THE SYCAMINE SERIES pt4

‘’Are you chronically angry? Turn your life around by killing anger and achieving calmness everyday’’ –(Jennifer Carter)

The Sycamine tree in spite of its uniqueness and outward beauty, according to research had a fruit very bitter in taste such that it could not be eaten in a sitting. The consumers(mostly poor people who had to make-do with it to fill their belly) therefore had to nibble it bit by bit.

A lot of folks who are bitter and are filled with resentments are those who nibble on their feelings and emotions for a long time. They give a lot of attention to their past, dreaming and reflecting deeply on certain offences and offenders who might be the cause of their pain. In the end, their perpetual nibbling on the poisonous fruit of bitterness turns them into bitter people who drink poison and expect their offenders to die. Learn to deal with your anger today or your anger will deal with you tomorrow!

#itsalwayspossible#

THE SYCAMINE SERIES pt3

‘’What grows in the ground (our hearts) is far deeper than what grows on top of the ground (outside of our lives)- Michael Diabour Jnr
The Sycamine tree is of a massive size, has a memorable growth pattern, distinctive bark and clusters of seed which all contribute to its uniqueness. They are large tress ranging in height from 60-100 ft tall and wide as 15ft in diameter. Their roots get so deeper in the ground such that even cutting or trimming (without uprooting the main roots) only clears the outward manifestation. The only way to completely kill this tree therefore is by uprooting or removing the stump as well.

In the same vein, many of us in this generation of ours are living our lives in a way worth comparing to the sycamine tree. Our inner hurts, disappointment and unforgiving spirit have been deeply rooted to such an extent that cutting or trimming it will have no effect unless we remove it by the stump and dig out along with the connecting roots.

#itsalwayspossible#

THE SYCAMINE SERIES 2

‘’You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.’’- (Buddha)
In our reference text for yesterday (cf Lk 17:3-6), the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith after He had told them to be willing and ready to forgive their brethren as many times as they offend them within a day. This was something they only demanded when the need to forgive and not resent or begrudge their offenders for whatever harm they might have caused them set in. 

Forgiving once is already a challenge for most people. To forgive someone seven times in a day therefore almost sounds impossible and incomprehensible. However, in spite of how difficult it may be, we do more harm than good to ourselves when we do not learn to release bitterness, forgive those who hurt us, let go of disappointments and save our strength/energy for a worthier course.

Itsalwayspossible

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#THE SYCAMINE SERIES I #

‘’Take heed to yourselves, if your brother sins against you, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him…And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, if ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this Sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root… (Luke 17:3-6)

As an imagery or illustration from our reference text, Jesus likened the subject of bitterness and unforgiveness to a tree that was so well known in that part of the world at that particular point in time. To use the word ‘’this Sycamine tree’’ actually gives an idea of certain specific facts Jesus wanted to point out to His disciples; a tree deeply rooted in the ground that could only be gotten rid of by plucking it up by its roots. 

We live in a world where many of us have become prisoners of bitterness, resentment and anger. We have several tested and proven reasons as to why we hold on to our past, and want to pay our offenders back in their own coin with no intention of forgiving and moving on. We forget the fact that holding on to bitterness and anger does more harm to ourselves that the offenders who might have forgotten and even moved on in life!

#Itsalwayspossible#

Michaeldiabourjnr@wordpress.com

#FROM GRASS to GRACE#

“It is sometimes a mistake to climb; it is always a mistake never even to make the attempt. If you do not climb, you will not fall- this is true. But is it that bad to fail, that hard to fall?”-{Neil Gaiman}

From a subjective point of view, Failure is not the opposite of success. It is the stepping stone and an integral part of success. We can learn so much from failure than we may learn from success.

When George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah decided to contest, contested and lost the Liberian national elections in 2005, many opposers and critics hurled out negative criticisms about his lack of proper formal education. The truth however was that, he lacked the requisite formal education. He did not even have a High School Certificate though he could speak various recognized languages including French, English, Italian, to mention but a few.

The most important thing was the fact that this iconic man was relentless, willing and ready to confront and correct any hiccups and challenges that might have been the reason for his downfall. He worked hard, forgetting about his critics, to obtain a High School diploma<SHS> at age 40, went on to DeVry University in Florida, where he obtained his bachelor and master’s degree in business management and public administration respectively at age 46.

Today, the 1995 World Footballer of the year and Ballon d’Or winner, the only African to still hold that accolade, is the President-elect of the republic of Liberia. Nothing is truly impossible in this world. It all depends on your determination to make good use of your today<present> to influence your tomorrow<future>!

#itsalwayspossible#

#HOW TO LIVE YOUNGER n STRONGER#

“He fills my life with good things, so that I stay younger and stronger.”-{Psalm 103:5}

There is an unsurprising rise in disorders of the heart and an increase in its associated mortality cases in this generation of ours. This can be attributed to the many trivial things we incubate and accommodate in our hearts on many occasions. It might interest you to know that about 70% of the space in the hearts of many are filled with poisonous stuffs and contaminants {eg.10% stress, 15% anger, 20% heartbreaks, 25% bitterness and  resentments, etc.}

 Our hearts ought to be pure and free from anything that can contaminate it because the build up of these negative things decreases the room for positive stuffs that will help us live our greatest lives for the longest time. 

Do not therefore hold on to anger, jealousy  resentments and disappointment especially as the year 2017 gets to a close. 

Release these toxins today to make enough  room, and fill your hearts with good things that will help you live younger, longer and stronger like an eagle!

#its always possible#

#CREATING GREAT AND LASTING IMPRESSIONS#

  • “The queen of Sheba heard of King Solomon’s fame, and she travelled to Jerusalem to test him with difficult questions. When she saw the food that was served at his palace, the organization of his palace staff and the dressing of his attendants, it left her breathless and amazed.”-{2 Chronicles 9:1-4 GNB}                      First impressions are really important. You never have a second opportunity to make a first and a great impression again. Your first impression is thus the trademark you get to make for yourself as it speaks a lot about yourself without you probably opening your mouth as an individual.                                  What actually mesmerized the Queen of Sheba on her first visit to the famous Solomon was the way his officials were dressed and his attendants presented themselves.   Your appearance therefore creates a fundamental judgment about yourself and your personality. Learn to create a great and a lasting impression always whenever you can, for you may never have a second opportunity again!                                                         #itsalwayspossible#