This post goes out to those with brave hearts. I got this from a friend; Esther Neema who truly expressed the need for ladies to get real with the hard facts of life. Men are not always to blame for the silly things some women do. If not careful, women often end up becoming their own enemies without even knowing it.
It takes some time to read the whole message but between the lines lies real truth that many are always afraid of accepting, maybe because of pride or just simple but dangerous ignorance.
I have always wondered why in my present society people are in such a hurry to get married, why so many feel empty if not in a relationship or why so many think sex is the answer to every relation you have and even sadly a determinant of who to tie the knot with.
It is sheer stupidity in my view.
This is simply because in the long-run, when the relationships often lead to a dead-end, it really comes out as sheer stupidity.
Why so serious and sure about this? Just read and in the end, you shall most certainly have your answer.
This lady is wise and I bet from experience.
July 25, 2011 – (PAULA ODHIAMBO)
Alright, my sisters… hold up, wait a minute, stop press…
Chivalry died. And for years, we’ve been trying to find the killer, but
whoever said this got it right: WOMEN KILLED IT.
The blame game is old. Let’s own up and try not talk about feminism. That
started decades ago, and we’ve gone over it thousands of times. Let’s talk
about us, here, now.
We may not all be guilty of all I’m about to say, but please permit me to
recreate the crime as I believe it happened:
In becoming more materialistic, we shortchanged ourselves
At some point in time, pride took over and we slowly started to shortchange
ourselves by thinking we could do it on our own. It does not occur to us
that if anybody could do it on their own, we would not exist because Adam
would not have needed help. We have refused to let men provide, because
supposedly, anything a man can do, a woman can do better. They try, but
after being shot down, met with disdain and complaints, and feeling
unappreciated, those men who are like the seed that falls on rock or get
choked up by thorns, simply give up.
The more materialistic we became, the more distorted our perception of
provision. Now, provision is equal to money and status. And a big “package”.
If he has none, he is worth nothing. And if he has those but uji in his mind
and can’t speak a coherent sentence without cursing and colouring his words,
or boxing buildings Sonko-style, then he makes sense. The real man figured
he would rather remain a bachelor than subject himself to lifelong misery by
trying to impress she who cannot be impressed, and keep his property for
that one person (who never shows up) who wants him for him. I doubt we can
So begins the vicious cycle. That woman who says “who needs men” but yet
craves the things that she can only get with a man, decides to invest in a
vibrator and two cats. I am not making this up. Need I go any further?
If women are equal to men, then please open your own door, change your bulbs
and fix your tyre.
Many women long for a man’s company, but are too proud to admit it to
themselves. “Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over
thee.” Have we ever asked ourselves what this verse in Genesis 3 means
(hint: it’s not necessarily sexual)? Things are messed up, and that’s why
people can open their mouths to talk about Kshs1.2 million.
We put it all out there
I’ll remind us again that Proverbs 7:10 says, “behold, there met him a woman
[with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.” This tells me that
before the lines were blurred, there was such a thing as clothing that
belonged only to prostitutes.
Upset? Well… like it or not, we identify people by their clothing. Let’s
imagine you walk into a hospital and are told to have a seat and wait for
the doctor. Two men walk into the waiting room. One has a red helmet, red
overalls, gloves, and is holding a fire extinguisher. The other has a white
coat and a stethoscope over his neck. Who is the doctor? If you walk into a
convenience store holding a gun, with a black stocking mask over your face
and your eyes peeking out of two holes, you can’t blame the guy at the
counter for jumping out of his skin or calling the cops.
So if you dress like a prostitute, who are you going to attract, and why are you angry that
he’s hitting on you?
Why should a man give you his jacket and get frostbite on your account if
you decided to throw a hanky over your chest and another one barely covering
your behind, knowing full well it would be a cold evening, that you’d be at
the movies and that cinemas are cold? Does chivalry mean someone always has
to suffer for your inconsiderate behavior? Some parts of your body belong to
one pair of eyes only, and it’s very bad manners to subject strangers to
certain aspects of your anatomy whether it’s perfect or full of
cellulite-dimples and stretch marks. I don’t care what photographer suggests
what pose, what your job demands, or what century you think I’m living in.
If you’re not a whore, stop putting it all out there. You can be decent and
beautiful. Don’t you know your price?
No surprise, then, is it, that we want to tweet our weddings and Facebook
our honeymoons and update everyone on every day of that one year of marriage
before divorce rears its ugly head. The honeymoon is no fun anymore; that’s
why many have time to even think about Facebooking their cruise and hotel
pictures. The wedding was just to legalize the sex and make things official
before the general public; the truth is you’ve experimented and are now
My dears, we can’t do life by putting all our business out there. The Bible
calls women to be discreet. Chaste. Keepers at home. Good. Obedient to their
own husbands (Titus 2:5). Please don’t put yourself out there for someone
else’s husband to use and dump. He might be single, but if he’s not married
to you, technically he is someone else’s husband. Show some respect to his
We stopped showing GRATITUDE and began to MAKE DEMANDS
Has it ever occurred to you that your man is not your driver, doctor,
bodyguard, or baggage handler? Do you think he has to do all that?
Here’s a similar question: Did Jesus have to come and die for you? It’s
foolish to assume that any of us deserves salvation. It is the fact that we
absolutely do not deserve it that makes it so precious. The Bible tells us
in Ephesians that we should submit to our husbands as we do to the Lord
(Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3). It takes a godly man to humble himself to become a
servant, but even servants require gratitude. If you thank your workers, as
I hope you do, then surely it is the least you can do to thank your man, and
not nag his ears out when he is two seconds late or point out the one thing
out of a hundred that he does wrong. Say thank you! It will not kill you! If
you’d rather not, then don’t complain when you find yourself all alone.
We cheapened ourselves by getting the definition wrong
We forgot that chivalry is not about holding the door open, pulling the
chair out, or paying for the date or taking gum out of his mouth and
splitting it for us (because it’s very possible for a man to do these things
and still beat a woman to a pulp, for instance). So like the previous note
says, when we meet one guy who calls once, holds the door open, etc, we are
ready to give it all up because this one is a keeper. Right? How many
keepers can one woman give herself up to? Chivalry is about PROTECTING you.
It’s about BRAVERY. It’s not about paying for your dinner so he can sleep
with you. That’s the same thing people do on Koinange Street.
A chivalrous man should be brave enough to ask you to wed before he tries to
take you to bed. Period!!!!
“If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it,
NO, NO, NO,
NO, NO, NO,
NO, NO, NO!!!
First of all, put a ring on what? I don’t even want to know. All I know is
the ring comes FIRST. Call me whatever you want, but THE RING MUST COME
FIRST. Otherwise what’s the standard? Do you just sleep with him hoping he
will like it and put a ring on it, and how many times can this go on before
your conscience is seared with iron and your love has waxed ice-cold – and
NOBODY has given you even a “Chupa Chups” lollipop ring?
For what types of goods do we get free samples? Soup. Pens. Cheap stuff.
Have you ever seen the RIM or Apple or Nokia guys standing at a grocery
store aisle offering free phones? If they do, what’s your first instinct?
419, anyone? “Here, take this Blackberry Torch, and if you like it, come
back and pay for it later.” The first thought would be, “Ai… why is it free,
what’s wrong with it?” We need to know our price and conduct ourselves like
we have a clue.
No one buys a cow whose milk they can get for free. If you can get mabuyu
for 2bob, you’re not gonna bother where the mabuyu tree grows or gets its
water. If you think I’m lying, ask the next ten Kenyans you meet if they
know how to say “mabuyu” in English.
We forgot how to take genuine compliments
To this generation, a compliment is “You look sexy when you’re mad.” Some of
us would feel better if a random man on the streets said “You have such a
nice booty” than we would if someone genuinely told us “You have a kind
heart.” So we dress and carry ourselves in such a way as to coax such
compliments out of men. On the other side of the spectrum, some of us have
been so hurt that we see every compliment as an attempt to get something.
We listened to fake friends, and we’re letting our children do the same
Among the top fake friends are some of those magazines we stock up on every
month. We have left the raising of our children to TV and maids we don’t
know from Adam, so that we can get to the top of our careers. Why are we
surprised if our boys are raised to be something we don’t recognize? Why do
we act like we have no responsibility in the way men behave today? If we
want to see where we are going, all we need to do is take a look at our
friends. If we don’t like where they’re headed, we must change directions!
Change friends if you have to!
We looked for love in all the wrong places
Men are not creatures you use to cure loneliness, lust, or an ungodly
perception of self. God does all the curing in this universe. You will not
find a chivalrous man in the club (especially not at 3am, and at 39 years of
age). It’s very rare now that you will even find him in church. Some of
these men who hide in church buildings every Sunday are the type you fast
and pray about before you open your mouth to say “hey.” Double-minded,
confused and using the name of God in vain. We’ve seen what’s happening to
pastors. Don’t think their apprentices are too far behind. You will not find
the right man until you find you, and you will not find you until you find
Jesus. That, my dears, as annoying as it is, as frustrating as it is to hear
especially if you’re over a certain age, is the truth.
We forgot to pray
Don’t talk about men being deadbeat if you have not prayed for them or
talked to them. Don’t talk about your man being broke if you’ve never prayed
for him to get a raise. You can’t just hate and do nothing. If you want a
situation to change, do something about it – prayer is a wonderful place to
begin. You can’t change a man. I can’t even change myself! So why bother
trying? Let me tell you the secret to changing your man. This is what I tell
my married friends. First of all, don’t get annoyed because then you’ll say
things you might regret. Stay calm; this battle is not physical. Don’t waste
your energy nagging him or repeating things he already knows. Just retreat
if you can and find some time to be alone. Go into your prayer closet and
fight like you have never fought before. Pray for two things: a) God, please
change ME, b) God, please change HIM. Someone said don’t win the fight; win
There’s a lot I’ve said between the lines, and I just hope we’ll all get it.
“True Friends are rare but they are worth their weight in gold.”
“ I have four things to learn in life;
To think clearly without hurry or confusion;
To love everybody sincerely;
To Act in everything with the highest motives;
To trust God unhesitatingly.” Hellen Keller
I hope you have enjoyed the read till the end.
Remember that you are who you allow yourself to become.