“If” by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
 
Great poem. Thanks J 🙂
 
 

A Few Important Questions and Answers about the Ebola virus

The Ebola virus is spreading in West African countries, killing many and giving a lot of people cause to worry. I just got an e-mail concerning the virus which I have shared below. It is important for people to know more about the virus so that we can be careful and protect ourselves well. May God help us all.

What is EBOLA?

Ebola is a very scary viral disease. It kills most of the time and has no cure (for now). It operates by making its victims bleed from almost anywhere on their body…and usually, victims bleed to death. It’s one of the deadliest diseases in the world, killing in a few weeks.

Is Ebola Contagious?

Yes, Ebola is highly contagious; being transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen or body discharges. About 90% of people that contact Ebola die from it.

Is There Any Known Treatment?

This is the most painful part….Ebola has no known treatment or cure. Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover. The symptoms generally take 2 – 21 days to become apparent.

What Are The Symptoms?

These are deceptively general – tending to look a lot like malaria or a flu. These symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness, joint and muscle aches, stomach pains, lack of appetite, etc.

How Do We Prevent Ourselves From Contracting This Virus?

• Wash Your Hands with Soap always at intervals and after using the washrooms. You can also use a good hand sanitizer afterwards.

• Avoid unnecessary contact – saliva via kissing, unprotected sex, contact with blood, etc.

• Avoid bush Meat & Suya (they may be carrying the virus). Better to restrict yourself to food you prepare yourself.

• Disinfect Your Surroundings..the virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, detergents and soaps.

•Clean up! Fumigate your environment If you have pests & dispose of carcasses properly! Better a clean environment for you! This is the HOUSEKEEPING we preach regularly!!!

• Protect Yourself – Use protective gear if you must care or go near someone you suspect has Ebola.

• Educate everyone around you – neighbors, colleagues and domestic staff. You’re safer when everyone is educated about Ebola

As deadly as this disease is, it is preventable! So, it is imperative that we adhere strictly to the preventive actions.

Our health is in our hands. Please be safe and act safely. Don’t just read this vital information, kindly share with your family, friends and relatives.

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Follow Your Dreams

If while pursuing distant dreams

Your bright hopes turn to grey,

Don’t wait for reassuring words

Or hands to lead the way.

 

For seldom will you find a soul

With dreams the same as yours.

Not often will another help you

Pass through untried doors.

 

If inner forces urge you

To take a course unknown,

Be ready to go all the way,

Yes, all the way alone.

 

That’s not to say you shouldn’t

Draw lessons from the best;

Just don’t depend on lauding words

To spur you on your quest.

 

Find confidence within your heart

And let it be your guide.

Strive ever harder toward your dreams

And they won’t be denied.

                                                                          – Bruce B. Wilmer

 

Xxx

 

9 Steps to Forgive Those Who’ve Hurt You (from MindBodyGreen)

I am honestly obsessed with this MindBodyGreen website. This is another article I came across today and I love love love!

Forgiveness can be an issue for some. When you don’t forgive people, what you forget is that you are really hurting yourself more than anyone else. So if you have a problem with forgiveness, take note of these steps and GET YOUR LIFE! (LOL)

1. Know exactly how you feel about what happened and be able to articulate what about the situation is not OK.

Then, tell a trusted couple of people about your experience.

2. Make a commitment to yourself to do what you have to do to feel better.

Forgiveness is for you and not for anyone else.

3. Know that forgiveness does not necessarily mean reconciliation with the person who hurt you, or condoning of their action.

What you’re after is to find peace. Forgiveness can be defined as the “peace and understanding that comes from blaming whoever has hurt you less, taking the life experience less personally, and changing your grievance story.”

4. Get the right perspective on what’s happening.

Recognize that your primary distress is coming from the hurt feelings, thoughts and physical upset you are suffering now, not what offended you or hurt you two minutes — or 10 years — ago. Forgiveness helps to heal those hurt feelings.

5. Manage your stress.

At the moment you feel upset, practice a simple stress management technique to soothe your body’s flight or fight response.

6. Give up expecting things from other people that they do not choose to give you.

Recognize the “unenforceable rules” you have for your health or how you or other people must behave. Remind yourself that you can hope for health, love, peace and prosperity and work hard to get them.

7. Put your energy into looking for another way to get your positive goals met than through the experience that has hurt you.

Instead of mentally replaying your hurt, seek new ways to get what you want.

8. Remember that a life well lived is your best revenge.

Instead of focusing on your wounded feelings, and thereby giving the person who caused you pain power over you, learn to look for the love, beauty and kindness around you. Forgiveness is about personal power.

9. Amend your grievance story to remind you of the heroic choice to forgive.

The practice of forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt depression and stress and leads to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self confidence.

Practicing forgiveness leads to healthy relationships as well as physical health. It also influences our attitude which opens the heart to kindness, beauty, and love.

Link to original article: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14621/9-steps-to-forgive-those-whove-hurt-you.html

Four Principles To Apply To Your Life

Somebody sent this to me as a BBM broadcast and normally I don’t read long ass broadcasts but I’m glad I read this one. Take some time out, clear your head space and read these four principles. They are awesome and you will be glad you did.

The First Principle states:
“Whomsoever you encounter is the right one”
This means that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone who is around us, anyone with whom we interact, represents something, whether to teach us something or to help us improve a current situation.

The Second Principle states:
“Whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened”
Nothing, absolutely nothing of that which we experienced could have been any other way. Not even in the least important detail. There is no “If only I had done that differently, then it would have been different”. No. What happened is the only thing that could have taken place and must have taken place for us to learn our lesson in order to move forward. Every single situation in life which we encounter is absolutely perfect, even when it defies our understanding and our ego.

The Third Principle states:
“Each moment in which something begins is the right moment”
Everything begins at exactly the right moment, neither earlier nor later. When we are ready for it, for that something new in our life, it is there, ready to begin.

The Fourth Principle states:
“What is over, is over”
It is that simple. When something in our life ends, it helps our evolution. That is why, enriched by the recent experience, it is better to let go and move on.

Think it is no coincidence that you’re here reading this.
If these words strike a chord, it’s because you meet the requirements and understand that not one single snowflake falls accidentally in the wrong place!

Be good to yourself.
Love with your whole being.
Always be happy.

Xxx

A writer’s mind

Yes, the mind of a writer is indeed a crazy place but any writer will agree that it is PERFECT that way 🙂

storytelling nomad

icebergstory copyI think a writer of any genre gets accustomed to a certain degree of lunacy taking place in their brain at any particular moment. Whether it be coming up with plausible ways to kill off a character to meticulously establishing the detailed properties of dragon snot; the brain of a writer is a mysterious instrument of imaginative innovation, the clogs always ticking.

Though my aforementioned hiatus in writing has taken a toll on my creative output, what’s been going on in the mystery-that-is-my-head has remained consistently reliable in its “creative vision”, otherwise known as:

les crazy thoughts. 

The other day I was taking one of my favourite walks through a local piece of glorious countryside. I had a river to my right, pastures to my left, the sun on my face. In a rare moment of total tranquility I found myself not thinking about anything other than how great life was in that moment.

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