Do You Like Being A Monkey?

Don’t be a monkey! Let go of man’s version of the fruit. Release yourself from the coconut.

Tell me about some of the coconuts you will be releasing in the comments area below.

XOXO,
Chañel.

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A Ziplining Lesson

Recently, I went on a work trip. Part of the trip took us to Y.S. Falls where I tried 5 ziplines for the first time. Like any first experience of that active nature, I didn’t quite know how to feel but as the experience continued, I picked up a couple lessons on the way.

Before we could start, we were locked into the relevant gear including helmets. As we stood waiting for all our team members to be geared-up, we had a couple of persons who had done it already and they were the ones who tried to alleviate some of our fears. However, in talking, these were the ones who made facing the experience even more fearful.My level of fear was slowing vamping up as I stood listening. I realised then that whilst God has not given me a spirit of fear, fear could be found within the uncertainty of excelling at the unknown and from external factors like well-meaning individuals. At that point I stopped listening and told myself that I could do it.

The walk to the first zipline was long especially since I haven’t done any exercise in months. Again I found myself wavering as my lungs struggled for air and my knees protested and threatened to buckle. Just when I was about to give in to my wavering mind and protesting body, I reached the top and it was beautiful! From this experience, another lesson emerged. The hardest step to fulfilling your dream is the preparation stage to beginning. Sometimes everything will seem to be against you as you try to put things in place. You may even consider giving up but if you hold out, your destination (starting point) will be incredibly beautiful. With everything in place, you will be filled with an incredible pride and satisfaction as you stand on the brink of conquering the world.

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A Jigsaw Puzzle

As a child, I was fascinated with solving jigsaw puzzles. I would spend hours matching pieces just to see the whole picture. Even today, though I am no longer an ardent player, I still spend time playing the jigsaw app on my laptop.

Have you ever noticed just how nicely two pieces will fit when they are meant for each other? I mean you don’t have to deal with the stress of squeezing the end of one into the hole of the other. They just fit in a way that takes the process one step closer to solving the problem and making the picture much better.

How many of your relationships have been like? You meet persons and they just fall neatly in place. I have many friends who came into my life like that. Even now if I don’t see or talk to them for years, when we meet again, it’s like no time has passed. That is how your relationships should be. You shouldn’t have to force it. If you have a friend which you have to continually fight to keep, maybe that friendship shouldn’t be. If you are in a relationship in which every day feels like a battlefield, maybe the universe is trying to tell you something.

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Lessons Learned From Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath

So guys! On a chance encounter, I learnt about Malcolm Gladwell and how thought-provoking his writing was. I looked him up on TED Talk and sure enough I fell in love. Here are 10 lessons learnt from Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath.

  1. Your acknowledged strength can also be the source of your biggest weakness.
  2. You don’t have to play the same game that everyone else is playing. As a smaller opponent, you are likely to lose. Use the most unexpected strategy.
  3. What is considered an advantage can quickly become a disadvantage.
  4. Making choices should never be the simple case of selecting a best option and a second-best option. It should be a choice between two very different options, each with its own strengths and drawbacks. There are times and places where it is better to be a Big Fish in a Little Pond than a Little Fish in a Big Pond, where the apparent disadvantage of being an outsider in a marginal world turns out not to be a disadvantage at all.
  5. Being born or faced with disadvantages can force you to develop skills that would have otherwise lain dormant.
  6. When you experience what you had first feared, you stop being afraid of being afraid. That’s when the exhilaration kicks in. You have faced fear and won.
  7. It is possible to emerge from the darkest hell healed and restored. 
  8. Forgiveness is as powerful as revenge. It is up to you to decide the kind of impact you want that power to have.
  9. Challenge the status quo. It is not always right and rarely ever break barriers!
  10. The powerful are not as powerful as they seem – nor the weak as weak.

    So tell me, what are your thoughts on lessons highlighted above?

    XOXO
    Chañel.

    Let your eagle SOAR!

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    About a year ago someone hugged me tightly and said, “You know what you remind me of? An eagle! Girl, go forth and whatever you do, spread your wings and soar!” At the time I didn’t think much of it but as I sit back and do some introspection, I can truly say that God has been demonstrating to me how to unfurl and use my wings.

    One thing I have learned is that God allows every incident in your life to happen to teach/prepare you. A few years ago I had a bad case of stage fright whenever I spoke in public. I also felt that my ability to write had been nullified. I was left empty. But this is something you need to know. Sometimes, when God intends to bless you, He slowly empties you. He begins to remove any impediments to your blessing. Only then will He begin to fill you up.

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    When you encounter God…

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    A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a friend about the way youngsters who are Christians behave. She was lamenting the fact that they don’t really behave like Christians. The only thing that came to mind to tell her is that it’s because they haven’t encountered God for themselves yet. A few nights later as I knelt at my bedside praying, that same thought came to me: things will not change until you make it your duty to encounter God.

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    What is Your Perspective?

    Last night as I laid in bed, I noticed what seemed to be a flying insect on the wall from the corner of my eye. When I looked around, it was gone! A few seconds again I noticed the same phenomenon and looked again. Still nothing. It happened a few more times and each look yielded that same result. Nothing! I got a little worried because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep if there was indeed a flying insect in my room.
    I shifted my position and I laid down again. It was then I noticed an ant crawling on the zipper of my bag. I was deeply amused to realized that the angle I had been lying down before had made the ant look like something flying on the wall. The thought came to me then, “It’s all about your perspective.”

    Have you every realized how things and situations can change if you change the way you are looking at it? When you are in the sky looking down, everything seems small, yet when you are on land, things just seem bigger. When you are in the middle of the situation, you get caught up in the management of the details. However, when you take a step back and experience the bird’s eye view, your perspective can change.

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