Don’t Cheat Yourself!

Most of us spend an awful lot of time, pondering what fulfillment in life means. Usually, it is a bland routine we have come to endearingly hate. Our lives are spent wishing we could be living life to our fullest potential, yet we stay in draining jobs, living miserably, constantly in anticipation for the next vacation.

Still, we fiercely protect this routine. If asked to answer the call in our hearts, next month’s rent immediately becomes our primary focus. Better to give our skills for the advancement of someone else’s vision, than give any attention to our own desires and goals.

My intention is not to undermine the value of stability. Yes, shelter and food are important for survival. The question becomes; do these needs render us petrified to listen to our own callings?

It is true that not every path is the same. Perfectly content employees do exist. They create fulfilling lives for themselves in service to others. It is equally clear that success is not measured by the size of one’s staff, wealth or ego. Success is measured by the joy our lives bring for us and others.

Therefore, evaluate yourselves by asking the right questions and examining your life honestly. Are you living your purpose? If the answer is yes, then bravo! If the answer is no, you are faced with a few choices.

Steve Harvey says at a given point in one’s life, we face a cliff. That cliff signifies our talents and desires. Jump off that cliff into the unknown, or stand at the edge and forever wonder what could be. The leap guarantees one of two possibilities; fly or fall. But first we must jump.

So, overcome fear, and Step off that ledge! Follow your heart’s call. We are vessels created for the Glory of God, thus we cheat ourselves by living mediocre lives.

There will never be too much joy in the world, and everyone deserves it.

 

MAMA

Mama
When God made you, He took extra time. He put a little bit more of everything that is good. Just a little more love, a little more grace, a little more patience, a little more kindness, a little more strength, a little more courage, a little more joy, a little more beauty.
I am blessed because you have a little more to give.

Mama
Your love is compared to none other. You are God’s blessing to this world, the vessel He chose to birth his creations. Mama, know that you were chosen by the Creator to be carrier of greatness for His glory alone. Your blessings know no bounds and generations are blessed to call you mama.
I am blessed because I’ve seen His greatness in you.

Mama
I have you today and I praise the God.
To your mama, and her mama, and her mama before her, to the mamas who have gone to be with He who calls all home to Him, I am honoured because through them, you came, and through you I am. And hopefully, someday I’ll be someone’s blessing.
I am blessed through you and those who came before you.

Mama
I pray I get to be half the mother you are, not just to the ones I birth, but to the world.
I pray that when you look at me, you feel just how grateful I am that God chose you for me.
I pray that it gives you peace to know that you answered the call to motherhood and gave your children your all.
I pray that your days may be filled with joy and laughter, surrounded – always, by the ones you call your own.

Mama
You are God’s gift to me, God’s gift to humanity.
I LOVE YOU.

Choose Your Road

Ordinarily, waking up ready to conquer the world, being alive, ambitious, bold, and beautiful is effortless.

Still, there are days when blankets are havens, and the ground would feel like thorns beneath weary feet. It is for such days that Jim Rohn spoke the following words;

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Truth.

The difference between success stories and everything else is this; the great ones never adopt mediocrity. Routinely, the extra mile is how far they go.

So, on such days when life is less than remarkable, remember Jim Rohn’s words alongside these;

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Greatness Unmasked

A faint glimmer of greatness. So faint it almost isn’t there. In fact, most days the rough around it masks it’s magnificence.

This particular day, I – frustrated, toss my hoe to the side, arch my back for relief, and curse every drop of sweat on my furrowed brow. “What do I plough so hard for? Is this hustle worth it?”

You can only find what you seek if you never stop seeking. You can only get where you’re going if you never stop moving.

I remember the one for whose glory I was created to live. I choose greatness, even if all I see is a faint glimmer.

This particular day, I – encouraged, pick up my hoe, smile with purpose and wipe with pride, the sweat on my furrowed brow. “I plough because I must fully unmask my magnificence. It must shine for the glory of He who made me.”

Be Your Own Hero

Self motivation is underestimated. Too often, we rely on others to push us where we need to be, or we look on the success of others to serve as our inspiration. While this is encouraged, the bulk of our accomplishments will come as a result of our personal dedication and mental readiness to tackle the big plans our dreams lay before us.

I used to live vicariously through others. If someone was travelling the world, writing a book or releasing a new album, I would relish their accomplishments with a hint of jealousy and a deep feeling of longing,. I often ended up measuring my success to theirs. Mine never lived up!

Those moments did fuel a fire within me. I’d tell myself how I would conquer the world with the art I was created to create, I’d make mental plans and envision unmatched success.

The disappointing news is that though powerful and important, that external motivation was always short-lived. A little time would elapse and I’d be back to seeking more from those who already ‘made it’.

Someone smart once said doing the same things and expecting different results = insanity. So, I looked within myself and I realized that I’d based my personal growth on that of others. Something had to give, scratch that, something NEEDED to give!

I began to embrace my own growth no matter how slow, I began to enjoy the success of others, not just as fuel for my own fire, but as a genuine appreciation for how far God was bringing them. I started to seize my own journey, and remind myself that no one will walk my walk for me.

I cannot over state how life-changing this has been. This realization has polished not only my approach to grabbing destiny by the horns, but there’s a magical feeling of liberation that comes with it.

As much as we’d like it to be so, God did not put us on this planet to live another person’s life. We are each responsible for our own journies. You’d think this is a simple lesson, yet many – myself included, struggle with accepting this. Something needs to give!

All this to say Live Your Own Life, Be Your Own HERO.

Home

via Daily Prompt: Relocate

home of the brave;
like my mom an dad
who gave their livelihood
to buy my future
in your ‘greener’ pastures
land of the free
well that part is still a question

red white and blue
i’m glad i got to meet you

green red and yellow
lone central star
you birthed me, held me, taught me.
yet i left you for ‘greener’ lands

red white and blue
i’m glad i got to meet you

but on days as this
i miss the air that is home
the pitter-patter of my young heart
the feeling of belonging

oh red white and blue
though you treat me well
most times at least,
a piece of me is buried home
in green tropics
one star, one people
united by blood
under the generous sun