Don’t take your FREEDOM for granted!

Dr Amir Lakha M.B.,Ch.B – Harrow, UK

Every human being is born a free person and not a slave to anything or anyone.

Human beings vary in their likes and dislikes. Some, however, love to let others make decisions for them and they are comfortable that way. They are, voluntarily, renouncing their freedom and are happy – and what’s wrong with that?

On the other hand, freedom should not be exercised by being devoid of control over one’s speech and actions. Why? because being indiscreet with speech or actions can cost one heavily in terms of relationships, retaliation, punishment or even one’s life if vented out in certain circumstances or environment.

With freedom comes responsibilities. The free person needs to believe in prudence and develop reasonable judgement. The free person, although being fully in control, has to take full responsibility for his or her actions and be prepared to face the consequent repercussions when they arise.

To control the outcome of anything, you control the action at the point of decision making. If you let others make decisions for you, you give up control.  When you control the decisions, you control the actions. It’s your life.  You decide what you are going to do with it. If you don’t run your own life someone else will.  You are in control of your life to the degree you make decisions.

Take charge of your life so that there is no longer a need to ask permission of others.  When you ask permission, you are giving someone else veto power over your life. Take control and start making those decisions. Only you are responsible for your life.

Everyone takes freedom for granted. The real value of freedom is mostly appreciated when it is non-existent or has been lost. Conflicts and Wars can lead to loss of freedom.

So, guard your freedom by promoting peace, love and understanding globally.

About the author

M.B.,Ch.B., MSc (Edin), DPM (RCP Lond & RCS Eng)

Dr Lakha was born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1949. He has worked in various fields in England, since 1979, including Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Casualty, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and then was a family physician for 24 years till he retired in 2009 at the age of 60yrs to devote full time to charity work and has been the founder member and chairman of Humanitarian and Charitable ONE Trust (HACOT).

He has been a leading figure in the early establishment of Primary Care Trusts (NHS) in England in 1990s and was a professional member of the PCT. He was also a leading GP to have achieved the highest scores in Quality and Outcome Framework and to attain the highest targets. He was the leader of the Fundholding team of his practice, responsible for commissioning services.

He has been a member of several charities and been the chairman on various occasions for several terms. He was responsible, as chairman, to arrange the World Trade Fair Exhibition at Earls Court Olympia in 1995.

He is married with 3 children and has 3 grandchildren. He was a very active and successful participant in the field of elocution, debating and drama and is an avid reader. He has a lot of experience working with very poor, destitute and needy individuals and has organised and participated in medical camps. He is the author of the Book, “HEADS YOU WIN TAILS YOU WIN”

He has, after retirement in 2009, spent all of his time in setting up the infrastructure of the charity, monthly visits to Kenya, meeting stakeholders and attendance in London at meetings of various forums including Bond, Fund Raising Standards Board, End Water Poverty and Impact Alliance all of which HACOT is a member.

He has a vast circle of friends and acquaintances and has excellent links with various organisations and community groups.

He has a proven capability as an organiser and a leader and has embarked on full-time commitment to charity work and will develop an effective working model for (1) Poverty and hunger reduction (2) Prevention of HIV/AIDS and (3) Provision of clean drinking water and safe sanitation for the very poor and needy people, worldwide. At the initial stages the projects will be run in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi and progress to other countries.

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