LifePosted by Kojo Ansah-Pewudie 2011-07-27 23:30:58
Is there anything more rewarding than doing what is expected of you or what you've set your mind to do and doing it in à way that makes you tell yourself yes I did it and I'm proud of myself? No there isn't. Honestly, I do not understand people who go to jobs they are paid for and want to keep and yet consciously decide to play hide and seek. How does one feel refusing rather than failing to give their best? I couldn't hold back my tears watching the undercover boss tv program and seeing employees giving their best and more. Hardwork, honesty and humility are three imoprtant Hs which should be the guiding principles in every employees working life, simple arn't they? I hope my children would always remember the Ansah-Pewudies' motto - never give up
LifePosted by Kojo Ansah-Pewudie 2011-07-27 20:10:38
It's four days since the Norwegian bomb blast and the masacre of members of the youth wing of the Norwegian ruling party the Social Democrats tragically occured. have
since the news broke shed tears everyday at least twice à day - in the morning when I
read the newspaper and evening when I listen to the news. I have asked myself why this particular incident is so touching and causing so much grief especially so when
children are dying in the horn of Africa of hunger when food is being thrown in the bin everyday in other parts of the world including my home? When it all happened (
the Oslo incidents), everybody thought it
was the of terrorists (islamic extremists).
Assuming it was the work of islamic
terrorists would I have felt the same
anguish and grief? I do not know but
probably yes yet I can't let go the thought
that this was the work of one man killing
dozens of people irrespective of age,
religion or race because he deslikes people
like me. Like à local politician belonging to
the Sweddish racist party Swedish
Democrats put it, the actions of this felon
are due to multi-etnicity. But how does any
nation develop without diversity?
Another question I've pondered over the last few days is would the activities that have been carried out by this murderer which have been omgoing for the past 10 years gone unoticed by the law enforcement agencies if he had been muslim or of à foreign background? Has the western world become so biased and so prejudiced that only wrong doing has been categorised based on religion and or origin? Ironically, two days after the incident the headen of the editorial of one Sweden's dailys GP read;Terrorism or extremism? For obvious reasons I did not grasp the essence of the question. Would the same question have been asked if the act was committed by islamist group or an individual of à foreign background? I have no answers but in my world, causing harm and taking the lives of people in such à pre calculated manner and magnitude no matter religion or origin is nothing but à terrorist act.
My grief I believe is based on the fact that the perpertrator targeted à group of prople who are concerned about the welfare and development of society something I've spent the most part of My life doing. Co.-incidentally, i received by mistake an email which was not meant for me from someone who wants to start à war against muslims. Extremism whatever it's form in My world is unhealthy and the only way we can find peace and tolerans in this world is accepting diversity and tolerate what is foreign.
May th souls of the fallen victims rest in peace
LifePosted by Kojo Ansah-Pewudie 2010-12-16 00:29:59
We all once a while do want to feel needed and useful to others, especially those we love and cherish. Having a sense of usefullness creates satisfaction and inner fullfillment-joy; what I call the essence of life. But when do you know you are of good use to someone you love? Often a thank you or a sign of appreciation is considered enough. My issue is who determines when Ive been usefull? Is it when I feel a sense of satisfaction for what I have done or is it when someone confirms in positive terms what I have done? Are these two premises synonymous or complementary? Or does one carry more weight than the other? Or could it simply be that the latter is the determining factor of the earlier? Gee, Im neither a psychologist nor a philosopher but if a good sense of satisfaction is enough to create that innate joy should one suffer the consequence of the misinterpretation of whoever is at the receiving end? Maybe not but if not then what worth is that joy or sense of satisfaction if the recipient has a different perception of what is intended? Sharing same values is probaby the underlying factor for mutual understanding and the determining factor for feeling useful and to be apreciated.
Well, its almost midnight but before the day ends I want to feel Ive been useful bucause I feel a sense of satisfaction that Ive been useful and appreciated by someone else.
LifePosted by Kojo Ansah-Pewudie 2010-04-11 17:00:52
I have always felt and said that the essence if life is happiness and that all we do in life is to seek happiness and joy. What gives satisfaction gives often joy and joy often creates happiness. I woke up early this sunday morning and unusually went down to take a shower. I made myself a cup of coffee whilst glancing through the days newspaper, there was nothing interesting that engaged me so I went back to bed, wraped myself around my better half whilst thinking about the previous day. I think yesterday was good, at the Save the Children district annaul general meeting I talked about current developments in Save the Children International as a representative of the national board. And as a member of the electoral commission of the district, I presented the new district executive board. The new board was accepted and voted into power accorodingly, it was a successful day I said to myself.
Dorcas got out of bed and went to the washroom, I picked up the remote control and switched on the tv. The Swedish version of the Dragon Den was on; a favorite programme. I watched with interest the programme and to my surprise, just after the programme ended I felt a sense of satisfaction. I started wondering what this sense of joy and satisfaction came from. Suddenly, I felt I was thinking about the characters in the programme. I was captivated by the sharp sense of the Dragons and the innovative ingenuity of the entrepreneurs. For some reason these people gave me a sense of satisfaction without knowing why. While pondering over this new found joy on a sunday morning, I jumped out of bed and went into my 16 year old daughter's room. She sat on her bed with books around her, she looked at me and smiled and asked me to leave the room - she was busy preparing for her maths exams. I was too elated to let her her kick me out of the room as she normaly does to every member of the family when she does not want to be disturbed without telling her why I came in to her room. I became even more elated when I found her at her books because I realised the reason I bumped into her room was to talk to her about innovative thinking. I started talking to her about having ideas and puting them into practice and the difference between success and failure which I believe is about that little effort needed to put ideas into practice. I kept on ranting whilst she looked at me as if i was some kind of stranger. After saying my mind I left her room still feeling elated.
What a sunday, I'm going to spend the rest of the day calling my brother and sisters and my cousin Kwasi Vi in New York whom I've not talked to for a long time.
The essence of life is those little things that make you happy, I feel a sense of satisfaction today - this is life!