Male/Female Perspectives ‘Happiness is a state of mind – Choose it’ By Mitchell Odhiambo & Mercy Karumba

Happiness is a state of mind – Choose it' By Mitchell Odhiambo - Our mind is like a garden that needs ploughing and nourishing with fresh waters if...


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Happiness is a state of mind – Choose it’ By Mitchell Odhiambo – Our mind is like a garden that needs ploughing and nourishing with fresh waters if we are to enjoy a vineyard filled with grapevine and orchids and real fruit. Should we not tend to it, then we end up with bristles and thorns, weeds and rats and perpetually, we shall gravitate towards destruction. Therefore take care of yours.

Whatever is good, whatever is excellent, whatever is honourable, whatever is praiseworthy, think about such things and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth will speak and from the produce of your lips, your stomach and your life shall be filled with good tidings.

The good book admonishes us by saying “ I went past the field of the lazy man and past the vineyard of the man who lacks understanding, and there it was, all overgrown with thorns, its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was in ruins. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction; A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a bandit and need like an armed man” Remarkable.

Be diligent therefore. Work with all fervency and spirit. Be careful with your surrounding and encamp yourself with those that inspire you, empower you and edify you. Choose the battles that are worth fighting for and shun those you feel are unnecessary.  Tend to your garden and fill it with whatever you need. Take care of it, weed it, maintain it and water it night and day. Avoid those that destroy, shun those that are destructive. Choose life, choose growth, choose joy, and choose delight. Until we meet again, I am your host Mitchell Odhiambo. Welcome to a man’s world

Happiness is a state of mind – Choose it by Mercy Karumba – A lesson that life has taught me, is that happiness or rather Joy, as I should rightly call it, is a state of mind – regardless of the situation, regardless of the luck, regardless of how much things are not working out as they should, choosing happiness is the best gift I could give to myself!  It’s easy to define happiness when things are working out perfectly – when we have all we need, when we are financially stable and healthy, but that reduces happiness/joy to a by-product of luck/fate.

I truly admire how children behave, that so many times, no matter whether they have the best of toys or even the best of food and other items, they fully enjoy what they have. I have seen street children run around laughing and holding each other in love, kicking what they see on the road. I have seen someone, extremely sick on the hospital bed, not so sure of when or if they will leave the hospital alive, having the brightest smile and joy anyone could have.

Each time, I come across such, it is a reminder that happiness is a choice. It’s a reminder that I can appreciate what I have and actually be the happiest person other than focusing on what I don’t have. It’s a reminder that there is something so beautiful and unique about me as a lady, that I don’t need to grumble and focus on what another lady has that I don’t have. It’s a reminder that I can actually focus on the good in my partner, and not compare him to someone else out there.  Happiness is a state of mind, and even when it looks like the least feasible option – I choose, to choose it! Will you?  Here’s the female perspective, what are your thoughts?

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