People like you are needed on this continent to take us to where we should be. Keep it up man!
When we launched Africa Unbound three months ago, I knew that we were embarking on a journey with a serious purpose and meaningful contribution; I did not know, however, how our mission would be received. I am so grateful and humbled by the response that we have been receiving and the enthusiasm that is building around Africa Unbound. Your comments and offers to support the development of this forum have encouraged us and added fuel to our passion, and we look forward to serving you in greater ways.
In this issue of Africa Unbound, we continue with our effort to break off the chains that bind us and constrain our growth and development, individually as well as collectively. And we ask you to join us by making a conscious decision, at this point in time, to engage in this process, seriously and intentionally.
Studies have shown that when individuals within a team (a business group, a sports team, etc.) put themselves aside and work together for a common and specific goal, something ‘magical’ happens. I believe that the magic occurs because there is power in a clear, altruistic intention. It is the main ingredient in any transformational process. A conscious intent has the capacity to draw from the Universe exactly what it needs for its own fulfillment. I strongly believe that any intention that is aligned with the advancement of life, including that of humankind, has the potential to tap into the realm of limitless power for its own manifestation. When we work and live for a paradigm that is bigger than ourselves, the entire Universe conspires to support us.
There is no need, then, to be timid or reserved about what we really want to do in life. Do not wait until you retire or you have the time and/or resources that you think you will need to do what you want to do. Take a few steps forward, and see what happens.
Set a clear intention to be a beneficial presence here on earth, and then start to explore what it is that you are passionate about – what moves you, whose pain do you feel? These are some of the questions that will lead you to your passion, which will in turn point you to your life’s purpose. Aim to find a way to engage creatively with life and to be of service in some way – big or small. There is power within you that can only be revealed through YOUR talents. No two people on this earth are exactly alike. In my conversation with Sobonfu Somé, “Offering Your Gift to the World”, Sobonfu so generously shares with us the practical wisdom of the Dagara people and underscores for us the truth that each of us has a unique gift that the world needs. In her very simple yet powerful manner, Sobonfu provides practical ways in which we can uncover our gift and live in a more meaningful and deeply fulfilling way. I promise you, this article will change the way you think about your life!
The gift within you doesn’t just belong to you, it belongs to the world. It is in the interest of humanity in general that each individual finds what he or she is passionate about, and engages with life fully to uncover his or her talent; because what we do with great passion, we do better than anyone else. To that end, we are introducing a community forum we call “You, Unbound” to facilitate our individual unfoldment in a positive and supportive environment. In that space, we come together as a community, for a soul-to-soul dialogue, to encourage and uplift one another as we explore what it is that we each can do to live a more meaningful life and ultimately contribute to the development of Africa as well as the world.
While Africa Unbound is publication/forum that deals with development in Africa, I am sure that you have noticed by now that we do not approach the subject here in the conventional way. On this forum, we are interested in finding practical and innovative ways to bring about real transformation, and that calls for a paradigm shift in the way we think about and practice development. As we continue to put the focus on individual growth as a way to bring about progress at the national and continental levels, we will venture out of the prevailing conventional development discourse and explore the “soft” issues and their role in development. Here to help us in that effort is Ms. Adjoa Acquaah-Harrison, who will maintain a column that deals with the role of love in development. The opening of our hearts to feel the grief and the love we find there is critical to our healing and transformation. In this issue, Adjoa examines love as a paradigm for national development and change; and invites us to explore with her this idea, which she argues “is inherently able to revolutionize our systems of government, family, and personal lives.”
It is said that we are not haunted by the mistakes we make in life, but by the opportunities we had that we did not use. Fear of consequences of not conforming, of losing what we have, and fear of the unknown hold us back from living a rich and fulfilling life. If we are serious about unleashing our inherent potential for growth, we need to stop focusing on the obstacles and limitations, our doubts and fears, and start looking for the opportunities that are everywhere.
Set the intention to uncover your life’s purpose. Dare to look deep into yourself and discover what a unique and important role you have to play in this world… in this lifetime!