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It knocks, you can’t ignore
You try to prepare to embrace it, but somehow there’s no formula
Or a manual
Or even a guide
On how to go about this new season
OH NO

It’s overwhelming
No idea what to expect
You’re excited and nervous in equal measure
You keep asking, what is this new season going to offer?
Looks too good I need to brace myself
Looks like it asks for an improved version of me
Am I ready?

You look back
And realize there was just such similar seasons
You had your plans, but somehow,
The universe presented even better things
SIGH.

You were disappointed,
Disheartened by the unexpected occurrences
You even cried
You were bitter
You didn’t see any reason for planning anymore
But somehow it was part of your journey
Somehow, in retrospect, makes sense now
Somehow, it was part of the greater good
SIGH

Gratitude
The key to embracing new seasons
Realizing that whether expected or unexpected
Any stage, occurrence,
Is a part of character development
Molding
Shaping
To the exact, perfect,
OUTCOME.

A green economy outcome for fresh, sustainable livelihoods

Although it was raining in the same consistent manner of a heartbeat, Henry Stanley was sweaty. This vast, huge, massive, gigantic forest had become like a wet, damp prison. His legs felt like left-over porridge that was ready to be scrapped from the bottom of the bowl and thrown away.

Apart from the gentle whisper of the bamboo trees, silence enveloped the bamboo forest in Dawuro, a region in Southwest Ethiopia. These trees stood alert like a vast green army of soldiers. Their smooth green bark glistened in the soft sunrise hues that were painting the bamboo forest with shimmering colors. At that moment early in the day, this forest could only be described in the words of Bwak the Bantu poet as a ‘river flowing with a thousand dazzling stars.’ Indeed, the bamboo forest looked and felt like the very epicenter of serenity.

Umshini wami mshini wami!’ My machine, my machine.

Those who are not used to it find its very sight distasteful. They wonder how you can eat a vegetable that is so slippery that it keeps sliding from your fingers. How is it supposed to make it into your mouth?

Africa is the least energized continent in the world. A satellite image of Africa at night reveals only scattered lights across the continent. This is a stark contrast to other parts of the world that are well lit in similar satellite images. Although this is mostly indicative of electrical lighting, it is symbolic of Africa’s state when it comes to overall energy production and usage.