“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -ARISTOTLE
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” -ARISTOTLE
KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN LIFE
As the year comes to an end, and people wonder where the year went to,
don’t get caught up in the mindless musings, wondering where the time went.
You know exactly where the time went, you know exactly what you were doing,
what you were saying, what you were thinking. You know. We all know.
The year might not have been the most productive for some,
for others, this was the most productive year of their life.
For some people, too many deaths in the family, disappointments,
too many dreams deferred, hearts broken. For some people, they
found true love, got engaged, and finally got pregnant. In some cases,
another failed fertility process.
No matter what side of the spectrum you find yourself today,
don’t let tomorrow set on broken dreams, sad feelings and no vision.
Don’t let the year-end without a game plan. Make a wish, anything,
dare to think that what you desire might actually come true. Dream
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OH BOY COULD MONDAY BE ANY LESS PAINFUL
I woke up this morning, after a long 4 days off, thinking I should have had one more day off. I obviously had only slept 3 hours the whole night, so I was sleep deprived, and cranky, very cranky. My alarm blasted off at 0430 am, and I thought, who on earth set that alarm! Me of course. I work almost an hour’s drive from home, and ideally I should be at work by 0530am. An unholy hour to be awake at all if you ask me, but not to early to be saving lives. Of course I hardly make it by 5:30, but when I can, it is dark, and I can’t help thinking, most mortals are still asleep. I usually smile as I drive to work though, and during my drive, I meditate and I feel like I have God all to myself. Funny, cause I am usually cranky when that alarm goes off. The busy bee
This morning was even harder. Trying to work a regular job by day, and then apply myself to my passions and my own businesses after hours is a magic trick I marvel at, one which means no sleep as I know it. Puffy eyes here I come, sleep-walker now my name. This is something I am sure a lot of people know as well, people, who believe in a dream, who hold on to the hope that someday, their sweat will be all they need to maintain the standard of living they have become used to over the years, and even more
As I slapped my snooze button over and over, I started my mantra,
“At least I have a job, at least I have a good job, wake up wake up wake up”.
I drove to work, and the only thing that kept me perked up was the vision of the many things I will be accomplishing in the near future; that world where I am a published writer, an actress, a playwright, an employer, a Philanthropist, the world where my book is a movie, Oscar winners, hahaha, yep, all the good things.
Then I arrive at work. Still dark. Time to help save lives. Coffee time, stock up, it’s 6am. New mantra on my lips, “I love my job, I love my job I love my job”
And then when you least expect it, you really love your job, for out of the blue, you get a card from the Assistant Manager with your name on it, it’s not your birthday, you don’t remember anything special happening, you’re not exactly special, but for that moment, or one day, you were special enough to be remembered. I do love my job, and until dreams keep coming true, this made my Monday, December 1st, worthwhile
Today in the United States of America, it is Thanksgiving day. All around, turkey has been cooked in all its forms and variations, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, candied yams, green-beans casserole spread out, some corn bread if you are from the south, sweet potato pies and all kinds of stuff. If you are me, you are wishing for the taste of fried turkey, but hey, Thanksgiving is not a tradition I grew up on, I have adopted it in this adopted nation of mine, and I love the idea of giving thanks.
I am in favor of every opportunity to give thanks, to be thankful. It helps dispel or create a distance between the things we don’t have or wish we could change, and a reason to be grateful for what we do have.
Today I am grateful and thankful for LIFE. My life, is a gift: to me, my family, and my community of colleagues and friends.
I am grateful for God in my life, I believe that the things I have been through would have killed me, my soul, and my spirit, had I not had the knowledge of Him, and the relationship which through faith, I continue to believe and thrive, that He watches over me, and protects me.
I am grateful for the family I have been given. My husband, my children, my parents, and my siblings. These are true riches, and I am not unaware just how truly blessed and privileged I am to know and count each and every one alive. I do not take it for granted, for we are here today and gone tomorrow, so for today I am grateful to still have all alive. I am grateful for my extended family, cousins, and may I say I have the best in-laws in the world. For the year 2014 I know that I could not have auditioned a better pick for the most beautiful souls to adopt me as their child and sibling.
I thank God for my friends, my true friends who have dual titles as both blood relatives and non-blood relationships. Some of them friends from long, never forgotten and some I communicate daily. They are my heart friends, they know who they are for they are reading this blog now as they keep up with me no matter where they are or out of touch. Thank you for thinking of me, and praying for me.
As far as life worth living goes, I don’t have the best life, neither do I have the worst life. We have all been through stuff we think we won’t wish on someone else, and we have also been blessed with incredible favor when it comes to other things. Life is the balance. I am grateful for the balance, the middle ground. I can neither boast of an enviable life, neither can I criticize the one I have. It is my perfect balance. This Thanksgiving, I wish you the best, think of your perfect balance, be grateful for the middle ground.
My small library grows daily, and daily I hope and pray one day it will occupy the books I have written. In the mean time, I savor authors and amazing works of art, literature, penned by some of the most gifted minds. Everyone has a teacher in them, so as I learn and teach and learn, I research and spread my mental horizons. Ten Day MBA I am not there yet, still lost in the clouds of the motivational. The Dream Giver
DEAR DIARY, IT’S NOVEMBER 1ST 2014
“FAILING TO PREPARE IS PREPARING TO FAIL…”
I used to hear this from Dr Dawkins Derrol, senior Pastor and Pediatrician, Birmingham AL. At the time I was just a student in nursing school, working as a Medical Assistant in his Pediatric practice. I wondered, what did that mean? It wasn’t a stretch of the imagination really, it was simple. Dr Dawkins simply meant, you ought to plan what you want to do, and plan how you will execute it.
For me today, I see that so relevant in everything I do. I have seen how things turn out when I plan, and the outcome when I don’t plan. Now, not everything in life can be written down to the last detail, some things are best spontaneous. However, when it comes to important stuff, like the trajectory of your life, a plan better be in place.
The first day of November, 2014, makes me realize, I have exactly 2 months till the end of this year. So, I am taking stock of what my life has been so far, is there something I can wrap up? Next, start planning for next year. When the new year starts, I should already have an idea what I want my life to look like. Deciding to plan in January, is preparing to be a day late. I want January to start with me already running.
Today I spent time in Barnes & Noble bookstore, looking around for inspiration. The first book I saw walking in is one I have been wanting to read, The Alchemist, wow. Then I looked for the book one of my Coaches and Mentors said I should get, The Ten Day MBA, my eyes fell on Joel Osteen’s book, but I couldn’t possibly get all these in one day. The adrenaline though started to fill my blood, I wanted to remain in the bookstore.
I got a couple of journals, my The Alchemist, pens and paper. Tonight, I will plan the rest of my year and the beginning of a new one.
What about you? What are you planning for next week, next month, next year? Need paper, pen? Then get it, start thinking, all the best to you and me, may our dreams come true.
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ARE YOU A MISTAKE?
The intricacies of the workings of the human body are a marvel to behold.
In my little space in my thoughts, I see in my mind’s eye all the beauty
and complexity of the world my eyes captured all day. It dawns on me, these
are not mistakes, these are carefully created organisms, perfect human beings
in their imperfection. It is clear to me, that God does not make mistakes. So while
we wallow in doubt, self-pity, fear and terror, shouldn’t we wonder, if the Creator
makes everything on purpose, and no one is a mistake, why will He start with me?
This human being who was made out of intention will intentionally desire and create
the world meant for them. Today
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How often do you think about why you exist? Too complicated a thought or too simplistic a view? Truth is, whether we think about it consciously or unconsciously, we are in one way or another striving to make sense of our existence. It is hard to experience total peace until we feel a sense of oneness and purpose, familiarity with our core. For everyone, that peace and sense of center is different, no two are the same.
Find your core, the inner essence from which our greatest strength comes, and then use it to fuel this great journey called life.
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EMPOWER YOUR MIND AND THAT OF YOUR CHILD
What have you planned for your family lately? On October 25th 2014, join me and more power house Speakers including but not limited to Dr Nicoline Ambe – our Keynote Speaker and Child Education specialist, Mr Darius Allen – millionaire/entrepreneur, Dr Dubi Sendze and other surprises, as we bring you a holistic approach to raising high achievers! Our children matter, the brothers, nieces, cousins in our care deserve the best. Bring them and yourselves for a few hours only, and empower your minds
Again, need I say more? Your child from the time they are born to university bound, needs all the help to deal with school, high performance in education, strategies for staying focused, direct help and counseling, dealing with peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem issues, training on making good decisions, planning for future careers. We will have a special guest speaker, young adult, sharing his real life experience on the perils of following the wrong crowd and how to bounce back. There is something for parents and children from 5 years old to high school. Come, take advantage, only $20 per person for a valuable experience worth more than that! Bring everyone, space limited. Register today!!!
MAH MEKOLLE- (Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Poet, Writer)
TOPIC: ARE HUMAN BEINGS POLYGAMOUS AT HEART BUT PRACTICE MONOGAMY? OR INTRINSICALLY MONOGAMOUS BUT PRACTICE POLYGAMY
I was recently challenged with this topic from one of my readers, and I urge you all to continue to send me topics for us to discuss and think about. Like my last food for thought which dealt with the human nature and question “Are human beings inherrently good with the potential to turn evil, or are we evil with elements of good”. That was a very successful Food for Thought
Today’s topic deals with human sexuality, emotions, relationships, commitment. I was asked if I believe human beings are fundamentally polygamous but yet practice monogamy? I don’t know, im curious about what you all think, will include your responses in my next post.
Personally, I see that dating back in history and even Bible times, and even other religions, through centruries, polygamy has seemed more prominent or not such a shock factor as it seems today. Why is that? Was it for economic reasons that men, kings will have harems, multiple wives, farmers with compounds and different wives in each one. Today, we see a lot of men in modern relationships still showing the need to want to experience more than one partner at the same time. I am not leaving the women out either, women have been known to have multiple partners, maybe not as open. However in some African cultures, polyandry is common. So, does Cupid’s bow strike that many times easily?
I wonder, how come we have a visceral negative almost paralyzing reaction to know that the object of our affections might want more than just us, but yet, at the same time, it seems history shows through generations that human beings are more prone to multiple partners at the same time than not? Paradox, life, or what? Does
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