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Our Journey in Life is too short

We are all on a journey on earth. The journey takes us through several phases in life. We fall and rise at each point of our beautiful journey in life. Sometimes we get to meet lovely people who make our transition along the path of life pleasurable.

Several years ago, a beautiful young lady sat on a bus. She was travelling to see her mum in a nearby city. At the next stop, a loud and grumpy old lady came and sat by her. She squeezed into the seat and bumped her with her numerous bags.

The person sitting on the other side of the young lady got upset and asked her why she did not speak up and say something. The young lady responded with a smile: “It is not necessary to be rude or argue over something so insignificant, the journey together is so short. I will be getting off at the next stop”. This response deserves to be written in golden letters: “It is not necessary to argue over something so insignificant, our journey together is so short”

If each one of us realized that our time here on earth is so short; that to darken it with quarrels, futile arguments, not forgiving others, discontentment and a fault-finding attitude would be a waste of time and energy.

Did someone break your heart? Be calm, the journey is so short. Did someone betray, bully, cheat or humiliate you? Be calm and forgive such a one, the journey is so short. Whatever troubles anyone brings us, let us remember that our journey together is so short. No one knows the duration of this beautiful journey. No one knows when their stop will come. Our journey together is so short.

Let us cherish friends and family. Let us be respectful, kind, and forgiving to each other. Let us be filled with gratitude and gladness. Smile,  laugh, dance, play, relax, joke and stop being serious about everything, let go of anger. Failure to do so only hurts you. The other person is moving on with life while you hold grudges.

In Life, we would always come across the good, bad and ugly. In all we do, let us learn to be kind, because everyone we meet is fighting a hard battle. Some may hide theirs with a smile. Others use beautiful makeups to brighten their inner hurt.

Our heart should always be ready to forgive another, for there dwells the secret of true happiness. Leave a lovely footprint in the sand of time. Become a beautiful memory in the heart of those you come across daily. After all, our journey together is so short!

purpose

Discover your purpose and start living your dream

The purpose is that feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, that you are needed, and that you have something better ahead to work for. The purpose is what creates true happiness. J. K. Rowling got rejected 12 times before she finally wrote and published Harry Potter. Even Beyoncé had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo.

There is a popular saying about purpose: “When the purpose of something is not known, abuse becomes inevitable”. This quote is so true in every area of life. Some do struggle in life, even when they are talented or gifted in several ways.

How do I discover my purpose?

This is often the question of most individuals trying to find meaning out of life. The truth is that there are steps and guidelines to discovering your area of competence. For example, when people keep appreciating how good you are in certain specific areas, it may be a sign.

Most often, we don’t see our gifts or talents. People around us can help us point us in the direction of our purpose in life. In this case, you need to pay attention and never ignore what others are saying about you.

Another amazing way of knowing where your direction in life lies is to check inward. Take out time and do a soul-searching probe of your inner self. Your heart is the best tool to discover your true purpose and passion in life. Ask yourself some salient questions: what do I love doing for hours without getting bored? What gives me the greatest joy in life? What is my greatest passion?

The greatest successes in life usually come from having the freedom to fail. Ideas don’t come out fully formed, they only become clearer as you work on them. You just have to get started. It is never too late to start living your dream life. All it takes is to discover your true self and start working towards achieving that beautiful dream of yours.

Accept yourself

Accept yourself the way you are

Accept yourself the way you are. It’s easier said than done, but  I love what Brennan Manning said: “When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security. We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular. We no longer fear criticism because we accept the reality of our human limitations. Once integrated, we are less often plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting peace. We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves.”

The question is: Do you stand up for yourself when others discourage you? Have you given yourself the benefit of doubt in a difficult or confusing time? Is there the tendency to love yourself for who you are and not what others want you to be? Do you only cheer yourself on when you feel positive or accomplish external goals? These questions might sound odd after all, don’t we all accept ourselves as a regular part of living our daily lives?

Self-acceptance according to Merriam Webster dictionary is the act or state of understanding and recognizing one’s abilities and limitations. It is that ability to accept yourself as you are instead of how you wish you were or how you wish others perceived you. It can also mean the feeling of satisfaction with yourself despite your weaknesses and regardless of your past choices and behaviors.

Self-acceptance doesn’t mean that you accept what you are and will do nothing to change and improve. It does not mean accepting your life and fate as it is. Don’t you say to yourself that” this is what I am, I accept myself as I am? I accept my character, failings, mistakes, fate, and this how it is and I can do nothing about it. I cannot improve myself.”

Knowing yourself allows you to see what you can do to improve yourself and your life. Self-acceptance means that you see your mistakes, accept and acknowledge your present position, and then look for better ways to improve. This implies that you understand and accept your character and habits, stop comparing yourself and achievement to others, and acknowledging your skills or lack of them.

Note that acknowledging your good and bad habits and traits of character can alleviate feelings of anger, regret, dissatisfaction, bitterness, unhappiness, or resentment but it is not an excuse for staying as you are. You are you and that is something that is never going to change.

When you learn to accept yourself and work towards the best version of yourself that you can be, you set yourself up for a life that has an abundance of happiness and progress. Spend some time with yourself by engaging in enjoyable activities so that you can bond with yourself and fall in love with that person.

If you don’t love yourself you will never find the courage to dream. You will eventually lose valuable relationships and you will become dull and lifeless.

If what you are doing now is not working for you, then it is time to do things differently, to change the way you look at yourself. Time to stop the judgment and like yourself more.

Are you going through a financial crisis? Love yourself! Are you experiencing heartbreak at the moment? Love yourself!! Do you feel like giving up? Love yourself!!! Has life dealt you heavy blows and you can’t seem to get back up? Love yourself!!!! Are you separated from your spouse? Love yourself!!!  Learn to see your mistakes not as failures but as learning opportunities.

tomorrow

When Tomorrow comes

When tomorrow comes, there are countless dreams we always desire to achieve. They keep us going, even when it’s far easier to give in to discouragement. Just like yesterday, we soon emerge in the cusps of the beauty tomorrow promised.

No guarantee

Unfortunately, tomorrow is promised to no one. We are only sure of today. The best we can always do is hope for tomorrow, but as much as we look forward to it, we must enjoy every moment today offers.  I might cry tomorrow, but I may be smiling the day after. That’s enough. That’s the way life is. If I don’t lose hope – tomorrow will come.

The truth is, tomorrow will come if we don’t lose hope. Live today facing forward, with your back on yesterday, your eyes on tomorrow, and your head and heart at the moment. You may lose everything, but never you lose hope. Stay strong, you never know what tomorrow brings.

Love Life, Love yourself. Nothing is guaranteed. So many things we go through, but we always stay strong. Our paths may not be the easiest. The journey may not be the smoothest, but we must keep moving on courageously. Never looking back in fear and regret at yesterday’s pains.

He never got to see his dreams come to Light

A few days ago, I had a nostalgic memory of a very dear friend. We both attended high school together. He was the most loving soul in the entire school. He was soft spoken. Technically gifted. Intelligent and smart. He was also calm as they come.

One beautiful Monday morning, we all came to school to hear the sad news that Emoefe was gone. It was a difficult day for us all because he was much loved by all.

We never knew he was going through some medical challenges. Always smiling even in extreme difficulty, Emoefe never had the opportunity to blossom with his amazing talents. He was just 15.

Emoefe had big dreams. He once shared with me some of those lofty dreams. A very ambitious student, who had high hope of unleashing his potentials when tomorrow comes, but he left those lofty dreams untouched. Conquered by the ailment that had plagued him from birth. Emoefe was brave to death. Never showed signs of worry and anxiety.

Life sometimes can be cruel. Kept asking myself: Why do bad things sometimes happen to good people? Why do some beautiful souls have to go through some painful moments?

Unfortunately, most questions about life have answers but sometimes these answers again become questions themselves. Life is a mystery and we just need to bear the burden life brings with joy.

Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. Enjoy each moment, knowing that we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.

My top 7 inspirational quotes for success

My top 7 inspirational quotes for success

Inspirational quotes are a great way to start your day. I love reading and listening to inspirational quotes about success because it helps to build up my self-confidence.

There are quite a lot of them in my archive, but today, I’ll be sharing my top 7 inspirational quotes. Here is hoping you love them.

Mohammed Ali

Formerly known as Cassius Clay, he was one of the greatest boxers that ever lived. Enigmatic, boisterous, and always willing to share the secrets of his success.
“I run on the roads, long before I dance under the lights. I hated every minute of my training, but I said: Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion”…. Mohammed Ali

Mother Teresa

A roman catholic nun who was renowned for her philanthropic works among the poor and vulnerable.
Be happy at the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa

Maya Angelou

American poet and civil rights activist who passionately defended the rights of vulnerable women.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”… Maya Angelou

Muniba Mazari

She is known as the iron lady of Pakistan. Survived a horrific car accident that left her paralyzed. She has become an inspirational figure to millions worldwide.

You are the Hero of your own life story and heroes never give up.” Muniba Mazari

Martin Luther King Jr

American civil right activist who was very vocal in the fight against black marginalization and racism. He was part of the American Civil rights Movement.

If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”… Martin Luther King Jr

Mahatma Gandhi

An inspirational figure who transformed the life of Indian people with his selfless service and devotion to humanity.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Helen Keller

An American Author who made history as the first deaf and blind to earn a bachelor of Arts Degree. She was a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

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