Beat the Monday blues: Make yours brighter

On a Monday, when leaving your warm bed becomes a punishment….

By Gertrude Tumusiime Uwitware

As you are getting used to the weekend, Whoosh! It is already gone and Monday is here again.

One of those days when many workers ‘wake up to sleep’, entering into their work places only to bow their heads on the desks and possibly go into slumber. It is that day you always look forward to Friday.

Monday is slow. It is a nightmare for many but worry not; it is natural to feel like it is a punishment to get out of your bed, drowsy, lazy, bored and generally disgusted throughout the day.

Especially that It was weekend just yesterday, you had a break from that week that drove your nuts, had a lot of fun with friends, enjoyed a good time with your family, you could have drunk yourself mad and now have hangover from weekend.

If you are one of those people who always get Monday blues, you may probably want to be your own employer. Relax; there are ways you can ensure a bright Monday at work.

Because this is the first day at work, it sets pace for the rest of the week, so you must be sure not to spoil your week by working your way to a good beginning.

First, make it a point to have enough rest on Sunday such that you are fresh by Monday. Naturally, resting will take off fatigue from the previous weeks’ workload and will raise your energies for the new week. You will be more productive when your body fresh.

Waking up early will also help you get ready for the day, force yourself out of that bed if you don’t feel like, because the more you stay in there, the lazier you get and so will the day and the week move, if the Monday is draggy, be sure you may have the rest of the week that way unless otherwise.

Say a prayer to bless the week; it saves to start your Monday with a word of prayer, is like an invisible friend you can rely on every time you feel low. You are not sure of the people you will meet, not even sure of what will happen during the day, no idea of the people you will meet and how they will react towards you, all you need is to commit the day in the hands of God, to help you manage your stress.

“Prayer raises your spirit to keep positive throughout the day,” says Emmanuel Mujuni, a pastor.

Kasoma Meddie, a creative director at Riviera Media says having a plan before you start the day, is a great idea to brighten it up. He says, have your goals set every Monday morning, this will give you energy to start and also help you have an organized week set.

“If just bump into the day without a plan, you feel powerless and discouraged and the day is doomed,” he says.

You can also listen to inspirational music before getting to work, this will help you relax and getting into the mood for work. If you ride yourself to work, make it a point to listen to nice music of your taste. If you do this, be sure by the time you get to work, you will not be the same like you left home.

For Karen Kakisa, Mondays are never bright, they are nightmare. She however says she makes them bright by wearing some of her best outfits and colours, and the most confortable at that.  She says that makes her relaxed and glowing so her day is also colorful.

“It depends on your perception; I choose to believe that my dress code brightens my day so I invest it, and I have never been disappointed,” says Karen.

Like the saying goes that life is what you make it, you have the power to brighten or ruin your Monday. Make sure however it is bright because that explains how the rest of your week will be and your productivity per say.

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At the face of MOI AVENUE BLAST in Nairobi

The bombed next to Mt. Kenya University on Moi Avenue, Nairobi on fire

By Gertrude Tumusiime Uwitware

Just a few minutes after 1oclock, am feeling too lazy to go out for lunch. When I finally make up my mind to, I drag my tired body, but first feeling like should ease me.

Shortly before I can enter the ‘Ladies’, a loud noise comes through, I say, Oh! It sounds like a bomb blast and continue my way. In a blink of an eye, there is confusion at the 4th floor of the Nation Media building in Nairobi, People are screaming and running out.

I ask what is happening not before a voice shouts back, “It is a bomb blast, I have just seen the roof jump off,” Commotion, tension and people running for their dear lives. Run, hurry, Jesus, help, numerous voices continuously shout out.

My heart skips, I almost faint as one woman says, “It is in this building,” I choose to believe and then settle for prayer knowing I cannot change much, I ask Jesus to have Mercy on us as I run down the stairs.

Confusion and congestion, the stair ways are hardly aerated, pushed to one end, falling to another, raising and running again, am thinking of removing my shoes but this is too late, am on high heels, the stair cases are too many; I cannot wait for the lift.

Anger has disappeared, I do not even feel like easing myself any more, I am simply running for my life and so are the other colleagues of mine. As soon as am at the exit, victims, covered allover with blood are outside, Nairobi middle centre is in total confusion, shops closing down, a building at Moi Avenue, just behind the Nation Media Centre is on fire.Soot in the sky, crowds, and people tearing and shouting, Security guards also taking off,…hahahahah I thought they do not fear. A building just next to Mt. Kenya University, Nairobi has been bombed.

Numerous injured and some reported dead on the spot. A few Minutes after the blast, police is at the scene, sounds of ambulances and fire brigade cars are hooting amidst a loud crowd. Blood soaked bodies are being rushed to nearest health facilities, tension lessens.

I have never been caught up in the middle of such mayhem, I cannot feel my heart anymore, I have seen people dripping blood, seemingly lifeless bodies, many rushed to Hospital, OMG!

It is alleged that the bomb was planted by the al-Shabbab, however, police says, it was possibly an Electric Outburst. More information comes through, via the Media. God bless Kenya

The Holy Spirit has done it for me

Welcome Holy Spirit.

If you have been to a place where you are faced with language barrier, you probably know what am talking about. I have been complaining since i started praying from St.Paul’s Catholic University chapel, Nairobi.

How come the choir only sings Swahili songs all through Mass, even when mass is led in English? it has been perplexing my thoughts since I got here. yet i have had no nearer option.

Today, I rejoice high above everything, it has been my turn, I thank the Holy Spirit for breathing into the choir song selectors my concern. Guess what?  Fr preaches so well in English and all the songs are in Swahili, he preaches the coming of the holy Spirit and how he unites us to speak tongues that do not belong to us.

My turn came when during offertory, the choir Started a Luganda song, NAMUGEREKA ATUWA EBIRUNGI, Ayayayyayaya it has been perfectly done with the Ganda drums flowing so well.

Amidst a lost congregation, i raised my voice and sang along, my heart was filled with joy, i did not want the choir to stop, every body turned to look at me, i was so happy, until i realised all eyes were on me, and for fear of being branded insane, i decreased my volume however clapped loudly.

And yah, for me, my pentecost is fulfilled. Thank you dear Holy Spirit for letting this happen to me and for changing my name from STRANGER to being part of you children gathered today to recieve your presence.

HAPPY PENTECOST DAY.

Is your partner still keeping his/her past?

Phiona and Stanley in one of the scenes in the play

When Phionah finds out from their family friend Njeri that the Beautiful Lampstand in their house was given to her husband by his ex-girlfriend, she sulks.

Restless, furious, and with red-hot emotions, she cannot wait for Stanley to come back home and explain the genesis of the Lampstand and the motive behind keeping it in their new marital home.

“Where did you get that lampstand? Phionah angrily asks as soon as Stanley walks in.

His eyes tour the four ceiling corners as if to call his memory to attention, he starts stammering, in panic, he is quickly driven into telling a lie.

“Aaaaaa a a a I was one day moving along the streets and then I saw a notice on a notice board notifying the public of this lampstand from an expatriate. Upon reading the notifying notice, I notified the expatriate to get it to me,” Stanley says.

Before he completes his explanations, Phionah loudly interjects, “you think you can lie to me, you think I do not know that you got it from that Faith girlfriend of yours?” This is the beginning of confusion in the family it stirred up a lot more issues the couple had kept quiet about for quite a spell. Soon, Phionah is on the move to discover more about Faith and Stanley’s relationship, and from her discoveries, through reading his mail and stalking him, Stanley is still in touch with Faith.

Imagine what it would mean to you if your partner is still in interaction, deep connection I stress, with his or her ex-who is in real terms your immediate competitor.

For Phionah, it means that she is just a point of convenience and that she does not mean anything to Stanley.

I know many of us agree with her that it really hurts to have someone in your life who still dwell on their past. So then, do we keep away our past as we move on or it doesn’t matter? The answer my friend, is deep in your heart.

Discuss this with your partner and agree on the way forward otherwise, this may be the cause of a breakup, and for the married possibly a divorce.

Phionah and Stanley’s story is depicted in a play called “The History Box” by When Entertainment, Kenya. I watched it just yesterday at the Nairobi National.

It was humorous, informative and educative. It is a MUST WATCH for all people in any kind of relationship. It gives you insights of what it means to uphold TRUST in any relationship.

Big up to the producer, it was a wonderful piece. The casting was perfect! Thanks to the Whole When Entertainment team.

YOU CAN’T STOP ME

Hey , who said you can lower my esteem?

I have chosen to Smile at someone who thinks they are superior and so I should throw in the Towel for them to Soar.- Incredible!

Now my friend, look here, I have chosen to say hihihihihihihihi, hahahahahahha, try out a more positive way of getting to the level you visualise.

But also a piece of Advise, ‘you will never get where you want to be if you don’t let your competitors grow.’

OK, am done with you!

Ccome on my friends, when some one tries to cramp you down, just tell them, “Am still young and Marketable”

I cant stop smiling and a curve is being straitened here. Love

SMILE

Just laugh about life. I believe in the power of a smile!

This is what happens in my daily escapades, I love to smile about life, whether whether feeling good or bad, i don’t care, i just want to smile about life.

This is the reason I wanna share what has made me smile today. Smile with me!

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.  ~Phyllis Diller

Smiling about life