Purpose To See

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3 things that are essential in life: something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to look at. Contentment is the fuel of a righteous progress. Hope is a reward for commitment, and commitment is the journey of consistency. Purpose to see, feel, hear and enjoy the despair and the beauty of your world along your way. Instruct your speech and guide your lips with kindness. Be keen to understand, quick to learn, able to remember; Be delicate to interpret and ready to speak.

— [Kabue Charles (McKabue)]

Hungry And Angry

So, I went home, hungry as hell;

I started to prepare to cook;

I prepared… I prepared… then I put it on fire;

I waited… I waited… I waited… then I checked;

I waited again… and waited, and waited, then I checked again;

The stupid seeds are still as hard as beginning!

I put it down, washed some rice and put it on fire;

I waited… I waited… I waited… then rice was ready;

Then I listened to my stomach;

I added water to the seeds, and put it back on fire;

I waited… I waited, then I checked;

I extinguished the fire and went so sleep, hungry and angry;

Love is the desire to do good for others

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If anything matters, then everything matters

How you do one thing, is How you do everything

Two Monks and a Woman

Source: Two Monks and a Woman – a Zen Lesson | KindSpring.org

A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.

Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his 
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The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”

This simple Zen story has a beautiful message about living in the present moment. How often do we carry around past hurts, holding onto resentments when the only person we are really hurting is ourselves.

We all go through times in life when other people say things or behave in a way that is hurtful towards us. We can chose to ruminate over past actions or events, but it will ultimately weigh us down and sap our energy.

Instead we can choose to let go of what doesn’t serve us anymore and concentrate on the present moment. Until we can find a level of peace and happiness in the present circumstances of our lives, we will never be content, because ‘now’ is all we will ever have.

His Own Heart was Lecherous

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Source: His Own Heart was Lecherous | Bible.org

One of the most powerful stories I have ever heard on the nature of the human heart is told by Malcolm Muggeridge. Working as a journalist in India, he left his residence one evening to go to a nearby river for a swim. As he entered the water, across the river he saw an Indian woman from the nearby village who had come to have her bath. Muggeridge impulsively felt the allurement of the moment, and temptation stormed into his mind. He had lived with this kind of struggle for years but had somehow fought it off in honor of his commitment to his wife, Kitty. On this occasion, however, he wondered if he could cross the line of marital fidelity. He struggled just for a moment and then swam furiously toward the woman, literally trying to outdistance his conscience. His mind fed him the fantasy that stolen waters would be sweet, and he swam the harder for it. Now he was just two or three feet away from her, and as he emerged from the water, any emotion that may have gripped him paled into insignificance when compared with the devastation that shattered him as he looked at her.

“She was old and hideous…and her skin was wrinkled and, worst of all, she was a leper….This creature grinned at me, showing a toothless mask.” The experience left Muggeridge trembling and muttering under his breath, “What a dirty lecherous woman!” But then the rude shock of it dawned upon him—it was not the woman who was lecherous; it was his own heart.

Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God, (Word Publ, Dallas: 1994), pp. 136-137

Knock Knock

It’s ironic how we work so hard, yet we can’t afford a smile;

It’s funny how we struggle to impress, yet we don’t care;

It’s weird how we have expensive watches, and no time;

Today I choose to smile at any attempt at humor;

I will simulate a moment in future when am sure I will be happy;

Today I will try to listen keenly and nod my head even if don’t want to;

Uprightness

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Do what think is right, not what you feel is right;

Say what you mean, and mean what you say;

If you start alone, be sure to finish alone;

Incline more to be nonchalant, and less meddlesome;

Be candid, reflective, conscious, and visionary;

Hope for the best, but expect the worst;

Remember, to be is to be perceived;

Love yourself, be unselfish, and promote cohesiveness;

The Greatest Loss in Life…

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Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is when life dies inside you while you live…

You Are The Man

Life is like a game of chess, know what is helpful, recognize what is important, defend your strength, and guard your weakness. With patience and endurance, the smallest, weakest and the least expected flint of hope can give raise to the most powerful force. But most importantly, never give up!!! Never give up… Hope for the best, if the worst comes along, receive it with gratitude and take comfort in the lesson. Learn fast and move on. Make better moves. Think smarter. And act smart and swiftly. You have value. You’re the man! You’re a champ. You’re the man… You are old enough. You are smart enough. You are strong enough. You are wise enough. You’re the man!!! You’re the man…!!! Sail your life exactly where you want to go.

Inspired by the movie, Queen Of Katwe (2016)

The fool did not know it was impossible so he did it…