Two decades ago, Alfred Mitchell got offered a position in a company in Benin, Africa making him an expat in that small country. It had become his home for twenty years. The pleasant tropical weather, friendly people and the low stress environment made his life easy abroad. Now that his years of service in the company have come to an end, going back to his old hometown was part of his transition plans. He went back to Anniston to start a new life as a retiree. And he knew exactly where to begin.
One of the very first persons he went to see with was Joey Crews, a real estate agent in Anniston. They partnered together in touring homes for sale in Anniston, and in hiring the best contractors to do home renovations. Mr. Mitchell already had an idea what to look for in a house. He wished to live in a modest home with a charmingly country appeal. He loves to garden so chose an house with an allotment area for urban gardening. Also, he wanted to live in a walkable community and a place close to his children. In less than a week, he was able to close a property that he personally chose from the real estate listings that Crews provided.
After many good years of working abroad, then coming back home to embrace a new lifestyle in Anniston, it is considered as a major life-changing event for Mr. Mitchell. But I think he handles it too well. I see him being at ease with his new circumstances and being able to navigate his life properly. Every morning he waves at people in his new neighborhood. I see a happy and content expat retiree-next-door. He is not one of those senior people I see who choose to live a sedentary life. So I might be taking a few hints from this man about the essential elements of a fulfilling and meaningful retirement.
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Now that he has all the time to do the things he wants, he’s filling the days with worthwhile activities. He usually wakes up earlier than anybody else because he enjoys the peaceful time of mornings. Then he starts his day with a ritual of little breakfast, a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a newspaper. Well, that’s something he had been doing since his working days in Benin. What’s different now is after a good breakfast, he doesn’t have to face the requirements of a job. Every morning, he takes an hour brisk walk around the neighborhood. When he doesn’t have errands for the day like going to a grocery store, he is seen tending to his garden while enjoying the sunlight. Some of his elective activities include reading fiction books and doing crossword puzzles to exercise his brain. Fridays are spent for cocktails and dining out with friends. Weekends are spent with grandchildren. They play board games and go out fishing. He is a discreet man who actively engages in community service projects. He finally has the time to dedicate himself to causes that have been previously set aside because of career.
Long before I met this man, my idea about retirement is associated with an image about and old man with white hair, lonely sitting on his rocking chair. Well, Mr. Mitchell has debunked that idea.
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I recently met a friend from Benin, Africa, that has a great fascination for carpets. I find this amusing because carpets here are not highly regarded by most people. “It’s just a rug” is the kind of mentality that most people practice, when it comes to their carpets.
Another thing I find amusing about this is the fact that he does not buy expensive carpet. Instead, he goes out to garage sales and surplus shops, and that is where he finds his humble collection of carpets. This is a very effective strategy. Again, since most people regard carpets as merely “rugs,” once a carpet starts to look dirty and old looking, almost all people would immediately get rid of it right away.
My friend wants to tell people that they should change that mentality. Since you’ve already spent so much to provide your home with a comfortable carpet, might as well find all means to ensure that its quality and beauty is preserved through having it cleaned professionally. With a professional cleaner, you can be sure that your carpets are in safe and professional hands.
They do not know what my friend knows, that there are great carpet cleaning companies that could bring the carpet back to its “new” state, for a very reasonable price. What he does, after purchasing a carpet, is call over his trusted carpet cleaning company. He may not spend money on the purchase of the carpets itself, but he surely makes efforts to clean the carpets, especially since most second-hand carpets are exposed to water damages.
He is aware that water damaged items, especially carpets, can pose great dangers to people’s health because molds could be starting to infest the items. Exposure to these kinds of bacteria can greatly affect the health of the people who will be living in the house where the carpets will be put back to great use.
Once the cleaning is done, he then positions the carpets in a very artistic way around his humble house. The carpets remind him of his home in Benin. He has been living in Alabama for some time now, and he misses his home more often than not. I am not sure how carpets make him feel like he is in Benin. Maybe the warmth and the cozy feel that carpets exude is what makes him feel like he is in his hometown.
Indeed, people like him who come to the US in order to pursue greater dreams, will always yearn for their hometown, especially because his family is back there, missing him as much as he misses them. Living away from your family is no joke, and if he finds comfort in carpets, then that is very creative of him to do so.
I continue to be amazed by people from Benin. They always offer something new to life, and they have a different view on life than mot people I know, maybe because they follow a different culture that gives more value to everything around them.
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I’m on my way to the have a business meeting about some kind of organization that is willing to help my cause to improve Benin. It was an exciting day for me. I never expected that along this journey to help my fellowmen, there would be people willing to come along with me.
When I arrived at the coffee shop, there were 2 people who happily approached me. A doctor and an Anniston family attorney were the head of the organization. They also believe in what I believe, to simply build a better world out there. They are already aware that life in Benin is not easy; it wouldn’t be too exaggerated to say that life there is terrible.
The doctor said that he has a group of medical people who wants to volunteer and go to Benin, willing to help everyone and will provide free quality checkup and medicine. The family lawyer, on the other hand, was willing to do all the paperwork for this plan to succeed. It sounds like a really great deal and something that will surely make my people in Benin happy, a taste of euphoria once in a while.
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I was in tears while I was listening to their well-organized plan. It was like as if God purposely gave them my number and details to voluntarily offer a helping hand. The lawyer gave me his contact information which is:
He told me that if I have any questions or any updates about the plan, just give that number a call. He was really a great guy along with the doctor. But, I had to ask them where will all be the funds coming from, nothing on earth is now free.
They replied that they have already been raising money for about 2 years. But, never had any idea where to spend it, lucky enough that they made up their mind now and find a good cause. Great fortune that out of so many people who are also fighting for a cause to improve a certain poor country or place, they chose me out of thousands.
I am sure that this will make my people really happy and proud. During the whole meeting my eyes are very watery; you may compare it to a little adorable girl asking for ice cream. After the end of t he meeting, I thanks them with all my heart. I was grateful and they say that this plan would materialize maybe 3 to 5 months from today. It is quite a long wait, but I have waited long enough, I can wait a lot more if the cause is to improve my brothers and sisters lives in Benin.
Thank you for having the time to read today’s blog, and I wish this will inspire everyone to help. By simply volunteering goes a long, long way if you’ve put all your heart into it.
People nowadays should always take time to look back at how ancestors and aborigines lived their lives so healthily and peacefully in the past, despite lacking the technology that are enjoyed and abused by those living in the now.
During the old times, people worry about nothing else but the food they will eat for the day, the clothing that they will have to wear with the purpose of protecting them from the cold or heat and not with the purpose of looking fabulous, and the house they will have to live in, with the purpose of protection and not to impress their neighbors.
Basically, the main goal of our ancestors was to protect themselves and survive another day. Such basic desires and motivation caused them live more healthily because they do not tamper with nature too badly.
Nowadays, however, tampering is the new thing. That is why houses are built in materials that are believed to be sturdier than plain wood, and they are built in excessively bigger sizes than it needs to be.
But despite all that technology has to offer, houses are still susceptible even to the most basic element there is – water.
For people in Benine, Africa, water damage is one of the most hazardous types of contamination that any house could ever encounter. A friend from Africa had to learn and deal with this truth, the hard way, after losing his house in NY due to his negligence about water contamination.
He was born and raised in Benine, but he has moved to NY to pursue greater success. However, he never thought that an event such as what happened would be so damaging to his home.
His house was beyond repairable with all the insects thriving inside his walls and dirt and molds all over the place. His house was always damped because he lives in an area that was frequently flooded. Thinking like he was still in Benine, were floods are even something locals become happy about, he disregarded the frequent flooding in his house and just let the areas dry naturally or just push out the water. He never gave it much thought before.
Now, he lives in another house because the old one was no longer habitable by humans. Insects and germs have taken over the place. We all know that water is a nutritious element, but it not only give nutrients to plants and animals and human beings, it is also a very healthy element for the bad things as well, such as molds and bacteria and harmful insects.
Due to his experience, when Mark encounters water problems today, he would immediately contact Flooded NY Water Damage Company. He learned about this company through word of mouth after people sympathized for his loss of house. They suggested Flooded NY to him because the company is believed to be the best in the area, when it comes to water damage repairs and restorations.
If only people learned to think more like the aboriginal people did, then he would have understood that the essence of a house is to protect the people inside it, and as the house protects the owner, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the house remains in top condition so that it could continue to serve its purpose. Giving up on the responsibility to ensure that your house is in good condition will have its consequences on you.
Benin is a small country located in the West Africa that has a population of approximately 10 million striving people. A West African kingdom in the place called Dahomey is stuggling because most people thrived hard on its involvement in the slave trade of the place where some people dominate, The fallen place, Benin has been deeply stricken by a widespread poverty because they want to gain independence from the city France several decades ago. Although the city has a relatively stable government that is democratic, it still remains one of the poorest countries in West Africa. That’s how poverty runs in the place and here listed below are some facts about the growing poverty in Benin.
There are more than 30% of its population that live a poverty life because they cannot reach the number of basic things needed for the people to survive in this city. Although there are help from different cities nearby, it’s still not enough to feed the hungry people in Bening.
They rely their economy usually on the cotton trade run by dominant leaders and although agriculture is the main source of income in Benin, they can’t provide to feed the people. They also do export and trade business with Nigeria that only makes up roughly more than 10% percent and that’s not enough to increase its economy.
There is a massive death increase for many years now in Benin and there is an average of more than 50% deaths every year for every 1,000 live births in the city. It is not called to be the 27th highest mortality in infant alone rate in the world.
These are the common sad facts about Benin and a lot of people want to help to be able to feed the hungry people in Benin. There are many ways to help and one is to provide them with food such as Paleo Compass because it can help the people nurture their health and body. This is great way to help because they need and people can now provide them with this to somehow improve their health and lives.
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To add more inspiration to all of those in Benin that are struggling to get out of poverty, here is a story of one of the people I have come to know and admire from Benin.
I am Jumal, born and raised in Benin, Africa, and I am very much proud of where I come from. I am in the states right now, on a mission to educate myself and earn a degree and get a shot on pursuing a career. I am doing this so that I could help my family back in Africa, as well as the rest of the people in our locality.
The African community needs more people to act out on their behalf. What the world has done to their past is something that scares a lot of them to move past it and aim for success. This is the reason that drives me today; the compassion for my fellow Africans.
Understanding the situation my country is in, it is obvious that the greatest possible way I could help them is through getting a proper education. I landed in the United States because my mother has a friend here.
I am graduating by the end of the school year, and I am very excited to start a new chapter of my life as a man battling it out there in the corporate world.
I will never forget my experiences during my stay here in our dormitory. The school grounds has been my home away from, and my roommate has been my best friend.
My roommate and I became good friends. I saw that he was a responsible guy, not like the stereotype I had of western teens. I was scared that I would not get along with whoever I will be assigned a room with but I was very fortunate that it was him.
Our college life was full of ups and downs and he helped me get through it, despite our differences in race. He never once thought ill of me and he showed me that there are still people who value respect and decency.
We took some classes together and we helped each other get good grades. For all of you planning to finish a college degree in a foreign land, you have to know that getting along with the right peers and friends is key to not wasting your college. Yes, it is important to have fun but having fun can be possible without risking your academic grades.
I always keep in mind my goal of success and I always remember the people, my family, especially my parents, who have sacrificed so much just to get me this education. I am not going to waste it over immature things. This should also be your drive for conquering college.
Now as I finish my studies, I plan to take every knowledge I have and make my family from Africa very proud.