What Can You Learn Through Someone Or Something Shivered? — Michael J. Fite

“When someone or something is shivered, most people see broken pieces, but the people who pick up the pieces to rebuild or recreate something better are the ones who make the world a better place.” -Michael J. Fite

For today’s inspiration, I want to share with you what you can learn through someone or something that is shivered. Just because someone or something is broken in to many pieces does not mean you cannot learn from the pieces. What you learn from the pieces can help you either put them back together or maybe build something even stronger than before.

Remember that when you shiver someone or something, you can choose to leave a mess and cause damage for the worse, or clean up and cause change for the better.

What can you learn through someone or something shivered?

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One of my Dad’s favourite things was to get us to write a review about a film, outing or play we had attended.  We thought the worst thing was having to write this as soon as we came back home.  We only wanted to talk about it and nothing else.  He did not accept mistakes, repeated rubbing out and untidiness.  It was no use thinking we could get away with shoddy work.  We would have to copy it out neatly.  Protestations from Mum made no difference, she pleaded for a fresh start the next morning, if it was getting past bedtime.

A tad severe, but this was good practice at writing skills.  Having adopted this practice, generation by generation the severity has reduced but the enthusiasm for recording experiences remain high.

This is good way to get children to be more interested in reading and writing poems and stories. Let them exhibit their creative talents and also add illustrations and make models of buildings etc if they want to. All of you can get involved, have fun, spend quality time and have the opportunity to bond together.  What more can a family ask for?  Enjoy your families and/or friends.

 

 

 

6 things I’ve learned today

  1. I have learned that when you are kind to people, you always get paid in one way or another.
  2. I have learned that good preparation leads to good results.
  3. I have learned that people are wealth. If you have people behind you, you can count yourself rich.
  4. I have learned that hard work pays.
  5. I have learned that those who get to the top do not do so with folded arms. They roll off their sleeves and work.
  6. I have learned that the more you give, the more you receive.

What have you learned today that is worth sharing?

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If you don’t learn everyday,
Tel me how you grow;
If you don’t read what others write,
Tell me how you grow;
If you are not a solidarity blogger,
Tell me how you grow;
We grow by learning;
We learn when we read
What others write;
See what I just read;
Great blogging tips;
We grow faster in blogging
Through solidarity blogging.
Don’t waste time;
Do the right thing
And grow.
Ask anything you don’t know.

Live Your Dream Life Course Week 5

Our Course topic this week is: “Fast Runners do not always win the race.” It is drawn from the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 9.

The course sets out to let you know that no matter how brilliant you are it does not all depend on you.

You are encouraged to put your trust in an Almighty God who has ‘the yam and the knife.’

As you pursue your journey through life, do not be surprised if it turns out that God has much more in his store for you than you imagine. He does. I assure you.

Do not be surprised also if you find people who look brilliant but who end on the rocks.

“Fast runners do not always win the race, and the brave do not always win the battle”? (Eccl. 9:11).

None can boast that they know what will come next in their life.

We live in a hard world, full of mystery and wonders. The answers are not always straight.

“Wise men do not always earn a living; intelligent men do not always get rich, and capable men do not always rise to high positions” (Eccl.9: 11).

“Bad luck happens to everyone. You never know when your time is coming.”
(Eccl: 9:11-12).
If you are at the top today, it is not advisable to look down on those who are less fortunate than you. You do not know what lies ahead of you.

The Holy book tells us:

“Don’t make fun of someone who has fallen on hard times and is dressed in rags.”

“like birds suddenly caught in a trap, like fish caught in a net, we are trapped at some evil moment when we least expect it.”
(Eccl. 9: 12).

Your success does not depend on you.
“The Lord does many things that human beings never notice. Many are the Kings who have ended their careers sitting on the ground, while their crowns were worn by people no one had heard of before” (Sir.11:4-5).

This is true.

“Many are the rulers who have suffered disgrace. Many are the famous people who have fallen into the power of others”
(Sir. 11: 6).

Look around the world. You will find so-called great men who reigned supreme at one time but who ended in mud. Idi Amin, the one-time mighty president of Uganda ended in mud. Mubuto Sese Seko, the supreme king of Zaire, ended on the run. Muamar Gaddafi the unequaled cock of Libya died and was buried like a dog. Saddam Hussein was a near-God in Iraq. He was hanged. Hosni Mubarak, the mighty president of Egypt after Anwar Sadat became a prisoner.

The list is too long. They got right to the top and crash-landed. Why? Because they depended on their own strength and wisdom. They failed to depend on the Architect of all success – God. Therefore, be wise and wait on the Lord. He will grant you success. His timing will be different from yours; but His time is always the best.

Let the words of the wise man in the Book of Sirach guide you:

“Wait and be patient, and later you will be glad you did. Keep quiet until the right time to speak, and you will gain a reputation for good sense.” (Sir. 1:26-27).

This is wisdom that has lived with us since the creation of the world. Work as hard as you can, and as wisely as you can; but depend on God.

What to do:

Throughout this week, read and master this post. See what touches you in a special way.

Questions:

What do you get from this course?

Give a biblical example of someone who rose to great heights but came  crashing because he depended on himself instead of on God, the giver of all.

 

Live your dream life course week 4

We march on with our dream life course. Today we look at persistence as a key to success.

PERSIST UNTIL YOU SUCCEED

“The tendency to persevere, to persist in spite of hindrances, discouragements and impossibilities – it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
Carlyle.
As you go after the things that you want from life, you will find it not easy to get them. What do you do? Read this poem titled “Persist.”

PERSIST

There are countless examples of people who set out in pursuit of certain goals and in spite of the disheartening experiences encountered, they persisted until they succeeded.

You may know the University professor who persisted for many years as a student before obtaining his PhD and today is among the big guns of his country.

There are many successful men and women in the business world who had to persist in the face of numerous setbacks before finally establishing flourishing businesses.
Such people should inspire you to persist in whatever you do.

Persistence is paramount in life. Perhaps, you are a very talented person in some way, but that alone will not do much for you if you do not learn to persist in whatever you do. No talent or educational attainment can take the place of persistent effort. The world is full of wasted talent. There are educated persons and geniuses everywhere who rather than help to solve the problems of the world, complicate and multiply them.

In an exacting world like ours, where it is not easy to make it, wisdom calls for persistence. Hence, we must learn to persist.

Of course, it is not easy to persist when the going is really tough. You cannot easily keep on keeping on if you are only encountering obstacles on your path. In such situations, it is rather easy to be discouraged, to give up, to admit failure and quit.

You may be determined to achieve a specific goal in life, and that determination may be quite strong and unbending, but at one time, as the days and weeks roll by, you will find doubt creeping in and eroding your determination; and you will begin to question your own ability to do what you set out to do. You will begin to doubt the soundness of your own decision and feel in you a growing urge to quit. Yet, only one thing is good for you at such moments: persistence. You must not quit; you must not give up; you must not turn back. You must stay on; and hold tight. You must persist.

Bear in mind that the desire to quit is common with all great achievers in the world. In the middle of some very important undertaking, they want to quit because they feel empty or inadequate inside. They may think that the whole thing is out of place, silly, or unrealistic. They may feel they should turn their attention to something else. They may just want to get home and call it off. Yet, that is just when the winners stay on; for that is what makes them great achievers.

It can never be over emphasized hence, that when you set out for something and know it is the right thing to do, never turn back until you have had it or done it. In persistence lies the great secret of success. A great American Evangelist, writer and social scientist, Norman Vincent Peale tells us, “Never become discouraged with yourself in life. Never give in to defeat, never lose heart. There is a way through any problem, any difficulty.”

keep trying

Bear in mind that nothing in the world will take the place of persistence.
Nothing is surer to take you to success than persistent effort.

God has a way of twisting things and making great and pleasant surprises to people who know how to persist. Therefore, persist.

persist until you succeed

ACTIVITY:

  1.  Write a post on your blog on the word Persist or persistence.
  2. Share a quote on persist or persistence.
  3. Write a poem if you like.

Give the link to your post in the comment box. We’ll invite others who follow this course to visit and read.

This brings us to the end of this lesson. Wish you a great day.

Knowledge and intelligence (Live Your Dream Life Course Week 4 day 1)

If you have been following this course keenly, you must have noticed that we were off  for about a week.  This was our last post. As it is commonly said, it is good from time to time to take a step backwards to better jump.

We started the course by talking about wisdom. We underscored the importance of wisdom. Today, we are rounding off on this topic by differentiating between wisdom, knowledge and intelligence before we leave you our final message.

Intelligence is not wisdom, neither is knowledge wisdom. These three words mean very different things.

Wisdom is defined by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia as ‘the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.’ It is the ability to judge correctly; to do what is right; to follow the best course of action.

Intelligence is the power of learning, understanding and reasoning. It is the mental ability to understand, know, retain and give back what we learn. Someone is said to be intelligent if the one learns with ease, is able to retain and remember what has been learned.

Knowledge is the facts, information, understanding and skills that a person acquires through formal, informal or non-formal learning.

Since the creation of the world, a lot of knowledge has been generated and continues to be generated. As we explore the world by going to the moon, mars, and under the seas, as we study other people, plants, animals and even none living things, as we do all types of inventions, more knowledge is added to existing knowledge.

We can only know a minute fraction of the knowledge that has been generated or discovered since man came on earth. And what is still to be discovered is more than what has been discovered.

The knowledge that we gain or acquire needs to be used. If it is not, it will serve no purpose, and the time and effort put in to acquire it will just be a waste. The mere use of knowledge is no guarantee for excellent results. We can use our knowledge to acquire or produce poor, good or excellent results.

To produce excellent results we need to use our knowledge wisely. If we use our knowledge to handle delicate or intricate issues well and come out successfully, then we are said to be wise. Wisdom, therefore, is that attribute in us which enables us to use our knowledge to come out with excellent results.

Making good judgment is excellent use of knowledge. With good judgment we take excellent decisions or make excellent choices. The result of excellent decisions or choices is excellent results.

Without wisdom, even if you have all the knowledge in the world, you will not be able to make good judgment and, therefore, will not obtain good results.

This explains why someone may be very intelligent and very well equipped with knowledge on different subjects but will be a woeful failure in life.

The reason being that although he may have the ability to learn and know many things (which makes him intelligent), he will be unable to use the knowledge acquired to make good judgment that will lead to good decisions or choices that will give good results.

Hence, such a person may always be the first in class but will not be the one who comes out on top in life.

Therefore, it is not enough to master school subjects such as English, French, Mathematics, Philosophy, History, Geography, and Literature etc. The knowledge acquired from these subjects is important but must be wisely used to handle and overcome the challenges of life.

To use our knowledge wisely demands that we take time to think about what we have to do. Also, we must acquire wisdom as we saw in How to get wisdom.

What do we take home?

What we take home is  wisdom is using knowledge and intelligence for excellent results. It is living rightly; acting rightly; doing what must be done and refraining from what must not be done. It is following the right path in life as our creator wants us to do; focusing on pleasing him (God) in whose hands is our destiny.

Be wise in everything you do.

Let me leave you with a few wise words on wisdom.

“A wise person does not think less of another who chooses not to follow their advice,” (Urban Dictionary)

“Wisdom is not undermining a person for their weaknesses, but appreciating their strengths differ from yours.” (Urban
Dictionary)

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.”(Sophocles)

Strive to be a wise person. Bring wisdom into everything you do. God will crown your efforts.

How to get wisdom; Live Your Dream Life Course, week 3 day 3

We have seen that wisdom is important for us to succeed. The question that remains to be answered is how we get wisdom. That is what we are going to see today.

The first thing is it is God who gives wisdom. All wisdom comes from God. Wisdom is with Him forever.

“The Lord himself created wisdom; he saw her and recognized her value, and so he filled everything he made with wisdom. “ (Sir. 1:9-10).

God gives some measure of wisdom to everyone; but if you love Him, He will pour it out to you.
“He gave some measure of wisdom to everyone, but poured her out to those who love him.” (Sir.1:9-10)
The Bible states:
“To fear the Lord is the root of Wisdom…” (Sir. 1: 20). Fear here means love, acknowledgement and acceptance of the Lord as the Supreme; the Alpha and the Omega; the king of the universe.

Obedience to God also gives wisdom. “If you want to be wise, keep the Lord’s command and he will give you wisdom in abundance.” (Sir.1:26)

Pray for wisdom and God will give it to you. Saint James says, “If any of you lacks wisdom you should pray to God who will give it to you.” James 1: 5).

Wisdom is a gift of God. According to an anonymous writer, we “can buy education but wisdom is a gift of God.”

Wisdom is available to all.
“…those who love her and look for her can easily find her. She is quick to make herself known to anyone who desires her. Get up in the morning to find her and you will have no problem. You will find her sitting at your door” (Wis.6:12-14). “It is not reserved for some people. You have as good a chance as any other person to acquire it” (Wis. 6: 12-14).

Go earnestly for wisdom.
One reason King Solomon received wisdom from God was he earnestly asked for it. When you ask God for wisdom, do so earnestly, not half-heartedly; “Go looking for her, and she will reveal herself to you. Take hold of her and don’t let her go” (Sir. 24: 2-7). Run after her “like a hunter looking for game.”(Sir. 14: 22).

In short, work hard to find wisdom “as a farmer works to plow and sow the fields; then you can expect a good harvest. You will have to work at it for a while, but you will soon be enjoying what you have earned.” (Sir. 6: 6-19).

Conclusion
Wisdom is available to all. God is ready to give it to you; but it will not come as manna from heaven. You have to labor patiently and persistently for it in prayer and faith. As the old saying goes, nothing worthwhile comes easily in life. God will give it to you if you deserve it by working for it.

Assignment:
1. Give in bullet points the various ways we can gain wisdom as stated in this post.
2. In what other way can one acquire wisdom?

Live Your Dream Life Course, Week 3 day 1

The fruits of wisdom

So far in this course, we have seen what wisdom can do. We have seen that it can “offer you long life, as well as wealth and honor. It can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it. Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life” (Prov. 3: 15–2).

“Nothing will stand on your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run” (Prov. 4: 12).

Wisdom gives “knowledge and understanding like rain, and increases the honor of those who receive her” (Sir. 1:19). “The more wise people there are, the safer the world will be.”

The wisdom that God gives us is to enable us to succeed. It gives understanding. It makes us disciplined, prudent, just and truthful. It makes us shun evil and embrace Good. It makes us shun lies and embrace truth. It enables us to avoid enticements that can lead to our doom. It enables us to carve out our place in the world; and to make the world a better place.

Hence, it is very important for you to strive to gain all the wisdom that you can get and use it as best you can like King Solmon.

King Solomon used his wisdom to settle a very difficult dispute between two women over a living and a dead child.

He used his wisdom to compose “3000 proverbs and more than a thousand songs. He spoke of trees and plants…” and of “Animals, birds, reptiles and fish” (1 King 4: 32-33).

As a result of his wisdom, his “fame spread throughout all the neighboring countries” (1King 4: 30 – 31).

In fact, King Solomon’s wisdom came with fame and riches. Hear him: “When wisdom came to me, all the good things came with her.” It “brought untold riches.”

Thus, wisdom is a powerful tool for achievement in life.

“Happy is anyone who becomes wise; who gains understanding. There is more profit in it than there is in silver; it is worth more to you than gold.” (Prov.3:13 – 15.)

You may be like King Solomon if you acquire wisdom and use it well. You may become special; and if you use it to promote good in the world, the world will be a better place for all. Wisdom could make you famous also throughout the world.

However, you can use your wisdom for good or you can use it for evil.

There are many wise devils in the world. They are full of wisdom; but they use it to make life difficult for others. They use it to destroy, cheat, suppress, exploit, trample on others, and manipulate and use others to have their way.

Hence, mind what you do with the wisdom that you get from God. It will determine whether you will be a success or a failure. Many people who have misused the wisdom God has given them by manipulating their way to power or bringing untold suffering on their people in their position of power, have ended up paying dearly for it; and that is failure.