Zimbabwe is like a Rubik’s cube right now. Mixed up! If we get one side working, another side gets muddled. When we have Zesa, there’s no fuel and when we get fuel, then there’s no money and so on. I wish all the sides were solved. I never thought I would have the difficult task of navigating a company in this time just as I would never thought I would ever attempt to solve a Rubik’s cube.
It’s daunting trying to solve one, but one day I looked online and learnt that there are patterns and algorithms to solve it and after hours and hours of attempting it and following the instructions closely, I finally did it. (Previously I would just break it apart and build it again or peel off the stickers)
It’s important to realize that it is not going to be simple to move things back in to place. We must be willing to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and take the hits and as Rocky said to his son in the movie Rocky Balboa “Life is not all about sunshine and rainbows, it is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. You, me, nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! But you got to be willing to take the hits and stop pointing fingers and blaming him or her because you are not where you’re meant to be. Cowards do that, and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”
We must begin to dream that a brighter future is possible and we must start dreaming again. We must believe that we can win! Just because there are no bricks doesn’t stop the architect from designing a building before the bricks become available.
The hardest time to dream is when things are tough BUT the best time to dream is when things are tough. It is the innovative mind that is willing to solve the Rubiks cube. It is the one that creates opportunities where there don’t seem to be any. It is the creative mind that sees solutions in impossible situations and attempts to solve the puzzle, however confusing it looks. Fear must not cripple us and keep us in survival mode because fear kills creativity.
I want to dream beyond getting fuel and zesa. We are better than that! I want my conversation to be something other than moaning about how expensive things are in the shops and start dreaming about expanding my business and creating opportunities for the next generation so they don’t have to leave Zimbabwe and they can stay here and rebuild this beautiful nation.
I believe we must speak positively over this nation and refrain from confessing that we are back in 2008. We are not. We are in 2018 and moving forward. We are taking hits and must not move back, we must take the hits and move FORWARD. The narrative we have to confess is that Zimbabwe is mixed up but the pieces are getting put back in to place where everything functions again. We must all play our role in repositioning the pieces.