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The power of observing and listening

All human beings have been endowed with the sense of seeing and hearing except to those with hearing and seeing impairment. But observing and listening, though primarily aided by these two senses, goes beyond these routinely human mechanisms. Observing is more than seeing and also listening is more than hearing. One can see anything but choose to observe things around him/her for specific reasons. Observing requires concentration, interpretation and later understanding through mind engagement. There is power in observing but the magnitude of it is in understanding. Similarly, we hear many sounds, voices and vibes but choose what to listen. We listen, we interpret then we understand.The core of listening is to seek to gain understanding on what you choose to hear.

Therefore, as we observe carefully and listen keenly we gain understanding and that which seems meaningless becomes meaningful and what seems useless becomes useful. Great ideas that have been hatched in human brains are as a result of observing and listening.

Therefore, before we speak lets observe and listen so that we utter pure undestanding.

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When The Rain Falls

When the rain falls,

Furious waters from steepy slopy points,

Gather stones and uproot the stumps,

Floats them lightly like fabric lints,

While lowly lands awaits the dumps.

When the rain falls,

Farmers grab their tools and attire,

Work from dawn until the dusk,

Like worker bees so they tire,

Missing out a rest or bask.

When the rain falls,

Wild birds on shrubs and trees,

Halts chirping and shut their beaks,

And hide away from windy breeze,

And shelter from the stormy wrecks.

When the rain falls,

Plants with weak and withered leaves,

Emaciated roses and water lillies,

Prop their stems and fast revives,

To match their mates in fertile valleys.

When the rain falls,

Writers befriend their books and pens,

To draft and publish newly posts,

Enhance their blogs in vast designs,

And hues and all attractive templates.

How a notable difference in two Israeli lakes emphasizes the virtue of giving

Israel is one of the most mentioned nations in the Bible. In fact most text in Old Testament revolves around Israel. Many Religious denominations including Christianity and Islam concur with each other on Israel’s richest history as a chosen Nation. But am neither talking about Israel and its long time favours nor its rich history as an elect of our Creator, because the Holy Scriptures has it all: I will write about her favors in one of my blog posts. Well, am talking about its two amazing Seas, that have a notable difference, a feature so distinct that it can work to define the human vice of giving and a looming danger that lies in holding back and being mean. The two seas are the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberius) and the Dead Sea. They both source fresh water from River Jordan which is one of the largest rivers in Israel. But surprisingly, the Dead Sea does not support any aquatic life in it: no sea plants, no sea creatures! Reason? The water in Dead sea has a high density of salt.

On the other hand, the Sea of Galilee that also owes its source from River Jordan is a fresh water Lake supporting millions of sea creatures and plants alike. So this raises many questions as to why two lakes sharing the same source of fresh water would have such a notable difference. But there is a simple answer to this puzzle that also comes with a great lesson in our daily lives. The answer is the outlet. Yes, the outlet that is present in the Sea of Galilee but not in Dead Sea. It (outlet) ensures a constant freshness of the waters in the Sea of Galilee. It also eliminate wastes out of the Sea, facilitates a steady in and outflow of ‘new’ waters from The Jordan for a well breathing of sea animals. The outlet also enables a continuous supply system of fresh and vast nutrients for both aquatic plants and animals. So it is vast of life in Sea of Galilee unlike in its counterpart the Dead Sea, with no outlet. As the name tells, ‘dead’ means no life: It is made impossible by accumulation of salt due to unreplaced water. Once the water gets in to the Dead sea, it does not find its way out; The Sea receives but cannot give out because it lacks an outlet. As a result of this, old materials and wastes piles up in the sea, accompanied by dense ripples of salt that creates a high saline environment which renders aquatic life impossible. The two Israeli Rivers are a clear examples that serves to draw a thick line between holding and giving. When we give we create an outlet and therefore we receive a steady and constant renewal of life: Life of abundancy, fullness, wellness, freshness, happiness and lots of other unregretable gifts. By holding, however, we make life and all its beauty come to a stop. We accummulate without sharing, so we do not get refreshed. We concentrate on receiving and forget the most joyous part of giving as a way of creating an outlet. As a result we suffocate this precious gift life. So come on and let us give lest we become dead.

Whether in fret or in joy, its always a writing time.

I fell in love with literature in my last years in high school. I spent a better time of my studies in reading, rereading and underdstanding all set books as the syllabus would have dictated. Yet this was not enough to quench my burning thirst for literature, because as far as i was concentrating on the course work, i could still spare some time in James Hadley Chase, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon and the likes of Robert Ludlum. And now back to the literature, the short stories became my favorite, but this story “The Toilet” in” Looking for a rain god and other short stories from Africa”, a collection of Short stories from some of the unsung African writers really touched me. Well, it was about a young lady who, after completing secondary school, went to stay with her elder sister, who was working as a secretary in Johannesburg. Her sister was working for a white lady, who offered her to stay in her quarters under conditions that she had to minimize her visitors as much as possible. So when her younger sister visited her, she had to stay locked in their room until the white lady was out for work and it had to be a secret known by just the two of them. But things got worst or mybe better because the visiting sister secured a job in a factory and so she had to stay out of the premises before their host cum employer woke up in the morning and start preparing herself to get to work, becayse if she opted to wait until the white lady was through with her preparation and out for work, then she would get to the factory late.The young lady therefore, would leave the compound earliest possible; lest her sister’s boss smells a rat. But she had to buy some time in streets before heading to the factory, and this is where she discovered her place of solace and a haven, a public toilet: one that was not so much frequented. She could lock herself in that toilet and do what she liked most; reading, yes reading amidst all that anxienty. She realized that once she locked herself in that toilet then she was all alone, doing her thing, escaping from the noisy city around her and indulging herself in her small world, the toilet. Such is the world of a writer. You write in joy, in tears and fears, in fret and in whatever circunstance you find yourself in. Write even when you are not writing and write even when you don’t want to because you are in your own secluded place, your ‘toilet’ your small yet wide writing world.

Thwart not my plans thou procrastination

I write to test, on this word thwart from Stevens Krista, in daily post. I write at rest, from different meanings, Oxford and Webstar, my reference most, But thou my foe Procrastination, thwart not my plans, today i beg.

I write again, in moods of sorrow, on destructive ways of procrastination, I write in pain, on time we borrow and chances we narrow, in life stagnation, But thou my foe procrastination, thwart not my plans today i beg.

I write to flee from sad memmoirs, on piles of missions and wasted times. I write to glee, on vast of time and many visions of uncrossed rivers, But thou my foe, procrastination, thwart not my plans today i beg.

How to free off those crammed spaces

In our day to day activities, we are oftenly caught up in messy and congested spaces. Whether in our offices, our homes, corridors or even in our car booths. It is important to realize that, from the onset, these spaces are meant to always remain neat, organized and capable of facilitating our daily tasks as per their capacities. But as a result of these daily activities, it comes to a point that our spaces become so crammed that they can no longer facilitate any reasonable movement; Piled up with working and non-working essentials. This is where the idea of freeing off these spaces comes in handy.

Out of reach if not in use

Make use of stores and/or archives on materials that are not consumed oftenly: You do not need them around your space if they are not intended for use in any near future. It is advisable to identify the materials you daily require around, place them tidly in the nearest point of your space then take the rest to the stores or archives where they should also be arranged in an ordely manner. This procedure should be repeated oftenly because, as some materials become less useful or they are not required for the daily duties, they become scattered in our space and therefore conjest it hence making it look untidy and neglected. Regular sorting out of irrelevant materials and taking them to stores and archives helps free off unnecessarily occupied space.

Construct shelves and cabinets in your spaces

Construct shelves and purchase cabinets for your required materials, tools and other necessities. However, the size of a shelf or cabinet will depend on the size of your space. You can have an extra shelf in your kitchen, a medium size cabinet in your study room, rails and hooks in your stores and files and boxes in your archives.

Stack that stuff neatly

Your working materials can be stacked in boxes or bales especially when they are bulky, in order to make it easy to carry them around. They should also be tied or bound in regular forms and shapes to ease the task of arranging them in their necessary spaces. The tied or bound bales should be labelled in such a way that each can be identified by its content.

File those documents and insist on soft copies where necessary

Do not leave hard copies scattered around your working space especially in you office. File them as soon as you are through with them. Documents are more safe and tidy in files than when they are separately placed. Document files can then be arranged in a shelf or cabinet and labelled for easy access. This labeling can be done as per the genre of the contents. For example, if you are an accountant in an organization, you can label the document files as per departmental consumption; Procurement, human resource, marketing, production and other departments available in your firm. By so doing, locating a required document is much easier and a lot of your working space is freed. You can also consider keeping soft copies saved in your computer system rather than printouts and then generate hard copies only when the need arise. Sometimes you may need to carry some documents home for unfinished task in your office. If you always use your private car to get home, then place the documents in a file and place the files in your car back seat or booth. This will prevent them from scattering in a disorderly manner as you drive your way home. It also gives you more space for your shopping in case you want to make stop overs in either supermarkets or fast foods.

Exhaust that storage space systematically

Ensure that the storage space is completely utilized. When arranging materials in your space, make use of entire space; both vertical and horizontal. Depending on the size of your space and the nature of your materials, you can stack the materials in rows and columns moving upwards. When, for instance, you want to decongest a space that is full of bottles, then you can put them in crates and then arrange these crates in a stake of ten rows and ten colums moving up so that you have a total of fifty crates per stake. You can also do the same thing if you have your materials in boxes. Exhausting your space vertically and horizontally in a systematic order leaves your space neat, organized and frees off a considerable amount of space.

Love for these creepy plants

Creepy plants are a wonder to watch them grow especially how they spiral their way up the nearest tall buildings, poles, written off vehicles, fences or any other object that can support their creepy behaviour. The shape and form of these plants will be a replica of the object that renders its support or simply their host. However, if you decide to plant a creeping plant next to your house or any other accessible area within your compound, then you can shape it to your suitability.

Steady and shady Touch

When they wind their way up their support, they can provide a steady shade that can act as a safe haven for birds, human and also other plants. Birds makes them their alternative homes, human shelter from the scotching sun and plants growing under their shades fetches enough nutrients from the soft and moist soil below it with an ease, while their rate of transpiration is reduced.

Natural beauty

Creepy plants are green throughout every season. Their inclination from their host objects and their leafy and bushy nature gives them an edge in competing for sunlight against other nearby plants. Their deep roots are a surety for vast access to soil nutrients. These are some of the reasons that makes them green throughout the year and most of them survive even after their host support plant is long dried and withered. When you have a creeping plant in your compound and you want to keep it, then be rest assured that it is a natural beauty in all seasons.

Cools that well water

For those that creeps their way up the trees growing near wells or dams, then they can be a reliable source of continuous cooling effect to the waters in the well. Well water tastes naturally cool regardless to the time of the day because it is calmly sheltered. Do you love these plants? Try one in your compound.

Oh Easter!

Of dirty sins and evil deeds, And crooked ways and impure heeds, Of inherited curses and commited greeds, And wicked thoughts and immoral seeds, Oh Easter! when thou come, all these ends.

Of unpaid debts and fast-locked shackles, And spiritual battles and endless scuffles, Of broken hearts and uncured illnesses, And of thirsty souls and weeping eyes Oh Easter! when thou come, all these ends.

Of ruthless rulers and deceitful teachers, And merciless emperors and fake preachers, Of untrue believers and undivine healers, And undeserving masters and doomed sorcerers, Oh Easter! when thou come, all these ends.

Of unholy shrines and lifeless idols, And obsolete traditions and fallen morals, Of mortal icons and worldly royals, And valued stones and adoned parols, Oh Easter! when thou come, all these ends.

Of heart of praise and psalm and hymn, And dead to raise and grace to gain, Of settled price and loosened chain, And spiritual cleanse and Holy Reighn, Oh Easter! when thou come, these we gain.