Today we eventually get a President in Kenya after almost four months of uncertainty and political rhetoric. It has been a period of punch and counter punch, claims and counter claims, sometimes volatile and sometime violent. I think it's true to say the whole country has been caught up in the hullabaloo, devouring news and rumor alike. One thing for sure is that it has been a very stressful time. The politicians themselves must be on the edge after living on their wits for so long: a restorative trip to Zanzibar was required at one stage by at least one of the key protagonists.
The business community has been under stress, and whilst it's great - healthy, natural - to feel positively stressed when you’re busy and making money because you can go to bed exhausted with a sense of achievement and sleep like a baby, the real pressure builds when your business is struggling to survive and you start juggling payments and priorities. Then sleep becomes a little more elusive ...
At Sand Island we see doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), suffering from burnout after their last tour in some difficult trouble spot, chill and transform from tense, tired and broken to calm, healthy and happy in just days. We meet stressed out business people who arrive here, on their cell phones, barking instructions, busy within minutes of arrival on their laptops and after two days, they don’t even know what day of the week it is, can’t remember where they left the phone. We see mothers with three children under the age of five arrive disheveled and laden down with kid kit and Tupperware leaving here with a healthy glow, a clean dress, their hair brushed, tied back with a colorful ribbon and a flower behind their ear, laughing, smiling and telling us they will be back again … soon. We have people who after illness come and recuperate here and leave rested, well fed, tanned and healthy, looking forward to getting back to normal.
Sand Island Beach is clearly, obviously, definitely a place to regain yourself, reclaim your composure, recharge your batteries and resume with energy.
With a big family Christmas looming, you need a long weekend in the chiller to collect yourself first.
Posted by Arty