SKILL IS THE NEW MONEY!

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Loren Long is an American artist and illustrator who saw his passion and ambitions as a navigation towards what he was indeed meant to be. At the time he was to enter into College, his friends were choosing careers with guarantees of payouts but he, chose to pick art; his gift and passion as a career. He dedicated himself to his work, seeking and honing every available skills to refine his artistic whims & style. After sometimes, his reputation grew. One opportunity led to another and he was invited to create freelance illustrations for several national publications including Forbes and Times. In the midst of all these successes, Long became tired of what he called “keeping the pace of the rat race.” That same down period, he started receiving manuscripts from his Agent for a soon-to-be-published Adult book in need of a cover art. Reading the stories opened his eyes to the fact that all of his previous work experiences and skills gained were pointing him to one direction. In his words, “it was like a light went off in my brain, and I suddenly thought; that’s it, I’m meant to be a storyteller!”

Long went on to become a successful writer and illustrator of picture books, working with notables such as Madonna, former US President, Barak Obama etc… What set him up for this fulfillment was his preparation for change through skills, learning and relearning.

More and more, employers are evaluating candidates first and foremost based on their skills rather than on their previous job titles or formal degrees.

One thing that has left individuals hanging in their career pursuits and endeavors is creative nativity. You hear people say they’ve been working for a number of years and things don’t add up at some point any longer. For some, they get bailed out by their entrepreneurial tendencies & drive, while others just get stuck on a crossroad clueless. Such people climbed their career ladders without preparing for change and innovations that is non profitable.

While focusing on career development is a great idea, you should not forget that entrepreneurial skills should be developed. shouldn’t be just limited to your job alone. Sometimes, our job, passion or career is just a navigation towards what we are meant to become. There’s a way hobbies finetune your consciousness and expectations from life, this is why you give yourself to what interests you…but identifying beforehand the profitable potentials of your job or career then pushes you to know and seek more thereby improving your skills and sharpening your creativity. Creativity means learning skills and building on the foundation of your strength. You need to know that skill is the new money! The time has come where men would be paid based on what they can do & what they have to offer. The more skills you get, the more successful options you have.

Building a career along the path of your interests helps you to channel your energy into a course that you believe in, with that, even when the going gets tough, you are able to push on because you are in it for the passion and joy you get not just for the paycheck. People who have gone on to succeed in any endeavor have been people who built their skills along their interest or passion.

When Steve started Apple, there were many roadblocks, many reasons for him to turn around, made many mistakes and had struggles in his personal life to deal with, but in the face of his passion for Apple, those challenges didn’t stand a chance and now he is the celebrated as a tech giant all over the world.

How many of us have an idea, or a passion and haven’t taken a single step towards doing something, anything about it. Acquiring new skills and building yourself up in line with your interest will make you a success story.

“Suya made in heaven”

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One of my regular hangouts spots many years ago when I just graduated from school was a Suya spot in my community. My friends call the suya “made in Heaven”. It was quite a walking distance from the car park to where the meat was smoked.

Suya is a spicy meat skewer which is a popular food item in West Africa. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as the kidney, liver, and tripe are also used. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suya

I think I have to confess that I had two ladies close to my heart at this time and on separate occasions, I have visited this joint with each of the ladies.

I remembered how I’d always gush over one of them. I do the calling, the chatting, the visiting and of course, the suya adventures. Whenever we get to the suya joint, I’m always the one ushering her, we drive down there, walk together from the car park to the suya spot, take gist together and all over each other tasting all that is to be tasted and munching all that is to be munched. It was very obvious that our romantic aura was that with a whole lot of bond.

The other lady on the other hand never had this sort of addictive closeness with me though much loved. There was a kind of lacuna that seemed to have stood right between us. It was all a “go sort it out, I’ll join you” kind of relationship. In fact, I almost lost my love and sentiments about my “made in heaven” just because of her.  

I’ve always then wondered why both experiences were the direct opposite of each other until recently when I discovered something about value and perception.

Do you know that the reason why you are treated the way you are [positively or negatively] is most time as a result of your perceived value? The respect, attention, love, praises you get is due to people’s perception of your value or worth either intellectually,  academically,  financially or any other perceived assumption.

In the case of my relationship, I came to realize the first lady was so much valuable. Her sound mind was non-comparable. You know that sort of intelligence that cut across all spheres even during an outing be it official and non-official. There’s a way she inspires me to do more due to how much she stands on what she believes and how much she’s always willing to work on herself and develop her values.  

The other lady, however, is the reason why I have come to understand so much about marketing and personal branding. Yes, she was a good vibe, but she was bereft of practical display of her values. She talks about being a lot of things but her behavior always contradicts that in every way. You see, one thing is your acclaimed values, another thing is what your behavior is saying about those values.  

Value in marketing, also known as customer-perceived value, is the difference between a prospective customer’s evaluation of the benefits and costs of one product when compared with others. Wikipedia

 “People don’t trade money for things when they value their money more highly than they value things.” Roy H. Williams

The same way people don’t trade money for things they value their money higher than, is the same way serious-minded people don’t trade their time for people they perceive to have fewer values or positive contributions to them.

This leads us to personal branding which is an action in people’s lives where they take an active role. There are tons of benefits that people can get from creating their brand. A person’s brand is an important part of a person’s career. Building a personal brand will make people feel comfortable around you and establishes trust. Once a person builds his reputation, it will help them to get more exposure and increased network and better connections. It helps gain credibility, authenticity, and  recognition in their area of expertise

This is how much your value and behavior should be intimate. That is what will give you the respect you never asked for. In fact, your self-esteem would be flying high.

The much ado about value is this, “You would be valued for your value, make people’s perception about you worth it”.

My Network

Happy New Week Friends,

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My phone rang in the middle of the night and I was forced to wake up from my sleep. It should be an emergency at work I thought. I struggled to pick the phone and it was my friend who said he was celebrating his birthday at a community club and wanted me to join the party. I looked at the time again and it was 2.00 am.  I politely mentioned to him that I will not be able to attend since I was not informed earlier and also told him how I felt about the midnight call.

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Immediately I got off the line, I decided to view my call history and logs. I decided to write out each caller and estimated the reasons and value of each of the calls. I noticed that I have been having several conversations during the month that had no estimated present of future value.

I went further to evaluate the list of my friends and their contribution to my goals and I noticed that there was no correlation.  I knew I had a lot of work to do since it was clear to me that my network determines my networth.

The innate value of a network and what you get out of it can make or break your chances for development.

Your time is valuable and networking can be hit and miss if you cannot assess the value of your network first. Before you start networking, find out about the network and how it can help you move toward your goals.

Having a dream is important in life and having short goals that every day moves us closer to every day of our dream is even more important. In our previous article, we have emphasized the need to have a purpose or a dream and run with it, but it is also pertinent to mention that Whatever your desire is, you need to measure your daily activities towards the realization of this singular desire of your heart. It isn’t just about having a goal or writing down a mission statement, what you do or decide not to do every day all matters in the end to whether your desire will be fulfilled or not.

If you will make any significant impact in and with your life, your daily actions and inactions must be reviewed for change (D.O.K)

I have come to realize this simple truth that what you do is not far from who you become. It is as simple as what you spend your time doing, you become good at, so it boils down then to how you spend your time. In a single day, you have only 24 hours, at the end of this 24 hours, the summation of what you have done that day will show if you are setting yourself up for success or for failure when it comes to fulfilling your dream or your desire. Let’s review these everyday actions that impact on our goals.

  1. Your call log: these are the people you are in daily contact with, your association, your close network. These people are very integral to the person you become and whether or not your dreams will come true. Do these people challenge you? Do they inspire you or are they just gist lovers, you know, friends that like to carry around the latest gist. If we check your call log, what kind of people are we going to find? If they are the kind that helps you to take those baby steps to fulfill your dreams then congratulations, if otherwise, then you need to review contact list as quickly as possible.
  2. Your financial statement: how you spend your money is also very key. People who have shown to be prudent with money eventually succeed when they are in management roles, be it at work or in government or even in education. Let’s have a look at your financial history and see what percentage of your money goes to what. In many cases, you can always know via a person’s financial history whether a man is as honest as he says he is.
  3. Your diet: our body thrives on good food and good rest. Feeding it with junk is a sign that you do not take what you have seriously. It doesn’t matter how lofty your dream is if you are not in good health either as a result of what you eat or how you rest, there isn’t much that can be done. So to enjoy the progress of your dream, watch what you feed your body!
  4. Your library: what books are you reading? I once heard my pastor say, read a book at any time and you gain knowledge but read that book in a moment of crises and you gain instruction. In this case, there are no crises but there is a desire or a dream in your heart. If you read a book tailored in that direction, you will gain plenty of wisdom and instruction on how to bring that dream to reality.

Conclusion

Networks grant access. Access increases opportunities. Capitalizing on opportunities leads to success. Timing and talent are important factors, but having the right network to leverage when you need it vastly improves your probability of success. 

Many people have big dreams and great desires to be this and that, but only a few take the due diligence to ensure that their daily actions are in line with their endpoint.

Don’t just do nothing, start daily, start today to consciously set yourself up for success!

RAISE YOUR REFERENCE LEVEL

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You probably haven’t heard of Roger Bannister who first broke the record run of a mile under four minutes in 1954. This was considered impossible due to the physical limitations of the human body. But hey, Bannister rose above that standard giving way for possibilities where it was once nonexistent. Right after he proved it was possible, the limitation barrier wake removed and sixteen runners had accomplished hat same record by the end of 1957. What changed? Reference level!

Also, before Barak Obama became the president of the United States, he had taken several political steps the social mindset termed standard and unattainable due to the indirect undertones of racism in the US at that time. In fact, he was often called the black Senator. However, on becoming the president, he stopped being a black or coloured. He simply became Barak Obama – a name that would later be reckoned with even in Africa and the world at large. What changed? Reference level! He progressed against odds and didn’t even stop at wins that appeared milestone enough. He rose beyond the STANDARD.

Often, we are blinded to see that we can do much more if we just grow past the measurement of our past successes or deeds. We wallow in the abundance of what people think of us and how much recommendations we get from men in high placeson forgetting that we can always STAND on what the world call STANDARD.

Progress is not a cliché. Just as the word implies, it’s a process of exceeding limits. It is just like learning; never-ending except you decide never to.

The not-so-biggie but actually a biggie in the long run about reference level is that it becomes a comforting limitation to break boundaries. You’ll always make excuses of previous wins and successes forgetting that it took you enough time get what you did and it’ll take you more indurating efforts to do more.

Just to remind you, your actions and persistence on that one thing may create a mindset shift in your community or country. Sometimes, it takes raising ourselves high enough before we can be able to raise a barrier.

Globalization has made it easier to see that that there are a lot of barriers waiting to be raised; belief systems, socio-cultural conditioning, economic and financial perspectives, etc.

Here are tips on how to raise our bar levels;

  • Meet people.
  • Try many things and learn from whatever the outcome is.
  • Read, travel, and utilize the advantages of the internet and be engaged in intelligent conversations.
  • Evaluate yourself always.
  • Get a mentor.

Hope to see you on the other side of the bar!

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God bless Nigeria (2)

The sound of the band and the melody form the brass echoed the air. The police band were rehearsing the National Anthem in preparation for the Independence day ceremony which is celebrated 1st of October.

They meant every word as they sang, I could see the zeal and commitment to their utterances. These promising youth were determined on contributing their own efforts to the development and growth of my nation.

It is believed that whenever a country gains its freedom or independence, one of the first things established is a national anthem. And this is because a ‘National Anthem’ signifies the nation’s status on which people pride themselves.

Thus, countries like France that prides itself on freedom in their anthem. While the likes of Germany, who at a time stood supreme, exalts itself above all.

But there are other countries like Ghana who, instead of pride, prays to God for guidance in their anthem…and her sister, Senegal, renders praise to mother Africa.

Our Anthem in Nigeria is a call to arise and serve our nation in peace, love and unity.

The national anthem is a “generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history,traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation’s government as the official national song,or by convention through use by the people.” 

When singing the anthem, everyone of us is calling on one another to arise.Firstly, we are to see one another as compatriots. A patriot is a proud supporter or defender of his or hercountry and its way of life. A patriot loves his/her country with the whole of his/her life. A patriot is ready tolay down his life for his country. A patriot obeys all the laws of his land. A patriot is selfless, honest, loyal,and has unflinching support for his country.

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Which call is Nigeria calling us? The call to be a voice for the voiceless, help the helpless, and feed thepoor. The call for national peace, unity, harmony, and love. The call for national sanity, security, and integra-tion. The call to stop terrorism and religious intolerance. The call to enlighten the ignorant, train the youths,and judge the wicked. The call for national moral cleansing. The call to use your talents, gifts, resources, andpower for her development. The call to put aside every form of past hatred and indifferences and join handstogether to build a great nation  

We are called to serve sacrifiaially and obediently. Every one including lawyers, military officers, clerical staff, healthworkers, engineers, sportsmen, journalists, bankers, farmers, traders, ICT users and providers, vocationalworkers, in short, all professionals should render their services as expected. Do more for Nigeria than Nige-ria does for you

The labour of our heroes past through the use of  the pen, others the power of the sword, others the power of their voice, and yet others the strength of their actions should not be allowed to go in vain. We should desist from trampling on their memories and spit on their graves. If they lived in these times, would they have been motivated to fight or would they have sat folding hands in despair like most Nigerians do viewing our nation as unredeemable? Would they weep if they could see our misguided heroes-turned-terrorists or the would-be heroes banished permanently to the back seat of our minds because someone had told us it was better to live a miserable life than fight

Every little act, every minute spent, every words uttered, every event and every knowledge impacted has an effect on the growth of our great Nation Nigeria.

Every of our daily and individual action is a cause which produces effect on both our individual lives and the country as a whole.

Let us individually contribute positively to the growth and development of our country Nigeria.  It is not only about our leaders, we also have our parts to play.

Lets us continually make our pledge to our country Nigeria, to be faithful, loyal and honest. To serve Nigeria with all our strength. To defend her unity uphold her honour and glory. 

Ref; https://www.academia.edu/14919458/ARISE_O_COMPATRIOTS by Fawole Victor

https://www.pulse.ng/gist/nigerian-national-anthem-a-breakdown-of-these-famous-lines/yjrsp6h Ayomide Taiwo

Rejection, a step closer to Success

People don’t trade money for the things they value their money more highly than, Every negative answer you get is as a result of your assumed or perceived value.   (D.O.K)

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Bridget, a very brilliant writer has never won any of the writing competitions she participated for years. Her piece was always rejected and with each rejection, she began to lose her confidence until she couldn’t write anything exceptional. When we met, I managed to share some tips with her, she was able to change her perspective, and today her piece is being used all over the world for international dance drama and stage performance.

People don’t trade money for the things they value their money more highly than. You are being denied a job simply because your value does not match the required expectation. Every negative answer you get is as a result of your assumed or perceived value. While you think about some rejection scenarios that may have happened to you in the past, ask yourself, was I worth their value? If your answer is no, it is a good thing to consider improving your skills and building your personal brand to be strong and positive. If your answer, however, is yes, then be encouraged because rejection creates opportunities for change and can be an advantage to step higher.

Image result for rejection step to successFeelings of rejection, fear, and negativity happen, and everyone goes through this cycle. In my experience, even though my job demands that I stay positive, there have been moments when I felt discouraged and disappointed, a few times I have had to question everything quietly as negative. If anyone tells you they are always positive and never experienced bad days, that is a fat lie. But I have learned to celebrate rejection and learned to take the energy of rejection and experience a shift in my brilliance, re-frame it and see it as a gift and blessing in disguise. Now I look at people who rejected me to have done me a favor, saved me time, energy and money and given me an invitation to grow.

It only takes you and you alone to catch your vision and drive it passionately. Understand that not everyone is going to appreciate you. So many people will not acknowledge your brilliance and will reject your genius and overlook your potential – and that can be a good thing depending on how you see rejection. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Steve Job was rejected from his own company. Albert Einstein was seen as having no potential, he couldn’t speak and read early and was rejected by many schools but all of these individuals took their rejection and turned it around, they went on to make history such that their names are still on our lips till date.

How to handle rejection and turn it around

  1. Change the narrative in your mind: most of the time what cripples us after a rejection incident is the meaning you attached to it. Instead of seeing yourself as a failure and the cause of your problems, shift your focus to how you can move on and maximize the situation.
  2. Use it as a feedback option: if possible enquire the reasons behind the decision that was made, critically examine the response and see it from the eye of the other person. Once you learn your lessons and improve your strength, discard the rest of the response.
  3. Brave the possibility of rejection: instead of being afraid and refusing to step out of your comfort zone, dare yourself to change the narrative and see rejection as a good thing. People who have eventually succeeded in their field today were people who were all out, daring the odds and as the rejection mounted, so did their confidence to take the stakes up.

I challenge you today to put yourself out there and prepare for the next level of opportunities.

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The Power of Your Intentions

every action starts with an intention

Happy New Week friends,

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What sets good outcomes from bad outcomes is an Intention. It’s not merely a question of good or bad but of results.

The quality of pictures taken by a professional photographer and any other person with the same Camera is the intention behind their actions. For the professional photographer, he has the intention of making a good and quality picture while an average individual takes the picture casually.

The other day, a friend was saying to me how he walks a certain number of kilometer daily to get to his workplace, incredibly, I informed him that I cover half of same distance every day during my early morning workout. What is more interesting is that this friend of mine does not appear healthy and physically fit despite the kilometers he covers to work daily. But I kept getting muscular, strong and physically fit body. What made the difference – same action but different outcomes.

For one, amongst other things, the intention behind what we do sets the foundation for which other actions are taken. I am trying to say that one supersedes the other, in varying situation, both our action and intention are important and sometimes our actions are actually more important.  

Set daily Intentions

Intentions are not the same as goals. While goal focuses on what you have to do and achieve at a set time, intentions are about who you want to be and how you choose to impact the lives of others.

Having a conscious intention to the things you do or want to do can dramatically turn your life around making you happier and the pressure of “perfect” off you.

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EFFECTIVE GIVING

Good intentions are the basics of giving a gift, if the act of giving is not effective, the gift can rouse sour emotions.

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Some years back, my mentor gave me one of his expensive golf kit since he had several kits as we had almost similar hobbies and sports. The particular golf iron were of sleek design, and in excellent condition. Seeing how it met my needs, I was very grateful and immediately dropped my old kit. I was too excited to notice that I was playing above my handicap since I started using the kit.

By the time I noticed, I began to watch YouTube videos on how to use the golf iron and engaged the service of a Pro who eventually discovered that the golf iron I was using was the reason for my poor game. The irons were long because they were customized for my mentor who is far taller than I am.

Immediately I customized the length of the Irons and my game was up again.

While thinking about this experience, I started to realize the lessons that could be learnt that can make us better givers because I believe that no matter how much one gives, if on the other side, your good intention is seen as evil, your good work is not complete.  

We all want to be effective in our actions, to give a gift and know that it served it’s purpose and that we achieved the highest possible impact in the life of the receiver. When we give, it’s mostly from a place of love, of your beliefs, or out of a place of necessity- because you don’t need the item and maybe you need space for new ones, but whatever your reasons are, these two tips are worthy of note.

  1. When giving an item that you no longer find useful, ensure that it is at least in good condition. This applies to basic everyday use that may no longer fit your taste but can still be very useful for other people. If it needs to be washed and pressed, by all means do so. If there’s need for some minimal repairs, as much as you can, do so because it shows that you understand the receiver, and that you are sensitive enough to do the right thing.
  2. When giving a special item, a car or a special tool, always communicate the condition upfront. This is perhaps one of the most important principle and why is this important? Because it helps the receiver understand the history of the item and know the right steps to take towards resolving whatever issues the gift might have. A very good example is the gift of a car that has slight engine faults, if this history is not communicated, not only does it cost the receiver more, it can also portrays the giver as one who lacks integrity and should not be trusted.

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A New Beginning

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Pascal walked out of the hospital with so much pain and also with his fate unknown. He has just gone for a medical checkup following a severe illness he suffered. He got home and could not sleep for the three days of waiting.

He woke up in the morning and he knelt down to pray, this is an act he has neglected 10 years ago since he started working with a multinational. He was immediately promoted and he was earning six-digit figures monthly. He went from pub to club, parties to hotels.

After praying, he got back to his early morning meditation and exercise, an act he neglected years ago as well. Pascal was a devoted Christian who hears from God every day. Now he hardly knows how and when God communicates with his beloved.

He reached for his music box, it was Steffany Gretzinger’s out of hiding place playing.

‘‘Come out of hiding, You’re safe here with Me; There’s no need to cover what I already see

You’ve got your reasons but I hold your peace; You’ve been on lock-down and I hold the key

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave

Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours. I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
. You’re not far from home

And now I’ll be your lighthouse when you’re lost at sea And I will illuminate everything

No need to be frightened by intimacy. No, just throw off your fear and come running to Me’’

The suffering people experience when they are sick can help them grow closer to Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for next month’s World Day of the Sick.

Sickness is an opportunity for God to be glorified and for observers to believe the power of healing. This perspective is easy to forget because sickness is often a struggle. The physical body can be extremely demanding. It can writhe in pain, convulse from seizures, sweat from fever, ache from infection, and fatigue from fighting cancer. Some feel so badly, they are ready to commit suicide. 

It is not too late for new beginnings and fresh starts. A fresh look at the future and all the wonderful possibilities it holds would make you have a reason to live again. These were the words he heard from the counselor he had an appointment with earlier in the day.  He thought it was over until he went back for his test the next day. The doctor told him he was still healthy and can live another fifty years if he lived healthy and disciplined.

The below tips can help you as well as recommended to Pascal;

  • Get In Shape.
  •  Get out of town.
  •   Rewrite your story.
  •   Invite new people into your life.
  • · Be disciplined about self-care.
  •   Quit what isn’t working for you.
  • Strengthen your relationships with the people who love you.
  • Take a course that teaches you something new.
  • Make a budget and stick to it.
  • Become invested in the process of change, not the outcome.
  • Forgive others, Forgive the Universe. Forgive yourself.
  • Look at how far you have come.

The Power of Your Mind

Your mind can be your best asset or your worst enemy. It is important you learn how to train your mind and your body to perform at its peak. Everyone has the ability to build mental strength. With practice, mental exercises could be the key to living a longer, happier life.

Malimbe

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The captain made an announcement that six other aircraft would be taking off before ours, this meant that we had several minutes to taxi. I picked up a magazine “Malimbe” and started flipping through the pages until an article caught my attention. It was all about the Nigeria culture and particularly the city of Benin. The history from the slave trade to her great work of arts that was stolen during the precolonial and now being sold all over the world was particularly fascinating.

I looked around and noticed this couple, they were both solving a cross puzzle and playing Sudoku. They should be in their 70s, I smiled remembering that is one of my family goals .

I decided to engage them and soon, it turned out to be a mentoring session I had enrolled for. Both the man and his wife told me how they have been able to live together for 45 years. They mentioned the challenges, the fun they had both enjoyed and how they settled their differences.

They were from different tribes and also practiced different religion. The story I shared earlier of a Buddhist and his Christian wife flashed to me where they have both the statue of Jesus and Buddha erected side by side in their prayer closet. When I asked why they did that, they told me “If Jesus and Buddha could not live together in peace, how then would they live together as husband and wife.

And the great moment came where their faith was tested. At some point during the flight, there was great turbulence due to the bad weather, though the captain announced everything was under control, everyone was already panicking.

When I looked at them, they were still chatting, holding their hands and were at peace. This experience was just beyond me, how two people of different orientation, culture, religion and perhaps different ideologies can live together so well they experience absolute joy. It boils down to tolerance and love that forgives. Note that this couple never said they didn’t have conflict or misunderstandings, as a matter of fact, they often do. What makes the difference is their singular ability to reason with each other.

As I have come to find out, peace begins with tolerance and respect for everyone.

Lets get down to it and ask yourself honestly how have you demonstrated tolerance and respect for the people around you who always seem to disagree with you.

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