“TBI upsets life on multiple levels: physical, psychological, social, and even spiritual. TBI affects the roots of who we are — our ability to think.” From my point of view it also affects how process things. I completed and passed a Masters degree which was more academically and mentally challenged. Yet practical driving tests are more difficult and an anathema for me.

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Spearmint: Zumbani- some say it cures COVID-19

Spearmint is a species of mint Mentha Spicata native to Europe and southern temperate Asia, extending from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east. It is naturalized in many other temperate parts of the world, including northern and Southern Africa, North America & Southern America. It is used as a flavouring in food and herbal teas.

The mint is used to make Moroccan mint tea by simply boiling the leaves and adding sugar. I was born in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe were the mint is called zumbani, though it wasn’t widely used to make tea it was used for medicinal purposes to cure fever. To a lesser extent there Zumbani tea was brewed when I lived there. The tea has a refreshingly minty flavour and it’s caffeine free. It is high in potassium key for regulating blood pressure. Also it is rich in magnesium and iron.

The tea is widely used in Arab nations and the Northern African. The same regions are not badly hit by the pandemic. Maybe the spearmint reduces the severity of the pandemic.

Disclaimer:

I’m not a medical practitioner everything suggested is from personal research

Snow Birthday

Skid marks after twisting & turning in the snow

Snow
It looks pretty but treacherous it can cause accidents or worse. Never over look it’s potential dangers particularly the drivers.
This afternoon I went into my garage and decided to open the garage door to let in the fresh air from the snow. Alas without a careful consideration I moved over to the garage entrance to get a clear view of the snow in my front yard. After taking a glance a puzzled over how to get back into the house. When my car is carefully parked slightly over to the right side it leaves a narrow path on the left hand side just big enough to fit in my wheelchair. Having said that there was no room for me to turn around without moving over the treacherous snow. Another option was to reverse all the way into the house which seemed more problematic because of a pressure washer behind and in my way however easy to go past when moving forwards.

Therefore I eventually decided to turnaround going over over the snow. That proved to be the worst decision bcz my wheels immediately got stuck in the snow yet I was only wearing my boxer shots. On the main road there was a car parked with the lights showing that there was a person in it later on I noticed it was a lady I don’t know what she was waiting for. Twenty minutes elapsed while she was parked there and turned around and went. She must have noticed that something was wrong because to her I appeared naked yet outside in the snow. Even if she wanted to help that would have been awkward for her worse more people can’t just help strangers these days because of the COVID. Another woman also went by “excuse me” I shouted at her, she turned her head to have a quick look and she kept going past.

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Eating Well: Living it up playing, working well & alleviating Anxiety.

It has been said that you are what you eat. That said people who eat well tend to have a positive attitude where they live, where they work and when they play. The foods we eat can determine our moods & happiness. A family which eats well is the birth of a happy society in other words a happy home is a happy society.Food has always played an important part in our lives since the begin of time. Eat well and awaken the hero in you. Eat well and optimise your work, play & in general yo daily accomplishments. It has been said that there is nothing more important than this day. So its advisable to eat well and make the most of the day, a day well began is half done. Hence the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.However all meals are important if you don’t have time to eat breakfast well make sure you eat well sometime during the day before 8pm.

The right foods to eat in the morning are people’s personal choices but the idea of indulging in sugary staff for breakfast is consistent and quite wrong. Nothing wrong with that long as long as the breakfast includes natural fats and protein. If you ain’t got that in the kitchen it will be best to skip breakfast altogether. Yoghurt is a good source of fats and keeps our guts healthy responsible for the production of serotonin. A healthy gut boost our happiness. The eggs and sausages are a good source of protein. All too often when i go to my local shop these days the full fat yoghurt will be out of stock. Which shows that people are choosing the right foods and leaving the fat free yoghurts good for nothing. If you take out good fat in yoghurts you there will be nothing left save for fructose which is a fancy word for bad sugar. Sugar is the one which makes people fat, there is misconception that fat translates into fat hence many think that eating fat will make them fat.

I travel a lot around the globe and i prefer to stay in hotels with breakfast included. Many hotels offer the right fats and protein if I eat that I know that I will be well throughout the day however more often than not i buy myself a good lunch including a fruit if i didn’t have any in the morning. When I go back to the hotel i always make sure i have a substantial and nutritional meal. When I go back home after my holidays i will be looking far much better and feeling good about myself. At home I live alone and as a disabled person cooking is hard work. As a result I don’t get to eat well as I should at home.

Living it up boost your happiness and reduce your anxiety.

Anxiety: Through out my life I have lived with anxiety which is one of the reasons why I’m still single exacerbated by disability. In general many people live with anxiety even the Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the world Tyson Fury, The Gypsy King suffers from it coupled with depression but it’s how you deal with it otherwise it can stifle one’s development. Recently I have been struggling to walk in doors particularly walking in my wet room, Im afraid of placing my crutches on a slippery surface lest I fall, but I never used to have that problem. I also know a business woman who suffers from anxiety, despite managing her own business she she doesn’t like making life changing decisions. As a teenager I had sexual performance anxiety the fear of failing to please a woman, fear of breaking up a relationship. Ever since my adolescence years I always believed in dating one girl and ultimately marrying that one person till the end of time. After I Sustained my brain injury it was unfathomable that one day i would find love. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2006 when i was still in a bad state while everything seemed to be heading the right direction but I continued to suffer immensely from performance anxiety. To my great relief the church strongly advocates abstinence from sex before marriage so I was officially celibate. At that time the church was bustling with beautiful young girls, most of them were university students perfect for me to try and get hitched to like minded young girls unfortunately most of them already had devout boyfriends except for one.I decided to make a calculated but predictable move like every other boy. I asked her for her number and she happily supplied it. Here and there I would send her the occasional text innocent and a sincere messages. One Sunday morning I made up my mind, it all started with some affirmations in the morning before my ride came to pick me up to church. I repeatedly said to myself, today is the day I will ask out … (her name) ,I said it vocally but so quietly. At church I was so relieved after I finally sent her the message. I simply said would you like to go out on a date with me? She never answered to that question however we continued to exchange other messages. Since she’s was at university doing a more technical degree I assumed that she was too busy for dating. Despite making a fair justification for why she ignored my question it battered my confidence & exacerbated my anxiety about ladies.

Happiness starts with eating well, ‘you are what you eat’, that’s a true and simple fact right. People who eat well look well they are healthier and sexier. Eating the right food can also be an antidote to various health issues in our lives. Our ancestors were dieticians, in particular the traditional healers, they had invaluable knowledge of the right foods to eat to address most ailments before the modern day health practitioners were established.

It wasn’t until 2012 when I unwittingly started to eat the right foods I gradually became smarter and my anxiety of interacting with girls suddenly disappeared. Unfortunately I was no longer at university with a variety of girls from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world. However I was still living the church principles, no sex before marriage. I now had my confidence back and I started to view the church principles as restrictive dogma because of my newly found mojo & confidence. Nevertheless I remained strong but I was no longer going to the right places were I could meet girls. Never disregard what you know right lest you have spiritual detrimental effects. I rarely saw girls save for Sunday’s when I go to church but all the girls had boyfriends. The regional dances at church were the only hope unfortunately as a disabled person I couldn’t dance I was more like an outsider and if you ain’t dancing you ain’t getting any girls, that’s what it felt like.Anyhow I will talk about this at length in my new book.

Foods that help with anxiety

Salmon, Yoghurt, Green Tea, Dark Chocolate, Chamoline, Tumeric , Brazil nuts, Eggs, Pumpkin Seeds may help to reduce anxiety. Out of the aforementioned, personally I regularly eat Salmon, eggs, yoghurt and Turmeric.

Salmon contains nutrients that promote brain health including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Omega-3 fatty acids in Salmon are comprised of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Alpha-linolnic acid (ALA) is found in plant oils. Nutrition terms sound highly technical and complicated they are only important to remember if you are a Dietician or alike. It is recommended to have Salmon 3 times a week.

EPA and DHA may help regulate the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which can have calming and relaxing properties. Eating enough EPA and DHA may also promote your brain’s ability to adapt to changes, people with anxiety are known to dislike life changing events like childbirth or moving house. In summary Salmon contains two of the omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamin D which may help anxiety relief by promoting brain health. Tillisc etal found out that individuals with anxiety who consumed probiotic yogurt daily were better able to cope with stress than those who consumed yogurt without probiotics

Who is the biggest winner & loser of the America Elections?

Now let’s see the biggest winner and biggest loser after the historic American elections. In my opinion the biggest winner is Kamila Harris and the biggest loser is Boris and The U.K. at large. Kamala is enroute to become not only the first female president of the USA but also the second black president. She is likely to take over from Biden if he retires or win the elections in 2032.The President Elect and Kamala have nothing against the UK but they will never forget Boris’ outrageous comments made about Barrack after he took out a sculpture of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office. They were deplorable, he remarked that Obama’s actions was a “symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British empire”.

Biden’s will seek first to work with Europe & NATO as well as rejoining the Paris accord. That said Britain will be at the end of the line and there is now seldom chances of securing a free Trade Deal with their biggest ally. The Bien-Harris presidency is more likely to be two terms hence two terms of tense relationship with the UK. Unless there is a change of government in the UK. If people had voted for Joe Swinson things would have been different but she was humiliated by losing the elections as well as her parliamentary seat. Joe wanted to cancel Brexit. It’s now water under the bridge and meanwhile I hope Boris and Biden can work together collaboratively since they both believe in Nato and the Climate Accord.

Hurray! To Covid-19 vaccine or is it? Sputnik V

Russia proclaims to have eventually found the vaccine for the Covid-19. The vaccine supposedly boost the immune system for a period of two years. Russia has likened their successes to the Soviet launch of the world’s first satellite in 1957. Hence the vaccine is called Sputnik V. Competition for prestige between Capitalist & Communist continues & happens to bring the best of each other. If you ask me it doesn’t matter who wins the race to find the vaccine as long as the world is made safe again. Like Deng Xiaoping said it doesn’t matter wether the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice. Man like Fidel Castro would have been very proud. Actually Castro had good intentions apart from totalitarianism-adherence to early Marxism, he was against developed nations plundering the resources of poor nations particularly against USA big Cooperations plundering the resources of Cuba. When ever a disaster occurred anywhere in the world Cuba was among the first to deploy top trained nurses and doctors. Personally I had the opportunity to be taught in high school in Zimbabwe by some very talented teachers trained in Cuba. Fidel didn’t want nothing in return for his help. Unlike China a rogue communist nation who seeks to plunder the resources of the developing nations, disguised capitalism.

Fears of the Pandemic

Everything seems to be back to the norm However keep the social distancing & follow the precautionary measures

Who is winning during the unabated pandemic? Also what have we learnt from the pestilence? The devil is winning right and many have succumbed to various fears. Fear happens to be the most effective weapon used by the devil. The devil uses fear to thwart our hope and limit our successes. The demise of hope consequently affects our faith. Certainty is one of the fundamental needs in our lives and without it man wanders and wavers. When one’s mind wanders it gives the devil a perfect opportunity for the devil to strike and colonise it. Just like a flock of sheep the sheep which wanders from the flock is an easy target for the ravenous wolves.

The devil lives in the minds of those who fear him. For instance this pandemic has particularly instilled the fear of poverty, ill health, the fear of old age & death. The greatest weapon being poverty which discourages people from thinking and makes them easy targets. ill health also discourages people from thinking. Diseases are arguably effective weapons of the devil. Wars, pandemics, epidemics Natural disasters and phenomenons alike instills fear in human minds.

The antidote to fear is to have a peace of mind and unwavering faith as well as mental fortitude coupled with a sound independent thought. If fear replaces courage and hope it is more contagious and deleterious than the Covid-19 virus. For many only the discovery of a vaccine can restore their certainty. Until then urnwavering faith is the fundamental principle to overcome the virus.

Forgiveness: Learning from the story of Mandela & Mugabe

Robert Mugabe & Nelson Mandela

⁃ Forgiveness is a fundamental virtue in life. When you forgive it gives you a platform to start anew. When you forgive you draw a line and tell yourself that from now on ain’t no going back and letting go of the past disturbing events. However it is inevitable that you will be reminded of the past. It is an adage that you can’t change the past but can change the future. For progressive people, dwelling on the past is a waste of time and time is a limited resource, between stimulus and response you will always choose to bury the hatchet.

⁃ The widely known epitome of forgiveness is Jesus Christ for he forgave all the sinners including those who crucified him. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

⁃ Since I was birthed in Southern Africa I would be remiss if I didn’t look at political examples of two man in particular namely Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe, both man were freedom fighters as well as first black Presidents for their countries- South Africa & Zimbabwe respectively. The man were seen as terrorist by the white settlers, and some whites around the world at large were programmed to fear them. Magret Thatcher the then Prime Minister of Great Britain disliked Mandela.

⁃ Before independence in 1980 Zimbabwe was called Rhodesia and on 18 April 1980 on his inauguration Mugabe declared that: “If you were my enemy now you can’t avoid the love that binds me to you and you to me”. I think this would have been a breath of fresh air to all the white people who listened to his words. It was a moment of great relief and jubilation. For a few though it was a moment of worry and dubitation. In my days I new Mugabe as a childless man but he was married to his first wife Sally until her untimely death in 1992. The word on the street was he had been castrated by Ian Douglas Smith while serving a 10 year prison sentence. His only child with Sally was said to have died in Ghana, he had succumbed to Cerebral malaria. Given what I thought he went through, he was a hail fellow with Christ like love for forgiving the man who had emasculated him. Four years later he got married again to his young secretary who miraculously gave birth in the eyes of many. Some speculated that he wasn’t emasculated but went under the knife while in prison- as a life saving measure a bit of his manhood was chopped off not castrated. He still had the bitterness within him which was revealed in 2000 by the seizure of white owned farms after the white farmers showed an increasing support for the opposition party. Also his bitterness was exasperated by the disagreement with the British government. In a reverse fortune one of the richest countries in Africa became one of the poorest before he was forcibly removed from power in 2017. Mugabe forgave and went back on his word. Mandela once said Zimbabwe was a star in Africa and then the sun came out, the sun being South Africa after becoming a democratic country in 1994.

⁃ In stark contrast Nelson Mandela forgave the people who had imprisoned him for 27 years. Before he came to power in 1993 he was awarded a joint Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, for his work with the then incumbent President of South Africa, Frederik Willem de Klerk, towards a peaceful termination of the apartheid regime. He embraced his enemies with unfeigned love. He even asked them to help him run the country which was inconceivable. He had nothing but courtesy and charm wether dealing with the former colonial masters or the black folk. He even allowed a whites only town called Orania in South Africa to continue to exists, were the spirit of apartheid is conserved. The town was established in 1991 when he was still in prison. In the process he won the hearts of many across the globe. He went on to serve one term as the President and handed over a well run robust economy. Some commentators say he did what was necessary at the time but a total freedom for the Black people wasn’t achieved. Mugabe argued that Mandela had become too much of a Saint at the expense of the black South Africans.

⁃ After both man passed away, due to Mandela’s long suffering and Christ like forgiveness he was labelled a giant of peace until his death in 2013. Yet Mugabe died as a nonentity in many’s eyes. So going forwards following Mandela’s path is a wiser decision. The path may have beclouded the majority left behind but that can be easily addressed by tarmacking it and make sure everyone has a clear vision going forwards. People across the World often forget that to build a sustainable future social equity is a key aspect. Going forwards there should be no discrimination based on gender, race and creed whatsoever. We can’t dwell in the past but it takes both parties to work collaboratively to build the future from an equal footing. Parents stop programming your children to embrace racism. I know it’s hard to erase racism like the mother language particularly in adults, you might learn a different language and speak it eloquently but you will never forget your first language. However choose not to use it.