Kenyans have a unique sense of humour and we tend to find humour in everything. One might argue that this is the only way to find solace in our times since times are hard and politically, socially, economically until non-issues actually become issues.
The month of January is the most joked about month because by mid-December, traditionally, most companies have paid their salaries and bonuses and closed till the first or second week of January. This means if your double earnings for the month of December is not well planned for and managed then January appears twice as long because your next windfall of cash will either be on the last week of January or first week of February i.e. 6-8 weeks compared to a regular 4-5-week gap of regular income. In this same month, rent is due by the 5th , school fees for first term is required in full (schools are more lenient on second and third terms) & woe unto you if your child is joining a new school at whatever level, utilities and all other regular staff awaits. We could blame it on our spending culture, low income compared to the cost of living or outrightly lack of planning. You decide but walk your journey alone, do not summarise it for everyone else.
So, we refer to this month by many names; Njaanuworry (Hunger & worry), Januworry, 90 Days of January, 77 Days of January etc. The memes affiliated to it are for another day.
This is the cycle of life. In good times we tend to forget that the hard times ever existed and we fail to apply the wisdom learned in that time. Using the logic of a maize farmer, after a good harvest, the farmer will sell most of his/her crop at a good price to get a return of investment and a profit. The farmer will retain some of the good harvest and use it as seed for the next planting season otherwise s/he will be forced to go and buy seed which he would have easily avoided in order to avoid unnecessary extra hustle.
I have a friend who recently challenged me on this cycle. When schools close for the long holidays in October, he pays rent for November, December, January and February, & also pays for the first term fees for his children. His logic is that he will save for this rather huge expenses in a period of 4 to 5 months in anticipation of the double December earnings that will be split into two i.e. regular monthly expenses for January ie transport and utilities and the rest is spent on holiday expenses. This kind of wisdom is what I call divine wisdom.
The lessons I drew out of this is that certain cyclic activities and events should be planned for and managed well. Two, Godly wisdom does not just come into play on matters relating to spiritual matters but also on daily living matters. Jesus said, I have come so that you may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Three, it requires one to be very honest with themselves to absolve themselves of cyclic challenges.
May Godly & practical wisdom abound in this new month in all areas of our lives.