Archive for August, 2011

Go Higher

August 31, 2011 1 comment

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
Oprah Winfrey

Venomous snakes were being ferried from Africa to Europe in a plane. Unfortunately the person who packed the snakes forgot to lock the box in which the snakes were put. Once the plane had taken off and responding to the movement of the plane, the snakes found their way out of the box. Passengers in the plane could see various snakes on the isle. They screamed, some fainted and the brave ones sought refuge wherever they could within the plane.

One of the Cabin Crew ran to the captain to tell him of the incident. He quickly informed the control tower. “We are very sorry, says his boss. We forgot to lock the box where we put the snakes. They are indeed very poisonous snakes in there”. “So where can I land? Please advise me before passengers are bitten”, asks the shaken pilot. “No do not land, stay there for a minute, let me think”, advises the boss. Surely this sounds like stupid advice to the impatient pilot. But he has to follow the orders. A minute is too long for someone faced with such trouble he thinks. After a minute, the boss contacts him. “At what altitude are you flying? He asks. “300”, says the pilot. “Go higher”, advises the boss. “But the snakes will….” Before he finishes his sentence the boss bellows “I said go higher!!” He complies. Now what’s your altitude? Asks the boss 500.66, answers the shaken pilot “Go higher” “But sir…..” “I said go higher captain.” He complies. By now the snakes are all over the plane and a few passengers have collapsed. It is unbearable. A few have been bitten and have instantly died. But still, the majority keep seeking refuge. “Now captain, keep on going higher”, says the boss. The pilot complies and keeps on going higher and higher. “Now what’s your altitude?” “1200”, he says quickly. “Now stay there. Tell the cabin crew that at this altitude the snakes are now harmless. They can just pick them up with their hands and return them to the box and this time they should not forget to lock.”

One cabin crew member tries holding one snake. It is numb and harmless. Soon it is a game within the plane with passengers, some for the first time holding snakes in their hands and returning them to the box. “Look at this Black Mamba, it was really after me. Now I can even throw it and catch it like a ball”, says one passenger. This was the end of the seemingly dangerous ordeal in the plane. Even those who had fainted were resuscitated and gained consciousness.

True or not about snakes being harmless at high altitudes, the lesson of the story is… In life, the snakes (problems) will follow us. However there is need for us to increase our altitude in prayer and determination. We need to go higher. We cannot do this alone, and for this we need people who can lift us up. Overtime we get to certain points in praying and facing challenges that even the most seemingly unconquerable problems become game for us.


Happy Birth Day Ivo

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Small number of Camair-Co Staff at HQ sharing with Ivo Nataya’s (Flight Operations Support Manager) on his birth day 2 weeks ago.

We work hard and party as well.

Keep Things Simple

August 16, 2011 3 comments

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Arsenal football club has recently been dealing with a lot of pressure on and off the field. They have been cashing in on transfer activity and have equally come under heavy scrutiny as per their performances, squad depth and the lack of trophies in recent years.

Today, they lock horns in the Champions League Qualifiers with Italian underdogs Udinese. However, despite the added pressures on his team, French coach Arsene Wenger has been stressing to his charges the importance of doing the basics against Udinese. The Frenchman does not want Arsenal complicating things for themselves and has urged them to believe in their own ability.

Remote Record – “No matter how big the game is you still have to play good football and make a good pass when you have the ball,” he said. “It is not more complicated than that, even in a World Cup final. Afterwards you deal with whether you win or lose. Maybe there are more questions about our quality this time, but that is where we have to show our strength and belief. We have a way to play football that we know.”

His lads understood that from now on, the best way to get things done is to avoid complications and deal with the results. Sooner or later their performance will overshadow the criticisms coming their way

Have confidence. When confident, be normal, be simple. There always will be pressure. Adopting a new style or making drastic changes will only complicate things. And chaos is bound when things get complicated.

I cannot claim to master how we work daily, but I can sure as anything say when we do things simply, we always get the results. Have a great week!

Laugh Out Loud

August 12, 2011 1 comment

Dear friends, laugh out loud. It helps, some say it’s medicine. I think so too. Let me know your favorite. Here they come! 

1.  A famous prostitute died. People were confused about what to write on her grave. Finally, on the advice of a wise man, they wrote: AT LAST SHE SLEPT ALONE!!! 

2. A man would come home very late and very drunk every night. His wife decides to teach him a lesson by dressing up like Satan and scaring him. When he finally stumbles across the lawn, his wife jumps out and howls like a demon. He looks at her and slurs, “You don’t scare me. I’m married to your sister”! 

3. A classic case of “no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper”: A baby was born laughing really hard with its fist tightly closed, chuckling and dandling happily. Everyone in the room was perplexed, wondering what’s up with the baby. One of the confused nurses unfolded its tiny fingers and found a birth control pill!!! 

4. A boy takes a girl on a date. She orders costly champagne, oysters, lobsters, and the most expensive food on the menu. The boy asks: Do you eat like this at your mother’s place. The girl replies: No. My mother doesn’t plan to sleep with me later. 

5. Three people were on a ship, among whom a Cameroonian.  Suddenly the Devil appeared and said, “Drop anything in the sea; if I find it I will eat you, If I can’t, I will be your slave!” The American dropped a pin; the Devil found it and ate him. The English man dropped a coin; the Devil found it and ate him too. The Cameroonian opened a bottle of water, poured it in the sea and said: “Na today! Find am.

6. Husband comes home from Church, greets his wife, lifts her up and carries her around the house. The wife is  so surprised and asks smiling, “did the Pastor preach about being romantic”? Out of breath the husband replies, “No, he said we must carry our burdens…”

That will be all for now. But let me leave you with my favorite. A guy was telling his friend about a woman he was wooing – I told her : ” I am not rich, I have no money or villa or cars or companies like my friend John, but I love and adore you”. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and hugged me like there is no tomorrow and whispered in my ear…….. : “If you love me introduce me to John.”

Blogs I Read

August 10, 2011 1 comment

Below is a list of blogs I read once in a while. The common thing between them is that they are owned by individual JCI Members and Local Organizations. I encourage you to check them for inspiration, glimpses of untold JCI stories and other useful information and tips.

 Joe Ndzulo

A Girl Named Jillian

A year as Local President in JCI Göteborg

Filipe Carrera

Gogorichie by Richard Lewis (who inspired me to post this list)

Inspiring Creativity Trainer Harald Lepisk

JC Nasri


JCI Zimbabwe

Marciano S. Lie A. Young

Mentor Guru by Thor-Erik

Papi’s Blog

Personal Branding & Communication by Solveig Malvik

Sofie Sandell

Tabenda Felixreal

I will update the list by adding the new links below. In the mean time, you can leave your blog’s/site link (or a friend’s) as a comment below.

Thank you

Kids Are Smart

August 8, 2011 2 comments

Read this a while ago. Really hilarious, thought I share.

Kids are super intelligent and have the ability to make us see just how simple things are.

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.

MARIA: Here it is.

TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?

CLASS: Maria


TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.


TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’


TEACHER: No, that’s wrong

GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it. (I Love this child)


TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?


TEACHER: What are you talking about?

DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.


TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.



TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?

GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.


TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘I.’

MILLIE: I is..

TEACHER: No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I am.’

MILLIE: All right…’I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’


TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?

LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand….


TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?

SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.


TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s.. Did you copy his?

CLYDE: No, sir. It’s the same dog. (I want to adopt this kid!!!)


TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

HAROLD: A teacher (This in no way reflects my conviction – Mungai NFI)

Juste ses Pensées

August 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Je discutait avec une amie tout en buvant quelques bouteilles de Guinness un soir après le travail. Nous n’avions pas été en contact pendant des mois et du coup nous avons repris contact. C’est peut-être étrange, mais nous travaillons à la Camair-Co et nous opérons sur des lignes parallèles. Elle est Personnel Navigant et est fréquemment sur ​​des vols aux heures que je dors.

Alors pendent notre discussion,  elle m’a parler de sa personnalité.

Estelle m’a dit beaucoup de choses. Ses mots étaient riches et plein de sens. Pour moi c’était de l’inspiration. Je lui ai demandé d écrire afin que je puisse partager avec vous.

“Ceux qui sont le plus à l’aise dans leur vie personnelle et professionnelle ne sont pas ceux qui ont un QI supérieur à la moyenne. Ce sont ceux qui vivent en bonne intelligence relationnelle avec les autres, qui savent s’affirmer. Ni “hérisson”, ni “paillasson”, ils savent obtenir ce qui leur tient à coeur sans écraser leur entourage ou le manipuler.”

Je pense qu’il ne faille pas essayer de plaire aux autres à tout prix mais se plaire soi même sans pour autant empiéter sur les moeurs d’autrui..

Rester soi-même face aux circonstances et aux comportements quelquefois très irritants de son entourage, nécessite de faire appel à un certain nombre de facultés proprement humaines : la conscience, la réflexion et la capacité à contenir et à exprimer ce qu’on ressent, l’empathie…(partager les sentiments de l’autre)

L’affirmation de soi réclame également de pouvoir s’appuyer sur une solide confiance en soi, en les autres et en la vie. Avoir confiance en soi, ce n’est pas se prendre pour un surhomme. C’est au contraire, accepter ce qui cloche en nous, sans penser que ça nous empêche de valoir quelque chose, d’être aimé, de réussir ce qu’on entreprend, ni d’être heureux. Dès lors que l’on s’accorde de la confiance, on peut en donner, car notre relation aux autres est le miroir du rapport que nous entretenons avec nous-mêmes…

Les gens peuvent donc penser que je suis peut-être folle,mais je suis comme je suis et pas autrement. Ils vont m’aimer ou me détesterez,mais devront faire avec. Je n’essaie pas forcement de plaire aux autres mais d’avoir des convictions et de m’y tenir sans etre désobligente envers mes vis-a-vis…

Estelle N.

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