Friends, Africans and Countrymen, lend me your ears. I hope to encourage you and not to provoke you.

I am from the land of imagination, close to the ocean where we are not afraid to put our feet in the water in search of distant lands.

We all have great potential here on earth. Our homes, our neighborhoods, towns, cities and countries are waiting for us. Waiting for energy that will ignite hope into a flame. A flame that will light the way forward.

Come and fly with me for a few minutes. The view from here helps us look down on things and see them with a fresh perspective.

Someone once said: “Creativity is the ability to use what already exists and rearrange them in a manner never before seen.”

Imagination helps us rearrange what we see. But only if we see what we have been seeing differently.

Let’s take rain for example.

When it rains does it make us wet or does it cause the plants to grow.

Pick one.

In the matter of rain then, it’s better if we bring along an umbrella or we plant seeds before it rains.

One more example before we land.

Imaginative thought can be fleeting. So be quick and nimble.

Some years ago, I was teaching Sunday school to 10 and 11 year olds in church. At one point, the subject of prayer came up. We wondered how God hears six billion prayers at the same time. I proceeded to make the sound of what I thought would represent many people asking questions at the same time.

One of the children then said: “The sound of six billion voices is: Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

I didn’t understand what the child meant, until a few days later. Then I heard it differently. For God to hear six billion voices, He keeps quite and listens.

Till we meet again: “Au revoir.”

Published by Ken Gwira

Ken Gwira is a self-taught artist living in the USA. Aside from wood sculpture, he uses words and images to help people see life through a different lens [o].

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