A body affected by numerous diseases can not give its owner the happiness she deserves.It is a body that can deter the liberty of movement,work and psychological dispensation. One time,my first born child acquired a strange disease that enlarged her eyes,ears,mouth and drove the hair from her head. She was always in great pain. The rest of her body -especially the lower part was okay. The pain she was going through at such a tender age affected the peace of the whole family and brought total silence at our home and at the school she was taking her studies.
Whenever drug prescriptions was made by expert doctors in our locality and beyond the financial ability failed us, and instead installed total disagreement,quarrels,disunity,anger and worry with in our family. We were living with a dying child whose life and survival was our great concern. Strangely,Stanley Arnold had earlier said,” every problem contains within itself the seed of its own solution” I looked for the solution in this regard for my child to be restored to a health life but the question to have the required medical fees paid, for the drugs and medical services remained un answered.
Thus,the solution was hard to find.
Fostering good health is a requirement not only for the family head but also for the members of the family and other people to whom we relate. A frail body of anybody within the family cannot bring happiness, at all.
Like my daughter Restetuta Zawedde who died of cancer the whole family was in disarray and poor health. Good health is pivotal to every development attempt and plans of success. It creates positive thinking and unique ideas. Without good health no body can either be part of the solution but always part of the problem. Diseases like Malaria in the tropics that kill the young,old,women and men in large numbers have brought happiness to threw out of the window in most homes of families in Africa.
Ebola,whooping cough,diphtheria,polio,nodding disease etc,one time become epidemics and now HIV/AIDS worries the whole world. Good health is a phenomenon,fundamental and crucial in bringing happiness in the lives of many in the world.Harness good health the world will be happy. Foster poor health in the policies you world leaders adopt the world will always remain unhappy.Happiness is Good Health.
The smallest unit in the community is the family but it is the biggest in the spheres of security,offspring multiplication and reservation of the norms of the community. Any one who finds treasure in leadership must have a happy family. If families are deprived of the basic needs such as food,shelter,water, etc frustrations crops in.
Poverty endangers the happiness in peoples homes because money as a medium of exchange is a modern legal tender used to buy products needed in most homes and pay for services that cannot be avoided. It is pertinent therefore, for one to have a happy family if he is yearning to be happy. A family devoid of the potential capacity to guard its self against political,social and economical upheavals and senseless inability to maintain situations that can bring disharmony with in it cannot claim to be happy.
Poverty comes with the inability to buy food,build personal houses,pay tuition fees for those members of the family who are at school,pay for transport fare whenever a need for movement arise or buy a medium of transport. Because of such obligations families can be divided. Those who have, at one side and those who does not have, on the other side.The have nots may belittle other members of the family due to the anger they harbor against those who have and instal insurmountable barriers among them selves.
Violante in most homes comes as a result of continued inability to financially maintain such families.Obligation to pay government and religious dues may bring sorrow to most families, if they are not fulfilled.A happy family is seen when its members have successfully gone through the above mentioned hurdles with most of its young members at least with a college diploma or an academic degree,when their father and mother are still living under one roof and excelled in most of their economic endeavors, including having a house they call their own.
With very few or without offenses to fight, either at the police stations or in courts of laws.There is no reason why you should not be happy if you have a happy family-every member being friendly to each other.John Meguirk summarised it when he said, ” the ability to form friendship, to make people believe in you and trust you is one of the absolutely fundamental qualities of success”
Who else can believe and trust you except a happy family.
You want happiness foster a happy family.
Let us examine the words of Dr Norman Vincent Peal about success if we are to optimally understand this third reason.” think success,visualize success and you will set a motion -the power force of the realizable wish when the mental picture or attitude is strongly enough held it actually seems to control conditions and circumstances” A successful life need to out-rightly be thought of all the time, if we are to be happy.
Dr Norman Vincent Peale was right to call us to always visualize success because a successful life that brings us happiness must be part and parcel of us all the time.One sports man whose talents everybody’s confidence depended disappointed them when he led a pauper and an embarrassing life after several triumphs in the previous games attempts. When he was asked why situations changed against him he replied “the pleasantest thing in the world are pleasant thoughts”
The late foot ball dribbler, like many in this category,Magid Musisi clearly lost happiness because of un pleasant thoughts he harbored through out his life.Like wise in every endeavor we do we must have pleasant thoughts. Remember we are what we believe we are.Eddie Ricken Backer told us thus ” if you have all the flesh water to drink and all the food you want to eat you ought never complain about anything”
Is it true that the constant flow of water and food with in our homes bring us everlasting happiness? Food and water are basic needs that men and women cannot do without. Its abundant possession is a realization of a successful life. Successful life although it is hard it is possible to attain on the other hand. Its attainment ushers in immense happiness. Human beings measure successful life in different ways. For instance, in Africa if one acquires a vehicle and builds a personal house is considered to be successful. If his vehicle do not cause him traffic problems and his house does not catch fire or fall on its occupants he is presumed to be happy.
The same is true with a woman who is married and have delivered children.
Do you want total happiness then lead a successful life.
There is a saying that the easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
Isn’t that funny?
Yet money is the only mode of exchange that can be universally used to acquire products and services. Product for product exchange is not viable in this contemporary world neither exchange of service for service can be quantifiable or equally acceptable.The gist within this saying is that the children who need happiness will struggle on their own to acquire the most needed medium of exchange.
This can be done through work that can be remunerated by a wage or salary or the sale of something tangible. It is a known fact that money per-Se does not bring total happiness except the commodities it purchases.But a stable income is an assurance that the products and the services needed will be easily attained at the time it is needed.
Stable income is the fourth reason in the alignment of my facts that lead to attainment of happiness.Shaw George said,” lack of money is the root of all evil” Billie Jean King,on the other hand said ” money is what people respect………and when you are a professional athlete they want to know how much you earn”
To explain this in detail.Let us examine Shaw George’s analogy. Organized robbery in banks, alongside the roads and streets is one of the several evils Shaw is talking about. What about the social evil of corruption and misappropriation of public funds which is rampant in every government in the world. Promiscuity in the towns and major cities of sovereign states in the world taking root in the name of acquiring money. The human trafficking and the sale of opium and forceful removal of people’s internal organs, all evils done to appease the thirsty for money.
Respect is a virtue that is required by the old and the young but its limitations is that it is accorded to those who earn enough money.When Billie Jean King correlate respect to money has something substantial to tell us.Kiprotick Stephen a Ugandan world gold medal holder was not respected here at home and the world over until he become a millionaire.Hussein Obama was a simple senate before he gained world fame when he become the president of United States of America.
The former and the latter bother have a stable income.In that way they are apparently happy.
It is therefore wise to have an income generating activity or being employed by enterprises that make products or supply necessities or provide services to the communities.You want to be happy then have a stable income.
5.EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE.
Feodor Dostoevsky opened our eyes to see the importance of exploration and our ears to listen to the calls of adventure when he said,” love all God’s creation both the whole and every grain of sand.Love every leaf,every ray of light.Love the animals,love the plants,love each separate thing.If thou love each thing thou will perceive the mystery of God in all and when once thou perceive this thou will hence force grow everyday to a fuller understanding of it,until thou come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all embracing and universal”
In this respect love of God’s nature cannot be forthcoming unless one knows exactly what she real likes.It is not wise to know that particular part of the country where you are born.Your knowledge will be limited only to things that you have seen for a long time.Additional knowledge is acquired through exploration and adventure.You live in America,Japan,India, Nigeria or here in Masaka ( Masaka is a district in far west of Uganda) fine! but you miss the source of the river Nile and the endowment surrounding it.
You will be very happy if you travel far east of China or explore the good lands in the Arab nations.We may not know that the world have the same people but with different beliefs and culture.Don’t you think had the Egyptian been less a creature of habit he might have discarded his syllabic signs 3500 years before Christ and have written with an alphabetic of Twenty Four letters.
All those timely and important questions can easily be answered if one allowed himself to learn about distant areas in the world.John Grant and his companions Left Britain to explore Africa and found the source of the river Nile.The discovery of the source of the river Nile brought in a lot of happiness, both to the Britons and Africans.
Many people all over the world find happiness in taking tours out side their homes and countries.Tourism is a major income earner for many countries in the world.
Do you want to learn about human history-not theoretically but physically,gather information about beautiful scenery as well?Then go in for exploration and adventure.By so doing you will gather ample happiness.
Much of our life is generally controlled by beliefs.It is religion I am talking about.David Weers commented thus,”any type of faith,be it mysticism or witchcraft is life strengthening” So our lives is empty and without happiness unless we have faith that strengthen us.Religious beliefs entails harmonious co-existence with our fellow men and God .We are required to love God and Man.
Anything that harm another human being is evil that normally destroys good relationship.Think about all the vices that alienates us from God.Happiness largely depend on what we believe whilst we faithfully fulfill it.
Thomas Russel Ybarra wondered whether repentance can be a permanent act when he said,” a Christian is a man who feels repentance on a Sunday for what he did on Saturday and he is going to do on Monday” Isn’t that hypocrisy of the highest order?
However,Mallolm Muggeridge said,” religion wisely assumes misfortunes and so survives when earthly utopian hopes which must inevitably be disappointed soon perish” fine! in any project the important factor is your beliefs.Without belief there can be no successful outcome that is fundamental.
We can find solace and happiness in what we believe in.Believe in the sanctuary of God-you are happy.Believe in total providence of the omnipotent-you are happy too.Jesus Christ summed up Religious Beliefs while talking to his disciples about the new command ” and now I give you a new commandment:love one another. As I have loved you,so you must love one another .If you have love for one another then every one will know that you are my disciples”
Jesus Christ-the great teacher,knew that the happiness of his disciples actually hinged only on Love.So are you?
Do you have any other reason that you may add on the above reasons that can make you and I happy?
Remember everything happens for the best.
A woman of 30 years has produced triplets at a private health center Buziika A village,Njeru town council,Uganda,Friday 15th November,2013 in the afternoon.
Hawa Mukeera a mother of three bouncing girls felt pangs of delivery at around 2pm while in her home.She was rushed to the health center by her husband Kasule Mawazi (47) an employee of a Textile industry-Southern Range Nyanza Industry-commonly known as Nytil.
“I did not expect to deliver three children at ago.This come as a reward from God”Hawa Mukeera said.
Namuswe Oliver and Muwonge Peter the medical personnels who show a triplet mother go through a successful delivery said that both parents are poor to the extent that they cannot nurse and provide for the new delivered babies.They called on good heartened people and organizations to find the mother of three at Canaan Health Center where she is under their surveillance and management, in case they would like to offer help.
Many countries in the world have written constitutions which guide them through a universally acceptable type of governance,other countries like Britain do not have written constitutions but flow a well known system of governance that promote and safeguard the rule of law.Do you know any other country which has unwritten constitution?
Uganda, my mother country, like your country have a written constitution.
A constitution is a set of basic laws and principles that govern the actions of an organization or a country.It further describes the rights and duties of members or citizens and how they are governed.There are other laws besides the Constitution in Uganda and these are by-laws,customary laws and institutions’ laws which are made in conformity with the Constitution.
How are by-laws and other laws made in your country?
The constitution stands superior to all other laws,whereas other laws are made in conformity with the constitution.The constitution is made by all citizens through a consultative process while other laws are made by a group or institution concerned.The constitution guides all citizens while other laws may not apply to all citizens.While nobody is above the constitution,some people are above some laws.Other laws are limited to particular objectives,districts or local areas while the constitution is not limited to any particular objective or locality.The constitution applies to all aspects of life of the people while other laws apply to the operation of a group or institution.
The Historical background of the Uganda constitution.
Uganda had four constitutions since independence.
The 1995 constitution was made after national wide consultation.
Uganda had both Kingdoms and Chiefdoms before and during the colonial period.The Kings and Chiefs had both cultural and legal powers.Different ethnic groups had their awn traditional and customary laws which were not written.The customary laws were recognized as the major principles in administration and management of society.
Centralized kingdoms had kings while in non-kingdom areas the administration was in the hands of the clan heads,family heads,elders and councils.In centralized and non centralized societies,the leaders planned for development,settled disputes and conflicts that would occur in their respective communities.
The British system of administration was introduced when Uganda was declared a British protectorate in 1894.The laws which came with the British system replaced some of the customary laws.Some of the the customary laws continued to exist,even today they are still used to settle conflicts in the communities.
In 1961 the constitution making process started as the British colonial administrators were preparing Uganda for independence.This process led to the coming into effect ( promulgation) of the 1962 constitution.Uganda became independent on 9th October 1962 and since then Uganda has had three different constitutions i.e 1966,1967,1995.
The 1966 constitution was passed by parliament without debate and as such it is sometime referred to as the “pigeon hole” constitution because the prime minister then,asked parliament to promulgate without reading it and asked members of parliaments to collect their copies from pigeon hole after passing.It was later replaced in 1967 by a constitution which abolished kingdoms and chiefdoms and heads of districts.
In 1989,the process of making a new constitution in Uganda started.Government established the Uganda Commission chaired by Benjamin Odoki ( The Odoki Commission). The Odoki Commission collected people’s views before drafting the constitution.The draft constitution was debated four 18 months in the Constitution Assembly (CA) and finally promulgated on October 8th 1995.
The 1995 Constitution has 19 chapters which are arranged as follows:
Chapter One – The constitution.
Chapter Two- The Republic.
Chapter Three- Citizenship.
Chapter Four- Fundamental and other Human Rights and Freedoms.
Chapter Five- Representation of the people.
Chapter six- The Legislature.
Chapter seven- The Executive.
Chapter Eight- The Judiciary.
Chapter Nine- Finance.
Chapter Ten- The Public Service.
Chapter Eleven- Local Government.
Chapter Twelve- Defense and National Security.
Chapter Thirteen- Inspectorate of Government.
Chapter Fourteen- Leadership Code of Conduct.
Chapter Fifteen- Land and Environment.
Chapter Sixteen- Institution of Traditional and Cultural Leaders.
Chapter Seventeen- General and Miscellaneous.
Chapter Eighteen- Amendment of the Constitution,and
Chapter Nineteen- Transitional Provision.
Having knowledge and understanding of these chapters makes you more informed on issues of our constitution and helps you to understand Uganda as a sovereign nation.
Can you therefore explain in your own words the historical background leading to the current constitution of Uganda?
The national anthem is our national song which sung at important occasions and celebrations at schools or in our community.When the anthem is being sang,people should stand straight,to attention or if they cannot stand ,they raise up their right hand.Here goes our National Anthem:
Oh Uganda!May God uphold thee,
we lay our future in thy hand,
Together we will always stand.
Oh Uganda!The land of freedom,
Our Love and Labor we give,
and with neighbors all,
At our country’s call,
In peace and friendship we will live.
Oh Uganda!The land that feeds us,
By sun and fertile soil grown,
For our own dear land,
We will always stand,
The Pearl of Africa’s Crown.
What is you country’s National Anthem? Sing together with your friend.
What occasions have you ever attended when your national anthem was sang?
Together,we shall reach.
Nothing is new in this world,apart from the technology that is permitted to exist with us. The new technology that govern our way of life,I am talking about, nonetheless go through a process that is governed by the rules and regulations of nature.Nature our mother,that breast and feeds us.We however,disorganize nature in our quests to survive.We destroy the forests,reclaim swamps, block the inlets and outlets of water tributaries as we advance in the our so called economic growth.The after effects is worth but we do not learn!Like when approximately 400 people were buried alive in Mbale district in Uganda-the country where I am a citizen, some time back by the mountains that run off the margins that used to hold them up. People had unwittingly continued to indiscriminately cut the trees surrounding the mountainous areas,living it bear.The lakes and rivers are not spared either.We throw and damp a lot of unwanted but chemical infested materials and taint the clean waters,yet we desperately want water.One time I paid a visit to my birth place where I had left for many years.I had gone to say hallo to my relations.The village was running without water for a month and every thing was in a terrible situation.That is when I realized that water is important.The destruction of our mother nature cuts across all spheres of life. At individual,institutions,firms and government levels alike.The poverty that has overwhelmed the people of this continent tend to force them to find redress in the unintentional destruction of nature,the government economic policies made to bring in enough funds through taxes has influenced the people to burn the vegetation.Wood used as material for furniture,charcoal and firewood used in government prisons,schools and army barracks tell a big story about how mother nature is destroyed unsparingly.The industrial fumes and dangerous chemical gases are always released into nature.We demand that humanity begin to realize the essentials of nature and begin to give it the respect it deserves.The forests,swamps,sand, stones,animals etc are living things with which we partner no actual compete.We demand stern punishment to those who ignore the universal calling to spare nature and call for a better alternatives of survival at the same time.
What is your opinion,Ladies and Gentlemen.