DO MORE THAN EXIST, LIVE

We cannot predict the future. But we can create it. Think back to fifteen years ago and consider what has happened. Since the destabilizing events in the world, in your country, in the markets, in your own work, in your life-that defied all expectations. We can be astonished, confounded, shocked, stunned, delighted or terrified but rarely prescient. None of us can predict with uncertainty, the twists and turns our lives will take. Life is uncertain, the future unknown. This is neither good nor bad. It just is, like gravity yet the task remains how to master our own fate, even so.

When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in endless, boundless grace of God and things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday. You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

It’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort and when you implement that effort into your life every single day, that is where the transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.

Keep going. Remember why you started. Believe in your dreams.

               brianodi.blog©™

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IT HAPPENS WITHIN A SECOND; ACCIDENT!!!

Still running errands in another World, a different continent, different time zones, my phone rings. Unusual hours! It’s my brother Frank. He’s been to Senegal. He’s back, I think. Calls take more than a minute before you can hear what is said. The voice in it is shuddery! “What is it?” I ask. “Can I be painfully honest with you for a moment?” He asks. My answer is “Yes” since I’ve got no other choice. “It’s brutal. It’s ugly. It’s unexpected!” He said. “Our only two sisters have been involved in a road accident and their conditions not clearly known!” Chills chased up my spine as a ball terror formed in my stomach! What the hell is this!!! The door knob felt icy in my palm with nothing significant to do. I murmured a prayer for them and began processing my way back home!

When my Mom received this message, it was clear that she couldn’t drive to the accident scene. Luckily, a Godsend gift was their with her; my Aunt Zylper who took up the steering wheel to the unknown destination. It was tragic!

Fortunately, a kind motorist stops by the scene before my Mom arrives and rushes them to the hospital.

A Doctor quickly enters the hospital after being called in for an urgent surgery. He changes his clothes and goes directly to the surgery block. He sees the ladies’ mother (Mom) walking back and forth in the hall waiting for the Doctor.

Once seeing the Doctor, my Mom yelles, “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my daughters lives are in danger? Don’t you have the sense of responsibility?

The Doctor smiles and says; “I’m sorry. I wasn’t in the hospital and I came the fastest I could… now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work.”

It took some time after which the Doctor came out happy. Thank God, your daughters are saved.” Yes it was an encouraging message but sad at the same time. How quickly can our lives change within seconds! Quick recovery my sisters, we all love you! 31st December 2017!

Every minute, everyday, our life is a privilege. Cherish it, be thankful to God and give it importance.

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CURIOSITY

Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone’s mind. It makes me wonder what surprises life will throw at me today.

Curiosity is such a powerful force. When I was younger, I wondered, “Why is the sky blue?”, and still do. I had so many questions and the Universe is the place where I wanna find the answers.

Curiosity is the passion that drives us through our everyday lives. We have become explorers and scientists with our need to ask questions and wonder.

Sure, there are many risks and dangers but despite that, we still continue to wonder and dream and create and hope.

We have discovered so much about the World, but still so little. We will never know everything there is to know, but with our burning curiosity, we have learned so much.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

When you are curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

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THE DAY A BROKEN WHEEL FIXED A BROKEN LIFE

I was rushing down the railway station that early morning to catch a train to Mombasa when suddenly a wheel fell off my luggage. There I was in the middle of the sidewalk, people busily rushing past me on their way to work, and I’m standing there with this wheel in my hand.

I start complaining to myself: “God, look what happened. I never would have chosen this bag if you had not put the thought in my mind to go back in the house and swap the one I had picked for this one. Now what do I do? I can’t go to Mombasa like this.”

As I’m standing there perplexed, I look up from the wheel in my hand to see this woman. I notice her because she looks out of place among the rush hour crowd. She is walking slowly in my direction, gazzing in the store windows and pulling a tattered looking suitcase behind her.

I take a long look at her and surmise from her appearance that she has been wandering the street for some time. She looks weary and sad. She is not dirty but her clothes don’t look fresh either. And she didn’t seem in any hurry to go anywhere.

Just at that moment, I felt myself move towards the woman as if compelled to speak to her. Showing her the wheel in my hand, I remember saying; “see this wheel in my hand. It came off my luggage.”

Sometimes the wheels of life fall off and leave us stranded with no place to go. But we can’t let it defeat us. We must not give up. We have to continue moving forward. Our destiny lies ahead of us. God has a better plan for your life but you will never know what that is if you quit now.

This woman’s face lit up as I was speaking to her and I had her full attention. I don’t even remember all of what I said to her. I just remember her expression and honestly, it was like an out of body experience for me. So unexpected! She gave me a piece of paper written Sors, le Seigneur est avec toi.” And told me to go and stick it on one of the doors of the Kmart nearby. Having known a bit of French, this meant Go forth, the Lord is with you.”

When I reached the train station, to my surprise, there was a Kmart next door and it was open at 7:30am in the morning! Something that had never happened before since I had been there a couple of times. I went in, bought the right size nut and bolt set and re-attached the wheel.

We can only achieve success if we do not give up and keep trying after every defeat till achieving what we desire.

Let us all go the extra mile. It is never crowded with God!

                brianodi.blog©™

THE DOOR THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE

Well, this was on a Thursday. As usual, this special day has always been set up for conducting controlled tests (experiments) the fact that I am a science educatee at the institution.

The experiments commenced early enough to ensure that the next shift was not going to run short of time. Each test had a group of about eight to ten people. Today, it was “Elastic collision.” The apparatus to be used gave a sophisticated perspective, a revelation that was most perturbing. Perhaps this is what made one of our crony to immediately fall sick; I don’t understand.

Reading through the manuals from our cellphones, the antenna of my mind could not perceive anything at first. I am not sure if am the only one who experienced such! A second time of doing this had to come. The clock was ticking and no one seemed to be in study mood, maybe because the Don’s strike was to kick off the same day. “At what time will the preceptor’s strike begin?” A compatriot asked curiously with eyes half open, a perceptible indication of not having enough sleep, maybe the previous night was short.

After what seemed like a quarter an hour, we managed to get on the right track and the experiment began.

Glass marbles, metallic marbles etc were seen flying off the horizontal table vertically obeying Newton’s law of gravity. The blue carbon paper on the floor perfectly made the marble marks on the vast white sheet of paper beneath it as the rest followed smoothly.

“Ten minutes to go.” The laboratory technician barked from the far end of the structure. Recording the raw data on clean data sheets was the only task left and everyone was through within a few seconds.

Stepping out of the laboratory with a signed raw data sheet, I had to swiftly move to the next task. The Chemistry reports had to be submitted the following week on a Monday. Since I was going to be engaged the rest of the week, I had to fork out my reports right away.

Scurrying towards my class representative’s room on the first floor of the structure with a friend to pick some assignment, I found myself swing the door wide open without knocking! “Hey Brian! You ought to knock the door first!” My friend reminded as she moved backwards perhaps not to be blamed.

I am so sorry.” I apologized to her and to all the people in the room. Actually, this was not my intent. I quickly realized that I had made belike the worst mistake by the help of a good friend who took the chance to correct me. This has never been my way of getting things done but on this day, it had happened.

Life gives us strange experiences, sometimes it shocks us and sometimes it may surprise us. We end up making wrong judgements or mistakes in our anger, desperation and frustration. However, when we get a second chance, let us correct on our mistakes and return the favor.

We have to learn to be grateful for everyone who has made a difference in our lives and do not wait until it is too late to thank them and let them know they made a difference to us.

If you can forgive yourself as well as others and learn from your mistakes, problems and heartaches will be stepping stones on your path to grow wiser and stronger.

Let us all be humble and positively correct on our faults.

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A FEW COINS

Life is full to overflowing with miracles if you only open your heart to see them. I saw another one just the other day. I had been running errands all morning and was about to head home. The morning heat, though, felt more like a summer afternoon than a spring morning and my mouth was parched. I decided then to stop by a local convenience store to get something to drink first.

As I walked in, I heard a mother talking to a son. “Are you sure you want to spend your birthday money on ice cream?” The little boy who could not have been more than five years old nodded, yes.

I stood behind him as the cashier filled a small con with vanilla ice cream. The lady handed him the con and he handed her his money. He was about to turn around when the cashier told him to wait and dropped a few small coins into his hand.

The little guy looked at his change for a moment and then lifted his hand up to a charity box on the counter and dropped them in it. He turned around and our eyes met. He smiled at me and I winked and smiled back. Then he walked out of the store with his mother, happily eating his ice cream.

After watching that little miracle of love my heart felt lighter and the world seemed brighter. Life made sense once again. It felt so good to be part of God’s creation. It felt so wonderful to be on a world that had such kindness in it.

I knew too that all of the angels in heaven must have been cheering when they saw that little act of love.

In the eyes of God, no gift is too small. In the eyes of God, every act of love is priceless. By only sharing a few coins, that little boy had made this world a better place and me a better person. By simply being kind, that little boy had given life another miracle and made Earth a little more like heaven.

If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we might just set the world in the right direction.

Be kind to everyone.

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GIVING WHEN IT COUNTS

On Yas island in Abu Dhabi UAE, Ferrari World gets its appropriate geological location. The amusement park is the first branded theme park and has a record for the largest frame structure ever built.

The buzzing airplane engines no longer fly. At 340km/h, past take off speed, I enjoyed the ride to the park and happened to visit versatile places within the frame. The truck center is where my attention was.

An engineer designed a world class truck. The owner was impressed with the outcome and praised him a lot. While trying to bring out the truck from the manufacturing area to the office, they realized that the truck is few inches taller than the entrance.

The engineer felt bad that he didn’t notice this one before creating the truck. The owner was amazed on how to take it outside of the manufacturing area.

The painter said that they can bring out the truck and there will be few scratches on top of the truck that he will do the tinkering later on.

On the other hand, the engineer said that they can break the entrance and after taking the truck out, they can cement it.

The owner was not convinced with any of the ideas and felt like this was a bad sign to break or scratch.

The watchman was watching all the drama and slowly approached the owner. He wanted to give an idea if they allowed him. They thought what this guy would tell them that the experts could not give.

The truck is few inches taller than the entrance so if you release the air in the tires, the height of the truck will be adjusted and can be easily taken out.” The watchman said.

Everyone clapped!!!

Don’t encounter problems from the expert point of view. There is always a simple way out.

Be ready to cherish those around you, give your help when the need arises and be kind to all.

Don’t let life put you down to the point that you can’t get up and proceed further. Believe that you can dream again.

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