Friday, December 6, 2013

Lessons from Mandela (RIP Madiba)

• Position is not always power.
• Time is always ripe to do right.
• Words are powerful igniters of hope.
• Jail encloses the body but not the mind.
• Strength can be achieved through humility.
• Forgiveness can be lived out not only said out.
• Everyone wants association with something great.
• One can lead from the back and put others in front.
• A single person can bring the whole world together.
• Life is short but a lot can be achieved with little time.
• People remember someone who touches their lives.
• Magic is inside us all, it just needs an igniter. #Madiba magic.
• Resentment kills the person who has it rather the person it is directed at.
• Power can be handed down even though inherently deserved for longer.
• Fighting for justice and peace can be achieved using nonviolent strategies.
• If you believe in something strong enough, you will stand for it with your life.
• A leader never shows fear. Courage is not absence of fear but triumph over fear.
• No one is born with hate, it is learnt. Love can be taught, but comes more naturally.
• Legendary status happens over time and includes a bit of pain and tears in the process.
• The blood may boil with anger but the brain remains the best option for thinking and deciding.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Teach me patience Oh Lord

I have often rushed to my own downfall. Pushed for results which were not ready for release. Rammed into doors that were not meant to be opened. Manipulated and forced volatile and fragile situations. Implemented decisions haphazardly without due care. Often, in a ‘spur of the moment’ of emotion or anger. Simply because I was not patient enough to wait. I failed to make the impact that I should have made. Got half baked results when I should have excelled. Became someone trying when I should have made it. Hurt and disappointed my loved ones in the process. Simply because I did not wait for the right moment. I just thought that I did not have time to wait longer. Whether my lack of time was real or mind perceived. How much I have regretted to know that God had plans. Bigger, better plans for me than I pushed for on my own. Only if I had waited for God to show himself in His time. When I seemed to languish in short seasons of waiting, which seemed like eternity for me and my impatience. I would have obtained a lifetime of joy for my patience. Teach me patience, Oh Lord so I may rejoice in time. Patience that I may have love, for love is patient. Patience that overcomes anxiety but gives peace. Peace, in the midst of waiting for you Oh Lord. Teach me patience that I may bless you always.

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