day #13: My Father, My Hero

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Today is not just another Sunday. Today is a very special day and I am super excited!!! Today. I get to celebrate someone. But before I get to that, just in case you’d like to join the 30 Day Writing Challenge, you can read about it here.

Today’s challenge is… What are you excited about?

I’m glad you asked that question, challenge. I am excited about Father’s day because I get to talk about my dad :-D. Gosh, I don’t even know where to start so I guess I will start with the title. My dad is my hero. If anyone were to ask, who plays the ‘hero role’ in my life I would say that it would be my dad, without even blinking. I used to brag about him when I was a kid whenever someone tried to insinuate that they could possibly be better than me. I knew that my dad loved me and I never doubted it for a moment. I still don’t doubt it.

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My dad is awesome. He taught me how to work hard for everything I have by compromising and making deals with me. He would set a target for my grades and would let me choose what my gift would be if I achieved the target grade. This went on throughout my primary and high school life. I honestly don’t think I would have done as well as I did if he hadn’t given me that incentive. He also helped me with my math homework. Even when no one else at home knew the answer, dad always came through and made it seem so simple. There are so many ways he has been there for me and I’m forever grateful that he cared enough to do all these things. So here’s my thank you letter…

Dear Dad,

  1. Thank you for loving me as I am even when I have disappointed you.
  2. Thank you for going to work for all those hours and for all those years to pay my school fees and buy me school supplies.
  3. Thank you for spending time with me at sports events like rugby, soccer, horse racing and safari rally and for patiently explaining the rules to me.
  4. Thank you for taking the time to discuss my future and encouraging me to work hard by giving me incentives.
  5. Thank you for being such an excellent father figure that I am very secure and know I am loved and cared for.
  6. Thank you for saying no when you knew what I wanted wasn’t good for me.
  7. Thank you for teaching me to be responsible for my actions and to accept the consequences.
  8. Thank you for taking me to church when I was young and buying me my first rosary.
  9. Thank you for always getting me a card on my birthday that you picked out and signed individually.
  10. Thank you for telling me stories about your childhood and experiences and how they made you who you are today.
  11. Thank you for being a great example to me in terms of honesty and integrity.
  12. Thank you for being philanthropic and sharing what you have with those that didn’t have.
  13. Thank you for being approachable and understanding. I feel I can talk to you at any time and I don’t have to schedule an appointment.
  14. Thank you for supporting my sound decisions and not infringing your wishes on my life.
  15. Thank you for being my hero.

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.  May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” ~Psalm 20:1-4

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!!

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Day #12: Counting the Top Five Blessings in My Life

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Welcome to the next five minutes of your future, hopefully used up wisely. Overheard the weirdest conversation today between my brain and my eyes. My alarm rang at 5.00 am and my brain told my hand to snooze, which was possible because my phone was on the right side of my bed which is on my left. So my hand obeyed, without question, because my hand is awesome and loyal.

My eyes, on the other hand, were trying to be slick, and they were like, “Are you sure? But it’s like Saturday, we don’t normally do this.”

Brain was like, “I know right, but this time we have to, we have a long day planned.”

This back and forth went on for about half an hour with my hand trying to intervene every 10 minutes by snoozing. And since I am writing this post on Friday night, because I have to get up on Saturday morning, I can only assume this is exactly what will happen to me tomorrow morning, which by the time you read this, might have taken place earlier today.

So back to life and back to reality because this post is still part the 30 day writing challenge and if you would like to join in or find out what it’s about, read about it here.

Today’s challenge is… Write about five blessings in your life.

5. Sweatpants… Because if I could, I would be in sweatpants all day err’day. They are so comfortable and just so perfect. As in, if only I could… The swag I would exude 24/7 by having such a great pair… OH MY DAYS!!!! <Wouldn’t normally use that phrase but that’s how much I love sweatpants.>

4. Friends… Because I’ve had a meeting with myself and I know how hard it is to put up with me, so for my friends aka my fans but really my friends who put up with me because they love me, they are definitely more than a blessing.

3. Family… Because I have one brother and one sister that have taught me life values like how to put up with others. We fight, we forgive, we joke, we laugh and we love. Being able to talk to my sister Joy, eliminates half the drama in my life as she uses her Masters in Psychology to manipulate me to grow up before my time. Thanks sis :-D.  My brother teaches me how to take care of myself like how to fix stuff around the house and on the computers. Pure awesomeness!!!

2. Books… Because I am such an addict when I have a favourite author. I once read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 8 hours straight, including the descriptions. Books make me smarter and they provide an opportunity for me to explore fantasies while still teaching me a realistic lesson.

1. Music… Because this is how my soul communicates. I can worship for hours on end without getting tired or bored or anything but enigmatic. I memorize lyrics with such ease that I honestly wish this is how we would learn everything. Especially when there are songs like ‘Oceans’ that literally take me to another world, this is just the best medium of anything everywhere. Just have to be extremely careful not to be influenced by the other side ;-).

Day #11: What if we all knew our ‘Expiration Date’?

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I am super ecstatic today because it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. <cue Mimi na Yesu as today’s soundtrack> Did you see the blog post on the printer? Someone named it Bob Marley because it kept jamming. :-D. That joke just made my cold morning awesome. Still loving the 30 Day Writing Challenge though and the fact that I’ve made it this far. Thanks again for the love and support. If you’d like to know more about it, click here.

Today, I am writing about… Something I always think “What if…” about.

So obviously, I have quite a list of what ifs.

  1. What if God was one of us?
  2. What if Eve never ate the fruit?
  3. What if we used 100% of our brain capacity?
  4. What if the world ends the day after tomorrow?
  5. What if we really are plugged into The Matrix?
  6. What if this whole life we are living is just a dream that we will wake up from?
  7. What if there really are aliens?
  8. What if what we think is wrong is really right and what we think is right is really wrong?
  9. What if we could travel back and forth in time?
  10. What if Jomo Kenyatta hadn’t died when he did?

What I’ve always wondered is what would happen if we all knew when we were going to die? Like if we all had our date of manufacture and expiration date stamped on our foreheads, just like milk. Would we all be good people? Would we enjoy being bad then repent and be good just before we died? Would we try to prevent our death, knowing we would still die anyway? Would we not care at all and just continue being bad? Would we still be excited about life after death? Would we still even be afraid of death? Would we still marry someone knowing they would die soon after that?

I honestly wish I knew when I was going to die. I like to think I would be calm about it and just plan my time on earth accordingly. Schedule appointments to say goodbye to all the people that matter and put my affairs in order. However, I understand the panic this would cause because people are soo afraid of death and I still don’t understand why Christians are so afraid of it. God has promised us eternal life and described the kingdom we have to look forward to. Just like Paul said, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”

Knowing this, I try to live my life as though I may not wake up tomorrow. Trying to get through my list of people to forgive faster. Trying to influence as many people just in case I won’t be there tomorrow. Things of the physical state can be delayed, like skipping a meal won’t give you any regrets if you die tomorrow. Things of the soul should be dealt with now. Like literally, NOW!!! If you love someone, tell them. If you need to forgive someone, do it. If you need to forgive yourself, do it now. If you need to repent and turn away from your sins, do it now. Accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour now. Don’t carry any baggage into your eternal life. Leave it all behind. That’s the motto we should all live by.