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RUNNERS

Agaracha must come back – Igbo Proverb.

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Source : Interconnected Net.

After the hectic week and what transpired in between, I couldn’t have agreed less with one of my favorite people and here’s the trite truth : WE ARE ALL RUNNERS! Continue reading “RUNNERS”

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MOOT AND MOCK – PART 2

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It was there all the time….

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I promised you all a part two of my MOOT AND MOCK TRIAL! Well this is it.

Continue reading “MOOT AND MOCK – PART 2”

MY “TORTS” – CHIEF (MRS) FOLAKE SOLANKE (SAN)

Women Perspire, Men Sweat – CHIEF (MRS) FOLAKE SOLANKE (SAN)
Continue reading “MY “TORTS” – CHIEF (MRS) FOLAKE SOLANKE (SAN)”

CHANGE!!!

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Isn’t it the only permanent thing in life? Change? Are we not here to grow?

Change is metamorphosis – big grammar, I remember the first time I heard it in primary school. Lol

“Chimdinma, you’ve changed” they say. Hian! Am I supposed to be the babes of last week?
Continue reading “CHANGE!!!”

OUR GENERATION

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Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
(Read from bottom to top now)

Reading from bottom to top, the poem reads:

Unless we turn things around
That might be true,
People thought we couldn’t come back
We knew that
Was a joke.
Working hard
Was how we handled our problems.
Giving up
Is something we never did.
Changing our world for the better
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Forgetting about that time,
Is a dumb thing to do.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is the way to go.
Living only for money and power
Is a waste. And we know
We actually succeeded
Thinking that
Our generation was a failure.
That is wrong, the truth is
We were the peak of mankind.
Never will anybody say,
Our generation will be known for nothing.

Poems like this remind us that the future of our society lies in its youth. The fact that such words can come out of a 14-year-old’s mouth demonstrates that today’s youth can be brave and ambitious with big dreams for the world. After all, only by believing you can change the world will you actually do.

UPDATE: From further research, it looks like this poem was very much inspired by Jonathan Reed and the original poem, “The Lost Generation”.

JONATHAN REED’S VERSION

I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
work
is more important than
family
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.

And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it.

Now read it again in reverse.

Which generation do you belong in?

MANDELA’S WORDS ON MARBLE

  • ImageImageImage·         Appearances matter – and remember to smile.
  • ·         As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
  • ·         I am the captain of my soul.
  • ·         Where you stand depends on where you sit.
  • ·         I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
  • ·         The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  • ·         As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
  • ·         Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.
  • ·         One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed my self, I could not change others.
  • ·         It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.
  • ·         Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
  • ·         A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
  • ·         It always seems impossible until it is done.
  • ·         After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
  • ·         Poverty is not an accident, life slavery and apartheid; it is manmade and can be removed by the actions of human beings.
  • ·         As I have said the first thing is to be honest with yourself.
  • ·         WE ASK OURSELVES, WHO AM I TO BE BRILLIANT, GORGEOUS, HANDSOME, TALENTED AND FABULOUS? ACTUALLY, WHO ARE YOU NOT TO BE?
  • ·         Courage is not the absence of fear – it is inspiring others to move beyond it.
  • ·         Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  • ·         ONCE A PERSON IS DETERMINED TO HELP THEMSELVES, THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN STOP THEM.

25 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE YOU DIE.

…Please start writing down what comes to your mind as you read along! I added some of my thoughts. LOL!

I got this write up from a magazine… (My thoughts are the bold ones in italics)

1)      Fall in love. I think that says it all.

2)      Get drunk. I don’t support this. Stupid things happen when you get drunk.

3)      Learn sign language.

4)      Travel around the world. If you’ve got the means. Hehe

5)      Learn a new language.

6)      Pursue your passion.

7)      Start your own business doing something you love.

8)      Achieve financial abundance with your passion.

9)      Connect with all your teachers from your past schools. Let them know how they shaped your life.

10)   Identify someone who has inspired you most in your life. Let him/her know much he/she has inspired you.

11)   Make a difference in someone’s life.

12)   Perform a kind deed to at least 5 strangers without expecting anything in return.

13)   Be a mentor to someone. Your character says it all.

14)   Offer your services in the promotion of a humanitarian cause.

15)   Throw a mega party. Errm, I’m not the party type. Especially the crazy-frenzy parties. But get-togethers with your friends once in a while won’t be a bad idea.

16)   Learn wine appreciation. OKAY.

17)   Play a new musical instrument: piano, violin, flute, guitar, drum or trumpet. Working on that.

18)   Go on a road trip, camp out in the wilds, walk in a valley, visit a waterfall, and swim in an ocean.

19)   Call in the customer care of a service provider you like just to thank them for a great service. Still waiting for that day Hun.

20)   Conquer your biggest fears. I WILL.

21)   Do something crazy or out of character. So I did one crazy thing back then in my first year. The sole of my shoe just went off one day. No cabs. No stores around to get an alternative foot wear. I had no choice than to walk with my bare feet to the hall. It was fun. LOL.

22)   Make friends with at least 5 strangers on the street.

23)   Are there any specific people you want to meet in the future? Of course now. Are you kidding me? And I will. One day.

24)   Run a marathon. If I hear.

25)   BE A LAWYER!!!!!!!!. Yes, it’s legal to be a lawyer. If you can’t be lawyer, then try getting married to one. 😉

 Like I said, I got this article from a law magazine and I decided to share especially when I saw the ‘lawyer’ thing. 🙂 . But one thing you should do before you die is this : have a personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST. FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM.

LIGHT : THAT I MIGHT SEE

…If i have not forsaken all, In answer to Thy loving call.

If I’ve kept something back from you, Lord give me light that I might see.

Lord help me judge myself each day, To walk this new and living way.

I seek thy grace with all my heart, To be made pure just as thou art.

If anything on this earth attracts me with its sense of worth

If money has a hold on me, Lord give me light that i might see.

Is there some good i should have done?
Is there some soul I should have won?
Have I hurt someone thoughtlessly? Lord give me light that I might see.
If i have cared for man’s applause, Or sought my own and shunned the cross.
If i’ve feared man’s mockery.
Lord give me light that i might see.

If I’ve not sought thy power in prayer, Because of earthly toils and care,
If i am not longing for thee,
Lord give me light that i might see..

This is my heart cry and desire Dear Lord…I wanna live for YOU alone..

**ADR!3LNAL!N3**

SUCCESS. MISTAKES. CHALLENGES.

1 – Recognise Success and Challenge Yourself to Achieve More

It’s easy to play it safe – to stop when you are ahead and enjoy that moment.

Give yourself a moment to appreciate what you’ve achieved, but no more. When the time comes to move forward, success is but a single point on a much longer journey – it is not the end of that journey.

Imagine a company like Apple stopping after the iPod or Henry Ford deciding the Model T was good enough. Where would be today without people constantly striving to improve upon what they’ve already achieved?

2 – Learn from Failure and Find Things to Improve

If success is a marker on your journey, failure is the map.

When we fail, we discover something important about ourselves. We discover how to persevere, how to get better, and what does NOT work. We discover which paths to avoid and it fine tunes our approach.

Revel in failure and learn from it at every step. The most successful entrepreneurs in history are remembered for their triumphs but will tell you only of their failures and how they learned from them.

Recognise the potential in those moments and use them to propel yourself forward.

3 – Visualise the Positive You’ll Discover in the Next Step

When the next step is unsure, imagine what it COULD be.

Imagine the successes you can have and how you will use those to get closer to your goal. Imagine the knowledge you will gain, even if you fail to achieve the results you are striving for.

Whatever you do, Visualise yourself doing something. It might feel like you’re looking out over a cliff, unsure of what’s beyond the clouds but know that whatever you find beyond those clouds is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

The Path to Success

Every path is different and those who enjoy and learn from the steps in their personal path to success will thrive.

Be the one who finds joy in even the hardest moments and you will never dread what comes next on the arduous journey you’ve set yourself on.

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SUCCESS

1 – Talent Does Not Mean Success

A single talent is not a ticket to success in life. It must be utilized. It must be nurtured and cared for and used on a daily basis.

You must challenge yourself and look for an opportunity to try new things and succeed in those things. It is with this kind of open mind and thirst for intellectual adventure that you will discover and push the limits of your true potential.

2 – Ambition Opens a World of Discovery to You

Imagine a world with no ambition. We would be without nearly everything we hold dear. The great thinkers, inventors and businesspeople of the 20th and 21st centuries would have sat back and continued to sell ice from carts and horses from stables.

We benefit from a society of ambitious overachievers who never stopped wondering “what can I do next?”

Be that person.

Always ask what you can do next and how you can achieve any goal you set for yourself if you only open your mind to the possibilities that success will give you.

Your ambition, however momentous, will drive you forward and unlock opportunities you never dreamed possible.

3 – Imagine What CAN Do Instead of What You CANNOT

Imagine a world in which your skills allow you to do anything you want – to push any boundary and discover any path to success.

Imagine you can live that life and become the person you’ve always dreamed of. Now why can’t you do it?

We spend too much time imagining the things we cannot do that we forget how to be ambitious and push forward with the things we can. Don’t try to be good at everything or nothing. Be very good at the things which you were born to do and enjoy that you live a life that allows you to do that.

Ambition Drives Dreamers

The great dreamers of our day and age – Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and until recently Steve Jobs – these people have ambition greater than even they need and yet they strive to do more, achieve more, fly higher.

Be like them and never let your ambition wane as you move towards your goals.

Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂

**ADR!3LNAL!N3**

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