Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016-17 - How to improve your vision

Did you know that the English word 'thanks' comes from the same root word as 'think'?
And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. One woman illustrated how thinking and thanking are related in a visit to the eye doctor.

She complained to her ophthalmologist that, as she grew older, her eyesight was getting worse. He examined her eyes and could not be encouraging about the future of her eyesight. But to his surprise, she did not seem to be upset.

She told him all she was grateful for her deceased husband; her children and their families; her friends; the many years she has enjoyed upon this earth; her vast library of memories. She had done a great deal of thinking about these things.

'My eyesight is getting worse,' she summarized, 'but I'm not going to fret over that.'

Her doctor later made this observation: 'Her eyesight is poor, but her vision is better than most people.' She clearly saw what many never see - all the good in her life. And she was content.

When we take time to think, and make time to thank, we see more clearly. It sounds like an good way to improve your vision.

~ Steve Goodier

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2016-16 - Skill…

After winning several archery contests, a young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot.

'There,' he said to the old man, 'see if you can match that!'

Undisturbed, the master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about the old fellow's intentions, the champion followed him high into the mountain until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log.

Calmly stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and certainly perilous bridge, the old master picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit. 'Now it is your turn,' he said as he gracefully stepped back onto safe ground.

Staring with terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot at a target. 'You have much skill with your bow,' the master said, sensing his challenger's predicament, 'but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot.'

~ Author Unknown


“All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct 
result of his own thoughts.”

~ James Allen

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016-15 - Have Someone To Hold Your Hands

Sitting on a beach one summer day, watching two children, a boy and a girl, playing in the sand. They were hard at work building an elaborate sandcastle by the water’s edge, with gates and towers and moats and internal passages.

Just when they had nearly finished their project, a big wave came along and knocked it down, reducing it to a heap of wet sand. I expected the children to burst into tears, devastated by what had happened to all their hard work. But they surprised me. Instead, they ran up the shore away from the water, laughing and holding hands, and sat down to build another castle. I realized that they had taught me an important lesson.

All the things in our lives, all the complicated structures we spent so much time and energy creating, are built on sand. Only our relationships to other people endure.

Sooner or later, the wave will come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build. When that happens, only the person who has somebody’s hand to hold will be able to laugh…

Make sure you have someone to hold your hands.

~ Author Unknown


“Life everlasting in a state of happiness is the greatest desire of all men.”

~ Joseph Rutherford


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2016-14 - Your Time Will Come

Kenya is two hours ahead of Nigeria. It does not mean that Nigeria is slow, and Kenya is faster. Both countries work based on their own "time zone."

Someone got married and 'waited' ten years to have a child, and there is another who had a baby within a year of a late marriage.

Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a job; and there is another who graduated at the age of 27 and secured employment immediately.

Someone became a CEO at the age of 25 and died at the age of 50 while another became a CEO at the age of 50 and lived upto 90 years.

Everyone worked according to their 'time zone'...
Colleagues, friends, associates, younger one(s) might "seem" to go ahead of you. Don't envy them, it's their 'time zone.' Yours is coming soon. Hold on, be strong, and stay true to yourself. All things will work together for your good. You’re not late… you’re on time!

~ Author Unknown


“You can have it all. Just not all at once.”

~ Oprah Winfrey