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Without any doubt,this is one of the questions that always accompany the achievement of a particular feat and task or series of accomplishment.
While some of us get clarity of what the next step ought to be or should be,others are always in quandary and utmost confusion of where to start from or what is the next step.
This phase of human existence is not strange and peculiar to a perticular tribe, sex,race,ethnicity,social group,peer group,political and religious affliation.The peculiarity of this phase of human existence is all encompassing and overwhelming to the point that everyone found existing on earthly pedestal will pass through this phase asking and pondering about ‘what could be next step”.
It is a phase of life that can never be denied, dodged and overlooked.
It is a moment whereby decisions that will make or mar the destiny of anyone who is presently in existence.
It is a fact and a statement of assurance that over 7 billion population of human being is being accommodated on the surface of earth and they are all going to be a product of this phase or they are all going to get to get to a point in the course of their existence whereby such question will demand an answer from them.
After all have been done,
After all sacrifices and selfless inputs,
After given all the resources at your disposal,
After contributing immensely,
After giving a hand of help and hope to others,
After being the light amidst gross darkness,
After being lifting others from miry clay,
After crossing the rubicon,
No doubt about it,at a particular point in life, we are all going to encounter an experience that has to do with a feeling of satisfaction or a feeling of disappointment and discouragement.
We are all going to believe that we have done what we can do within our capacity to salvage and restore situations around us.We are all going to feel resentful and discouraged after all we have done in sacrificing selflessly for others but societal system deliberately or indeliberately failed to recognize,recommend and renumerate our efforts.
In the midst of this experience,it is never abnormal,strange and abysmal for anyone to feel cheated or discouraged but one thing that sure is that at this point that the latent strength in us ought to push us forward to forge ahead continuing doing what is necessary,good and right for the elevation and emancipation of the entire world.
Every human being on the surface of the earth can be likened to a farmer.While some of will sow a good seed on a good soil,some will sow a bad seed on a good soil but it is only few people that would sow a good seed on a good soil.
Then, while the seed sown by you is strangled and prevented to germinate due to poor societal systematic decadence,it is pertinent for you to encourage yourself ,dust yourself and keep moving until you get a good seed in your hand and a good soil whereby it will be sown,germinate and end up becoming an evergreen tree that will turn into a forest in the nearest future.
No matter how inconsequential an effort geared towards alleviating the plight of the next person around you might be,it is reasonable and rationale that it should be appreciated but it is appalling and disheartning that the system being operated in our world today has no value and appreciation for truthful human endeavour chanelled towards making the world a better place,hence many people that have good intention to make things better ends up being frustrated and they keep on asking questions about “what is the next step”.
No matter how disappointed and discouraged you are, the best way to handle this kind of experience is for you to become relentless and unrepentant in your desire to make things right in the course of your existence on earth.
Though,many of your efforts will end up being unappreciated with some of it ending up putting you in problem and also making you to be at a logger-head with some people,cabals and authorities.
The best solution is for you to define your goals,targets and fashion out series of strategies that will allow your efforts to be appreciated.
Always remember that there are over 7 billion people that needs the littleness of your efforts to trigger and birth the latent greatness inherent in them.
In conclusion, whenever your effort in alleviating the plight of one person is not appreciated, do not give up,always remember that the world you live in has a population of over 7 billion people.Always remember and consider the remaining sea of heads that are waiting for the unappreciated effort wasted on that one person.That effort expended on one person that is not appreciated and valued is enough, powerful and potent to raise million of people out of the miry clay.
Once your effort is not appreciated, change the scope and make sure you find other people that are in dire need of what you can offer as a form of effort and resources needed for their dream to come to reality.
In essence, the next step is for you to look for other people that will appreciate what you can offer.
You have wasted precious time being pensive and ruminating about what the next step.
Maximize your precious time to look for people that need what you can offer.
The limit you placed on your knowledge and understanding of God with all that is needed to have and maintained a smooth personal relationship with God placed a limit on your life at any moment in time.
While our understanding of God and all that pertains to HIM confirms our place and position in divinity,our practical knowledge of what it takes to be in the right and appropriate level in the spiritual defines our comfort and convenience in maintaining a relationship with God without any clog and without any thought of whether what we are targetting in the spiritual in terms of knowing HIM better is right or wrong.
It should be noted as a form of observation that many christians claiming to be in the right relationship with God have a baseless understanding that has no bearing with what is chronicled on the pages of the scripture.Many christians now believed to a large extent that there service with God in the household of God is what is necessary for them to attain a spiritual realm that the world will reference or recognized.
So, they go all their ways in running after physical service in the household of God while anything that pertains to what is necessary to make our world better in the physical is wave with a bare hand.
They become less concerned and less committed in ensuring that any service to God must not stand in the gap or block service to humanity.We are human first before we discover our path of reliogisity and spirituality.
No one should run after the things of God without any reason to run after things that will make the essence of humanity to be established on the surface of heart.
Many Christians of today only believed that God recognizes and rewards approaches that is targetted towards building religious empires and edifices but forget that the only thing that will make the world we live in to become better is when we all go to the extreme in making sure that legacies, ideas and philosophies that will build an eggalitarian society that believes in the beauty of humanity must be enhanced and reflected in terms of innovations, discoveries and development.
A situation whereby your desire and longing for spiritual development is raised far higher than your desire and demand to become better in the realm of the physical will only encourage the emergence of an imbalance in the totality of your existence.
There is a need for christians of today to understand that until their relationship with God is based on ‘father-to -son’ relationship,their struggle to attain a stress- free spiritual state of mind will remain a mirage.Christians of this age should stop relating with God as slaves because we are all called to sonship.Our call to salvation is not for bondage and total enslavement.
Romans 8 verse 15(KJV):
Salvation has empowered everyone that is ready to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour to be saved and received the Spirit of adoption that destroy in totality the spirit of bondage the devil and sin forced on the entire human race when Adam and Eve disobeyed the commandment of God in the garden of Eden.
In line with this,it is a wrong understanding that emenated from wrong knowledge of the word of God that many christians in the world today are displaying and they always believe that they are doing the right thing.
I have seen many Christians in reality and in practicality that once they missed a particular church service or any spiritual obligations and demands, they believed that they have backslided and sinned against God forgetting that whatever they do in the physical at any point in time in a direct link to the fulfilment of the will of God on earth as it is in heaven once it is a good deed that will add to humanity and entrenced human development on earth.
With this, many Chritians could be described to a large extent as being religious but their spirituality is nothing but a display of lack of essential knowledge neccessary to pass the message of the cross to the entrire human race.
Our God is good and He desire that we are able to understand Him better so that our relationship with Him will be free of stress at any point in time.
In many cases on earthly pedestal, as our relatonship with our earthly parents are always expected to be free and cordial, so also our relationship with our heavenly father is expected to be free.
Genuine followership with God is not about any form of struggle but it finds expression in smoth cordial relationship that resembles a kind of ‘father-to-son’relationship whereby your accessibility with God or whatever God’s plan for you might be will be achieved without a medium.
It should be expressed only by the fervency of your communication with God which is described as prayer.This is the only communication link that God desire every genuine child of God must maintained and it must be carried out with all fervency and seriuosness better garnished with fasting,meditation and constant feeding on the word of God.
Feeding on the word of God is essentially necessary for maintaining a spiritual developmental realm that will enhance smooth flow of instructions and messages from the throne of Grace which is the realm that God desired that every child of God should get to in the course of their spiritual journey on earth.
The purpose of salvation is expressly defined when we understand that Jesus Christ died on the mount of Calvary for every Child of God to maintain a ‘father-to-son’relationship in the course of their sojourn on earth.
This becomes a reality only if every child of God is ready in all their passion to build better spiritual relationship that focusses on God as a father but not as a master.
This becomes fulfilled when every child of God focusses on themselves a sons and daughters of God but not as slaves as other religion actually believed.
How do you relate with God?
Is it in knowledge, wisdom and understanding?—Proverbs 4 verse 6-7
Or is it in doctrine and all round philosophies of men?—Colosians 2 verse 8
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This short piece was written on the 2nd of March 2016 as part of my daily post or publication on facebook.The source of the inspiration which is personal remain somehow unknown and unclear but I believe the content therin will serve as a sort of resources that will enhance our self-esteem that will birth a kind of re-orientation about our view along the line of maintaining good personal and corporate relationship.
It is observed that many of us become saddened,moody and pensive when we get an inkling that we are been mocked and talked about by others.It is a kind of attitude that is common across the length and breadth of the entire human race whereby many people spend a bunch of their time backbitting and throwing stones at others.Many of us are actors of this irrelevant and many of us are victims of this irrelevant.
It is necessary for many of us to understand and develop a thick skin with blocked ear to some of this irrelevancies that is commonality among human being remains unquantifiable.
You will get nothing out of life if you are bothered about what people are saying about you.Being bothered and being suspicious about what people are saying about you is a sign and a product of immaturity and low self-esteem.
Like food,people will feed on your matter.
Like water,people will gulp your issue to quench their thirst.
Like a dog, people will nag their loose tongue.
Even the dead are being talked about everyday.
I want you to have this in mind that those who gossip about you remains at your back forever.
When people talk about you!!!
One of the best effective ways of knowing the level of maturity you are made of is simply shown outrightly through your response and reaction to whatever people are saying about you.
When you expected little or nothing from people around you,your reaction and response to disappointment will be minimal and less-shocking but when you raised your hope about people and build your castle in the air, you will end up being saddened and biittered when you are disappointed .
I want you to know this mystery that you are being gossipped about because you are important to them,if you are not important to them, they will never spend a bunch of their precious time debating and deliberating about issues that concern you.
So, whenever you have an inkling that you are being gossipped about, just have this understanding that your life is meaningfully filled with virtues that are important to them,hence they are jealous and they desire having an opportunity to possess such a virtue.
Instead of complaining and reacting to people’s view and assertion about you,the best response to the contents of their gossip is top wave it aside with a bare hand and move ahead with your life being focussed on your purpose in life.
It is only those who are incapable of discovering their purpose in life that spend their little time at their disposal discussing issues that has nothing to do with them.
When you want to know and understand the worth of any man,it is necessary to know what the mouth of such person says about another person.
As life is real, gossipping also is real.It is an evil that almost every human is guilty of but the worst of its evil spring up when the person being gossipped about becomes embittered and saddened about it.
Since no two wrongs can make a right, it is better to manage your emotion in terms of response and reaction towards whatever people might be saying at your back.
Kindly allow whatever is being discussed at your back to remain at your back.Do not brink it forward to your face so that you will not end up frowning and it will prevent you from wearing a harsh look accompany with you looking for a way to revenge by taking your own pound of flesh.
Whatever is being said at your back should remain at your back till eternity.This is one of the secrets of longevity that will help in making you to understand the value of your purpose in life accompany with efforts that will make you achieve such purpose in the course of your existence.
When you are saddened about people talking about you,you have given them cahnces and opportunities to control your feelings and emotions.Once this happened, you have exchanged the power in you in response to your reaction about what has been said about you.
Your response and reactions in the face of adversity is what determines whether you will end up winning or loosing in the course of your fight for conquest or victory.When your reaction and response is negative, you have given your enemy power over you but once your reponse is calm and positive, all your enemies become weakened and they end up loosing their power and potency that might have been used to cage and control you.
The golden key to your happinness lies with you.Never give loose it through your response and reaction to situations around you.No matter how long you live on earth, there will always be moments of ups and downs but it is your preparation and readiness for staying above the reality of any moment that will determine how matured you are and how capable and able you are to ride the roller-coaster of life that is always unstable.
Can you measure the Kilojoule of inherent latent energy wasted and expended when you react and respond negatively to whatever rumour is being peddled about you?It is quite ironical that many of us spend our energy on what we not add any value to us and one of the areas we wasted energy on is our reaction and response to gossip from people around us.
No matter what the situation might be, you have what it takes to live your life above whatever the rumour that might be peddled and spread around about you.
Rumour mongering and gossipping are parts of human life.If humans refrain from this, I dont think the existence of human beings could be possible.
When you consider what is being rumoured and gossipped about you as irrelevant and inconsequential, it will reamin a minor issue that can never remove anything from you and you will be able to stay afloat and be in charge of your emotion.
To cap it all:
STOP BEING BOTHERED!!!
STOP BEING PENSIVE!!!
STOP BEING SAD!!!.
STOP WEARING A HARSH LOOK!!!
Sadness takes away virtues and values from you.It is a stylish and a slow channel to making someone becoming a beast that has lost the grip of what life is all about.
Sadness does nothing but weakens your nerves and bones thereby becoming old and worn-out withing a little period of time.
Sadness makes you look haggard and unkempt.
RIYADH,Saudi Arabia(AP)–The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater.
Though it was a private invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening,for many Saudi’s it marked one of the clearest moments of change to sweep the country in decades.
It’s seen as part of a new era in which women will soon be allowed to drive and people in the Kingdom will be able to go to concerts and fashion shows,and tuck into a bucket of popcorn in cinema.
“It’s a new era,a new age.It’s that simple.Things are changing ,progress is happenning.We’re opening up and we’re catching up with everything that’s happenning in the world,said Rahaf Alhendi,who attended the showing.
Authorities said the public would be able to purchase tickets online on Thursday for showing starting Friday.But there may be delays.
Movies screened in Saudi cinemas will be subject to approval by government censors, and Wednesday night’s premiere was no exception.Scenes of violence were not cut,but a trial scene involving a kiss was axed.
Still,it;s stark reversal for a country where public movie screenings were banned in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism that swept Saudi Arabia.Many Saudi Clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful.
Deaspite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed through a number of major social reforms with support from his father,King Salman, to satiate the desires of the country’s young population.
“This is a historic day for your country” Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Entertainment,told the crowd at the screeening.”It”s been 37 years since you’ve been able to watch movies the way movies are meant to be watched in a theater,together on a big screen”.
U.S-based AMC,one of the world’s biggest movie theater operators,only two weeks earlier signed a deal with Prince Mohammed to operate the first cinema in the Kingdom.AMC and its local partner hurriedly transformed a concert hall in Saudi capital,Riyadh,into a cinema complex for Wednesday’s ceremony.
Aron said the company plans to rip up out the current concert-style seats and replace them with plush leather recliners and build three more screens in the complex to accommodate up to 5000 movie-goers a day.
Samer Alsourani travelled from Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province for the event.He commended the Crown prince for following through on his promises to modernise the country.
“This is the the first time that we really see something that’s really being materialized”,he said.
The social reforms reforms undertaken by the 32-year old heir to the throne are part of his so-called Vision 2030,blueprint for Saudi Arabia that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.
The Saudi government projects that the opening of movie thearters will contribute more than 90 billion riyals($24billion) to the economy and create more than 30,000 jobs by 2030.
AMC has partnered with a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund,known as the Public Investment Fund to build up to 40 AMC cinemas across the country over the next five years.
Saudi Arabia had already started gradually loosening restrictions on movie screening in the past few years,with Local film festivals and screening in makeshift theaters.For the most part, through,until now Saudis who wanted to watch a film in a movie theater had to drive to nearby Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates for weekend trips to the cinema.
In the 1970s, there were informal movie screenings but the experience could be interrupted by the country’s religious police,whose powers since been curbed.
Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer,describes the theaters of the 1970s as being “like American drive-ins,except much more informal.”Iran opinion piece for the The Washington Post, he wrote that a friend once broke his leg at a screening in Medina when he jumped off a wall to escape the religious police and avoid arrest.
By the 1980s,movie screenings were largely banned unless they took place in private residential compounds for foreigners or at cultural centers run by foreign embassies.
Access to streaming services,such as Netflix and satellite TV steadily eroded attempts by the government to censor what the Saudi public could view.By 2013,the film”Wadjda” made history by becoming the first Academy Award entry for Saudi Arabia,though it wasn’t nominated for the Oscars.
To adhere to the Kingdom’snormson gender segregation,certain screamings may be held for families and their others for male-only crowds.But, generally movie theaters will not be gender seggregated with “family sections” for women and related men and separate “single sections” for male-only crowds as is customary at restraunts and cafes.
Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad told Associated Press the government aims to strike a balance between the country’s Islamic mores and peopl’s movie experiences.
“We want to ensure the movies are in line with our culture and respect for values.Meanwhile, we want to provide people with a beautiful show and really enjoy watching their own movies”he said.
The new movie theater also came equipped with prayer rooms to accommodate the daily Muslim prayer times.
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Published:APR 19TH 2018–1:25AM(EDT).
UPDATED APR 19TH,2018–1:26AM(EDT).
It was a fateful day that I have to leave home as usual to meet up with my daily plans, programme and personal itinerary. My day was strategically planned to the extent that detailed courses of endeavors have been analyzed and documented with personal decision to ensure that all that is necessary to be done without allowing distractions to gain access that will scatter the laid down programs were put in place one after the other.
I boarded a cab in the front of my house and within a twinkling of an eye, the cabbie zoomed off speedily to my destination. Immediately, I got to my destination and I sighted that I have approached my destination, I called the attention of the cabbie to register my intention of alighting at my destination. Later, I stepped out of the cab and I immediately brought my wallet out to pay the cabbie without wasting time because time is of essence to me as I have taken my time to strategically make necessary plans without wasting time in getting my laid down programs done in time.
Though, I have been able to achieve my laid down plans to a large extent up to the moment I alighted from the cab.
Then, I immediately walked with my shoulder high into the office of one of my client in the city. We have planned to meet for a business discussion in his office few days ago at exactly 10AM which I was able to meet up with time because good timing is the soul of every business, so I avoided coming late. In short I was punctual.
Good Morning Ma. I greeted and exchanged pleasantry with the reception I met in my clients’office but the pleasantry I exchanged with her was cordial and official without wasting time in extending my right hand in offering her a handshake.
She replied my pleasantry in a firm and professional way and immediately, she attended to me asking me to have my seat for a while.
Let me push a call to my boss to register your presence Sir. She started conversing with me and attended to me in a courteous manner that is quite professional.
No problem!!!I responded immediately expecting her to usher me into my clients’ office without wasting time.
Few minutes later, she ushered me into her boss office who happened to be my client.
You can come in. She ushered me in.
Thanks. I responded.
Good Morning Sir. My client greeted me and asked me to sit down on the expensive furniture that is vacant in front of him.As if ton say,the furniture was customised for my sitting comfort,I sat down comfortably and conveniently looking straight into my client’s eyes.
Good Morning Sir. I greeted him and responded to his kind gesture towards me.
Few moments later after the moment of pleasantries wind down, we started our discussion which is strictly business-like. The discussion was quite brief and short and agreement was made to finalize the discussion in two weeks’ time by meeting at the site whereby the business that we are about being embarked upon will take place. We consented to meet at exactly 10AM.
See you in two weeks’ time Sir. My client bade me goodbye and I replied by extending my right hand to offer him a handshake.
Both of us smiled and we were both believed that the business we are embarking upon will be successful and groundbreaking.
Immediately, I turned my back at him and reached for the door by laying my hand on the door knob which took me little time to open the door.
Thank you Ma. I greeted the receptionist and she responded with a smile that I couldn’t push her memory out of my imagination. I was dumbfounded starring at her.
She was so pretty and beautiful that I didn’t know when I have to cut the official bridge between us and all I can do is to look for a way to get familiar with her by asking about her personality which ended up with pleasantries being exchanged and her contact were demanded for by me.In short, I was able to break the ice.
She looked like a mullato with a white set of dentition that makes her smile an elixir that can be used to relieve any pain.Her posture and the picture of her body shape registered in my head immediately.Her physiology was so fitting that someone would think that the clothe on her was customized and made from another planet.In fact, it might be made in heaven.
She is an angel walking on the surface of the earth and I became captivated with her beauty that swept me off my feet.
I kept wondering how can a lady be this charming.
Without any doubt, she released her contacts and I promised to give her a call later in the day. Though, she blushed throughout the moment of our discussion.
Despite the fact that I bade her farewell immediately after our discussion, I moved to the door in order to exit her office hoping to get out of the gate in order to get a cab that will take me back to my house.
No doubt about it,I was able to meet up with my laid down plans for the day but my day was more fulfilling with the thought of the damsel that I ran to in my clients’ office.
She is so beautiful, attractive, alluring, charming and colourful that her thought refused to exit my imagination. My imagination became occupied with her beautiful physique and stature that I believed that every man will be glad to have her as a friend.
I made up my mind to give her a call so that we can meet to further our discussion which might end up in dating and relationship.
As I was about dialing her number, someone called me and I observed that it was my wife that is calling me to wake me up for early morning prayer and devotion.
Immediately, I opened my eyes, I saw my wife’s face and I realized I have been dreaming.
It all happened in my dream.
My dream looked like a reality and when I woke up, I faced the reality that all that happened from the beginning of this write-up is just all about a dream of the night.
What a dream and a fantasy,
This is how I fall in love in my dream.
Have you experienced such a dream before?
Kindly comment and share your experience.