Dear young Citizen,
I know many of you don’t consider yourselves citizen or patriots for that sense. However, I am writing to you today, first to bring to your awareness that as young as you are, you are a great Kenyan and your role however minute is great and this role comes with rights and responsibilities.
The rights and responsibilities conversation is a far-fetched conversation especially in an age where leadership is corrupt and individualism has taken center stage. Nepotism is the order of the day and sometimes you wonder what your fair share is.
The conversation I would like to have with you today is not a right-responsibility conversation but rather, a more intimate conversation of the individual role we all have to play as young citizens in making our county great.
Have you ever had of the saying; change begins with you, and you and you and most certainly me? Michael Jackson actually placed it well in a song, that if we need change, everyone needs to start with the man in the mirror, that is all we have control over, the man in the mirror.
So today, I write to all young citizens of this great nation, first to encourage you to be great full for having the right to being part of Kenya and second to understand that this right comes with some responsibilities and having the courage and humility to work on the individual is the beginning of great citizenship.
To do this, I encourage young citizens to be seekers, because seekers bypass mediocrity and are not content, they don’t settle for status quo, they search for excellence with integrity and character.
Today, I challenge you, all you young-mighty citizens, to take up a quest to seek for at least five treasures
- The treasure of your true character- because- True citizenship grows from character. Don’t be concerned with your reputation; instead seek to clarify your character, because it is from your character that your reputation is designed. Seek your true character daily.
- The treasure of our unique qualities-when you discover and develop your own unique gifts and qualities and let them lead you to the kind of contribution that only you can make, then you treasure your family, your community and your country, by the end of the day, they are the recipients of your unique gifts and abilities.
- The treasure of truth and justice- It can be hard to seek the truth, and especially harder to administer fair judgment, but this together are correlated, because it’s only in truth that justice prevails and their cannot be justice without truth.
- The treasure in our values- Change is inevitable in business, in events, in the culture, in the people around you. Through it all, seek for unchanging strength of your core values. When you do, you can challenge yourself in tough times, be courageous in fearful times and make a difference when it matters.
- The treasure of a compelling vision-As a young citizen, you are responsible for creating a culture in which people are inspired to work together toward something bigger than themselves. Seek your compelling vision so you can share it with those who will be with you on the journey.
- The treasure in seeking that which is bigger than self- Living is about losing yourself to find yourself. The greatest rewards come when you seek a way to give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself and making a positive difference.