In a couple of minutes we will start to loose radio frequencies of this city, and endure a period of silence with only the sound of the car engine as it propels the car further on into the horizon ahead of us. Soon I will no more listen to the voices that wisper over the air waves, voices I have been acustomed to for as long I can remeber and I will behold a new place, a new experience all over again. I hate it! I hate that I have to leave it all behind, but then again it’s for a noble cause that I have to set aside everything I know and have come to know.
This will be the second time I have to undergo this torment of having to make this choice. A choice of whether to leave or not to leave, a choice of whether to move forward or forever dwell in my comfortable past.
This dilema has brought me to the conclusion: There only bubbles dotted around me or us as a whole.
Take an example of my life. I live in a city and in it I get to have access to wide variety of things ranging from best facilities in the country, wide range of entertainment, and all my friends to mention but afew.
A court yard littered with dry leaves that gracefully drop from the nearby trees, foot paths that are lined with wild grass along it’s defined edges for as far as they stretch, and houses that are a shadow of their former glory, with only but patches of paint that have given them a rather different exterior design from what it was about 20 years ago.
Apparently the status quo doesn’t seem to be only confined to the houses that stand before me. It has also diffused into the psyche of the many that call the space below the ceilings of these houses their home, or house to say the least.
The toilets are far from wanting. To use the words of one of the locals: They are out of order. The bathroom’s ceiling is graced with a birds nest. But what surprises me is that the rooms are fairly maintained- they seem to have been painted in the recent past.
I wonder why? How is it that inside of the house is painted- fairly maintained, and the area past the threshold of the porch unattended to?
I am surprised but I shouldn’t be. The law of commom reasoning would easily explain this: You never live like a pig.
But yet again this isn’t the first place out of the soo many I have seen that has such a ‘lifestyle’ and it certainly won’t be the last! But what I find common in all these places is their habitation by civil servants, the ones on the lower end of the ranks I would say.
One would ask why this is so. Could it be part of the ‘lifestyle’ of civil servants? Is it to do with the mindset of these people that even the most basic level of education can not stamp out such a practice in them? And most importantly, can it be changed into desireable form and how?
I think it’s all to do with the notion that one doesn’t own the things that come with his job; the houses in particular, that results into a lassey faire attitude when handling such resources. It can be heard in the comment: Is this my father’s property? ( It’s the only excise most give) A tragedy if you ask me.
Sadly, I don’t see such a ‘ lifesyle’ overtaking the present one and changing to something else. Atleast, not now.
Have you had incidences where you forgot to put something into your travel bag and yet remember it but some reason didn’t pack it? Well you are not alone. It’s very common for one forget to put one or two things in their travel bag. And with all the busy schedules in our lives that add to what is already a bad situation, it gets worse.
Well I think I have just what you need to make your travels less stressing and with minimal regrets. But to achieve that, there is a trade off you have to make: You must follow these recommendations. And now below is a list of things you have to follow through with.
1. Create A Travel Item’s List. Prepare a list of things you will need in your destination say ‘ A Comboni Travel List’ ( you can put your name in the place of Comboni). Also, secure any thing that goes through your mind that you think might be useful when you travel.
2. Carry Only What You Must. At times we just can’t decide what to take and leave behind because they are all needed. Well to this I suggest that you leave behind the things that you will find at your destination. I will save you from having to carry a heavy bag.
3. Prepare Your Travel Bag Early. It is advisable that you pack all you need on the eve of you’re departure date, or even before that. This will enable you remember any thing you might have left-out.
4. Keep Your Travel Bag In An Open Area. Again it’s all meant to give you a hint on what might have been left out.
5. Cross Check With The Weather Man. You might what to take this seriously. I have had instances where out of the blue the heavens opened and it wasn’t good. So I impore you to check the weather forecast for your planned destination. You can find it at
With all the above, you are now ready to embark on your journey. And armed with all you need, best of regards! If you have any points to add to this list, share with us it might make every ones travel a whole lot easier.
I often here people say that ‘there is no money’ but I would like to dispute that, and here’s my reason. It hinges on the word- Priority.
You see I strong believe that the reason given by many of money not being available isn’t solid enough to explain why a parent gets the money when his or her child is not allowed in school for his inability to pay tuition fees, why taking an ill child to hospital in an emergency case becomes possible even when it wasn’t possible at an early stage of the disease. Well you might say that ‘it’s an emergency and a life is at stake’ but you see, that’s my point.
In an emergency, severe case, or to put it simply when something finally tops our priority list, it simply gets worked on no matter the obstacles one has to over come to. In short Priority. What is the ranking of any thing on your priority list?
It’s fascinating how we tend to get that assignment done as the deadline draws near. Well people tend to have the excuse that ‘ I work best under pressure’ which is not neccesarily a bad thing if well applied. We behave this way because, I believe, that our focus ( in this case the assignment) some how gets to top our priority list and so a sense of urgency is attached to it and it get’s all the attention it deserves.
Yes, at times we actually do not have enough finaces to settle some on the challenges that may come our way and I should add when we are least prepared. Far from it, the truth is that we languish in fiancial distress and are unable to respond to such challenges and so we comfort our selves in the fact that we don’t have the finances.
So, as I conclude, rather than have the excuse of finances (money in this regard) being a ‘problem,’ I suggest that we find out how to address the elephant in the room- financial management and
intelligence. How much do you know about your expenditures and how you handle the money you earn? Until you do, you will always have this excuse, which I don’t believe at best is good for you.