Make a Wish

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We were nothing, no one knew our name.
We were written off, we were forgotten…

Until like shooting stars,
We flew out of darkness into the limelight,
Into our little world of stardom,
Where anyone and everyone is a star…

We dream again, we hope and believe again.
As we work and excel in what we do,
We are like shooting stars in the skies…

Telling our stories,
Showing men that wishes and dreams do come true.

Notes:
These were my thoughts when I wrote this poem: Shooting Stars

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An Unfinished Story, I Am

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An unfinished story,
I am,

Musings deep
Yet unexpressed,
Thoughts on life,
Yet unwritten,
Identity,
Unidentified, I am

Passion, hunger,
to be

A great story
A life changing tale
An indelible identity
For many others
Coming behind me

This is my Dream
This is my Desire
This I will Achieve

Placed on my shoulders
A great obligation
To live fully this life
To finish my race
To write my story well

We are unfinished stories
Written everyday
Stories to be retold
By generations unborn
When our final chapters
We would have penned down
With a final full stop.

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Though Like A Tortoise

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To keep fighting
And keep trying
Fate favours not
The indolent;
One life
One opportunity
My chance
To make it count;
The journey is on
Purpose- my Driver;
I may be walking like a snail
But, I’m moving;
Afar off, others ahead
They ran too fast
And burned out;
Rather to keep moving
Like the tortoise,
Than to run faster than a hare
And burn out
My limited resources;
The finish line is always
For those that never stopped moving.

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Be Like A Child… Believe

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We can reach for that peak but…
We must

First become like children again;

For doubt and unbelief
Has no resting place,
On the pure soil
Of a child’s heart,
To believe, to trust and to rely
Completely and unreservedly,
Is no coincidence to them,

Rather an inherent nature, it is;

Be like a child…
Believe
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Mystery Blogger Award & Versatile Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Dronstadblog for the Mystery Blogger Award, and I was nominated by Tachispeaks for the Versatile Blogger Award. I want to express my thanks to both of them for their thoughtful gestures and kind words. Dronstad (or General as we call him) writes with passion and insight about war. His blog is always a good reminder to me of how tenacious I should be with my own convictions. Tachispeaks brings nature, the sea, the sand and all its glorious beauties to us. Please let’s all check out their blogs and enjoy their inspirational insights.

The rules are basically the same-
* Feature the award logo/image on your post
* List the rules
* Thank the blogger that nominated you
* Tell the readers 3 things about yourself
* Answer the questions provided
* Nominate 10-15 bloggers and notify them by commenting on their blog
* Ask the nominees 5 questions of my choice with one weird/funny question (specify)
* Share and link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:
1. My name Obioma. The literal translation is heart (obi), good (oma) = “heartgood”; the inverse (which makes more sense) is “good heart”. Other variations is kind-heart, good-mind, kind-soul, it can also mean happiness and joy to an extent.
2. I love music. I have a good ear for music and sometimes my inspiration to write comes when I listen to music. I currently have at least 300 downloaded songs on my phone.
3. I’m a Formula One fan. It’s actually the only sports I follow closely. I’ve been a fan since 2008 when Hamilton won his first Championship. My team is Mercedes because my favourite racing F1 driver is Lewis Hamilton. Other drivers I support include Alonso, Bottas, Massa, Ricciardo and Lance Stroll.

The questions I was asked:
1. What were you like as a child? As a child, I was the quiet one. Didn’t talk much but was very observant. I kind of noticed things that other kids wouldn’t normally see.
2. What is your favourite dish? My favourite dish is one of my native food- it’s called Vegetable Soup. It’s a traditional dish that consists of lots of 3 different vegetables.
3. What is your favourite vacation destination? My favourite holiday destination would be Paris. Would love to go there one day.
4. What makes you feel accomplished? I feel accomplished when I do what I’m supposed to do. When I do little things like teach, or write or any project I set out to do.
5. Wierd question: What would be your weapon of choice if you were presented with a bad person in front of you? Weird indeed. Well, I think my weapon of choice will depend on how bad the person is. But I’m learning to love everyone regardless. Love is always the best weapon.

My Nominees. There are many beautiful blogs out there but I want to use this opportunity to recognise new bloggers and encourage them.

1. https://everythingbylauren.wordpress.com
2. http://allaboutmelp.com
3. https://sharinggodsstory.net/
4. https://thebenlessard.com
5. https://aimglobal541.wordpress.com
6. https://shubhu23.wordpress.com
7. https://pcblogscom.wordpress.com
8. https://moosmosis.org
9. https://bookmeetsgirlblog.com
10. https://www.musingican.com/blog/
11. https://boywithcurlhair.wordpress.com
12. https://refilldiaries.wordpress.com/
13. https://issuesfromtheheart.com/

These are your questions-
1. What were you like as a child?
2. What is your favourite dish?
3. What is your favourite vacation destination?
4. Describe a perfect moment with a loved one.
5. Wierd question: What would be your weapon of choice if you were presented with a bad person in front of you?

Thank you for all your support on my blog. I’m truly grateful.
#Shalom.

Nothing Good Comes Cheap

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Glory.
We all want it.
Glorious future.
We all desire it.
But,
It comes at a price.
Hard work.
Seizing moments.
Dedication.
Positive attitude.
Passion.
Opportunity costs.
Patience.
Tenacious mind.
Glory.
Be prepared.
Nothing good comes cheap.

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Dare to Dream

Dare to dream, dare to let your thoughts run wild.
Dare to go on an adventure of the mind and let your fantasies carry you into the bubbles of creativity and a million possibilities. Don’t hold back, dream!
Create a new world in your mind, where everything is just as it should be; escape the stresses, worries and imperfections of this world and enter into the realms of your dreams where everything is serene, orderly, and perfect.

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There you are free to sing, dance, laugh, jump and to fly away to your heart’s content. There you are free to realize that you are important, that without you, your dreams will remain only… dreams. For when you stop dreaming, when you stop believing, you stop living.
Dare to close your eyes, and Dream

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Daily prompt: Dream
Originally published on 23/05/2016

Easy Starters

It is always easy to start something
To begin a task is not always that hard
But,
To maintain it, to sustain it
That is the real work
To improve with fresh ideas
To bring in creativity, fresh imaginations,
To keep the crowd running back to you,
To keep the hunger afresh in your audience
Well, that is the real hard work,
A penchant for success,
A drive for progress,
An inner passion to be the best,
A desire to be better each day,
Always make this hard work appear easy.

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Z – Zip it

 

Zip it. Sometimes in the euphoria of excitement, we are too quick to share our thoughts, our dreams, our projects and plans that are still in their conception stage.

Most times, it’s not good to tell everyone what you want to do. Instead, first quietly nurture it, brood on it, pray about it, do some of the things I mentioned in the course of these series. Then, speak in hush confidential tones to a minimum of 2 people who you know will believe in you and support you all the way. We have to use wisdom and know that not everyone who smiles with us is actually happy with us. So, objectively find a minimum of two people who will not be afraid to support or criticise you objectively.

We need to learn to reduce the talk and walk the walk. We should be at liberty to only announce it or go public when we are well into it, at the point of no return, when it’s ready to be released or published as the case may be.
Let’s protect our future by zipping our lips in the present.

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Y – You, You Are Unique

You. You are an important factor in this project. It’s all about you. It’s what you want, it will make you happy and fulfilled. It brings joy to your heart, it’s the air you breath and it’s sweeter than your favourite delicacy. It all revolves around you.
You can start it, you can continue it, modify it, or quit on it.

No matter how everyone wants you to do it, if you don’t do it, it’s not done. And, no matter how people criticise and discourage you from it, if your heart is set on it, you will achieve it. Don’t underestimate the power of you.

Your uniqueness. There’s something original and different about you, about the way you write, talk, think, etc. bring that into your project and own it. I call it “your zing”. Each of us think and process information differently, we have our specific unique zings. Find yours, inject it into your project, and own it. There are many copycats these days, try not to be one. Get ideas from people but add your uniqueness, your own originality to it and that’s what will make you stand out.
You are important. You are unique. You have a zing. Find it. Use it. Stand out from the crowd.

“Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it.” –Bruce Lee

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X X-Ray Your Motives

Always put your motives under the X-ray of objectivity. Why are you doing it? Why do you want you do it? What’s the driving force?
Your motivation factor is key.
Your motivation is your strength.
Your motive is your fuel.
Your motivation is your saviour.

In many days to come when you don’t just feel like it, when setbacks has hassled every plan you have or when everyone criticises you and writes you off; in such times you will feel a lot of negative energy-draining emotions. You may face physical, personal and emotional pressure. What will keep you from giving up and from quitting is your motives. Take marriage for instance, despite the arguments, struggles and differences of opinions we face as couples, many of us have realised that we love our spouses. Our love for our husbands or wives drives us to find ways to help the relationship. When that love is weakened, to stay committed, to fight, to endure becomes a struggle. When the tensions and the heat is down, we realise that we are still madly in love hence, walking away is never an option. In every facet of life, motive is an important key to progress, growth and expansion.

So what’s the motivation? To please people? To prove a point? To compete out of jealousy? To be a celebrity? To make money? To inspire the younger generation? To heal the world? To be a better person? For a better future? To leave a legacy?
What’s your motivation? What’s your motive? So many bloggers we began with have faded away. They are not writing anymore and their blogs have become abandoned projects. I don’t know why but I know that partly the reason is that they couldn’t cope with the pressure, and probably their motive was not strong enough. Hence, they caved in to procrastination and eventual abandonment of their blog sites.

Do you have a dream, a desire to do something? To achieve a goal or an objective? What’s the motive behind it? X-ray your motives and do an objective inward search to find out. When you do, nurse it, guard it and preserve it. Make sure not to lose it. Your motive is your saviour.

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W – Write Down Your Mantra

Write down your motto, mantra, slogan or declaration. It could be a board of motivational quotes and clips, book of motivational stories and words/verses of faith that help you believe. It could be a faith corner. Words, audiovisuals, picture collage of words, etc. It’s got to be something written down that you can read everyday to yourself. There is power in spoken words, but you’ve got to have the right words to speak. You may say, I will remember. I guarantee that you will not. The pen is mightier than the sword.

Let your mantra be the daily milk you drink every day, the constant fuel that ignites your fire and passion. Write it down, say it daily. Keep it handy or clip it by your mirror. You will discover how positive you will be. Writing it down always helps you articulate your thoughts to what’s really important. Check every successful company you know, you will find their motto. For countries you will find an anthem, for faith/religion you will find a creed. Don’t underestimate the power of repetition. What you say everyday will gradually become what you believe. What you do everyday will eventually become who you are.

I’ve discovered by experience that there’s something about spoken words of declaration. I have several of them written in a book and I cannot explain the energy, the positivity and the can-do spirit that fills my heart each day since I started it. It’s so refreshing and invigorating.

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V – Visualise, Visit And Volunteer

Visualise your dream. You have to see or have an idea what the end product would look like. It may not be the full details, it could just be just a sketch of the real picture. So when you look at your plans, your mapped out projections, what does you see? Do each part correlate in your mind to form a whole picture? What do you see? Do you see a wholesome big picture?

Next is to visit physical sites/places in relation to what you are planning to help you visualise your dreams. It’s not enough to search online. If there are physical places around you in connection to your dream, book an appointment if required, then go there and have a feel of the atmosphere. This point is not a blanket rule for every and any project. Nevertheless, it can be applied to an extent to every dream we desire to achieve.
If you want to open a Garden/Flower Center or shop, take a trip to an existing one, if you want to open a nursery or be caterer, take a trip to any around you. If politics is your desire, visit your local councillor’s surgery. Find out from those who are already in the project what you are required to do. Ask critical questions and look around for yourself.

Visiting a physical site will help you to visualise your dreams and see first hand what’s obtainable. Sometimes we may believe, we may make plans and have the best intentions but, without visiting an existing site to help our visualisation, we may end up making expensive mistakes which might discourage us from venturing further.

If you have the time and if such services are available, take it a notch up and offer yourself as a volunteer. Getting involved will definitely give you great insight to the nitty gritty of the work. Hence, with such close ranged commitment, it’s a perfect place and time to evaluate again your strengths and capabilities based on what you are actually witnessing.

Previous: U- Understanding
Next: W- Write Down Your Mantra

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U – Understanding

Understand your strength, understand your abilities. Know your limits, don’t ignore your shortcomings. You are not perfect, you can’t do everything. No one is perfect and no one can do everything all by themselves. Many times we take on too many things, some which are way beyond our natural abilities and gifts.

I strongly believe that all things are possible but it’s not a blind belief. It’s a belief
-according to how God made us,
-according to what we are disposed of,
-according to our gifts and talents, and
-according to our natural inclinations.
No matter how a man loves children and believes he can get pregnant, it would only be a failed venture or one that “may” succeed amidst diverse unnecessary complications and problems. This is because nature did not bestow in him the natural prerequisites for a pregnancy, most importantly a womb. Pregnancy and childbearing is for women because that’s our natural dispositions and strengths. That’s how God made us.

When we channel our energies into our strengths and abilities, we will discover many projects and dreams we can actually accomplish under that particular canopy.
For. e.g. Personally I love singing and I love writing. I don’t have a very strong singing voice but I have a strong inclination towards words. It would be foolhardy for me to start dreaming that one day I could be the world’s best singer, going on tours and been famous. I may achieve that but it will be hassled with troubles and fits. In doing that I would have abandoned writing which I find easier to flow in. But if I follow my gifts, I will, in time, discover that there are many inexhaustible wonderful opportunities open to writers, authors and poets.

Understand your specific role as it relates to your dreams. Focus on what you do best and just do that. In writing for instance, some are good in prose, others in poems, some others in script writing, others in real life issues, wild life, thrillers, sci-fi, everyday events, etc., etc. You can dabble in any of these, once in a while, when the inspiration comes but don’t forget to major on your strengths. Don’t forget to do what you do best. This principle applies in every area of life. If your dream is to study law, teaching, engineering, pharmacy, etc. your first question will be- which area should I focus on based on my strengths and natural inclinations?
Your strength is the real you and that’s what people will love; not the one you are trying to be.

Understand your responsibilities and delegate what you are unable to do or not gifted in. It never hurts to ask for help; in fact, it’s arrogance to try and do everything by yourself when there are people who can and are willing to share the load. Give others the privilege and the joy of helping you. Don’t shut people out when they want to help you. Include them in your plans and let them enjoy being a part of you and your plans. At the end of the day, you’re not overworked yet the job gets done by some happy willing friends, families and/or colleagues. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.

Understanding is key if we must fulfill our dreams and aspirations.
#Shalom

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T – Trials and Tests

Tests, trials, and setbacks may try to discourage you. Don’t be disheartened but instead, celebrate how far you’ve come. You’re may not be there yet but you have sure come a long way. Try not to dwell on what could have and many would haves, that’s the road to a pity party no one wants to come to. Instead, let the stumbling blocks be your stepping stones to something bigger and better.

For every dream and aspirations you have, there will always be wars to win and battles to fight. As they say, not every battle is for you. Choose the battles to fight but win the war. Choose the setbacks to respond to and carry on with your plans victoriously when it’s all over.

If it’s a waiting period, use it to reflect and learn the wonderful art of patience and perseverance. Use the waiting period to develop your inner character and stamina. Develop a thick skin and learn from your setbacks. Learn to smile and wave at the storm. In each test, there’s always a testimony, search deep and find yours.

At the moment, I’m also experiencing a setback in two goals I’m working on. It’s not a good place to be in but I’m also learning patience and trusting God that when it’s all over, something good and wonderful will come out of it.
#Shalom

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