Monthly Archives: May 2016

Don’t Write Yourself Off

The most popular soap opera in the world came to an end few days ago with a relatively unknown team clinching the title under the noses of more established, popular and pundit-approved teams. Leicester City were crowned champions of the 2015/16 Premier League.

In case you are not a football person, let me break it down for you. The most popular football brands across the universe include but not limited to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and recently Manchester City. The last 5 aforementioned names play in the English Premier Leagues and they command worldwide respect and innumerable fans with so much support.

By this time last year, Leicester City just survived relegation. They were grateful for not dropping out of the league. A year later, they are celebrating their first ever league title. Nobody predicted on the first of the league that they would be champions. Bookmakers and pundits had Arsenal and Manchester City as their expected champions but life is result oriented and not just speculations.

Too many times in life, we are faced against the odds. We are told “it cannot be done”, “it has never been done”, “you are not experienced enough”, “you don’t have a chance”, “”you are still new”, “you can’t understand”, “do you have somebody?”, “you don’t have first class”, “you are this”, “you are that”.

Too many times, the audience try to demoralize you even before you start. Friends and colleagues give you more reasons why you will fail rather than provide encouragement for success. Relatives talk down on your chances. You are left with you and yourself. Even your feelings could suggest you don’t even give it try.

You cannot succeed if you don’t try. You can’t triumph with a try. You have no chance at all if you write yourself off and refuse to try. You have look at the positives and bank on them as you make the journey to conquer. David had a sling and 5 stones, Goliath was fully armoured. Gideon needed just 300 men.

Leicester City needed Raineri, Mahrez, Vardy and Kante – and they succeeded. They had no Ozil, Hazard, Rooney nor Aguero. These were football players that could have won the title for their teams. They are highly paid and highly respected. Nobody looked at Leicester City just as nobody may care that you exist but they continued diligently. Even when the world said they would buckle, they remained strong.

Be diligent and remain focused. Never allow the mini-success to distract you from the ultimate goal. Enjoy the underdog label and grab thy price. Success has a lot of friends and unlikely success is a joy to the heart. You sure need a core and Jesus is the best.

Leicester City didn’t write themselves off. Hibernian didn’t write themselves off against Rangers despite failing to win in 114 years. Atletico Madrid didn’t shrink away from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Buhari didn’t give up to PDP.

Don’t write yourself off. Give it a try first.

Keep That Cup Down!!!

A Psychologist walked around a room while teaching Stress Management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked
the “Half empty or Half full” question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change. But the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The Stresses and Worries in Life , are like that Glass of Water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens.Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And, if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing
anything.”

Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God – Philippians 4:6

Remember to put the glass down and pray. You have a loving father who loves you. And after Prayer please do not pick the glass up. Leave it at the feet of Jesus. He is more than able, nothing is impossible for Him to do.

Do not let anything or anyone steal your joy. Nothing’s worth it. Stay blessed!

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Man Down

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The other day I was in a bus going home from work and there was this very obnoxious passenger in the bus who thought he could make himself appear any better by belittling some other “poor fellow” – that’s exactly how they make it look. He just chose to pick on the conductor and brow beat him with demeaning words.

At first I took his first couple of words as a mere joke – and so did the rest of us in the bus – until the words began to become too annoying to listen to. He insulted the conductor, his position as compared to the driver, his profession, his social standing . . . and all the while he exuded this very irritating air of superiority.

And he wouldn’t just stop. The rest of us in the bus had obviously had our share of a crazy work day that had made us pretty edgy and quite a number of us just wanted to get home and get the whole work thing off for the night but this man was dredging up all the stored angst. At some point, some told him outright to shut and lay off the conduction but he’ll just smile and pick another line of insult.

The conductor kept responding until at some point he was beat. He couldn’t muster any kind of comeback to this unreasonable man’s mindless insults. Though he wouldn’t blatantly reveal it, he was conceding, he was accepting the man’s insult, he was wishing he was a better man, with a better job . . . he was wishing life was just a little bit fairer to him.

It was at that point that I turned to see the face of the man who could so easily demean a working man (in this our very terrible economic situation), a man who would allow himself belittle another man who shouts his destination to call passengers from dawn till mid night everyday for 7 days just so he and his family will continue to survive, a man that could be so insensitive to the plight and pride of another man, a  man who delights in crushing another man’s spirit, and there he was, with carved, greying beards on his 50ish kind of face, bald and pretty much ordinary.

There really was nothing special about him. He saw me looking, then winked and smiled at me and said he just needed to catch some fun. And I was like, “how do you think any of what you said was funny?” You just revealed to the rest of us that you are a thoughtless, mean-spirited, inconsiderate, selfish (no strike that), self centred, Machiavellian. What you really succeeded in doing was in unveiling your foolishness. What man in his right senses will see another man struggling to eke out a living and still think it right to publicly deride him – and that for fun?  You can’t raise your state or status by putting others down. A man who takes delight in putting another man down is no man at all; he doesn’t know what it means to be a man.

A part of that conductor would not forget what that man did to him, he’ll go home playing that tape over and again in his mind. He might transfer the shame and whatever else you’ve made him feel to his wife, kids, and everyone else around.

He’s a man like you, a hustling man. A father, a husband, a friend . . .  If you’re any of those things, then you’ll know being a real man is one of the earth’s toughest jobs.

Copied from Ezeogu Chukwuemeka’s Facebook timeline. Follow him on twitter @smartchux.

So there you have it. Stop bringing people down with your words. Uplift their spirits. Respect their work.

Enjoy.

By @AmosCP
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