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Overcoming The Desire to Act II

Posted by Dziffa Akua Ametam on

Oh hi, 

Glad you can join me again. This blog is a continuation of my previous blog "Overcoming the Desire to Act." For those of you who did not read it, I advise you do as I'm jumping right into where we left off. 

I’d read the works of Wangari Maathai and marvel at what she was able to accomplish with the Green Belt Movement, I would then watch documentaries about her and be blown away.

Being exposed to regular folks like me who had a burning desire to act would create this fire in me to also do something, do anything with my life. You know what I would do to quench this fire? I would go into the kitchen, open the fridge, and stuff my face with anything that would help me eat the desire away so I don't have to get up and act.

After college, I set off on a path to find my purpose and as rewarding as the journey was, the nudge kept coming back to remind me that I was wasting away. That’s when this quote would echo in my mind:

“As I grew older, I learned that we can convince
ourselves and our children, and if we are leaders
we can convince our citizens, that we are in danger,
either from what people will do to us or what we
are doing to ourselves.” Wangari Maathai

I don’t need to convince us that we are in danger. Neither do I need to make a case for what others have done to us and continue to do to us. What I’m concerned about are things within our control and how our inactions continue to drown us in danger.

See, when I was a student, I was only responsible for myself. All I had to do was get good grades. I really could not afford to lay on the couch all day because there were very few people in class who could excel and each hour I wasted away widened the gap between myself and the smart students.

So, I got up and put in the hours I needed to excel.


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