The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘schadenfreude’ as “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.” In short, it means “harm-joy”-the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune.
If we separate the functionalities of Bob Collymore, the Safaricom CEO from Bob the man, then we would see that the human being in him deserves a girl of his dreams. It is not on us to dictate unto the man who should or who should not take the crown!
For Bob, that girl happens to be a Wambui. It could have been a Kerubo or a Tumaini or Anyango. However, the dice fell on Wambu! As things are, she is his sunshine. She is the girl Bob will open his eyes to in the morning, see her radiant smile and want to go back to slumber land. When Bob’s friends and relatives appreciate him for recent changes, most of them positive, he will, behind the scenes, thank Wambui for his revised personality!
There are those elucidating that Wambui digs gold. Well, if this were the case, then I salute her because her efforts have paid off-she was the best of those who subscribe to that kind of life! Put differently, she beat, by a wide margin, the ‘holier-than thou’ who can never see anything positive in whatever step a man or a woman makes in life. Come on now, even Wambui deserves, in equal measure, to be loved and to be treated like a queen. Which girl does not want this? Hands up….
Wambui has lived up to what Dr. King taught students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia:
“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
Ultimately, Wambui was the best in what she did and this won Bob’s heart! Question is, how come Bob was not impressed by your righteous singularity.