THE NEW YEAR 2016

 

I could just not let a new year come along without wishing you all a prosperous and blessed year ahead. I hope you have taken some time to ponder over the year that is just about to come to a close. As I write this article it is less than four hours for my year to come to an end.
Are there resolutions that I did not manage to fulfill? Of course. Will I sit and think of myself as a failure and moan? No. I am going to pick up the pieces, the lessons learnt in the past year and my achievements and walk into the New Year proud of myself. And it’s not because my achievements were monumental nor my failures catastrophic. But because at the end of it all I am reminded that I am still human.
I will close by telling you of one of the achievements that I really consider to have been life changing this past year. Can you guess? I finally started blogging and it’s been a little over three months and I can proudly say the fire is still burning in me to keep on writing (on why I changed the blog’s name from ‘The Apprentice’ to ‘The Neophyte’ is a matter I’ll discuss in the coming year) The year would not be complete without a word of gratitude from me to the readers of my blog and the community of bloggers I have come to know and interact with since I started. Hope we will continue in the same spirit of telling our stories through pictures and words.
As the New Year starts I would like to teach you of something new I recently learned. I attended a seminar where the speaker taught of one of the things I am taking with me to the New Year. She spoke of giving your year a name. Of all the resolutions that you will set for yourself there is really that one thing that you want to happen during that year. Or it could be that feeling of what your year will be like. It could be your year of prosperity. Or your year of deliverance. Or your year for great things to happen.
Personally, I am calling 2016 the year that I forge new paths in my life. I feel it is high time I get out of my comfort zone and push myself beyond my limits and do new things. Along the way I hope I get to meet and interact with new people and touch lives in the process. What name will you call your 2016?
Happy New Year.

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HEAVEN (Is your definition conceded?)

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“Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you consider God to be.”
-DESIDERATA

Is heaven real? Is there a God? Is hell for real? I am not even going to dare try and venture into those murky waters. It is laden with traps and pitfalls. And to be honest I don’t even have the answers to the above questions.

Why are you writing about heaven then? (Some of you are already frowning) Well, this is actually an inspirational piece. Recently, one evening the sun was setting and the sunset was anything but pleasant. Dark clouds loomed in the sky and the threat of a downpour was imminent. To make it more bearable I decided to listen to some music. By sheer luck or whatever you want to call it, I settled for Nas’ album Son of God.

One hit after another, the rhymes were taking me to places (where exactly that is I have no idea). Then one song struck me, Heaven, and the chorus was the line, “What if heaven was a mile away?”

Would I be different? If heaven was in my neighborhood. Would I walk over there and ask for an audience with the Lord? What would I ask of Him? Would He grant my dreams and wishes? Would I love differently? Would I think twice before taking an action or uttering words?

As all this thoughts were raging through my mind, marveling about how things would be if it was so. The song climaxed to a complete surprise even for me.

The artist concluded by clarifying that the heaven he was referring to was our minds and hearts. What you have in your mind and heart constitutes your heaven. Is it pure or are you filled with the turmoil of daily life? Is it white as snow or black as coal? Only you determine what your heaven looks like.

I’ll conclude by this, that it is suffice to say that really heaven is a mile away.

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