“I hope you still feel small standing by the ocean… whenever one door closes I hope one more opens promise me that you will give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance…” Gladys Knight (Lee Ann Womack)
Few songs have more replay value than the song I hope you dance (written by Lee Ann Womack and performed by Gladys Knight) among the sound tracks of my life. Whenever I play it the movie by Tyler Perry comes nostalgically to my mind. Most of the music that I have gotten to love but did not give a second thought prior were because of movies, there is something about giving a thing some visual effect that tends to connect with a human soul. Hence I prefer original score or movie soundtrack albums to actual individual recordings. I digress!
Among the many Zambian historical figures Valentine Musakanya is among my favourite, I have identified myself with him, his self-confidence and abundance mind-set, in the book by Miles Lamar he stated on how privileged he was that he never really had to compete for things in his illustrious career, he went on to state:
“I have unconsciously felt that I was above competition, I encourage competitiveness and ambition in others but I have never needed them, I have trusted that I would get there on merit no matter how competitive or ambitious the others may be.” – Edited
I love to reassure myself that; in my father’s house are many mansions if it were not, Jesus would have told me so. As someone stated; cadres hack one another over pieces of land say a 20 by 20 meters piece of land, when God in his abundance had given the whole earth to one couple, Adam and Eve. Abundance comes from having faith in God and trusting that the promises he made, he is faithful and able to fulfill, more so using the Abrahamic template / blue print in understanding that God had sworn to these promises.
Abundance mind-set is very much cardinal as an outlook to life but more so where career- progression is concerned, it takes as much hard / smart work as it does in having inner confidence and faith. Work places particularly can be so political, they have even coined the term; a dog eat dog world. Many people especially those with responsibilities and families have been so confined in that controlled work environment that it is hard to look up and check for the possibilities and abundance that is out there. More like wild animals when confined and threatened, people evoke their animalistic and survival instincts and would do anything to keep the job or get ahead of the pack. Managers, supervisors and ba Foloman (fore-men) have made the mistake of playing god with the borrowed powers (in an organisation that they have no stake in) and have gone on to toy with the livelihoods or careers of those below them. To recite the example of Valentine Musakanya it is imperative that one carries themselves with an abundance mind-set no matter how desperate the job environment can be. Jesus put it better; I am the resurrection and the life he that believeth in me, though he may die yet he shall live and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
“Life is like a wheel of fortune what maybe fresh today, tomorrow will be seed” – Unknown
The Black Swan; the impact of the highly improbable – a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (one of the finest books I have come across this year), states that a black swan is a rare, unpredictable event, that carries a massive impact and after the fact we concoct an explanation that makes it less random and more predictable than it was. The black swan emphasises the point that life can never be simulated, simply because one’s imagination has not conceived the possibility of a thing or an event, it does not make that thing impossible or that it cannot happen. The bible again goes on to say that; No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has conceived that which the lord has for them that love him. Let us have the perspective of abundance to life, expect the unexpected, be cognisant of the many black swans God has in store for us or even for those we’d love to hate, for God makes his sun shine and his rain fall on both the good and the bad.
The Healing capabilities of forgiveness
This paragraph is an extraction from a prize winning (puts on a Wryly smile) write up I had done last year, which is not ready for publishing just yet. Here it goes;
I have given my own interpretational adaptation of Einstein’s eponymous formula E=MC^2, I have gone on to state that us as human beings are mere matter (mass) emitting/turning into energy at the speed of LIFE (please give credit where it due in case you cite this) only to remain as an experience, a memory in the life of those we interacted with be it family, acquaintances, friends and colleagues, and eternally in their spirits.
The saying hurt people, hurt people! has given me a whole new perspective in life as pertaining to human confrontation. Many times people are out there sharing their frustration, pain and bitterness. The pain that they do not know how to handle. I have chosen to focus on the abundance that is in Christ and not the pain that can come from any human being or life in general and more so for the sake of the eternity of my spirit. Hating saps energy, style and grace therefore I choose forgiveness over bitterness, I choose life and life that is abundant in Christ, who is the resurrection and the life.
The Pale Blue Dot
I was listening to hip hop Vloger (video blogger) DJ Vlad where he reminded me of the pale blue dot photograph ( in the heading on top) done by the Voyager 1 – NASA space craft from billions of miles away and the famous caption by Carl Sagan in 1990 (below). In all this abundance of the galaxies or the universe it is reassuring to know that the same God who created them has called me by name and went on to reassure me that, if the lilies of the field which are here today and tomorrow are seed, have been clothed in such beauty that not even Solomon in all his royal splendour was clothed as them, what of I who is a co-creator in Christ. But more so it reminds me of how my anecdotal situation is so minute in the grand scheme of things (be it the universe or eternity) just as the pale blue dot… not my will but let your will be done is what Jesus said.
Carl Sagan added this moving caption to the beautiful picture of the galaxy;