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Do we have a lot of time in Uganda or are we just patient people?!

I have been called impatient, tagged a bad driver – this is because I always drive like I am being chased! Every time I stand in a queue, literally a part of me dies! Speed means everything to me. Whether it’s driving or or the internet connection, I always want everything to be fast.

For this particular reason, I hate shopping in malls, the time it takes in traffic jam, the hustle to get parking, the long queues at the till – I hate shopping in Shoprite because of this. Over 20 tills but only 4 work, what nonsense is that? Continue reading

The Cockroach Theory

This was a beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai – an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:

The cockroach theory for self development

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady.
She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky. The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.

Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior?
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.

It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies.

I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.

It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.

More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:

I understood, I should not react in life.
I should always respond.

The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.

Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.

A beautiful way to understand LIFE.

A person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life. He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right!!

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We have more power than we think!

Last week I attended an event at Golf Course Hotel in Kampala. Unicef Uganda was launching the Situation Analysis for Children of Uganda. I have to admit, I was more than shocked by some of the statistics that were shared. Like, 57% of Uganda’s total population is below 18 years! That is over 20 million of the 35 million Ugandans. Of the 20 million Ugandans 3.7 million children below 5 years of age leave in poverty.

Here is a writeup done by Catherine Ntabadde Makumbi, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Uganda, it has details about the event. There is a video which you can watch at the end of this post.

Listening to all the different presentations and reading all the literature that was shared got me asking myself what could be done to change this situation, what an individual like me and anyone else can do about it? This reminded me of a video a watched awhile ago, that changed a thing or two about how I go through my day and it hit me, with an additional small action(s) I could possibly change much more than I can imagine, I mean who knows!

Here watch this;

As a challenge to myself I decided to add a little more action to my routine. Every morning on my way to work, I pass by a number of kids walking to school, most of them are way to young to be walking to school. Did I mention how cold it usually is at 6am in the morning?! Obviously these are kids from families that are struggling in one way or another. So, I thought, what little action can I possibly do that might change a little something in their lives?

I remembered back in the day, my school days, I always got in trouble for loosing my writing tool – Whether a pen or pencil. My parents would literally lose it every time I got home after school and I have no clue where I left my pen or my pencil. Interestingly, even now in the office, pens are the things that we all seem to lose most, I am sure its not only in this office, yes?!

So I decided, every morning- well, whenever I can, on my way to work I will be giving a few school children that I meet a pen or a pencil! This little pen or pencil might not seem like much but it’s one of the most important tools a pupil or student must have at all times. Its been interesting the last few kids I have given a pen/pencil to, how excited they get for getting a new pen, it is awesome to look at.

As a challenge to you who is reading this blog, what little action have you taken or what can you do for a child today? The action I am taking is definitely not a permanent solution, but I believe together we can come up with, and have permanent solutions. Tweet me, lets have a chat.. My twitter handle is @cmugume

PS. While you are thinking, do a quick search for #InvestInUgChildren on twitter, you shall be able to learn more about the children situation in Uganda, what different people are doing about it and probably get you an idea or two about the possible actions you can take.