Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give. – William A. Ward.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown
Every day when I go around and see the suffering of people in our world, I always wished I had lots of resources, to help the poor. I believe this is the mentality many of us have. We wish we were like the very rich. We wouldn’t just fold our hands and do nothing or do very little.
But the truth is, how much are we doing with the little we have? Kindness is an act that can be rendered, regardless of what you have or lack. Remember the song “Try a little kindness” by Glen Campbell? We don’t have to wait to be rich to be kind to others, as no one is so poor that he cannot give something to enrich another’s life everyday of his life.
What this life requires is a little act of kindness from everyone. Many of us have old clothes that we will never need, yet we store them, instead of giving them out to others less fortunate than us. There are lots of kids out there without books to read, and here we are with books used by our kids, and they don’t have need for them anymore. And instead of giving those books to others who need them, we store them in our libraries or in the attic.
If you’ve got things you no longer need, give them to others who need them. Do not keep those things until they become useless, thinking you may need them some time. Let them do good now, pass them along today. They have served your turn. Let them be evidences of your love and thoughtfulness of others. Continue reading Try A Little Kindness
Even if you have a problem, you don’t need to be one. – Helen Keller
“So long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.” – Neale Donald Walsch.
How many of us realize the truth in the words of this great writer? Probably quite a few people do. Because if we all did, then we wouldn’t find people terribly inconveniencing themselves, bearing serious hardship and suffering trying to gain the approval of other people.
Every day in life, many of us voluntarily become slaves to the thoughts and opinions of others. We scheme, and hustle to make others believe we are other than we really are. There are many of us who practically starve ourselves, mince our resources, deprive our family of basic needs just for the sake of trying to keep up appearances in our offices, schools, churches, neighbourhoods and so on.
Why strain yourself to do things you cannot afford, simply because others do them? Why let other people’s eyes and opinions make you unhappy, and discontented with what you have? Back then when I was in the university, I used to find students who spend their tuition on the latest phone, trendy clothes, and other material stuff, other than their educational needs in other to be accepted and regarded as classy or “Big guys and Babes”. Today I find people in debts that are way above their salaries, because they borrowed to buy luxuries (packaging as we Nigerians call it). Continue reading Why Voluntarily Become a Slave?
Think about this for a moment;
“No life is just the same after you have once touched it ; will you leave a ray of hope or one of despair, a flash of light or a somber cloud across some dark life each day; will you by thoughtless cruelty deepen the shadow which hangs over the life, or will you by kindness dispel it altogether? No matter how you feel or what is disturbing your peace of mind, never allow yourself to send out a discouraging, a cruel, or an unkind word or thought.” – Orison Swett Marden
According to the Bible, one day Christ asked His disciples who people thought He was, and after listening to their answers, He asked them who they themselves thought He was. And Peter answered that, He was the Son of God. I thought Christ was trying to teach His disciples and us that, whatever thought of Him affects the way we think of ourselves and see ourselves.
The thoughts you hold of yourself are powerful tools that shape who you become in life. So I ask you, what do you think about yourself? Do you think well of yourself when you think about your life? Or you are among the many others, who, when considering their lives, see themselves as weak, sick, poor; who think that their lives do not amount to very much and never will; who only see the small and negative side of themselves?
The bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” So think good of yourself. I know some of us may consider thinking good of ourselves as an egocentric, self righteous thing, but I don’t think so. I think there is no modesty in thinking low of yourself, especially, considering the fact that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. We were created and certified GOOD by God, and given the mandate to have dominion over all things.
Think good of yourself. Continue reading What Do You Think About Yourself?