Monthly Archives: April 2012
What Direction Are You Facing
Upon seeing a four directional star, what naturally comes to mind is the four cardinal points, viz; north, south, east, west, with the east to west outlining the suns daily passage. But beneath all these, a lesson is to be learnt. What direction are you facing? Forward, backward, or sideways? Forward means just what it means, and backwards also means what it means; living in the past, sideways means living in the present moment. An understanding of what these directions mean is essential for analysis of your current position and future attainments
Facing the forward direction simply means one thing, moving towards the future at full blast, irrespective of what may have happened in the past, or whatever it is that may be happening around them. They are strong proponents of the saying “tough times don’t last but tough people do”. Their dreams are well laid out before them and they wake up to each day with a purpose in mind, time is no joke with them. They don’t doubt themselves, their abilities and their beliefs. They never give ear to hearsays. They give their best to everything and get the best out of life. “Yes we can!” you can always hear them say. You can call them the ‘yes’ people.
Looking sideways is you living in the moment. There exists two major directions when looking sideways (unless you want to discuss advanced physics) – right and left. The right side will be the positive side; the good things about you, around you, the good things that you have achieved. Before delving into this, I’ll like to make a point; living in the now may prevent you from seeing the great future ahead of you.
These people are easily waylaid by pride in; 1. The good things about them, this blinds them to their deficiencies and hence they don’t get better, they are full of themselves; 2. They are full of past glory, ancient achievements, never striving for the unimaginable future glory but seem content with the whole world knowing about them; 3. They are beguiled by the good things surrounding them- their parents’ wealth, their good luck etc, this blinds them to reality, and overconfidence which leads to underestimation of life’s many challenges.
Someone once said that every 5 years, he would destroy every success he has achieved over the years, not destroy them literally of course, but get them out of his sight and head; all plaques, awards etc will be taken off the wall so that he can start again with the intention of surpassing every of his achievements. This helps to renew your zeal instead of becoming satisfied with them all.
The left side on the other hand represent everything around you that will make you not go forward and that if you explain it to anybody, they would understand and even tell you a heartfelt ‘sorry’. Your humble background is nothing but a lesson in humility, and to teach you that life gives ‘it’ to only those who demand for it. So get that out of your head now! You have no excuse, if you see yourself giving too many excuses for what you should have done; busy rationalizing when you know you should have done what was right. These people use words like “you don’t understand” a lot, it’s just a ruse because they know that when they tell you, it will sound somehow (stupid) as it comes out of their mouth. They concentrate on the forces against them instead of the forces for you. Let me let you in on a little secret; you have this super mystical ability, whatever you focus on gets bigger, and that which you neglect becomes smaller. So if you focus on your weaknesses and inadequacies, they become bigger while the things that matter – your strength gets smaller because you don’t take cognizance of it. So also if you focus on your strengths, no matter how small it may seem to you, it will become bigger and those weaknesses that appear so daunting will diminish in your very sight till they become inconsequential.
I don’t think looking backwards needs any introduction, its despondence and fear of and for the future; Clinging to the tendrils of the past. As far as i know, nobody can look up and down at the same time, neither look forward and backwards. So looking backwards is the opposite of everything that is forward.lol. But seriously its refusing to love because you have been hurt before, refusing to climb because you have fallen before, refusing to try at all for fear of failure, not knowing that to FAIL means to get your First Attempt In Learning. A Yoruba adage says, “ti eshin ba da ni, a n tun gun ni”. Meaning that if a horse falls you down while riding it, you climb it again. People who face backwards never achieve anything in life, not because they can’t, but because they never tried.
So, what direction are you facing? Remember the best form of foresight is hindsight laced with insight. If anything happened to you in the past, either ‘fate’ or as a result of your methods or for whatever reason, find out why what went wrong, what you did wrong, learn whatever lesson to learn from it and move on! To the ‘rightists’, don’t ever get satisfied with what you have or who you are, just like the Pepsi logo, ‘Dare for more!’. To the ‘leftists’, i daresay all you need is one reason to go forward. You may have a thousand and one reasons not to take that forward step, but all you need is just one reason to go on. Once you find it, hold on to it firmly and never let it go. To those looking back, there is something for you. Ask yourself this simple question, “What is the worst that could happen?” Paint the most gruesome picture your mind can create, then tell it,” Is that your best? I’m going to be the best of me there ever was and be happy doing it and if that is the worst that could happen; then bring it on!”
It’s a well known fact among healthcare professionals that one of the key symptoms of Schizophrenia is Hallucination either visual (seeing things) or auditory. Now I’m sure I am not mad but don’t all mad men say that? On a more serious note, there are voices in my head. I hear them now and then and they all have something to say. It’s so noisy sometimes up there that I just choose to do nothing and sleep (apparently they can’t follow me to dreamland).
One voice I hear often is my mothers’. She is kind of my control switch. Some of you probably know – I have a hyperactive mind which often tends to spin off tangentially in the midst of important things. I may be there physically but my mind is gone, all I need do is cue in my mother’s voice “Boluwaduro ki lo nse e naa” and automatically I’m back. Me and my mum, we have it like that. Whenever I feel like doing WHATEVER I like; I run that feeling by my mum (in my mind) if I can’t do it without fear in her presence without that sweet voice saying “Boluwaduro ki lo nse e naa”. Then I don’t do it. If I can’t do it in her presence without reprimand, then I don’t. It doesn’t make me mummy’s boy, it means I have self control because in reality she is not there. Remember the bible says “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he won’t depart from it” kudos mama, you really did it. So this voice acts as my Correction Officer.
The second voice is actually my most loved voice. It’s the voice of the Overlord – my smarter alter ego whose presence I feel at all times and he doesn’t go around killing people (at least not physically) he is El Creativo. The one who brings to earth all the poems and creative write-ups, the drama scripts and vivid imagination for directing, the humorous me that you know (if you know) is all him. I really am a shy person on my own. But with the Overlord around, you won’t notice it because he brings out the charm and the persona. He is the one who charges me up when I am lazy – borderline crazy and tells me something like “dude, if I could come out right now, I’ll kick your butt, get up! And face the task before you or else I will remain silent for a month” now that’s a threat I can’t live with, a month without the Overlord? Not a chance! He pushes me to be better every day. So El Creativo reminds me always of the words of God to me; “that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Basically The Overlord is the Creative part of me.
The third voice is the voice of my father in heaven; the two voices are limited by their natural origins. Nothing is complete without the supernatural. In god I live breathe and have my being. He completes me, tells me the world is mine and gives me grace both to will and to do his good pleasures. And let’s not forget he created me. So his place is a rightful one. His promises are ever in my head, his timely instructions I deeply cherish, and his words are a lamp unto my feet and light to my path. That being said, you can say he is the captain of this ship, my navigator and anchor in the storm.
In these times, it would be unreasonable for anybody to want to live and make impact without a heavy dose of creativity. Without appropriate self control, you’ll probably never be able to make use of all the creativity you have because you’ll be busy doing anything and everything but the main thing. You’ll find yourself taking one step forward and three backwards without direction, help and support, who is best to provide this but the creator Himself? My advice to you is to start hearing voices in head if you don’t already. You won’t run mad, but I can promise you that you would Make A Difference in your generation. God bless.
Justice though usually late by
most people’s reckoning.
And as elusive as the criminal
might be, by his own
You just cant stop the hands
of the clock by removing the
The hands of the clock will
align and justice will be
Hot like the Isi Ewu the
feasted upon with our
money and trust.
Now the whole world
watches as they are into the
deepest jail thrust.
Where their past will impress upon
How much control they have over
Four walls and an iron gate.
Is whats left after the freezing of
their tremendous estate.
Garnered by multiple loots of the
While feeling immune and above
A detterent to others i hope this
That no one messes with the
people and go scot free.
Karma doesnt forgive.
What goes around will surely come
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I stand here not any different than you.
I do not have a billion locked away in an account somewhere.
I still eat bread wit fish starving stew.
And like everybody else, i still breathe in air.
But i have something that this world needs.
Its dearth has plunged the world into the spiralling abyss we are now in.
The inner voice that few today heed.
The one vital element that can guarantee a win.
In the face of any challenge.
And out of the deepest darkest corners.
Its victory even before the battle.
And unblinking certainty while staring doubts in the face.
This weapon that i hold in such high esteem.
Is contained in just two words “I BELIEVE”.
It doesnt mean i have all the answers.
Or that i even know the question.
But none the less, i still believe.
I believe in God, the creator of all that is.
I believe He cares and would never leave me alone.
I believe in his sufficiency for my needs.
I believe in me, myself and I.
Cos if all else fails, thats who i’ll be left with.
I believe in you, that you will always do the right thing.
I believe in your strength.
I believe in the eternal good in every soul.
Though obscured by their actions, i still believe.
I believe i’ll see a day when smiles will light up every face.
Just as i believe the sun will rise tomorrow.
I believe there is no difference between the future and our actions.
And that the future is ours to take.
I believe All will be well. Do you?
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