“One who damages the character of another damages his own” ~ Nigerian Proverb
It was in my 20’s that I first heard someone use the term “Be better, not bitter” and it has come up many times throughout my adult years. Let’s be honest, when you are hurt it is difficult at times to be the bogger person. It takes some work to be able to control your actions, thoughts, and your words in the heat of the moment.
But, it can be done!
Pain creates a lesson for the wise and a two edged sword for a fool. The power is our own hands. Things like going for a walk or taking a deep breath can help you to refocus your energy. When that energy is refocused you become a leader and a motivator to anyone that may be watching you.
What is your interpretation of this #Nigerian proverb?
My name is Simon Javan Okelo. I grew up in the slums of Manyatta in Kisumu, Kenya, serving as the Field Director of Solace International and Co-Director of the Young Generation Centre from 2002-2010 where I directed humanitarian projects in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, and South Sudan. I also worked as a DJ and producer, organizing Unite The People concerts in 2008 in the wake of post-election violence and founding One Vibe Africa.
I came to the US in 2010, and I have since organized events and digital campaigns celebrating the African diaspora locally and globally. For example, since 2014 I have organized Madaraka Festival at The Museum of POP Culture headlined by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sauti Sol, Blitz The Ambassador, Rocky Dawuni, Meklit Hadero, Nik West, Naomi Wachira, Karun, and other renowned grammy award winning artists.