Posted in Author Emmanuel, Digest, Motivational

A Little Adventure

An adventure is something challenging. An adventure takes us out of our ordinary lives. It usually involves challenging ourselves or trying out something new. The word ‘venture’ can mean to try something without knowing where it will take us, while ‘adventure’ has positive connotations. Though it may be challenging, an adventure usually makes us feel excited and energized.

There are many different types of adventure. It might be argued that even something that other people might think is ordinary is an adventure to someone else. If it makes us feel challenged and excited, trust me, it is an adventure. For instance, an adventure might be:

  • Climbing a mountain
  • Learning a new language
  • Learning new culture
  • Traveling to a new city
  • Going to the top of a tall building in the city
  • Going white water rafting
  • Going after your dreams against all odds
  • Doing something people consider “crazy”

From the above, I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live with unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a life with no risk. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

If you want to get more out of life,  you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a more adventurous lifestyle that may first appear to you to be crazy but once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. Get out of your abode, leave your comfort zone and hit the road, and I guarantee you will be very glad you did. 

But I fear that you will ignore my advice. But for some reason incomprehensible to me, you want nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover. Please don’t bring my fears to reality, don’t ignore my advice.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new start to consolidate on yesterday. You are still going to live to see many days, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunities today is offering you to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience. You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships, God has placed it all around us, It is in everything and anything we experience. We just have to have the courage to try something new and worthwhile.

My point is that you do not need  someone to change your life for you, there is already a light to the path you know you must follow, It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in something new.

Here are few of the things you stand to gain:

1. Mental health.
The excitement and happiness we experience during an adventure release hormones that are great for our mental health. Moreover, surmounting a challenge during an adventure is a brilliant way to leave us feeling positive about ourselves. Adventures give us a more positive attitude about ourselves and about life, all of which is just great for our overall mental health.

2. Expanding our horizons.
Trying new things or traveling to other countries for adventures really expands our knowledge and experience of the world. Sometimes, it takes an adventure to show us just how rich and varied the world out there is. We realize that our perception of the world is not the only one, and that there is so much more for us to see, do and learn. Rest assured, after your first adventure you will be hungry for more!

3. Building friendships.
Sharing an adventure with someone is an excellent way to strengthen your friendship. When you both experience those heightened emotions, and help each other to overcome the various challenges along the way, you develop a lasting bond.

4. Learning new strengths.
Sometimes it takes an adventure to teach you just how strong, clever or brave you are. All of us have hidden strengths that we do not always know about. And, it can take an unfamiliar situation to allow those strengths come alive. After all, if we simply stick to our ordinary daily routine, never challenging ourselves to try something new, how will we ever discover anything new about ourselves?

5. Making daily life richer.
Leaving our daily routine for a while to have an adventure means that we come back to our everyday life refreshed, and with a new perspective. After an adventure, our daily working day routine itself seems richer and more exciting, because our adventures have taught us to see the world in a new light.

Everyone needs to add a little adventure in their lives. What counts as an adventure is up to you. What was your last adventure? And, if you could have an adventure in the future, what would you like it to be? Adventures do not need to be costly – in fact, you could start planning your next adventure right now.

Posted in Author Oluwatosin, Digest

EVERYONE HAS GOT A PRICE

Everyone Has Got A Price

We live in a society where people are quick to criticise other people, events or actions as long as they are not involved. Mind you, they may be engaged in something worse or close but as long as its not the present subject matter, they cast their stones on the accused without remorse. Most times, when situations occur, its sympathizers and critics fail to keenly ask themselves what they would have done if they were involved in it or if they could have acted better. If tides change and a critic of yesterday becomes a victim today, what should we expect?

In politics, it is observed that the incumbency is always inadequate at the time of power transition. However, when new individuals assume office, their flaws are seen in no time on either the same basis or similar ones with which their predecessors were criticized. My point is, everybody has got a price – you might never know yours until its the asking price. People are faced with situations daily. They have to make decisions, take actions and follow them through using methods they regard best to enable them cope with the situation. This is greatly influenced by their habits, personalities, etc. whether good or bad. When the result of these decisions become publicly known, a third party would learn from it by seeking better solutions to give him/her an edge if quizzed with such in the nearest future.

Passing judgement is easy anyone can do that but it takes compassion to understand while only the wise ones remember to live the lessons!

This develops one’s character and standards as the observer does not only seek for reasons to condemn but also unbiasedly analyses the situations and learns from it. People succumb to pressure when their charisma and values have been overpowered by it. Either in business or relationship, temptations will come. Being broke or lonely could be the asking price for a neighbour to do weird things. When exposed, they are castigated for not doing the right thing. Some people might even take out time to school them on how they could have acted better. If the same situation is redefined or intensified, these teachers mess up like no other. Wonder why? Its because they never learnt from the predicament of their neighbour; they only judged it.

In the days of Jesus, when the adulteress was caught without a defense, the perfect judge heard her case but denied her a sentence. I guess that was because He knew that a judgement on her would mean an equal judgement on everyone who was present either at that instant or a later future. We will all sell at a price, but what is your own price and because someone sold at a price less than we think we can sell doesn’t make them cheap, it only confirms they are human and they have a price.

We will all sell at a price, but what is your own price and because someone sold at a price less than we think we can sell doesn’t make them cheap, it only confirms they are human and they have a price.

Instead of magnifying people’s failures, show empathy and understanding, then you learn from them and step up your game. Increase the amount on your price tag so that on the bazaar of life, your shame will never be bought.

Posted in Author Oluwatosin, Digest, Inspirational Stories, Motivational

Meet the Mark, Exceed the Limit

Meet the Mark, Exceed the Limit

The cheetah is the fastest moving land animal. It survives in the animal kingdom with its speed and agility; which serves as both hunting and safety weapon. The cheetah is neither the biggest animal in its habitat nor the most skillful but what the Cheetah has, it makes the best of. The cheetah’s speed sets it apart and makes it outstanding. The cheetah exploits it’s ability to outrun other animals which comes very handy when hunting. When it captures a prey, it consumes it as quickly as possible, before other animals with greater strength intrude. The cheetah neither roars nor has a frightening appearance, therefore, It can be inferred that without its speed, the cheetah will be just another cat in the animal kingdom.

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In the study of life and nature, many qualities can be adopted from lower animals and even plants; the caring nature of a monkey towards its infants, the tireless efforts of ants in obtaining food, the patience of the vulture, the never giving up attitude of rodents, the easy lifestyle of trees – obeying the wind and struggling for nothing yet providing shelter for anyone that comes close… Nature provides helpful tips for the successful living of humans. An interesting and challenging lesson can also be adopted from the cheetah’s life. The fact that it ran today and came out the fastest is not a reason for it not to run tomorrow or not put in all its best- a cheetah takes every challenge as another opportunity to prove itself.

A man who puts in all his resources and efforts into the actualisation of a goal will always make a difference. Today’s failure does not ascertain tomorrow’s failure, the same way today’s success does not guarantee tomorrow’s success. Everyday is unique in itself. The only help yesterday can render is the lesson it taught which becomes reference for tomorrow’s decisions. The life of the cheetah teaches man to fight for each day like it’s his last day, hold on to every opportunity like none other might come, take one’s chance as quickly as possible, push till limits are exceeded, set new records and not rely on yesterday’s success.

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The major hindrance to continuous success is complacency. The notion of “people already know I am the best”. The cheetah does not allow that to consume it! Competition becomes difficult yet more exciting when one’s opponent is oneself, trying to better one’s own performance and being a better person on a daily basis. Knowing you can be better and aspiring to be, it is more satisfying to know that you have made a mark and set a pace. Fight everyday to better the person you were yesterday.

Meet the mark, exceed your limits, that’s how consistency can be achieved!

By AYODEJI, Oluwatosin Abiodun