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The Full Moon

You’re so beautiful tonight,
Yes, in your white and bright light.
It’s good to see you again.
After many days of rain.

Up high in the sky you shine,
Unable to be just mine.
To you my heart remains mild
For you, I loved I as a child.

I have given you no rose
My love for you, one knows
Now, as you my eyes behold.
I wish you, my hands could hold.

You come and refuse to stay.
You go when you see the day.
Now I hope to see you soon,
As you go my dear full moon.

 

(C) Peter Akhere.

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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.

Listen to Yourself

A dying old man said to his doctor while on the sick bed ” Doctor, don’t worry. I know I am going to die. I didn’t want to come here but they brought me here.

Please don’t worry about me, look at my hair, they are gone. I am so old but you are so young. I have learnt a lot from life, if you don’t mind I will tell you some of them before I die.

When I was 4 years, I use to think the world is about me. When I turned 14, I wanted to rule the world. I thought I would be the greatest man that ever lived. When I was 21, I wanted to be the richest man, when I was 25, I wanted to find love, when I was 40, I wanted to be helpful to everyone. Now that I am here, I want to die. You see, I wanted so many things at so many times. Most importantly, I wanted to be happy. I thought the best way to be happy is to listen to others.

When I wanted to enter the University, I wanted to study Zoology but everyone said I should study Engineering that I will be a great Engineer. So I listened to them. I had no one to pay my fees, I had to work and also pay my fees. In my third year, I couldn’t cope with my studies, I had to drop. When I dropped, the same people told me “you should have studied Zoology”!

When I turned 28, everyone said I should marry. That I needed a wife. So I listened to them, I got married. 6 years into the marriage, I caught my wife sleeping with my neighbour. I asked her why and she slapped me. I was angry and didn’t say anything. The next day I returned from work, she had run away with my children, now I am dying a lonely man.

At 40, I got a huge contract. My name was in the news. The next day, all my friends and families were at my house, everyone had a serious problem. Within one week, I spent all the money on them with the promise that they will pay back. I could not complete the contract because they refused to return the money as promised. So I was sent to jail for 6 years. I stayed in jail and I came out. When I came out, they were nowhere.

There was one mistake I made through all this time. Now it is clear to me. Let me tell you about it. I refused to listen to myself. I ignored my own self and listen to others. Now that I am here the only person that is with me is myself.

You see, it is very good to listen to others. It is very wise to seek advice from others. But it is very dangerous to ignore your own self. It is very dangerous to refuse to pay attention to your heart.

When you get home this night, sit down, take a glass of water. Close your eyes if you want or open it if you want, then talk to yourself, reason with yourself. You can walk down the road alone and as you walk, begin to talk to yourself.

The only person that can overrule yourself is God, after God, listen to yourself next. I know it may not make sense to you now but always remember I told you LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOURSELF.

 

FIVE COMMON SENSE RULES FOR BEING A ‘CIVILIZED’ VISITOR.

 

It is often said that ‘common sense’ is not common. I agree. However, these are some basic rules we must obey to be regarded as ‘Civilized visitors’.

1. CALL before you go: Come on… We are in the 21st century. And it’s a mobile age. There’s just no reason to suddenly appear at the door of your host like the second coming of Christ. Make it a point of duty to call the person you’re going to see before going. Firstly, it saves you the disappointment of not meeting them and it also give them the room to prepare for your coming (IF they want you to come)

2. DO NOT Knock more than THREE times: Think about it… If they’re around, they should have heard your knock the first time, or the second time, or at least a third time just to be sure. So having knocked three times, it’s either they’re not around or they just don’t want to open (for reasons best known to them). So respect yourself and leave. Stop disturbing. (well, except it’s an emergency in which case you should knock even harder, or perhaps break the door.)

3. NEVER hang around private discussions for long: Ok… Let’s assume you missed the first rule and you went there without calling first only to meet your host having a PRIVATE meeting (or discussion) with someone else, or they may even have told you to come, yet you met this situation. PLEASE EXCUSE YOURSELF and leave. Offer to come another time or say you have somewhere else to be at the moment. But no matter what, don’t hang around. It makes everyone uncomfortable.

4. DO NOT feel at home: Yeah, I know many hosts will always tell you to ‘feel at home’. Trust me, most of them don’t really mean it. You are NOT at home. Always remember that. Retain an air of self-restrictions. Refrain from over indulgence (Especially in food and drinks) it reduces the respect of your host for you. There is a certain prestige and honour that comes with a simple ‘No, Thanks’.

5. Make it BRIEF and RARE: Now this rule doesn’t really apply so much with close friends and relatives. But it still applies all the same. DO NOT stay too long there. Even if they are not complaining, you should know that they have other things to do than to simply sit there chatting with you. Once you’re done with all the pleasantries and catching up, a few more minutes (or at most an hour) should suffice before you leave. Don’t over stay your welcome. And please make your visit rare also. Too many visitation within a short time makes you come off as a nuisance to your host. So make your presence rare and create some value for yourself.

If you have found this useful and true, please share.

My Discovery…

I have seen many days, I have seen many nights.
I have seen laughter, I have seen tears.
I have been happy, I have been sad.
I have experienced success, I have experienced failure too.
I have seen strangers become friends, I have seen friends become strangers.
I have enjoyed gains, I have suffered loses.
I have been up high, I have been down low…
But this indeed is what I have to say;

All things in life happen for a REASON. And every experience is but for a SEASON.
When the season is gone and the reason is learned, there comes about GROWTH. – A growth that can only be by CHANGE. A change that can only be WITHIN.

So whatever you are going through now, learn from the reason and live out the season. You are coming out stronger and better, PURER THAN GOLD… You will succeed!

~Peter Akhere~