Reflecting on Marianne Williamson powerful poem ‘Our deepest fear’, she wrote: ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?’
I easily connect this poem to my beautiful country Tanzania, also known as Authentic Africa-the Land of Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar Island. My country posses a land of riches untold; Diamonds, gold, Tanzanite (only found in my country)and many valuable gemstones, vast and fertile land, huge number of National parks, amazing water bodies, the riches of my country goes on and on! But, the sad part is this very same country is ranked amongst the poorest country in the world! What a contradiction uh!
One may ask, how come? ‘My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge’(the Bible); given my country’s history: from colonialism to ‘Ujamaa’ – socialism, where democracy and right of choice and individual opinion was not there, then the introduction of democracy where now people are encourage to think independently and engage into global competitive market, but since their minds are used to directions and move as a group, it’s now challenging to make them believe that they have what it takes to change our environment for better.
The poem end says, ‘And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others’.
With Mindset stagnation and zero confidence to do great things amongst my people; I have chosen to let my own light shine for I believe I posses knowledge needed, I have noticed the difference and I have a big confidence in my people, especially in the life of a woman, starting with a girl child- the foundation of the promising future.I do this through Mentorship, public speaking, radio shows, pesornal development trainings and my writings.
Only developed people can develop a Nation, i.e. no amount of genius strategies will bring change if people are not ready. With PulseWire and other online communities bringing the world as one village, I see my community rising above the prevailing challenges, learning from others and grow.
With Youth as my target group, to them social media and online communities happens to be the ‘in thing’, ‘coolest’ fascination and the ‘hippest’ place to be. So I choose to be cool with them and together we are surfing on the wind of knowledge while transforming their mind and creating champions in them, the future hope. Doing it their style! Together; we are kicking mediocrity away and welcoming mind empowerment for all.
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