January 18, 2020

MILESTONE

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So you suddenly realise soon as you slow yourself down enough to see everyone else in a blur rushing past you so fast they fail to notice the pieces if their broken dreams as they’re scattered to the wind like a hand full of diamonds being carelessly discarded bouncing off now hopelessly lost forever. What ever happened to the potential they once had to visualise and create the future that once defined the sparkle in their eyes? I wonder. The drive is now gone; suddenly the dream, that fuelled that energy in the beginning, is now nothing more than a distant memory an oasis in the desert that turned out to be a mirage.

 

I Turned 50 years old on Jan 13th, 2015, and as my wife and kids filed into our bedroom bearing cards and presents, I allowed myself to contemplate for a minute these four things (1) the significance of this milestone, (2) measure my achievements, (3) reset my goals for the year and (4) give thanks for the blessings.

 

The significance of the milestone

I was always fortunate as a child growing up to have been surrounded by books, my dad really wasn’t the sort of person that bought specific children’s books, he just bought the books he liked to read and sometimes there were amongst them story books too like Gulliver’s travels and Peter Pan, etc. However, the house was mainly filled with scientific books, encyclopaedias and readers digest.

 

It must have been this early in my life that I made my resolve write a book. In 2006 I contacted the publisher that eventually published my book Ancient Principles for Success just to make enquiries as I didn’t even have a manuscript written at the time nor did I have any idea what I was going to write about, but I did have one thing written down “WRITE A BOOK AND PUBLISH BEFORE I’M FIFTY”. My book was published in 2012; I started writing in 2010 it took me about 6 months, and the book was released January 2012.

 

Measure the achievement

I once read that there are more people that dream to write a book than actually accomplish it, being one of the few that has ever done something everyone have dreamt to is rather humbling, I know that may have sounded Like a bit of an anti-climax however for me it was enough just to say I did that. The accurate measure of that achievement for me however has been the reactions and feedbacks I have had from all the people who have read the book and have been positively influenced by it even sometimes being surprised about how insightful it has been for them. Reminds me of a Yoruba proverb that goes “The real test of the cooking prowess is in the eating”

 

Resetting the Goal

Like everyone else I guess last year there were goals written down that were either not completely realised or never accomplished. Some people say “don’t sweat the small stuff” but I say sweat the small stuff but only to examine why things didn’t turn out the way you wanted, then do things differently keeping in mind to adjust for the error. It’s like when your car won’t start in the morning, first you find out why then you fix it, and then you try again

 

Be grateful for the blessings

People sometimes lose their bearings when they forget to be more grateful for their blessings, this isn’t just about spirituality, but about the human psyche. We have a need to be constantly reminded of the positive things in our lives, when we stop seeing the positives we become overwhelmed by the negatives, unfortunately, there isn’t a middle ground our psyche subsists and flourishes the more we can encourage ourselves, when we lose sight of this we tend to become self-destructive. We think we’re too ugly, so we give ourselves over to the scalpel, we believe that we’re too fat, so we starve ourselves to death, we think that we’re unhappy, so we seek an unnatural high in the bottle or the pill.

 

Therefore I count my blessings and name them one by one, I count my blessings to see just what God has done. I count my blessings and name them one by one and I have been quite surprised with what the Lord has done.

 

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