I remember a time when I used to exalt over-working and never setting time for personal life. There were moments when I picked several bad habits which I was afraid of letting go. I quarreled with a colleague at work amidst the covid-19 pandemic. This did not go well, in turn, it affected my overall performances.
I remember not grieving the loss of my mother and just working, hiding my pains at work. It crushed me; or so I discovered way too late. I forgot who I was, and I had to actively work on it. I sought help; this was all in vain. I had a lot of tears, fears, my soul was troubled. This was until I came across ELF’s My Sisters’ keeper call for application. The program that reminded me of my power and reinforced my journey. As I write this, I feel like words are not enough to explain the impact that was brought about by ELF.
This was journey of service, a journey of self-discovery, a journey with direction. I am grateful to God for giving me a chance to see life with a different perspective. My life’s journey has had multiple challenges, but my stint at ELF has given me a different view of life. You will fall, fail, trip, but you can always leap forward.
The lessons given were interesting. Personal branding fascinated me (who even thinks about that). The speakers were well chosen, people who are passionate about their fields, ready to teach and mentor others in life’s journey.
If each of the fellow were to be asked to talk about their experience, the stories would be different, so is mine. I have a story, and I plan to share it as time goes by, with no fear or shame.
I was reminded of why I chose a career in medicine. I learnt how to maximize on my knowledge and skills and make change in my community. I learnt what it takes to be an accountable leader and how to keep my leaders accountable.
We have so much power which we ignore or forget. We all have a voice, in one way or the other, we have a contribution to make. We all have a voice.
Whatever happens, remember you are WORTHY and VALUED. You have power within you, to change and cause change.
My Sisters’ Keeper gave me a new home, a new beginning, and a new responsibility.
By: Esther Njeri, MSK 2020.