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LIVING AND DYING WITH GRACE

 

The other day at the gym I shared a conversation with a 50-year-old professional lady whom I will call Pretty. What I liked most about Pretty was her positive mentality.

Pretty told me a story about her dear friend that had passed on a few days back. She said, “That friend of mine, Priscilla (not real name) was a real fighter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago. She battled with cancer, but you would never tell from her face. Priscilla was a jovial person. She always looked at life with a positive outlook.

“Priscilla lived longer than she ever thought. There is no day when I saw her downcast or looking pitiful. Priscilla gave many of us hope. She refused to be controlled by emotions and thoughts of the dreadful disease. Even though she went through chemotherapy, you would never know it unless she told you.

“She is one example of a person that taught me and others how to live and die with grace.”

What is the moral of the story? We all need to learn to be grateful for every opportunity. This includes the opportunity to be alive. Many people would have liked to be alive, but they could not make it. Many people would have loved to earn a salary of 500 or 5000. But either they earn less, or they have no job.

Some people would have loved to have shelter. But they have none.

Many that are starving will be grateful to eat the left-overs that you are throwing in the refuse bin. But you are murmuring that you do not have enough luxury.

Some people would be glad to wear the old clothes in your wardrobe, yet you are complaining about the good clothes that you have.

Many men and women would be grateful to just have one child, but they are barren. Yet you have four or six children and you grumble daily.

Meanwhile, there are some people in their thirties or forties that are still looking for a life partner. You have a life partner whom you actually take for granted!

There are people who wish they had a business. But you have one, and instead of appreciating the business; you decide to complain.

There is nothing wrong with desiring more. But start by appreciating what you have.

One word. Appreciate what you have and take care of it until your last day on earth. That is what I call living and dying with grace.

Copyright © 2016 Wilbert R. Mutoko

 

 

 

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ARE YOU CLEAN BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE?

It is good to be clean outside, but make sure you are clean inside as well. Otherwise, you are heading for a crush.
Mind what you put in your stomach. Fried foods and over cooked foods could send you early to the grave.
 
Raw foods are far better – fruits and vegetables. Reduce anything that is not good for your body. Make sure that your stomach is clean.
 
Similarly, make sure your heart is clean. No bitterness. No hatred. No unforgiveness. No malice. Otherwise, you attract stress, depression, BP, stroke etc.
 
Be clean in and out.
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THERE IS NO EASIER WAY FOR START-UPS

If you want to make it in business, there is no other way; except to work hard especially during the first ten years of the business.

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Even during tough times, keep investing

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ADVICE TO AUTHORS

Plagiarism is dangerous. Plagiarism according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary (Online) (2016) refers to “the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person: the act of plagiarizing something.”
Furthermore, according to Wikipedia (2016), plagiarism refers to “the ‘wrongful appropriation’ and ‘stealing and publication’ of another author’s ‘language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions’ and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
 
Yes you can use other people’s ideas, but it is noble and ethical for you to reference. 
You look more authentic when you can tell us who said what, then you tell us your own understanding.
Otherwise, if you take people’s ideas and work without citing or referencing, it has many bad effects: 1. You lose credibility. People do not trust you again because they do not know when you write or speak your own or when you use other people’s ideas 2. you commit a criminal offense called plagiarism, which means you have stolen other people’s property (intellectual).
 
Plagiarism can result in you being sued in court.
 
When you read books by great people such as Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, John Maxwell and Bill Gates, you still see them citing other writers. But why is it that in Africa authors pride in taking other people’s materials without citing?
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THE PRICE FOR GREAT LEADERSHIP

One woman went to Jesus Christ with his two sons, “Master please promote my sons so that one will sit on your right hand and the other on your left.” Jesus inturn asked the woman, “Can your sons drink of the cup that I drink?”

Jesus was trying to ask the woman whether his sons were ready to pay the price for greatness. Were they willing to sacrifice for the leadership positions?  Did they understand that it was not about the leadership position, but responsibilty, servanthood and accountability?

Definitely the mother in this story had a good wish for her children so that they could become great leaders. The only thing she did not understand was that leadership and greatness do not come by wishing or by mere placement. Rather, great leadership comes through paying the price; that is, drinking the cup of pain and sacrifice inorder to help others achieve their goals and make the world a better place.

For Jesus the price he paid for great leadership was isolation, continuous criticism, not being understood, beatings and dying a shameful death on the cross like a criminal when he was not a criminal. All this, Jesus did to save other people including you and me.

However, in today’s world we have very few leaders because many are looking for short cuts. They avoid ‘drinking the cup’, yet they want leadership positions.

Are you ready to drink your cup? Are you sure that you really want to be successful in leadership? Then, stop complaining and pay the price!

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