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Anuwa? - Part 47

By M'kwanailya wa Mweuta
Recently I have been bothered by increasing news of youth committing suicides. There are various reasons stated in suicide notes but most common are parent's relationships, boyfriends related and poor performance at primary, secondary and tertiary education institutes.

Of late, there was a bizarre case where a 21 years old boy impregnated a 52 years old women and later succumb to suicide when anuwa he could not keep up with the demand to supply diapers and all other baby accessories as he was still a student at a University. The efforts of taking one's life however always come when one assumes that there is simply no light at the end of the tunnel.

Many researchers have identified causes of suicides but what efforts are there to educate the heartbroken and those to fall in the same pit? I agree that it is not easy to detect those with suicidal thoughts. This should give us a reason to be proactive as families and civil societies to keep on telling our dearest without discriminating that whenever interacting with each other people must be mindful that their tongues might send someone to their graves.

I recently read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Franklin Covey and since then I agree that simple habit such as using proactivelanguages can save someone's live. According to Covey, it is a common paradigm that most people when confronted with a situation which they assume is out of their hands resorts to "this is just the way things are and there is not much I can do about it". Such reasoning might even drive a person to commit suicide. According to Covey however, in whatever situation one finds her/himself, the paradigm should be "I am free to choose and am ultimately responsible for my happiness".

The principles should be responsibility, choice, accountability, initiative and resourcefulness. If these, have been instilled in our societies at our early age, the picture could be different on suicide and other behaviour consequences. It is however not yet late to learn Covey's 7 Habits as they emphasise that as human beings we are responsible for our own lives. Covey is of the opinion that our behaviour is a function of our own conscious choice, based on principles, rather than a product of our conditions, based on feelings.

Anuwa according to Covey, we can subordinate feelings to principles and that we have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen, what even our situations might sound. "I am free to choose and am ultimately responsible for my happiness"- should be your motto, I am practicing it and itis working!


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