Writer: Leah Oketcho

One of the things I am learning more of on this journey of risk is Love. I have realized that to Love can be complicated if you have a negative attitude on life. It clouds your ability to appreciate the things happening around you. To appreciate the people on your journey in life. I have also learnt that a negative attitude can make you wrinkle up or look older than you really are. Like it literally drains moisture from your skin and gives you wrinkles across your forehead.

Today’s morning passage was just perfect at this stage on my journey:

“ We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ lay down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1John 3:14-18

Just last week alone I lost two friends whose deaths no one could have predicted. Both were in good health but did not live to see another day. At first I was sad and confused and then eventually scared then it occurred to me that life is in fact short. I mean I knew this before but thinking to myself about the things I remember about these friends got me re-evaluating my own life. Only what was done for love remains.

Now, I know there will be many opportunities for me to stress out about things that may or may not happen, pick fights with people but a wise woman once said, “As you grow up, you will realize that sometimes silence yields results far more than an outburst.” A smart person knows how to talk, a wise person knows when to be silent. Part of my plan to have a better, healthier attitude that frees my spirit enough to appreciate the beauty in life is to learn how to truly let things go and move on.

I hope that along the way I will learn more about myself, learn to embrace change even when it feels uncomfortable which it usually is.

I hope that I can master the strength to distance myself from what no longer serves me and invest in myself while working on my goals each day.

And above all, that I always lead with love every step of the way.

Leah Oketcho and Monica
Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.

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