‘ALL IS NOT LOST IN THE GARDEN OF LIFE’ By Mwangi Ndegwa

Our country Kenya, for the better part of this year has experienced a prolonged period of drought leading to massive losses in the...


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Our country Kenya, for the better part of this year has experienced a prolonged period of drought leading to massive losses in the agricultural sector. The pastoralists have experienced the brunt of the drought with most of their livestock succumbing to the adverse weather effects. The natural vegetation was not spared either, with grass being the main victim. With the advent of the rains, the view has totally changed. The natural vegetation has sprung back to life and the seemingly plants that once looked dead, are now sprouting  luxurious green shoots.

The one thing that made me curious was the grass. Sometime in August, I had gone for a nature photoshoot around the Ngong hills. It was one of the most challenging set I have ever encountered in my photography hobby. With the grass brownish, there was a lot of reflection and so capturing the true nature-shot was near impossible and all that came out was a hazy background and whitish landscape. In photography, there are colours known as friendly and these include blue, green and red. At this juncture, these three were absent.

Fast forward, the same place is lush and green. The curious thing is that the same brownish dead grass has now sprung back to life. The question which nagged in my mind was this: was this grass really dead? If it was dead, where did these green shoots come from? I got my answer from the same grass. Upon close inspection, of the ones that had sprouted, I realized that the stem had not dried. Its only the blades themselves so when the rains came, they provided the perfect environment for sprouting.

I post this piece as an encouragement to many people whose lives, businesses, relationships, studies or social life is at this level. For those who feel as if all hope is gone and the situation is dead, for you who have failed in exams, business, marriage or in any endeavour, I want to encourage you that there is still some life left in it and it is possible to revive it. Don’t look at the blades but look at the stem for it is from there, that life begins. Water your situation with correct advice, the right attitude, the right friends and soon new green shoots will appear. To read more posts by Mwangi, click HERE

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