A dozen cicadas on a tree trunk make such a racket that an entire garden will ring with their importunate chink
While a lone leopard stealthily moves across the plain with greater precision of purpose
In light of such observations, one would think it is not so much the frequency with which a cry is uttered but instead the fervency of the echo which gains one the world’s respect
Also, it is a fact of life that in order to qualify, one must first measure up to set specifications
And a man’s use of his time is emblematic of his self-worth
So the drifter with no objective or aim seldom stumbles upon opportunity for he cannot identify it even if in sight
While she of intuitive and self-directed intent becomes queen regnant with superior might
If the lord affords you breath this day
Be dutiful and resilient
Learn from yesterday’s challenges
But leave past achievements where they belong
And focus instead on the road ahead
Forge new paths and explore new avenues
Be productive instead of leeching off others
Remember, what you receive for nothing is worth no more than the price you pay for it
And understand the difference between what you get and what you deserve
Know also that existence is a sequence of fleeting moments and lasting impressions
And life a realm of possibilities wherein those who cultivate the habit of always anticipating the most favourable outcomes get the most enjoyment
Therefore, imagine that you can do something
Think of how you would do such a thing
Visualise yourself doing it
Then picture yourself having successfully done so
For courage and fear both have their source in the imagination
That gift of creative impetus bestowed on all, yet not always equally exercised by man
Should you be faced with indecision, let decorum give way to duty
For it is from a lofty sense of responsibility that the mightiest energy springs
And the more you give, the more you’ll keep
Since the act of enriching is what affords the soul its peace
Be as the light that transfigures morning dew-drops into diamonds
And not like the veiled hoard of relics stored at a free port
With valuable antiques and all sorts of commoditised human efforts
Cold and concealed creations whose lifeblood has been drained by the siphons of commerce
So-called art that is completely divorced from the intent which birthed it
And is of no benefit whatsoever to mankind
Remember, the quality and impact of influence corresponds to the character of one who exercises such power to shape…
And what’s not revealed to the eyes of the masses cannot possibly move hearts, let alone shift consciousness
What more does a man stand to lose
If he’s already lost his confidence?
Many men don’t succeed because they don’t think they can
And it is true also, that many more have much confidence in others
But none whatsoever in themselves
However, the man of absolute confidence
Who says I can and I know
Is by definition a king
Making the kingliest among men
Those who believe they can do, know how to, and then do
Remember, when we behold the beauty and scent of a rose, we forget the thorn
So too, must we look past immediate hurdles, and focus on the goal
I’ve been waiting so long for this moment
I sure hope things steadily obtained are truly long retained
And that the feeling we’ve discovered here, this evening, will never end…
I’ve heard that it’s better to deserve success than to have it
And that the sentiment of pleasure is stimulated in the bosom of the spectator
But you’re not a trophy and I’m not in it for conquest
So pretty missus, believe me when I say that I seek no achievements, only blessings
For in your good graces is where I find favour
Please don’t hide your heart, I beg ya
Be not as the flower that flings its odour where no one is present to delight in the fragrance
Or the gem of glorious ray that dwells in a dark unfathomed cave
Let me discover who you are
Be as free as a bird
I’m willing to go the distance
This can’t be evanescent…
No need for us to be perfidious lovers
And indulgence need not make us sodden either
So let’s toast tonight – gin or scotch – whatever takes fancy
And just like that song by Jill Scott – keep living our lives like they’re golden…
Watching the sunset in spring.
Setting: A hideout in Hogerty Hill, Harare
Dramatis Personae: Emmerson, Robert, Mr Bredenkamp, Billy Rautenbach
Bredenkamp: Billy, I know we’ve had our differences. And Mr President, clearly you have some pressing matters with your wife’s recent…
Bredenkamp: Right, point taken. Emmerson, we go way back. Anyway, I’m sure you’ve all been watching the markets and know why we’re here. The price has doubled and if my memory serves me right, this was always our shared vision. We are supposed to be the Cobalt Kings but we’re letting Iorich and them take the whole shit!
Robert: The Russians told me Pala Investments now controls significant market share.
Bredenkamp: The problem we have here gentleman, is a clear failure on our part, to deal both in present commodities and in future prospects.
Billy Rautenbach: Says the man who made it all but possible for Gertler to control Mukondo Mine.
Bredenkamp: We each did what we had to, although we don’t all draw the same conclusions from the facts. In fact, the interpretation of information and the definition of its relevance, is what makes all the difference. Besides, the Kabila situation was getting out of hand.
Emmerson: Still, we shouldn’t forget that Laurent made us all very rich.
Robert: With all due respect gents, I’m knackered! Let’s talk business, shall we?
Bredenkamp: So, the long and short of it is that all these tech giants need the wonder metal and the industry will remain dependent on it as long as they continue to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. I think it’s time we venture back into the DRC and see what we can make of this opportunity!
Billy Rautenbach: This surge in demand makes that proposition rather attractive, even though I do have my reservations…
Bredenkamp: Initiative is imagination put into action my old friend. This is potentially very lucrative. Let’s set our personal feelings aside.
Robert: Right, so tell me – what do you need?
Bredenkamp: We need to get in touch with Joseph.
Emmerson: I’ll make the call.
Robert: Let’s be cautious but unafraid.