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TEAM Up

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” – Bahaullah

Two are better than one, notably when they act with one accord; faster and better results are realised.

You, yes you, would you consider yourself a team player? Are you a cohesive element, or are you divisive?

Do you think you’re not as smart as everyone or do you believe you know it all?

If you must know, teamwork divides the task and doubles the success, because, in TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More.

Try. Be a Team-Player!
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Did you know? – Women are 66% more likely than men to help others in need.

DON’T PREACH, TEACH!

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Don’t Preach. Teach!

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” – Khalil Gibran

You cannot easily change another human being, especially if you seek to do it by preaching.

You can attempt to influence others in ways you think would benefit them. You can try to act in a manner and make decisions that would serve as a positive role model.

But you must do this, knowing the difference between teaching and preaching. While the former means sharing your wisdom out of love and care, the latter seeks to convert, convince or coerce.

So, do you want to change another person? Don’t preach; teach, especially by example!

Have An Enlightening Day!
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Did you know? – The most helpful mental exercise is a conversation.

TALKATIVE

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Talkative

“Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.” – Sakya Pandita

Talking as a means of communication is very useful, primarily when used discretionally.

But some people are talkative – they simply don’t know when to stop.

Talkative persons don’t listen much – they love the sound of their own voices and like to peddle their views.

Are you talkative? Watch it, for those who talk too much often have less to offer.

It’s often been proven that the wiser a man gets, the less talkative he becomes.

So, Don’t Be A Talkative!
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Did you know? – The word for talking during sleep is somniloquy.

REMEMBERING TAI SOLARIN

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Remembering Tai Solarin

“Live so that when the final summons comes, you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper.” – Billy Sunday

… As school proprietor, Tai Solarin ate what his students ate – food harvested from his school farm – and used furniture made by students, etc. He taught his students self-sufficiency.

He evacuated corpses on the roadsides when appropriate authorities reneged, thereby teaching responsibility to all.

He stopped being invited to lead public prayers when once he prayed, “Oh God (if there’s God), save our souls (if we have souls).” He stood firmly for what he believed, irrespective of society’s hypocrisy and government antagonism.

Highly respected in life and regretted in death, Tai exuded exemplified leadership, respect for humankind and dignified simplicity.

My friend, take a cue from Tai – live your epitaph that it may be stamped on the minds of men long after time with you shall be no more.

Do Have A Blissful Day!
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Did you know? – The leading cause of death worldwide is heart disease.

THE POWER OF SYNERGY

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The Power of Synergy

“Ask not what your country can do for you; instead ask what you can do for your country.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Is 1 + 1 really = 2?

Once upon a time, there were two boys and a tree with twelve mangoes on it. They were both too short of reaching the mangoes, so they waited for someone taller to do the plucking and perhaps give them one each.

Then suddenly, one of them had a brainwave. He told his friend to squat, climbed on his shoulders and plucked all twelve mangoes. This clearly demonstrates that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Do you often consider the enormous potentials of working as a team? In your relationships, workplace, homes, wherever you find yourself, seek every opportunity to synergise.

You know why? By asking you get so little – by contributing you get so much.

Have A Rewarding Day!
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Did you know? – Up to 1,800 thunderstorms are going on in the world at any time

SURPRISE MAGIC

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Surprise Magic

“Love withers with predictability; its very essence is surprise and amazement. To make love a prisoner of the mundane is to take its passion and lose it forever.” – Leo Buscaglia

There is nothing more delightful than when a loved one throws a surprise – to spread happiness your way. For example, a friend calls you up in the morning just to wish you a blessed day.

In this broken world filled with broken people, there’s no wonder more magical than the surprise of being loved.

It’s magnanimous to excite your friends occasionally because some of the moments we enjoy in life are the moments of surprise.

Now that you know that one of the greatest gifts life affords you is surprise, use it wisely – use it often.

Surprise A Friend Today!
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Did you know? – There is a federation for wizards and magicians.

ARE YOU SUPERSTITIOUS?

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Are You Superstitious?

“As it is the chief concern of wise men to retrench the evils of life by reasonings of philosophy, so it is the employment of fools to multiply them by sentiments of superstition.” – Wellins Calcott

Many people will respond ‘no’ if asked whether or not they are superstitious. Yet superstition grows on their heads.

We’re daily bombarded on social media with messages telling us to forward unimaginably childish write-ups to become rich or go to heaven.

The annoying ones even have the audacity to invoke God’s venom on you if you disobey.

Please ignore such messages and educate the ignorant illiterates who send them.

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds; the floating comfort of inferior thinkers.

Therefore think after you read; reason before you send.

Don’t Be Superstitious!
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Did you know? – In 2009, Interpol calculated the lifetime incidence of rape for South African women at 1 in 2, with nearly half of the victims younger than 18, likely due to a myth that sex with a virgin can cure a man of AIDS.

LOOK AT THE SUN!

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Look At The Sun!

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” – Elbert Hubbard

I remember Sam. In Primary School he was the cynosure of every idle eye and curious mind, grotesque in his over-sized, over-patched shorts, permanently ill-clad and regularly underfed. Fast forward, Sam became a Professor of Agronomy while most of his better-dressed mates didn’t make it beyond Secondary School.

Are you struggling with life? Sometimes your journey may be tough and your path rough; your strength may wane, and your steps falter… Just take a look at the sun.

Every morning the sun reminds us that we too can rise from our place of darkness and glow, that we also can shine our own light to sparkle our own morn.

That is why the successful aren’t afraid of failure because they know that failure is a necessary stepping stone to success, not the opposite of it.

So, my friend, be your own sun in your own clime – triumph is only a matter of time.

Good Morning!
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Did you know? – One million Earths could fit inside the Sun.

LIFE’S STRUGGLE

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Life’s Struggle

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails always to reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

Are you carrying a burden right now? Worry not.

Life is a struggle, and we all have cargos on our shoulders.

But one thing is clear: irrespective of how your life has been so far, you can make the rest of your life the best of your life.

How do you do this?

When challenges get thrown your way, remember there’s a reason for all and a lesson in all. Once you know the reason and you learn the lesson, life promotes you further towards your purpose.

So, rather than whine about your cargo, deal with it, because whether you like it or not, life is a continuous overcoming of challenges.

Have A Successful Day!
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Did you know? – In 1911, the painting Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, was stolen by a museum employee. It was returned two years later.

THE WISDOM OF STRESS

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The Wisdom of Stress

“My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.” – Mahogany Silver Rain

Stress is good, but it is also bad!

There are two main types of stress – the malignant and the benign.

The benign is necessary for survival – it is the aggression that drives lions to hunt, great people to dare and push against obstacles in crafting the change required.

But the malignant stress is like worry without action. You whine, complain, lament and find scapegoats. You see this stress in some chronic, incurable terminal illnesses. It leads to outpouring of harmful hormones, destruction of self-esteem, vital organs, depression and death.

According to good, old Seneca, “If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you need is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.”

So, Stop Wanting To Be There – Enjoy Being Here.
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Did you know? – Long-term stress can increase your risk of mental health disabilities.

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