Fasting on Good Friday for Africa

If I cannot to do good for Africa today, maybe I can do nothing well. I am going to fast today, and I am not sure why, but I have faith it will help.

2:04 AM, I woke up in fear, I am afraid, I am angry. I reached over to touch the black girl in my bed and she becomes angry, Pushing away my hand from her butt, she says,
"It is Friday."

I am afraid, I am angry, yesterday she said something like,
"Good Friday is for:"
"No food."
"No sex."
"No work."

I am angry, I wanted to say,
"The only thing Africans can do well, the only things I trust you to do, is the no work."

I need a moments, I need a pause, I need the "caesura," I am afraid to open my mouth for fear I will scream at Africa,
"I hate you."

Ghana, West Africa --- Friday, April 22, 2011
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of | Gadget Profile

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And anytime you feel the pain
Hey Jude refrain
don't carry the world upon your shoulders

- Lyric from Song, Hey Jude by The Beatles
Why I Fast?
My world can start to spin, then just by trying to stop it, I sadly make it spin faster, until it goes out of control. I am angry at Africa, I must accept there is nothing I can do, and in the times when this weight is on my shoulders, when my mind is tempted to spin out of control. I need to refrain, I need to do something, my soul demands to do something, but there is no strength in my limbs, my mind, my heart, I have no love left to give to you my Africa.

To fast is to stop, whether I am the person being selfish, or whether Africa is selfish, a small solution is to fast. To stop, to refrain, to give up, to not take, to stop trying to change the world and have faith that all is good.

When I have nothing left, when there is no love in my heart, I still can offer one more ounce of faith.

I can fast, I can stop until I accept that I am not in control, that is faith.

Fasting on Good Friday for Africa


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There's only one song that helps me when I have nothing left, also by The Beatles - Let it Be. Andy, there will be an answer, let it be.

This is quite an intriguing post, Andy. Why are you so angry with Africa when your girlfriend's reaction is not really cultural but religious? Good Friday is not African, it's Christian. I don't even share her beliefs, but I commend her for having beliefs and practicing them. I'm sure she'll make it up to you tomorrow. -)

At 4:32 AM, the crazy Church turns on their loudspeakers and wakes up the whole city, the normal Africa is extremely self-centered. S.N.A.F.U. There is nothing about good mannners or being a good neighbor, or doing until others that can be applied today.

Are you wanting Africa to be as you would like it to be? If so, you are sounding more like an American tourist than like a traveller. Even if we can change other cultures to suit us, it would be immoral to do so.

Can't you read, I said I am not in control.
"I can fast, I can stop until I accept that I am not in control, that is faith."

But for sure Africa does incredible stupid things, and I bet you have never been to Africa, i have been here six times, get a life, you know nothing.
Andy Graham

If you accept it as you say, then why are you so pissed off?

I agreed with most of the comments Andy, think it is time you head on out of Africa for awhile, head onto your job interview in the DR, visit Guatemala and see how much it has changed, even in the last two years, so fortunate I have good friends in both El Salvador and Guatemala, I travelled a lot when I was younger, but got tired of being a transient and became an ex pat, I met some travellers on the shuttles and buses in Guatemala as well as some people in Antigua running bars, cafes, restaurants and tour operations illegally when X, an ex pat woman with chutzpah and a sense of humor (by the way, most Anglo travelers and short term so called ex pats I met in Guate did not smile nor had any sense of humor) and I told them we had been around for 24 years they called us liars, so be it, I deal with things I do not like nor agree with every day, no sense putting them on the Internet, I want to hear from a long term ex pat or a bi lingual native person who knows the subtle things about the culture, I do not care if they live on $500 a month or $5000 a month, that is their business

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