The Weeping Rock

What challenge, hardship or misfortune have you experienced in your life? What have you learned from this and how has it prepared you for the future?

The sun sets and rise each day. But how many times do you manage to catch a glimpse of it in this busy life?

Traveling can be so much fun…and so much stress. Packing your bags, getting to the airport on time, paying unexpected baggage fees. It all gets old pretty quick. But what you really don’t want is to end up realizing that you left all your chargers plugged in at home beside your bed.

For even the experienced weekend backpacker, long thru-hikes like the Continental Di-vide Trail (CDT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can seem like a whole new league. Two nights in the woods becomes five months!

Leaving school/work early on Friday turns into missing classes or even say quitting your job, boots collect thousands of more miles and every extra pound becomes that much more crucial. But how do you go about preparing to hike for months at a time?

There is something so thrilling about being in the wilderness, far from civilization. If you live in a big city, you’re probably used to getting by with barely any exposure to nature. Sure, there are trees lining up the sidewalk, the occasional raccoon and copious number of squirrel transplants.

If you really want to experience the raw untamed nature, you will have to forge a path, far from civilization.

Today’s trail took me back to millions of geological years!

The Mysterious Weeping Rock! Popularly known as the Crying Stone. Amazed?

Located in the Western part of Kenya, Kakamega, lies these force of nature. Fourty meters high with a small rockon top, the structure sheds gallons of tears (water) enough to feed a good number of elephants a day.

Sitting on a piece of rock sipping my coffee, I could hear the busy birds chirp…it is an ambiance of pure happiness!

The best part of it was the people living around these massive natural phenomenon-the mystic rock. Their willingness to try to explain every detail about it was just a sign of a pure welcome and I had to grasp a few lessons from them;

In life, speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you. Stuff has happened sure and but stuff always happens. No one can forecast the future!

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THE MYSTIC COIN

Have you done anything lately worth remembering? Well, humanity has always been fascinated with the stars, but not everything is so great about them. Thousands of people believe that there may be different kinds of alien species throughout the Universe-and many of them could be hostile towards us. We don’t have a second Earth, we have no alternative homeworld, so I can understand the fear these people have. Today, am gonna be documenting the mystic coin that shocked my sight upon bumping into it.

It is biting cold and the wind is fairly strong. Flying my drone towards the North, it flips and suddenly changes it’s direction. The trim control isn’t enough to overcome this drift. I let it fly over the Southern bushes with its camera zoomed to the limits! After one minute, I spot a white object within the bushes. The wind here is favorable and the drone can manouver above the bush. I videograph the whole place for safety reasons before making my decision, to move towards the site. The findings in the white box trigger unending questions in my mind!

Are there extraterrestrials? {Aliens }

This is one of the most founding questions many people have, and today’s discovery of the mystic coin could help take this mystery to another level. You can envision the face I had to put on upon bumping into this! For a couple of days, I had to oblivate how it feels like to be asleep!

Th coin reads “We will return in 2050.”

I’m not making this up-it appears that one side of the coin has an actual text inscribed (obviously, in a different language to ours), that researchers believe says “We will return in 2050.” Now that is some spooky stuff. On the other side of the coin, there is the following inscribed text: “Opportunus Adest,” which means ‘it is here in due time.’ I must say even the other side of the coin is much better than the previous!

Puzzled, I did not know what to do next! Who made this coin? Who brought it here on Earth?… Several questions were close to rupturing my mind. Calling the Smithsonian institution was the only option after which the mystic stuff was airlifted to a laboratory for a closer look.

My interest in photography is not to capture an image I see or even have in mind, but to explore the potential of moments I can only begin to imagine.

In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it. Get to live a life you will remember.

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SPEAK IT INTO EXISTENCE

A couple of hours ago, I landed at the Malindi Airport and took a cab to my scheduled destination.

I was enjoying the busy traffic with people rushing in every directions then we got stranded at a very busy intersection.

As we waited for the signal to turn green, my eyes met up with a poor young boy, about 11 years old. He removed a piece of bread from his pocket and took a bite.

As he was about to take his next bite, a stray dog wagged his tail looking at him. Without hesitation, he sat down and put the bread on the road for the dog to eat.

The dog sniffed the bread and walked away! The boy waited until the dog was gone then he picked up the bread and ate it!

My heart cried and wanted to walk up to the boy but before I could open the door, the signal turned green and our car drove away. I kept thinking about the boy and later during my evening meal, I realized that I was thinking of approaching the boy but never did, I could have stopped the car and walked up to him which again I never did.

All I did was thinking and this poor little boy who had only one piece of bread without any hesitation shared it with the dog, though he himself seemed to be very hungry.

I learnt one of the biggest lessons in my life which that boy taught me without a conversation. He taught me to share with love and happiness. I’m so lucky to have learnt this beautiful lesson from my little unknown master.

Things do not just happen but they are meant to happen. Pause, ponder, think before you act and be more patient.

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the whole world’s joy. Keep the trek and late the sun shine on your face.

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THE ASIAN WOMAN

Saturday! The journey began at 5:00pm EA time. The road was quite clean with few vehicles plated GK… My first stop was at the Kobil petrol station few miles to my destination. After filling the car’s tank, my major plan was to drive off at 110km/h since I was running short of time.

Just before I could step on the gas pedal, a white Asian woman emerged from the co-driver’s side, her arms loaded with several neatly packed cakes and muffins.

“Hi, my name is Shirley from India.”

She politely introduced herself deviating towards the car’s window carefully not to drop her goods.

“Hi, my name is Brian, how may I help you?”

I diligently replied to her rolling the front windows down for proper communication.

“Well, I am selling these cakes and muffins at $5.0 each in order to raise money enough to take my ailing Dad to the hospital. Would you please like to buy one?”

She politely inquired making sure all the cakes were visible to me.

At this juncture, there was no time to think twice! The story had already sank into my brain and I was feeling the weight! As a result, I pulled out my wallet and drew out $15.0 to buy three of the cakes.

Sincerely, I have never been appreciated much more than this day just for doing such a simple act!

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other-not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

Times of general calamity have ever been productive of the greatest minds.

The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace and the brightest thunderbolt is the one elicited from the darkest storm. The door to opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition. Problems are the price of progress. The obstacles of life are intended to make us better not bitter.

Have faith. It is a radar that sees through the fog the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.

Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. You only become a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge.

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THE FALLING GRACE

In order to renovate a dog pen, I had to break open the wall.

Dog pens normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls-mainly to trap the vast percentage of cold winds.

When tearing down the walls, I found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside hammered into one of it’s feet.

I felt pity and at the same time curious. When I checked the nail, it was nailed five years ago when the house was first built!!!

What happened?

The lizard has survived in such position for five years!!!!!!

In a dark wall partition for five years without moving, it is impossible and mind-boggling.

I wondered how this lizard survived for five years! without moving a single step-since it’s foot was nailed!

I stopped my work and observed the lizard, what it has been doing, and how it has been eating.

Later, not knowing where it came, appears another lizard, with food in it’s mouth.

What! I was stunned and touched deeply.

For the lizard that was stuck by nail, another lizard has been feeding it for the past five years!!!

Imagine? It has been doing that untiringly for five long years, without giving up hope on it’s partner.

Imagine what a small creature can do that a creature blessed with brilliant mind can’t.

Please, never abandon your Loved ones.

Never say you are busy when they really need you.

You may have the entire world at your feet, but you might be the only World to them.

A moment of negligence might break the very heart which loved you against all odds.

Before you say something, just remember, it takes a moment to break but an entire lifetime to make.

Look at the World around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push, in just the right place, it can be tipped. These are the moments I deeply fall in love but I can’t speak because of the things I feel.

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FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

A couple of days ago, I went into a government building that had two sets of double doors spaced about fifteen feet apart. The doors opened automatically as I approached, but for security reasons, when I went through the first set of doors, I had to let them close tightly before the next set of doors would open in front of me. As long as I stayed at the first set of doors, the second set would not open.

In many ways, life operates in a manner similar to those automatic doors. You have to let go of your disappointments, let go of your failures, and let those doors totally close behind you. Step forward, into the future that God has for you, knowing there’s nothing you can do about past disappointments. You cannot change the past, but you can do something about the future. What’s in front of you is far more important than what is behind you. Where you are going is more significant than where you came from or where you hav been.

If you will have the right attitude, you will give birth to more in the future than you’ve lost in the past. Quit looking back. This is a new day. It may seem like your dreams have died, but God can resurrect your dead dreams or give you brand new ones. He is a supernatural God and when we believe, all things are possible.

God has not given up on you; He knows that He put seeds of greatness in you. You have something to offer that nobody else has. He’s given you noble dreams and desires. Too often, however, we allow adversities, disappointments and setbacks to deter us and before long, we find that we are not pressing forward anymore. We’re not stretching, we are not believing we will rise any higher in life.

Ironically, some of the most gifted, talented people go through some of the most unfair, unfortunate experiences: divorce, abuse, neglect. And it’s easy for such a person to think, Why is this happening to me? What did I do to deserve any of this?

But understand this: God did not create any person without putting something extremely valuable on the inside. Life may have tried to push you down through disappointments or setbacks. In the natural, you don’t know how you could rise any higher. You don’t see how you are ever going to be happy. You need to dig your heels in and say I know what I have on the inside. I’m a child of the Most High God. I’m full of His cando power, and I’m going to rise up to become everything God Has created me to be.

God wants to do something new with us, God loves us, God is love.

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THE JOY OF LIVING

The subway train sways back and forth, its wheels screeching more fiendishly than ever against the tracks. Outside the window, the freezing cold of winter ruls and the train rumbles across it. The carriage is filled with frozen self-centered, bored passengers.

Good morning!

Suddenly, a little boy pushes his way in between discourteous grown-up legs-the kind that only grudgingly make room for you. While his father stays by the door, the boy seats next to the window, surrounded by unfriendly morning weary adults.

What a brave child, I think.

As the train enters the tunnel, something totally unexpected and peculiar happens. The little boy slides down from his seat and puts his hand on my knee. For a moment, I think that he wants to go past me and return to his father, so I shift a bit. But instead of moving on, the boy leans forward and stretches his head up towards me. He wants to tell me something, I think. Kids! I bend down to listen to what he has to say. Wrong again! He kisses me softly on the cheek.

Then he returns to his seat, leans back and cheerfully starts looking out of the window. But I’m shocked! What happened? A kid kissing unknown grown-ups on the train? To my amazement, the kid proceeds to kiss all my neighbors.

Nervous and bewildered, we look questioningly at his father, “He’s so happy to be alive,” the father says. “He’s been very sick.”

The train stops and father and son get down and disappear into the crowd. The doors close. On my cheek, I can still feel the child’s kiss-a kiss that has triggered some soul-searching. How many grown-ups go around kissing each other from the sheer joy of being alive? How many even give much thought to the privilege of living? What would happen if we all started being ourselves?

Let’s all take a few moments to be thankful for what is going well in our lives. It’s gonna be an excellent way to dive into the new day with a positive attitude.

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