This is one of the messages I received on New Year’s Day, looking at it made me think about the freshness of the year and all the possibilities which came with it. I could not help but reflect on what 2019 had been for me.
I should have written this post in the first week of January but as is always the case I kept putting it off until today the 18th of February 2020. My 2018 resolve of aiming to write at least two posts a week went through the window. I am not sure what I can attribute it to except the “P” word PROCASTINATION which seem to have become my hobby horse.
As I decided to go ahead and write a belated post three questions kept lingering on mind these are:-
what pre-occupied my mind?
what did I achieve in 2019?
what was worthwhile?
These questions are the source of this post and perhaps mark a serious come back to regular posting on my blog.
2019 Pre- occupations
Those who did read some of the posts on my blog will be aware that Zimbabwean politics, the deterioration of my native land completely took over my mind throughout 2019. The reason is Zimbabwe is a beautiful country which has a lot going for it in that it has the best climatic conditions that enables it to produce enough to feed itself and export and keeping the wheels of the economy turning. (I must be quick to mention that the climate change has caused recurring droughts contributing to the food shortages.)
However the main causes of the hardships and suffering the people is as a result of bad governance hence my pre-occupation with the politics. I got so wrapped up with problems of my country that I did not even think of those in Venizuela who are also going through the same challenges as faced by Zimbabweans. It does seem that other countries have their own problems, it is clear that the world is a mess at the minute and need fixing as Dolly Patton says in her song ‘Hello God’
I have now resolved that I will continue to follow all that goes on in my nation without allowing the problems to take over my life as it did in 2019
In business achievement is measured by the profit made at the end of the financial year, in the kind of work I do achievement can not be measured but can only be hoped as it is about inward transformation in the light of this understand I can safely say I do not know if I achieved anything but can only hope that those I work among were helped.
On a personal level I am thankful that my own reflective life style was enhanced I was able to spend a lot of time reflecting on my own faith journey, the bible and music by christian artists and what it means to my own spiritual development
To top up my reflective life style was my pilgrimage to Rome in March 2019. it gave me an opportunity to further reflect as I followed Peter and Paul’s journeys in Rome it was an achievement that I was able to Take this Time Out.
What I found worthwhile
Amidst all my confusion , hangups and feelings of hopelessness through out 2019 there were things I found very worthwhile. These include the time I spent with close friends and family doing ordinary things like going to the movies and enjoying a home cooked meal. These are the moments no-one can put a price on they are just precious moments which no-one like myself should never take for granted,