Thursday, January 12, 2012
The body needs food just as your mind needs information. Your body needs a burger while your mind needs a book. A burger fills your stomach while a book enriches your brain. A burger will give you temporary satisfaction while a book will provide you with permanent fulfillment. A burger will give you energy while a book will give you ideas.
A burger will make you deformed while a book will keep you informed. A burger will increase your weight while a book will increase your mental capacity. A burger will keep you where you are while a book will transport you to where you have never been. A burger will cost you money while a book will pay you dividends. A burger will disappear after entering your mouth while a book will remain even after feeding your brain.
A burger will take you to the toilet while a book will equip you into reaching your desired destiny. A burger may be appetizing but a book is empowering. A burger will solve your hunger problem while a book will address your physical, mental, spiritual, social and financial challenges.
As you feed your body today, don’t forget to make provision for your mind, for what you don’t feed will starve to death. A mind that is not fed will remain undeveloped and undeveloped mind will produce a shapeless miserable life.
The most powerful thing about human beings is the ability to think. But sadly, very few actually get involved in this mental exercise. The mind continues to be a rich diamond deposit that has never been mined, an overflowing oil vein that has never been drilled and a treasure chest that has never been dug out. As one man once said, “when man fell into sin, God decided as punishment to hide the keys to man’s breakthrough. He first thought about placing them on top of the highest mountain but He realised man was capable through his tenacity to find them, next it was the bottom of the ocean but again God knew man could dive down there and retrieve them. Hiding them under the ground was also ruled out because man will dig until he finds them. But after a lot of deliberations with the heavenly hosts, God decided to put everything inside the man because this was the one place he will not notice nor bother to search.”
The mind continues to overflow with ideas that have never been used, plans that have never been implemented, solutions that have never been applied, dreams that were never pursued and directions that were never followed. What you are looking for on the outside is ironically locked on your inside. You have been endowed with strength, equipped with brilliance and loaded with greatness.
Therefore in order to live positively in a world covered with the dark clouds of negativity, think and think again. Stop blaming others for your frustrations. Stop pointing an accusing finger at somebody for your failed relationships. Stop making excuses about the direction your life took. Stop living in a mud of depression, hopelessness and blunders. Think and think again.
If you don’t think, you will remain chained to your mess. If you don’t think, you will rot. If you don’t think, you will stink. If you don’t think, you will remain deformed. If you don’t think, you will drown in a salty sea of tears. If you don’t think, you will remain somebody else’s doormat. If don’t think, you will remain a tea bag that others will use to draw out what they desire. If you don’t think, you will wither in sadness. If you don’t think, you will remain unnoticed, unrecognised and uncelebrated. If you don’t think, you will remain a servant of somebody else. If you don’t think, you will continue trying to make ends meet from the bread crumbs that fall from other people’s breakfast table. Think and think again.
The world is ruled by thinkers. Bread is only enjoyed by thinkers. Dreams are realised by thinkers. Discoveries are made by thinkers. Think and think again.
Think positive thoughts and not negative ones. Think solutions and not problems. Think about the palace of your future and not the museum of your past. Think about where you want to be and not where you have been. Think about what you can, and not, what you can’t. Think about your goals and not your struggles. Think about the people you want to meet and not those who walked away from you. Think about God’s goodness and not the devil’s evil intentions. Think and think again.
Competition is essential in sports and business. Competition brings the best out of competitors. Competition opens doors of expansion and growth. Competition brings challenges and opportunities to both business and sports personalities. Competition leads to success and rewards. But ironically, competition is not ideal in the journey called life.
You can’t go through life competing with others. You can’t go through life trying to outperform others. You can’t go through life trying to match up to others. You can’t go through life trying to impress others. You can’t go through life trying to be better than others. Life is a marathon and not a short sprint.
In order to live meaningfully, stop faking the success you know you can’t afford. Stop living about your means. Stop pretending to be a top dog when you know you are still struggling down there to find a way to the top. Stop living in a place you know you can’t afford. Stop competing for recognition when you know your bank account is drying up. Stop borrowing the glamour you know you can’t repay. Stop throwing a wedding and parties that are beyond your pocket. Stop appearing flashy when your funds are getting empty. Stop trying to make an impression when nobody is paying attention. Stop the foolishness of competing before you end up becoming a fool. Stop the madness of competing before you end up in a mental institution.
Take note that overspending leads to debts. Take note that competition breeds discontentment. Take note that competition leads to disaster, divorce and depression. Take note that competition leads to gambling. Take note that competition leads to suicide. Take note that competition leads to crime. Take note that competition is one of the sources of unhappiness. Take note that competition creates problems.
Take note that contentment is a decision and not a feeling. Take note that life can be fulfilling when you live at your own pace. Take note that life can be gratifying when you built one brick at a time. Take note that life can be less stressful and healthy when you quit competing. Take note that life can be pleasurable when you focus on your dreams and desires. Take note that life can be enjoyable when you live according to your means and standards.