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Aug 09, 2019 07:40:34

On Courage

by @keni PATRON | 211 words | 315🔥 | 319💌

Keni

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My grandfather, I called him Acaca, spoke one language Afaan Oromoo. Unfortunately I could not.   

So we never really had deep conversations. 

He grew up in Ambo - a city in Ethiopia. A farmer by trade, he was in perfect health even in his 90s. 

He was a strong man though I didn't realize just how strong then.

He was 93 years old when he noticed most people his age were dying. He realized that he had lived a complete life. So he decided to leave earth on his own terms.  

He decided to stop eating.

His son, my father, was overseas when he was told about this decision. He took the first flight to Ethiopia to be by his father's bedside. My dad tried to dissuade him but Acaca's mind was made up.

So after 10 days without any food, my grandfather died the day after my father's arrival; surrounded by people who loved and respected him.

He passed away the same way he lived - bold, proud and with a purpose.

In this last gesture, my grandfather made me realize the immeasurable strength and courage I had in my DNA. 

He spoke to me in a way that words never could.

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    Thank you @keni! 🙌

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Sep 07, 2019 12:05:02
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    @keni he sounds wonderful. And he continues to teach more people because of your words. <3

    Rosie Odsey avatar Rosie Odsey | Aug 11, 2019 20:13:32
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      @rosieodsey - :) Thank you Rosie. I am happy to share his story.

      Keni avatar Keni | Aug 13, 2019 07:02:39
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    @keni wow great post! What a brave decision to make

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Aug 09, 2019 22:45:39
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      @keenencharles - Thank you Keenen. Bold decision

      Keni avatar Keni | Aug 10, 2019 18:00:00
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    @keni What a human being! I'd love to read more about the life of your grandfather. It reminds me of all the great philosophers who chose the way they lived.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 10, 2019 05:26:28
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      @basilesamel - Thank you Basile. He was a remarkable person. I wish I spent more time with him.

      Keni avatar Keni | Aug 10, 2019 17:58:35
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    @keni - I got chills reading this. The power of choice is strong. ❤️

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 09, 2019 08:19:12
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      @brianball - Thank you Brian. It is very strong.

      Keni avatar Keni | Aug 10, 2019 17:48:32
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    @keni

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    Abe avatar Abe | Aug 09, 2019 15:43:11
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    @keni

    This is spotlight Feature #2.

    I'm tagging you here because I don't have your email, but you expressed interest in being part of the reading and/or writing list. If you'd like to receive emails let me know at [email protected] -- you can also let me know there or here if you'd like to opt out of getting notifications.

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    Abe avatar Abe | Aug 09, 2019 14:58:17
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      @keni @abrahamKim just emailed you :)

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Aug 09, 2019 22:47:55
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      @abrahamKim - Thank you for doing this Sir Abe

      Keni avatar Keni | Aug 10, 2019 18:00:30
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      @itsabhinaya

      Just am getting around to creating Spotlight lineup for the next few weeks and realized that you weren't on the google sheets ( I think it's because I only added people who responded to Brian Ball -- my mistake)

      I was wondering if you were open to write soon. Could you email me at [email protected] ? If you prefer communicating here instead that's fine too. Just let me know.

      Abe avatar Abe | Aug 13, 2019 00:19:31
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