All posts by Peter Akhere

I am your creative inspirational friend. I love reading, writing, speaking, acting, and more... I am a success catalyst.

When We Were Brave.

I was born in relatively unknown African village, in the south southern part of Nigeria. Back in those days, we didn’t have so much toys to play with. There weren’t high fences to ‘cage’ us in. In fact, there were no fences at all. As infants, we crawled on bare earth and sometimes ate of the the ‘sweet scenting’ sand. And as we grew, the sand – reddish brown earth – was our companion. We played in the sand, fought in the sand and were remarkably creative with the use of the sand. As far as the sand was concerned, there was nothing to fear – Because we were brave.
Childhood was a time of great adventure. There was nothing we couldn’t do or be and whatever our minds imagined, we gave expression to it in ways that amazed and (sometimes) terrified the adults.

Yes, the sand was our Kingdom and everything connected with it was our resources.

We were hunters, hunting grasshoppers in grown and lush grass fields.

We were actors, playing roles of ‘Father’, ‘Mother’ and children.

We were warriors, wrestling to the ‘death’ of anyone who dared challenge us to a contest.

We were chefs who could ‘cook’ the most delicious cuisines in our empty milk tins on top of our improvised ‘fireplace’.

We were movie stars too, for we could recreate and reanimate out favourite ‘Rambo’ and ‘Van Dam’ movies in the bush and uncompleted buildings.

We made pistols out of wood and made machine guns out of cocoyam stems well fitted together with broomsticks.

We scaled walls and jumped off treetops. We climbed thorny orange trees and ant-infested mango trees many times without clothes except dirty muddy pants, just to get to the fruits that our stones and sticks could not reach. We weren’t afraid of the thorns or the ants, because we were brave.
And to my personal favourite, we were ‘Olympic Medalists’ who reigned supreme in local sports and games. We would organise our teams and train ourselves in different kinds of sports ranging from high jumps to long jumps and even acrobatics (our own form of gymnastics).

I remember being a grand champion once, having become the ‘last man standing’ in our village regional contest of the one who could do any stunt that anyone else could do and yet still perform a stunt that no one else could perform.

We would mark out our competition ‘arena’ and use a spade to soften the ground by breaking them into clods and sometimes wetting it with water. We had a ‘liftoff’ constructed out of coconut branches, firmly fixed at one end of the ‘arena’ and then the games begin. We would run with maximum speed towards the ‘liftoff’ and upon takeoff, we would perform different twists and turns in the air before touching back down. If you land on your feet without falling, you scored a point, otherwise, you lost a point. And you can bet that as far those stunts went, we were fierce, we were daring and we were brave. Some would fold their hands to perform a stunt and some would even clap their hands through their styles just to be unique.

My mother would often scream at the top of her voice in fear for the safety of her dear son. She feared I might fall and break a bone and maybe lose my life. But I had no such fear and had no such care. Those were days when we were brave.

Many years have past since then and as I reminisce, I realise how much we have changed. – how much I have changed.
With the much acquired knowledge of gems and bacteria, we’re now afraid to get our hands ‘dirty’.

Now we think less of what we could do and become, and think more of what we COULDN’T do or become.
Our fear of failure restrains us more than our passion for success propels us.
And because we are afraid that if we ‘venture out’, we might lose, we focus on SAFETY. We think ‘safety’, we talk ‘safety’ and so we live (and die) in the SAFE ZONE. – Forgetting that there was a time when we were brave. Let’s be BRAVE again!

 

(C) Peter Akhere

Believe in Yourself

Perhaps one of the worst injustice you can ever do to yourself is to continously doubt your capacity and your potentials. Many of us have heard it times without number that “Whatever your mind can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE, It can ACHIEVE.” And to most people, this is just a Motivational Jargon. But whether you like it or not, it holds true nonetheless.
There are TWO personalities whose opinion about you matter most in life and once these two are in your favour, NOTHING (or No One) will be able to stop you.
The first Personality is God. That means His opinion about you is CRITICALLY FUNDAMENTAL. But we need not worry about this one because God’s opinion about you (and me) is one of absolute positivity. He says you’re ‘More than a Conqueror’, a king and a priest, and one who has ALL of His ability at your disposal.
The second personality whose opinion matters just as much (which you should be more concerned about) is YOU. What you believe about yourself sets the tone for how your life will unfold. Whether you will succeed or fail, prosper or not… will boil down to what you truly believe about yourself. So start developing some confidence in your innate abilities and see how your life begins to change.
It is commonly said that ‘One with God is a majority’. But I dare say that ‘One with God is a complete #Totality.’
Remember that God made you in His image and after His Likeness. And He is no Failure – Neither did He make (you) a failure. So Believe in God and believe in Yourself.

#You_will_succeed.
God bless you Abundantly.

If Only

Life I’ve seen is full of good, just as much as there’s evil.
It also is full of Light, just as much as there’s darkness.
Sometimes, things go so ugly as though it’s of the devil.
Such times, I often wonder with a heart in restlessness.

If only there were no wars, we would always live in peace.
With love and joy in the air, we would live in unity.
As friends in bond we would be, like couples in endless bliss.
As fights and strife will be not, a life of tranquillity.

If only there were no death, we would never have to die.
Forever we all would live, with loved ones in company.
Tears of mourning, we won’t cry, neither would we say goodbye.
Family and friends shall be, just so much and so many.

If only there were no wrongs, then we would always be right.
We would never make mistakes, nothing to be sorry for.
There would be no punishment, be it heavyweight or light.
Things well would always be done, and good news heard would be more.

If only there were no hate, we would always dwell in love.
If only there were no lies, we would always know the truth.
If only there were no lack, there would be less problems to solve.
If only things were different, perhaps our pains it would soothe

But in this do I find rest, all things in life have their place.
Unwanted as they may seem, they still try to find some use.
For perhaps if death was not, Life might be an endless race.
Where all men would run and run, with nothing to gain or lose.

(C) 2010. Peter Akhere.

Confused

Alone in the dark, he wanders.

Searching for the Light.

Awaiting the glimmer of that ray

That proceeds its arrival.

Lost within himself, he wonders,

What the missing piece might be.

Skilled in the art of puzzles,

But with square pegs for round holes.

 

A stitch in time saves nine.

And to every purpose, there is a time.

He must not delay,

Else, the fruit gets rotten.

Should he be too fast,

It is plucked unripe.

 

Still he awaits the Light,

To reveal what is hidden.

To show what must be done,

And even when to get it done.

 

©Peter Akhere.

Let’s talk about WISDOM.

Where it all Begins.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

The foundation for gaining and growing in wisdom is actually an acknowledgement of the fact that you either lack it or that you do not have enough of it. You cannot gain access to (God’s) wisdom with a mentality that is self sufficient. You must first ACKNOWLEDGE and ADMIT that you do not have (enough of) it.
We live in a generation where it has become very easy to pretend to be knowledgeable. Yes, almost anyone with a smart phone and access to the Internet considers himself smart. But common sense still let us understand that there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Some people cannot admit that they do not know. Some cannot accept open correction. And some do not accept correction at all, whether open or secret. With these kinds of people, true wisdom will always be far.
There are some others who although have learned quite a lot in their fields are always open to corrections and advice. They constantly admit that they do not know it all and some would even ask for open advice and suggestions from as many that can give it (including from subordinates). These are the kinds of people with whom wisdom resides.
Notice in the scriptural verse above, that it is only those who first acknowledge that they lack wisdom that will ask.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask…”

If you do not acknowledge it, you will not ask. And this principle is not only applicable to receiving from God, but also to receiving through men (as channels).
It is only a person who acknowledges his deficiency and ignorance in an area that can position him/herself to learn and grow in that area.
Many people today are in marriages and relationships that can best be described as ‘Disasters’ yet, they will never go for counselling or even buy (and actually read) a book on relationships or marriage. They just believe that they know how to handle it.
Some people are occupying positions of authority and they bear titles that suggests that they are ‘leaders’. Yet, in the very practical sense of it, their leadership ‘sucks’. They just cannot accept suggestions or corrections or advice from their ‘followers’ (afterall, they’re the boss). But Moses demonstrated to us that even a Prophet that hears directly from God can still learn from man. (Remember Moses and Jethro)
Never be too Big, too Advanced, too Schooled or too High in Position to acknowledge that you still do not know it all. It is the Foundational Prerequisite for Wisdom.
Remember Solomon. First he acknowledged that he lacked it and so he asked for it, then he got it.
Apply the same principle in everything you do.

God bless you Abundantly.

In Life’s Race…

In life’s race, you don’t stay ”in front” to win.
You stay ”on course” – On ”your” lane to obtain the prize.

In life’s race you don’t get disqualified for falling down.
You get disqualified for STAYING DOWN.

Life’s race requires more of STAMINA than SPEED – more of tenacity, persistence and staying power. Because Life’s race is more of a MARATHON than a SPRINT.

Life’s Race respects FOCUS over ABILITY, CLARITY over SKILL and DETERMINATION over STRENGTH.

In Life’s Race, you’re not competing against the other runners.
You’re competing against yourself AND Time.

So quit looking at the other runners, else you MISS YOUR STEP!

You will #SUCCEED.