Monthly Archives: January 2012

LESSONS FROM NOAH


I read this piece several years back. I trust it will be a blessing to you today. YOU WILL SUCCEED!

All I really need to know I learned from Noah.

1. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark!
2. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something really big.
3. Don’t listen to critics, do what has to be done.
4. Build on high ground.
5. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs. Two heads are better than one.
6. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.
7. If you can’t fight or flee, float. (My note: If you can’t press on, hold on. If you can’t keep your head, keep your heart. By all means stay in the race!)
8. Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth. Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat.
9. When the doo-doo gets really deep, don’t sit there and complain, shove!!!
10. Stay below deck during the storm.
11. Remember that amateurs built the ark and professionals built the Titanic! (I love this one.)
12. If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.
13. Remember that the woodpeckers inside are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.
14. Don’t miss the boat.
15. No matter how bleak it looks, there’s always a rainbow on the other side.

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Want To Change The World? Change Yourself!


THE MAN WHO WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

I have not been there but it is reported that in the crypts of Westminster Abbey, in England the following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican bishop who lived in the 11th century:

“When I was young and free my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable. As I grew in my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realized: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may even have changed my world.”

If you change your world, the world will change for you. Don’t waste your life trying to change the world, change yourself! (Excerpts from the book, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR WORLD! By Yomi Olufiade)

THOUGHTS TO CHEW ON


Prayer may move mountains but praise moves the mountain-moving God! I don’t want to move mountains, I want to move God! When I move God, He’ll move my mountains for me. He is the Immovable Mover. He is an Awesome God, He is worthy to be praised! – Yomi Olufiade

DISABILITY IS “THIS-ABILITY”!


No handicap can tie you down if you have it in you to succeed. And I believe you do.

A handicap is not a bad thing. It’s a “cap-in-the-hand”. You can use it to crown your success in some field. Disability is not inability. Your disability is “this-ability!”

Helen Keller was stricken blind, deaf and dumb when she was just 19 months old. Yet she went on to learn five languages: English, German, French, Greek and Latin. She took a B. A. degree at 26 and for more than fifty years worked at the American Foundation for the Blind in New York City.

She was asked what could be worse than being blind, and she said it’s “Having sight without vision!”

Stevie Wonder is blind yet he is a world-acclaimed singer and music producer. Our own Cobhams Asuquo too.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was paraplegic yet he was US president for twelve years.

Barack Obama is black, yet he’s occupying the White House!

What’s your own handicap? Financial, educational, physical, emotional? I dare you to ignore it today and move on with your life. YOU WILL SUCCEED!

Talking of Boooks


Did I hear you say “Again?” I am so passionate about books that I just can’t stop talking of the blessings of reading them. I’ll keep talking about it. See here I share with you today what someone else has to say. She just captured my thoughts. Read it and let me know what you think. You will succeed!

“For some of us, books are important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of all the things that you don’t get in real life – wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and pay attention. An author makes you notice. Makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded.”Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

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