my monologues (6)

Leading starts from seeing. The adage is correct that speaks of the blind not being able to lead the blind. The major encumbrance here is the lack of sight. Eyes lead the body by projecting to the mind what they see and perceive in front of them.

So, one who will lead is the one with open eyes. Open eyes come with an open vision while blank minds have eyes but no processing ability hence no vision and therefore no proper leadership can be derived from such a state.

So, who is going to lead? And how are they going to take the lead? Is being at the front leadership? Is seeing things first leadership? What shall, or what must we see that will make leaders of us? Can one lead without allowing to be led?

I am convinced that whatever mantle leaders carry it does not entitle them to eat first. It does not allow them to devour the homes of widows and to ravish orphans. I am convinced that leaders would rather be threadbare than hold court over naked subjects. I know leaders would rather have bread and water and ensure that every one has at least a meal a day. Leadership starts with selflessness and selfish frontrunners cannot claim to be leaders.

Leadership is stewardship. A mantle that is more of a yoke than a necklace or bow-tie. A stewardship that calls one to take everyone’s worries to bed and hope to wake up with a solution tomorrow. Stewardship is servant hood. Servants eat when the master is done and has retired. So do we have leaders?

Leadership has rewards. Passing a vision to others and seeing them achieve milestones through your marshaling is the greatest reward. So what do we call front-runners who have vision but use it to reward themselves before their impact those behind them? Not leaders, maybe front running opportunists.

I believe the leadership realm has been overrun by opportunists who ran with the gap when the real leaders were hesitant. The pendulum has to shift. Leaders who seek to be gods cannot be leaders.  After so many years why are we still selecting leaders via political affiliation? Why is ethnicity still the calibrating mark?

We cannot triumph without being marshaled. Those who marshal cannot be proper generals without vision so I insist only those who see beyond tribe, nepotism, affiliation etc. are good enough to be stewards under the mantle of leadership. So may the leaders stand up!

my monologues (2)

So I developed past the first and second trimesters. In the third, people could tell that my mother was carrying some work in progress. Every moment meant some development, some DNA was enriched, some limb formed and some traits written into the development that was me. There were no scans then and I do not want to hazard how the prenatal examinations were done but still I developed.

The victor element had been put on halt and now the development element was in process and from there I see a lesson: victories are not to be savored forever but the advantage granted by the victory must be developed to ensure better victories tomorrow. The sperm victory was since long forgotten, I had another race to win. Yes I had won the starch race to beat my potential brethren but now I had to compliment my mother in her efforts to expel me onto the outer world.

I believe it is written in the traits that we should be able to battle to get out and ironically for one to enjoy the light they have to reach the end of the tunnel. Whatever inspiration or motivation there was I am not sure, but eventually I was born!! First born son.

Then the separation had to occur, the cord that had sustained me since the sperm victory was cut and all the automation was gone, now my organs had to function, the mouth had to feed and the other parts had to learn to process, digest, absorb and expel. The separation has always been there right through life though it comes through different benchmarks but it started with the cutting of the umbilical cord and will continue until the separation of the body, soul and spirit.

So I see that this whole process from conception to birth carries all the modules of life. A God aided victory in a million sperm race, a God sustained development, a phased and timed departure from the mother into the mother Earth. I have since learnt that the same stages will prevail in all events of my life till the end. Ideas will be conceived, developed, birthed and given the impetus to prove their survival instinct.

So, my being here is not a mistake. It is an intricate design. A design has an objective, goals and benchmarks. So I am a design meant to achieve goals, set milestones and progress from one step to another. When I do not know my goals, they will suffer a still birth and be aborted. When I do not work hard enough on my plans they will incur a still birth and die prematurely. I am glad all the concerned parties and machinations never gave up on me and from this I learn not to give up until I attain the objectives.

I pause here my monologue here, next would be the christening.