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Life isn’t a Competition

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Some years ago when I just left the University and was still job hunting, I used to feel very frustrated and sad about the slow pace of my life; I didn’t have a job yet, I was still living with my parents and I was far away from most of my goals. This feeling always becomes worse when I meet an old school mate or someone I knew back then who is doing better than me.

As I grew closer to God and devoted my life to reading more, I realized that there isn’t any need to compare my lie with others, as most times it leads to anger, envy or depression which will inhibit our own growth. I also discover that in life we must not all begin our journey at the same time and it is irrelevant if others have left you behind as long as you are focused on where you are going.

Are you going through this phase in your life? Are you constantly measuring your success with that of others? Or is someone close to you always comparing you with other people and making you feel like you are not doing much in your life. My friend if that is the case with you, I want you to remember these words from the scripture spoken by the wisest man that ever lived; “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skilful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. But time and chance happened to them all.” Continue reading Life isn’t a Competition

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Keep That Resolution

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In his book, “The 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History”, Bud Greenspan shared the following true story; On an October evening in 1968, a group of die-hard spectators remained in the Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium to see the last finishers of the Olympic Marathon.

More than an hour before, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia had won the race to the exuberant cheers of onlookers. But as the crowd watched and waited for the last participants, it was getting cool and dark. It looked as if the last runners were finished, so the remaining spectators were breaking up and leaving when they heard the sounds of sirens and police whistles coming from the marathon gate into the stadium.

And as everyone watched, one last runner made his way into the track for the last lap of the forty kilometre race. It was John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania. As he ran the 400-metre circuit, people could see that his leg was bandaged and bleeding. He had fallen and injured it during the race, but it hadn’t let it stop him. The people in the stadium rose and applauded until he reached the finish line.

As he hobbled away, he was asked why he had not quit, injured as he was and having no chance of winning a medal. He answered, “My country did not send me to Mexico City to start the race. They sent me to finish the race.” Continue reading Keep That Resolution

Move And You Will Have Your Place

The driver right in front of me is making a mistake
He’s stopping on the entrace ramp, waiting for his break
The more he hits his break, the bigger break he’s going to need
When a little break is plenty if he’d just been up to speed

So I say move and you’ll have your place
Don’t sit waiting on the human race
Just go, you got your chance
You can’t be timid in the four-lane dance

Oh and now he’s got it parked there and he’s looking back behind
Pleading out the window, hoping someone might be kind enough
To stop and wait and hold the traffic flow
And still he’s not quite confident there’s room for him to go

So I say move and you’ll have your place
Don’t sit waiting on the human race
Just go, you got your chance
You can’t be timid in the four-lane dance

The freeway’s just a lesson in the way you drive your dream
If you think you’ll never make it, well than that’s the way it seems
But if you thought that it’d be easy, well then easy it would be
Why just a foot between the bumpers has been room enough for me

So I say move and you’ll have your place
Don’t sit waiting on the human race
Just go, you got your chance
You can’t be timid in the four-lane dance

-David Wilcox – Four Lane Dance