Freedom of choice, anyone?

Originally posted on play among the stars:

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Life has so many demands that it place on ordinary humans.

Let us take a look at some examples. On the morning of 14 February 2013 life for a certain athlete changed dramatically. The previous day he was still everybody’s hero; the fastest man with no legs!
However on that fateful morning the world was suffering from severe shock as pictures flashed on our TV screens of him being bundled into a police van!

Recently we woke on the morning of March 8 to hear of the disappearance of flight MH 370. As the days dragged on we heard rumours of a hijacking started to surface. We saw pictures of distraught relatives demanding answers. Their lives were certainly different from what it would have been had flight MH 370 landed safely in Beijing!

Last week another disaster changed the lives of the families who lost loved ones on the South…

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Freedom of choice, anyone?

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Life has so many demands that it place on ordinary humans.

Let us take a look at some examples. On the morning of 14 February 2013 life for a certain athlete changed dramatically. The previous day he was still everybody’s hero; the fastest man with no legs!
However on that fateful morning the world was suffering from severe shock as pictures flashed on our TV screens of him being bundled into a police van!

Recently we woke on the morning of March 8 to hear of the disappearance of flight MH 370. As the days dragged on we heard rumours of a hijacking started to surface. We saw pictures of distraught relatives demanding answers. Their lives were certainly different from what it would have been had flight MH 370 landed safely in Beijing!

Last week another disaster changed the lives of the families who lost loved ones on the South Korean ferry taking a group of school children to Jeju Island – the Hawaii of South Korea! What was supposed to be an enjoyable time for those young people turned out to be a nightmare for their loved ones at home, for the company owning the ship and for the educators and of course their fellow students at Danwon High School!

Then there was the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 along the Gulf of Mexico coast from central Florida to Texas. George W. Bush made decisions of which I am sure is still haunting him to this day.

Many such incidents happen in the lives of ordinary people everyday. Most of these events hardly cause a stir in the greater community where these people live, but the people caught in these events have their lives changed all the same! Forever!

The athlete might go to jail for a considerably long time.

The families, who are still waiting for the conclusion of the search for Flight MH 370, might have to seriously adjust to life after Flight MH 370. The airline company’s staff might still be under suspicion and their families treated with contempt.

President Bush people are still making fun of him as the one who fumbled his way through his presidency. Katrina lost him a lot of points. A very high price for any politician who surfed the wave of popularity after 9/11. Another disaster which altered the way things were done. One incident which is a direct fallout from this disaster was the suicide of the vice – principal of the school!

So you see the line between order and chaos, peace and turmoil is a very thin line indeed.

What do I really want to tell you my beloved?

As much as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone! Our choices can lead to great joy but it can also lead to our greatest sorrow!

Life is absolutely great!

Yacht basinIt is Wednesday morning, I am getting ready to take my son to school…let me sketch a typical morning routine in my household. I wake up around 05h30 when my alarm goes off. My intention was initially to rise at this time to pray and to meditate but…I get up to switch on the radio across the room. Then I get back into bed!! Sounds familiar? I guess so,..as I can hear someone say, “That’s me alright!”

“Why is the radio across the room?”, I hear you ask.

It is across the room so that I am forced to rise after i have woken up. I am awake but the battle with the bed is a long and arduous one. Normally the bed wins! OK, I finally rise sometimes before six or sometimes… a little later. Then I go to the living room, open the curtains, open the blinds, switch the exterior security lights. Then prepare for breakfast…allow me at this point to fast forward. It is now five minutes before seven and I must leave at seven. “Where are the car keys?” “Does my son have  all his books packed or does he have enough money for bus fare for this afternoon?” these are thoughts being thrown around in my head or in the ether. If I rose at 5h30 I usually would have had time to pray and meditate and I would have been prepared for the rush at 5 minutes before 7. But God help me If rose later than 6h00. Then I apply emergency meditation…what is that I hear someone say? I start saying thank you that everything is going to be OK! I start shifting my mind from crisis mode to relax mode. I deliberately start to look for something positive in the situation so that my morning start in the best possible way! I have had to use this method a lot lately! I thank God that every day has been absolutely great!

Get your oxygen first!

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100_1017Last year or was it in 2012 I saw a program on Satellite TV.in which the author of the book, “Get your Oxygen First” Leeza Gibbon was interviewed. She mentioned on this specific program the example of the pre-flight procedure on what to do in an emergency in an airliner. She spoke of how the cabin crew advises passengers to first take care of themselves before they see to fellow passengers.
In life most of us just rush off in the morning to go to work, without catching a breath. So we find ourselves in traffic en route to our workplace, totally stressed out; and then we still didn’t get to work yet!!!
Is it any wonder then that come the end of the day we are totally stressed out?
This happens to millions of people across the globe each day.
In some communities, particularly in the East, people make time to slow down, they meditate in various forms in the various religions. Studies have found that these people are at ease with the circumstances they face each day. They have a greater quality of life!

What I am trying to say is, spend time early in the morning to relax, meditate and be at ease with life. Have an early night so you can be rested out in the morning.

Make a list each morning of at least ten things that you are grateful. Be slow to anger, easy to forgive, and abounding in love.

When we start to take care of ourselves first we might see more happy couples, more happy families and happier communities living in a happier world!!!!

HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!!

Repeat the Truth – Conclusion

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Yesterday I mentioned that you are an amazing creation;  Fearfully and wonderfully put together! And that you indeed are!

Today I would like to add a list of affirmations which you should repeat often, because it is the truth!

The Lord is God.

The earth belongs to the Lord.

The Lord God is on my side.

The Lord God confides is me.

I am forgiven.

I am loved.

I am healed.

I am blessed.

I am a Ruler.

I am a cheerful giver.

I am a lender.

I have friends.

I am prosperous.

I have everything I need for any task given to me.

I am capable.

I am patient.

I am kind and gentle.

I love to see others blessed.

I keep a record of good things that others do to me.

I am ALWAYS successful.

I am a peacemaker.

My children are blessed.

My relatives are blessed.

My friends are blessed.

My boss is blessed.

My government is blessed.

My colleagues are blessed.

I AM A WINNER!!!!!

This list is by no means complete but rather a start.

Go ahead and add to this list and make it your own!

Go into this day and be blessed!!!!!

Repeat the Truth often! Episode 1

About four years ago(2009) our then minister of sport, Rev. Arnold Stofile, promoting the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, said,”We must repeat the truth often because the truth never changes!”

This made me think. How often don’t we meet people on a daily basis who speak negativity. Negativity is a disease based on a lie. Why a lie? People complain about their work, “This place is just the pits!” or, “My boss is such a ****hole!” or , “I wish I could just plant my fist in his face?”

People also complain about their government, “These(ethnic group) people don’t know the first thing about governance!”  or, “I wish the government would do something about crime (or any pertinent issue for that matter).

We also spend time complaining when we have spent too much time in a queue or sit too long in the traffic. The list could go  on and on. But you get the picture, don’t you?

People also have a poor image of themselves, so they are continuously finding fault with other people or complaining about situations and circumstances beyond their control.

Instead of complaining about all these and other issues, we should rather enjoy the moment.We should be grateful that we do have job, grateful that we have a government, grateful for the time we spend waiting in queues or in traffic.  When we look at the alternatives then you will really have reason to complain. The truth is your job provides you with money to buy things that you need to buy food, clothes etc. Your government keeps you safer than you would be if there were no government at all. In the queue you have time to take a breather, time think about the good things in your life. By stressing about time spent in traffic or in a queue you making yourself sick, e.g. your blood pressure increase, increasing the risk of a stroke or a heart attack, your whole body tenses up, and your stress levels go up. Instead make conversation with the people in the queue or think what you would do if are on holiday or think of your favourite pastime.

Having a positive attitude has its roots in a having a good attitude about yourself. A positive is base upon the truth! That is why I said the above quote made me think. Now what is the truth?

The truth is you are wonderful person, because you have been fearfully and wonderfully put together!

You have the ability to love and be loved. We have a body which can heal itself! We have a brain which has the ability  to transform our lives from dull and boring to fascinating and amazing! Look at the gadgets and inventions around you which did not exist 10 years ago, then you will understand what I am talking about. You are an amazing creation! Live your life in the truth that you are fearfully and wonderfully put together.

Tomorrow I will give you a list of truths which you CAN repeat often and WILL make a difference  in your world!Image

The living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

One of my favourite songs is The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics

If we want success in life we need to make sure that we live at peace with all men(and women). The Bible teaches us not to bear grudges. If any person has done you harm then go talk it out so that you clear the air. The Gospel according to Mark says,”And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” This is directly linked to getting what you believe for.

Do you have any unresolved issues? Is there anyone with whom you have an issue with? Be the stronger one and go clear the air, because once you or the other person pass away, then it is too late. You will live with regret and have to deal with the pain of not having said what you wanted to say if you don’t.

The added benefit is that it clears the air for healing, and lots and lots of answered prayer!!!

Live in the now and not in the past! You cannot move forward if you are always looking back!

ENJOY YOUR LIVING YEARS MAY THEY BE FRUITFUL AND NUMEROUS!