Don’t Forget To Smile

A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.

Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.

When the mother’s car drove up beside the child she lowered the window and called to her.

“What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?”

The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty, God keeps taking my picture.”

May God bless you today as you face the storms that come your way.

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Wisdom In Stories

History has some very unique qualities about it. History is a record of what has happened in the past, and the really fascinating thing is that much of history has been repeated time and again. It allows us to learn from the past, both the mistakes made and the successes achieved.

Benefits of History
One of the benefits of history is reading how other people both famous and totally unknown have overcome tremendous challenges in their life. These challenges, although particular to a person, or to a certain time in the past, or occurring in a different country or culture all convey wisdom in their short stories of perseverance.

Thomas Edison
Take for example the story of Thomas Edison and how many failures he encountered while on the road to finally inventing the modern day light bulb. He could be held out as an example of a person who never gave up. I am sure he was discouraged by his many failures but he did not let those failures stop him. He had a dream and he just kept trying different things until he did reach success.

Abraham Lincoln
Or, consider the story of Abraham Lincoln who managed to become President of the United States even though he suffered many setbacks and personal losses. Most of us only realize the success of Mr. Lincoln becoming President. Few of us knew about the many challenges he had to overcome. His life was not an easy one. His story is one that motivates us to keep moving forward no matter what obstacles we have in life.

True Life Stories
Stories, whether short or long, recount trials, tribulations, failures, and self doubt.
And, true stories that will give you pause to reconsider quitting, or food for thought about going after your dreams even though you may not think you have the background, courage or tenacity to get what you have always desired.

Short stories can be full of wisdom gained through true-life experience and not some fictional story that you might read. They could inspire you to be all that you can be.

Why Are Stories So Powerful?
Is it only because they are written so well, or that they tell about some unique venture or culturally shocking transposition?
Stories are more powerful because they are memorable in that they stick in your mind.
“Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It’s a collective process.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A story is much more memorable than seeing a motivational speaker, unless of course if the person is telling their own true story. It is much more memorable than reading a book of theory or a book of how to. And, when you succeed, notice I did not say “if”, it is important for you to recount the details of your success , what you had to achieve, what you had to overcome, your tenacity, and whether you received help from others or had to go it alone.

Share Your Story
Just the fact that you write about your success and publish it in a book or on the web, may just be the inspiration someone needed to move forward in his or her own life.

Your story may be the message the person has heard many times before but hearing your story shares the message in a way that the person can relate to.

So share your story, not just the success but the challenges, the failures. Be the motivation to someone else. Make a difference in someone else’s life by sharing.

Video: Joyce’s Thoughts On Tattoos

Popular preacher and author, Joyce Meyer recently got into the mix of trending topics after she released a video where she made a strong case for tattoos explaining why tattoos aren’t a sin and why religious people often take the scripture out of context to suit their narrative.

Midway through the sermon, she also made a slight joke of wanting to get a tattoo in order to“push religious people off the cliff” a.k.a. shake tables.

Joyce Meyer’s argument in the video was based in the premise that God has tattoos – as seen in Isaiah 49 and that the new testament has given us much more “freedom to do”, and doesn’t restrain us with fruitless laws and list of commandments especially when approached with a right motive.

What do you guys think about Joyce Meyer’s view on Tattoos…

Culled from Y!naija

Repost: Ekiti State Governorship Aspirant, Olatunji Olowo, Says “He’s Optimistic Of Picking The All Progressives Congress Ticket” (APC)

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The road to victory begins…

Olowo who said irrespective of the names being bandied around, mostly around, he stands a better chance of leading the party to victory in the state.

In spite of your robust professional background, why do you choose to go into the murky waters of politics?

I don’t think it is proper to refer to politics as having any murky waters. From time immemorial, politics has been the wireless of human existence. The political room is the room wherein every important decision that affects the wellbeing of any society is taken. Be that as it may, I believe it is only proper, particularly at this point in time, for me to bring to bear, my professional acumen as a professional accountant, industrial relations expert, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, and a veritable legal practitioner, in joining hands together with other well-meaning Ekiti indigenes to properly reposition Ekiti State in a manner in which governance would positively impact on the citizenry.

What is your vision for Ekiti?

To restore Ekiti State to her dignified status of the fountain of knowledge wherein the citizenry, both the youths and the elderly, will collectively, honestly, humbly and decorously are partakers in the governance of the state, towards the ultimate development and advancement of the state.

What is your verdict on the Ayo Fayose-led administration?

A kleptomaniac regime, perpetually covering up its failure to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people by merely sloganeering and reducing governance to roadside shows, all in the name of playing opposition to the government at the centre, the out-going governor has thrown all decorum to the winds in a manner antithetical to the highly cultured norm of an average Ekiti man or woman.

How do you intend to make a difference from the status quo?

While identifying with the people, governance will not be trivialised. The wellbeing of the citizenry would be duly prioritised. Our major focus would be on revitalising agriculture in the most modern form; to address employment requirements of the people. In the course of providing the vital needed infrastructure, pains would not be unnecessarily inflicted on the people unlike what the outgoing governor is doing in his fake urbanisation project in which peoples’ ancestral homes and antiquities are destroyed without recourse to decency. We will not build flyovers where there are no rivers and or traffic jam. We will not for any moment, play to the gallery or placate the people for any primordial undertone.

There are about 34 aspirants on the platform of your party. Do you think you stand a chance of securing the party’s ticket when personalities like Segun Oni, Kayode Fayemi and Babafemi Ojudu who are within the corridors of power are involved?

I stand a better chance. It would be naïve for anyone to think that Ekiti 2018 gubernatorial race, particularly in the APC, would be about a name that had all the while been in the public domain. The big question about those names you mentioned is: when they had the opportunity or in the political positions they have held and still holding, what lasting impact have they made? I am sure the people do not wish to be taken for a bigger ride once again. Ekiti people are desirous of a fresh pragmatic leadership that would truthfully lead the people through the tick and thins of the political equilibrium and not a pretender-to-the-throne who would thereafter play the lord over them.

What leverage do you have over the other aspirants?

My major leverage is that I am a home-grown-boy who understands and radiates the true Ekiti values, dispositions and valour. I do not fall into the category of some of the aspirants; including some of the big names you alluded to who could not communicate with homogenous Ekiti society in the native slangs. While some of the aspirants are banking on their deep pockets, I am resolute on the deepening strata and the efficacy of the programmes being packaged to take Ekiti to an Eldorado of governance, basically focused on service delivery to the people as opposed to personal aggrandizement and illicit acquisition. The delegates in the forthcoming party primaries, I believe, would look out for the candidate with a lasting socio-political, infrastructural development gains as opposed to immediate cash and or stomach infrastructure, with which the outgoing guy hoodwinked them in the recent past.

The agitation by the Southern Senatorial District where you come from for power shift, according to some persons, is not in the constitution of the APC. What is your view on that?

While I am not basically predicating my candidature on the agitation for southern agenda, I only think the agitation is genuine whether it is in the APC constitution or not. It is just like the gentleman rotational agreement for the presidency between the northern and southern part of Nigeria. For there to be peace, egalitarianism and justice must be put at the front burner. Without leverage on the southern agenda agitation, I strongly believe that I stand a chance to beat the other aspirants. Even the southern agenda agitation has its own limitation: there are ample numbers of aspirants from the south senatorial district which make it more herculean for aspirants from the zone.

Are you mindful of the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is equally likely to pick its governorship candidate from the same southern senatorial district?

Of course, yes! That is not a big challenge. The sitting deputy governor that the out-going governor is rooting for is far too low to be my match even in Ikere Ekiti where we both come from.

There are noticeable divisions within your party. What is your view about this?

Maybe I am not well informed. I am not aware of noticeable divisions in the ranks of top players of APC.

Background checks indicate that you have a cosy relationship with the current governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai. There are also insinuations that you are riding on his back. What is your take on this?

Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, since 18 years ago, when our path crossed in the Bureau of Public Enterprises, has been my boss, my friend and my brother. Since he is not from Ekiti State, your assertion about my riding on his back remains suspect. Be that as it may, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai remains an altruistic leader any pragmatic minded Nigerian would cherish. Apart from Mallam el-Rufai, I have, in the course of my law practice, had close-knitted interactions with some top members of our great party. They all appreciate and remain supportive of my courage to dabble into the political arena.

Culled from the Sun newspaper

I Dreamt I Had An Interview With God

“So, you would like to interview me?” GOD asked.

“If you have time,” I said.

GOD smile. “My time is eternity… what questions do you have in mind for me?”

“What surprises you the most about humankind?”

GOD answered…

“That they get bored with childhood, that they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.”

“That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health.”

“That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.”

“That they live as if they would never die, and die as though they had never lived.”

GOD’s hand took mine… and we were silent for a while.

And then I asked, “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”

GOD replied, “To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.”

“To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.”

“To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.”

“To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.”

“To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.”

“To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings.”

“To learn that two people can look at the same thing, and see it differently.”

“To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”

“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly.

“Is there anything else you would like your children to know?”

GOD smiled, and said… “Just know that I am here. Always.”