24 Oct-01

When your Cycle is Disrupted

For the past four episodes I have been outlining the major cycles to life. That as one grows you go through the learning years also referred to as the developmental years. This is, generally speaking between birth and 20 years. Then you move into the yearning years also referred to as the fighting years, and again generally speaking would be from 20 years to 45 years. The last stage is what I referred to as the earning years, also referred to as the grace years. This is beyond 45 years.

It is possible that life experiences disrupt these stages therefore bringing chaos to our lives and those around us. All of us aim to enter into our earning years or better still our grace years where the topical thrust is not about us but about those who will come after us. You are no longer focusing on your own personal development and you are not fighting for your survival but you are harvesting the years of learning and fighting. You no longer should have toddlers going to preschool and you should not be job-hunting, more so you should not be a newly married.

Our journey as Zimbabweans has brought disruption to a normal cycle, we have 60 year-olds remarrying and starting a family thus plunging them from the earning and grace years back to the fighting and yearning years! You also have those who were catapulted by hyperinflation from their developmental and learning years into the fighting years and now they missed out on very important lessons in the earlier stage. They have therefore failed to enter the grace years even though now they are 50 years, they seem to be revisiting their learning years all over again.

The real catastrophe is that we now have a nation which continues to fight or rather collectively we are thrust into a perpetual fighting and yearning cycle because of the seasons of disruption that has taken place over the past 30 years. We have very few people walking in grace and setting up the next generation to be better. It’s survival of the fittest and the next generation becomes insignificant in our plans. This is why as a nation there is always a yearning for better days and when we have not achieved it we blame it on everyone else except ourselves.

Those who should be operating with grace and transcendence are caught up in fighting for their own survival. Understandably so when at an economical level our pensions were destroyed and our social safety nets are now non-existent. This has led to our heroes becoming villains or worse still they become destitute. We need more people walking in grace, and realizing that the next generation deserves better. When a generation acts outside its cycle, it steals from the next generation.

If we carry on the way we are we will leave the next generation so impoverished that it would be easier to be colonized again, this time not through race but economically. This would be in spite of tough laws on indigenization, our generation is yearning for economic empowerment and freedom!


Proverbs 13:22, A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.