Monday, January 9, 2012

Almost is near always very far from Done.

Many things have been said and written about the dangers of assumption. It has a positive component to it, but assuming also involves negligence. It is essentially a failure to ask "What if?"

Back in October 2008, something totally unexpected changed my life. The whole incident greatly irked me, but taught me an enduring lesson that I dare not forget, at a time when life actually offers no guarantees.

This morning, someone reminded me of an old Kikuyu saying/proverb:

"Ni iguaga i kanua."

Basically, it means that a piece of meat can fall to the ground if when you already have it in your mouth and are busy chewing it.

Eating meat was such a valued thing to the Kikuyu community back in the day. I bet it still is.
This saying does point to the fact that things can actually change even at a time when one least expects it. An equivalent English proverb is

There is many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.

That said, things can take a totally unexpected turn at the worst possible time. After all, why is it that an Internet connection seemingly always drops when your download is 99% complete?

Have a great week!


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