By Moses A. Katamani
Sometimes you become stressed and life seems unbearable to you; you think of giving up on your dreams and life because it seems the whole world is against your possibilities. Sometimes, your positive energy seems dried up and you are about to give up, but hey, don’t forget you are alive; you are blessed, reflect on this, reflect on your life.
One thing that gives me hope unlimited is life. Why, I know am blessed, not because I have all the money in the world? I say am blessed because I can still use my brain/mind and everything I think of doing is possible; my future is in my hands and God will not fail me. I focus on the future, not the past; my past is just a memory, but I know the past will add up to my story; my history of life and posterity will refer to it and tell the story of how I overcome. Failure may knock at my door, but it will not be my guest; it will not hold my future.
You are alive that is your first blessing. You are alive, and with life, you are better off than the dead. David in the bible said “a living dog is better than a dead lion. You are alive and you are better off compared to a dead prince or princess. You have opportunities, but the dead haven’t. You can make amends of your life and expectation, but the dead can’t. So, when things become very difficult or the road to your dreams becomes rough like an untired road, let life inspire you to keep hope alive.
Your second blessing is that you can think and can apply your brain. Many people today seek miracles upon miracles forgetting that they are miracles. Many people refuse to think about their possibilities and chase after miracles. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in a miracle, but I also believe they are God’s intervention in human life. However, God has empowered man with a brain, and to achieve our dreams we knowledge. Brain with knowledge is the first thing in our human life we must apply to make amends in our individual lives and our societies, and those who can use their ‘brain potential’ can achieve the greatest of their dream. I agree with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that “The mind is a terrible thing to waste” and that you can use your brain and apply knowledge, you can achieve your dreams, despite the challenges you face.
You are blessed if you can dream. Dreams drive life and those who can dream can leave successful and fulfilling lives. A dreamless person is like a person who takes a journey without an identified destination. A friend made an illustration about the aimless you who wakes up in the morning, taking a stroll without a specific destination. He meets a friend that was going to fish and he followed him. However, on the way to fish with the friend, he saw another going to play football and he decided to go play football rather. This rhymes with life without a dream. Dreams shape our focus in life and relevance, and those who refuse to dream will leave aimless and unfulfilled lives. Therefore, as you alive never stop dreaming; dreams tell of our focus in life and shape our lives.
Never stop working at your dreams, despite the challenges you face. Whatever dreamer must know is that our everyday work makes our dreams possible and that dream without action is no dream. At the launch of my vision in 2009, one of my mentors told me “vision works with direction and that sometimes when working at your vision, you must change direction, if you face challenges, but not give up on the dream. Some people give up on their dreams in the face of challenges; if you do you can’t achieve your life purpose and you might end up like the aimless person who follows the win of no direction.
I must say I failed before; even though this was not about a life dream, I know how it felt like. It was like all my life had come to an end. I wanted to give up, but my inner-man pushed me to persist, and am still standing. What I want you to understand is that there is an inner-man; an inner voice that comes to you anytime you are down and it never fails. This inner-man knows your aspirations and desires; it comes to remind you of your strengths, not your weaknesses. It tells you to have faith and to give up. It doesn’t look at the storms before you, but the power in you to fulfill your dream and possibilities.
There is another man I call outer voice. It mostly tries to draw your attention to the world around you rather than your own strengths. Sometimes it comes to compare you to friends and discourages you. Other times it draws attention to your vulnerabilities rather than your strength. And the difference is that your inner voice is positive, whiles the outer voice is negative. So today I encourage you to listen to your inner voice rather than the outer voice which mostly encourages you to give up. Even though there are storms and waves of the sea before you, you can weather the storms and achieve your goals, if you don’t give up.
In the end, failure knocks at everybody’s door and it will knock at your door sometimes. Nevertheless, don’t allow it to be your guests; success and fulfillment are on their way; don’t throw in the towel when you face challenges. Focus your mind on your dream destination and put your hand at work, success, and fulfillment will come. You are alive; you are blessed, you can think and dream, never give up. Keep working at your dream; you are alive; be positive and keep hope alive.
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