Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

When it has happened whether the generated emotions is joy or sadness, some people will remember it is not the first time this has taken place. Going back in history, in some cases not so very much back, you would see it resembles what had happened before. This raises the statement that what has been was and it will be at some point though the actors will be different in a different setting. There is nothing new, there is nothing that has not been though the advancement will be different.

The past is the base of the present into the future, God gave man the power of choice and that means we always start from a vantage point, the slate is clean for us to exploit the area in which our purpose fits perfectly. It means perhaps we need to learn by looking behind and choosing after the paths that have a predetermined positive results. What has been was there before, it only needs our rediscovering ourselves and find new ways of advancing the thing we pursue. Take for example any garget, any equipment it would be made by things that have always been there though with more shaking of the head someone might then discover new ways of improving the same.

The quotes this week come from an autobiography of a fighter upon whose life journey one observer said, the subject has faced every obstacle, every threat, every setback with courage and determination, and with faith that what she was doing was right. I am sure the selected quotations below from this book will point you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:

VERA CHIRWA – FEARLESS FIGHTER AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Vera Mlangazua Chirwa

We had to pick up our life again after prison. They had emptied Orton’s offices, closed down our house and removed all our belongings, but Reverend Doig, who had visited us in prison, offered to have us in the Blantyre Mission Station till we found a house. Reverend Doig told us about a young Tongan man, who had been deported from Rhodesia because of his vocal political activities against the Federation. He was quite lost in Nyasaland, but the missionaries were taking care of him. Orton was also a Tonga by tribe and excited to hear about this young activist, whose name was Aleke Banda. The missionaries brought him to meet us and Orton was impressed.”

“It was custom among our Ngoni tribe that the first born child was taken to the paternal grandparents when it was weaned, in order not to interfere with the birth of younger siblings. I was born in 1932 as an eldest child and spent my early childhood with my grandparents. I really loved my grandparents. He was the first African to be ordained as a reverend in Nyasaland and was stationed in Loudon in the Northern part of the country at the Embangweni Mission.”

“The following day, Orton tried again and was surprised to learn that another constitution had already been adopted. While Orton had been out, they had quickly passed a constitution designed to give Dr Banda absolute power over the organisation. Orton protested that the ultimate power should lie with the party itself, but it was too late. He had been ‘couped’, and it was not going to be the last time.”

“People were confused. They had put youth leaders on the front rows, who were shouting and dancing and deliberately making it hard to understand what was actually going on. Pamphlets with a picture of the leader as ‘life president’ were quickly distributed and the new title was confirmed. Orton had been couped again and he was shocked.”

“When I was a child, we did not know what the inside of a European house looked like. The European were like gods to us. If you went to see relatives, who were working for them, you could hardly enter the kitchen. But my mother, Elizabeth Chiwambo, stood up against all that. In the church at Ekwendeni Mission there were separate doors and benches for the Africans and the Europeans. There were only a few whites, among whom were Mr and Mrs Larkin, but they nevertheless had their own door.”