Never to be over-emphasized. Its common knowledge now that knowledge is power. This has been achieved over the century through different medium but not always with a human touch. Denying that we have many problems amongst us is self suicidal and negligence at its best.

A child of six years will not understand what a problem (what is wrong) till one tells him so, the first time he makes a mistake, he can be pardoned but doing it for the second time will only attract questions like did i never tell you not to do that. but the knowledge that everyone has the knowledge power is almost not easy to come across. conveying such a message to many may lead to say, next time know that you have the power.

Our communities,countries, will never attain independence despite being uncolonised if they don't have the understanding that they contribute to make what they are. that makes good sense if one play a part, one can translate to many and many to the whole community, completing the circle of transfer. What we transfer is our knowledge and experiences.

Looking at one sick, the most definite way to help such a person is by making a suggestion like of seeing a doctor, the decision to go or not remains with him unless he asks for help to go.

our minds and strength do lie in what we do everyday. Are we doing something already, do we have the knowledge power, or we are not thinking of it yet. Giving one the knowledge will be one way of solving the problem.

one can start even today.

I will be facilitating the pastors fraternity next week, by invitation on the abilities of young people. will be my oppportunity to generate thinking of our strength.

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Comment by Laurence Gilliot on April 19, 2010 at 6:27pm
"They are afraid to show what is planted in them..." I like this expression. I like the image of the seeds that have the potential to grow :-) they just need some water or they need to know where the water is to water the seeds.
Comment by Emmanuel Mwale on April 19, 2010 at 4:22pm
Thanks Laurence for your comment, response and encouragement. Neglecting communities we live is is perhaps one of the concerns we are creating for ourselves. maybe this is really something we should talk about, if we start with what is a community? I haven't yet found a very consistent meaning to the word community but will try to give what i understand. a community (human) is where a number of people live together and co-exist with different ideologies of culture, religion, race and so on so forth. this can start with "two" people anywhere.

I look forward to a time we can create a pseudo community. South of where I live, close to 50km the word development rarely exist. offcourse one experiences developent everyday and when equal share of knowledge and tangible development is not guaranteed, something has been deprived. sharing knowledge seems to be a taboo. Laurence you are right when you say many are not aware of their potential and strength, two days ago, i was talking to number of guys and complained that they are not been given a chance to lead in several social and community activities, lucky one of them saved me from responding when she said..." the challenge young people have these days is fear" they are just afraid to step in. not that the entirely don't know but they are afraid to show what is 'planted' in them.
Comment by Laurence Gilliot on April 19, 2010 at 3:02pm
Hi Emmanuel,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you when you say that it is up to people and communities to solve their own issues, that they probably need to know how to act and that they is a need to acknowledge that the issue is there. If in the first place, we do not acknowledge what the reality is then it is very difficult to address it.

Could you give one concrete example of a community in your context? I would like to learn more from you and what this means in your context.

Moreover, what we, in the Constellation, experience is that when you focus on strengths, rather than problems, as a starting point, that generates energy for change.

We see that often communities know what to do, they have so much knowledge. They can do so much, actually they can do anything. But sometimes they are not responding because they are not aware of their own potential and strengths. As facilitators we can stimulate communities to see their strengths and to take action.

Is this also your experience?



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