I had a weird week last week, a few highs and lows, and to top it off I was hearing some random in regards to some unnecessary situations which really throw me off. After talking with a few friends, their words reassured me and brought my usual confidence back. For some time I’ve been praying for a way in which I can just live peacefully, happily, with no worries, I want to surround myself with like minded people, not those who constantly make me feel INADEQUATE and disregard my emotions. I had a very deep and philosophical week. My weekend was great tho, it really uplifted me and Sunday church service really hit the nail on the head. We learnt about Ubuntu.

Ubuntu: “I am what I am because of who we all are.

The title “ubuntu spirit” comes from the Zulu proverb umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” meaning, “A person is a person through other persons.”

I found this concept amazing because I am of African origin and hearing these words brought me back to when I was younger, and any time I visited Ghana, how I was received, how you could go to any body’s house and leave with a belly full of food plus leftovers. I REMEMBER a time in at my family compound in Ghana, shortly after one of my uncles had past, my aunts jumped in a taxi to the next town to took all his children and brought them back to the compund without hestitation, so we could all remain, together. I REMEMBER, sitting outside on our compound and offering passers by drinks and fresh fruit. Every year, my aunts would organise a birthday party for grandma, and the whole town would just show up to SUPPORT with cooking, making clothes and other chores… This is Ubuntu.

Tutu further explained Ubuntu in 2008

One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu– you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

This concept is AMAZING to me, it just highlighted a tradition, a culture in which resides in those whom may not have much, but they some some sort of quality to life. Learning about this concept brought a new DIMENSION to my way of thinking and allowed me to address things within myself which needed to be sen to and developed in order for me to practice Ubuntu. I love this. Sometimes we go through life thinking we’re an island, we feel we don’t need no body for whatever reason, but we fail to realise that this is a shattered out look on life, from simple things such as us depending on our friends and parents (even though we don’t realise it), to the major things, such as our careers and how we look to our business ASSOCIATES and comrades to move forward in life.

So, taking it back to my troubled previous week, from Ubuntu, I learnt that in order to gain the peace and HAPPINESS I need in my life, maybe I need to serve more and cater to the people around me rather than thinking the whole world is on my shoulders. A couple of mates and myself once had a conversation in regards to our current friendships, and one friend asked ‘why can’t everybody just get along‘, well now I think I know how; if we all step beside our self and realise that WE EXIST BECAUSE OF EACHOTHER, we will treat others the way in which we want to be treated and find it not hard taking a step back and helping each other. We all should be practicing Ubuntu.

I think living in the western world we are CONDITIONED to think about self before community, we’re taught to look out for one another if it benefits us directly, we fail to realise that the most important thing you will ever have in life is RELATIONSHIPS you had with people. We are a world full of people, so why can’t we look out for one another. So I ask, maybe after reading this, take a step back and see what minor movements you can do each day where to step outside of your benefits and cater to someone else’s, it can be something as simple as allowing a driver coming out of a side road to delve infront of you, or just opening a door for someone while your walking into you’re office building. It all makes a difference… It’s All UBUNTU

Compassion, Kindness, Love, Care, Charity, RESPECT…

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