‘AFTER THE AFTERMATH, THEN WHAT? By Mwangi Ndegwa

It is usually difficult, if not impossible, for a person to go through a traumatic experience and before one has fully recovered from it, to speak about...


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It is usually difficult, if not impossible, for a person to go through a traumatic experience and before one has fully recovered from it, to speak about this experience. This short post is about something I went through last Tuesday 21st  Jan 2020 and the reason for sharing this is not to get sympathy but rather, to share the lessons and encouragement I learnt from this ordeal.

It was around 10am Tuesday morning when a speeding motorcycle veered off the road and knocked me down. In a split second moment, a person who was walking well a minute ago, was rushed in to hospital limping with blood all over his face. Many things flashed through my mind in that fleeting moment and after I was attended to by the doctors ,I decided to take some time to reflect. There are a few things I picked which I would love to share with you all.

  1. Be good to people no matter the level or position they hold in society. When I was knocked down by the motorcycle, the people who picked me up and rushed me to hospital, were not my relatives, close friends, wealthy people but the common people whom I interact with in the course of doing business. By the time my workmates arrived at the scene, I was already being attended to.
  2. The next moment is never assured. What you have is NOW so do what you can do now, for tomorrow is not in your control. Say thank you, sorry, excuse me. Give an encouraging word to someone who is down, a word of comfort to the bereaved or ailing. Your kind words might be all that they need.
  3. Don’t postpone to tomorrow that which you can do now, for tomorrow might be too late.
  4. The things that matter most in life, are not the ones that we worry ourselves over, but rather, the ones we give least attention to. In life, food, clothes and shelter in that order are the most important. Anything else above this comes in its own time.
  5. Last but not least, is that even if you are working, try as much as you can to have a second stream of income so that if God forbid, something happens and you can no longer work, then your life will still continue. You won’t need to take a begging bowl to survive.

I conclude with these simple words: Do what you can do, with what you have, when you can and when the time to exit the scene comes, you will have no regrets. You will not be remembered for what you wanted to do but rather, for what you did. To read more posts by Mwangi, click HERE

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