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Life lessons

No Man is an Island

Authentic Support System So the day finally came. September 20, 2020. We didn't know this would be the date but we knew that someday soon my sister and her family would leave for their home country. It would be great for them, but we knew we would miss them a lot. It's a blessing when cousins are like siblings and their home becomes your second home. To have someone in the other family who makes my little Micah act like a responsible adult, and another who makes Anna feel she has not just a sister, but a twin - you have to be grateful. I've come to realize that with what I describe...

Pencil Tip

MY CUTIE HURT HERSELF On September 10, 2020, Anna unintentionally drove a pencil tip into her finger. She was using a mechanical pencil and had pushed out too much lead. The incident happened when she tried to push the excess back into the holder. I tried to remove it but only succeeded in taking out a tiny portion. I could feel the hard piece but it was lodged in a way that the tweezers couldn't reach it. We flushed with water, treated with methylated spirit, and took a break. It hurt every time she put pressure on it, especially when she tried to write. My husband talked about the possibility of an incision at...

Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but these days it seems we all want to do just that or better - how about building it in a minute? Like Mister Maker. Ambition is good but every now and then, I see the need to calm down, assess the situation and push some things out into the future. Guess what!!! There’s something called TOMORROW 💃💃🕺🏼🕺🏼and you probably will still be here then. So why kill yourself prematurely by trying to get too many things done TODAY? Notice I said ‘too many’. MANY is fine but TOO MANY isn’t. And our bodies and other indicators signal us when we’re getting to TOO MANY. A good indicator for...

Co-Pilot

He almost got us killed… but a lesson from my dad saved the day. Here’s the story. I remember my father for many reasons but today I’ll speak of only one. He taught me a valuable lesson that has saved my life on more than one occasion. He said, ‘whenever you sit beside the driver of a vehicle, you must assume the responsibility of a co-pilot’. He said there are hazards along the way that drivers may miss and as co-pilot, you have to timely and calmly bring it to their notice. So, even if every other passenger goes to sleep, you must not. I took that to heart and even on road journeys...

Change

Things change - the weather, legislation, the economy, oil price, your body’s metabolism, and so on. Change is a constant in life, so expect it and prepare for it. A mentor of mine often said ‘Hope for the best but prepare for the worst’. This way if things don’t turn out the way you want, you already have a solid fallback plan. Sometimes we find that we react to the changes we experience but we could do better by becoming proactive about life as a whole. A little more foresight will go a long way. Take some time to look ahead and take action today to make tomorrow more like you desire. It’s...

Ignorance

It's said that ignorance is bliss. I'll add five words to that. Ignorance is bliss until the bomb goes off. In your health In your finances In your relationships and every aspect of your life Take the time to find out all you need to know. Be informed. With the right information you will be empowered to make the right decision and to take necessary action to get rid of the bomb altogether. According to Nicholas Ling, 'Ignorance is voluntary misfortune'. Think about this. Do not entertain or accommodate ignorance....

Why Cry?

This seemed like a heartfelt cry and I wondered. I couldn’t make out what the problem was so I asked. Why are you crying?  No response. What’s wrong? No response. Did you fall down? 'No Mummy'… she replied through the tears that streamed down her face. So why are you crying? And she cried even more. Patience… good enough, this virtue wasn’t far at that time so I waited for her to calm down. Then I asked again, and through the interruption of heaves and sniffs, she told me what the problem was. She had so much homework to do and she was already so tired, she feared she wouldn’t finish on time...

No Other God – 2

He’s the only God I know who died to save the people He created in His image and likeness. NO OTHER GOD! He gave His life in faith that we would recognize that there is no greater love than this and return to Him. Yes, return. Mankind had fellowship with this God before the devil deceived the original prototype - Adam - into disobeying God and thus being separated from God, and becoming a slave to sin and the devil, and condemned to eternal death. This is the FALL - the result being that anyone born as ‘mankind’ is automatically a condemned sinner because the prototype had been corrupted. The curse only made it...