“I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?”—Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Many years ago, I lost a dear friend to love. He was a talented, bright young man. As the story goes, he fell in love. But his family did not accept the object of his affection. So, he committed suicide. At the time, I was angry that he killed himself. I could not understand why he did not just elope. Today, I remembered my friend and I ask: What is it about love that drives people “insane”? What is that intense emotion that made my friend kill himself? Despair at unattainable love or helplessness? I am still as puzzled today as I was when I heard about the suicide. Rest in peace dear friend.
The first question a lady who “friended” me on Facebook asked me was the meaning of my name. Have no fear, hold on to your heritage! I replied. She told me that Mafoya meant: I will cry - in her language.
It is quite interesting how the same words have completely different meanings in other languages. According to Webster’s Online Dictionnary, Mafoya means feathers or fur in Kibosho a dialect of the Kichagga language in Tanzania.
What’s in your name? You might be surprised the answers you can come up with. May be your name means I will laugh in someone’s language. I wish my name meant: I will smile in my Facebook friend’s language. Who wants to be stuck with “I will cry” all their life? Not me!
Have no fear, hold on to your heritage will do for me. Thank you Mom and Dad!
Stumbling to move forward, I will get lost to find the way. But in reaching my destination, I will appreciate the journey. Confident that the Maker will direct my path. For, you don’t miss your water until the well runs dry. A heart of prayer for companionship and faith as my shield. I will stay on the straight and narrow. For, there is no distance without an edge. Reading from the book of life, I will keep my eyes on the prize. And when I do arrive home, I shall proclaim: I am alive!
I spent New Year’s eve at a recently married couple’s home and it was a blast. However, when their cat jumped on my lap, I nearly had a cardiac arrest. First of all, I am not really a cat person but I love animals especially dogs so I tolerate cats.
But this particular cat would hide under the table, lie in wait, jump on my lap without warning, and when I least expected it. The first time, the cat jumped on my lap, it scared the crap out of me. But that is not the weirdest thing about this cat. It would jump from lap to lap, round the table and then leave in the same manner it appeared.
The whole time I was there, the cat kept doing the “lap jump” and always started its round with me. At least the other guests were forewarned! That Darn Cat would jump on my lap, stand there and watch my startled reaction with glee. The cat only stopped when we started the countdown to 2010.
“I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable, wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk gently, and act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully, do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. In a word I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.”—William Ellery Channing