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Looking Within

At the beginning of each year people make resolutions. Sometimes these do last, sometimes the willpower is lost when the year gets old (so to speak). 

People make resolutions around summer too.This is a time for  people to go to the beach, travel, visit family members and relatives and party (according to trends). Unlike New Year’s Resolutions these are not about inner self improvement but rather improvement of the physical appearance. 

Most, if not all of us, get caught up in the moment at this time. We make resolutions – just like everyone else – then forget about them -just like everyone else. Sometimes we do catch up on ourselves. Other times…we don’t. There are some of us who will find time to think, review and analyse our actions and decide to fix the problems. Others of us need a push, a wake up call (like the ones I need to start responding toπŸ˜„) to propel us in the right direction.

That’s just it! We’re humans! WE ARE HUMANS

Take a second to savour your humanity because trust me, there’s nothing else we can be…but humans.

What am I trying to say exactly? You don’t need to make resolutions? You shouldn’t make resolutions? Resolutions are only words?                

                                         NO!!!!!!
You are the person who decides that. What I believe is that we should make resolutions to be the best us that we can be EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Goals can’t be achieved with one big step! Stop beating yourself up about that. 

I repeat…SAVOUR YOUR HUMANITY.

Is it that you should be happy that you’ll mess up? Or that you’ll forget important things? Or that you’ll follow the crowd sometimes? 

Bah…Those are pretty far from being considered accomplishments. What we should enjoy about it is as simple as this…

We Have Control. We Can Change Things. We Get Second Chances…  Everyday that we get up is a new opportunity to do great things.

As I stated earlier, it can’t be done in 1 Big Step. We’ll most likely fall and hurt ourselves…that would be discouraging😩. What we all realize (whether or not we’re builders) is that no house is built from the top down nor any stair made of 1 Big Step. 

We have to go up each tiny step before making it to the top.

This is a lesson for resolutions. 

  • Have big dreams…great goals…Goals that scare you.
  • Make a daily plan on how to achieve them. Set a reminder if you must.
  • Write them down.
  • Today I will be the most awesome me ever. I will not…(or at least I’ll try my best not to…). I will…But even if I fail today,  I’m human so I’ll try again

You don’t have to make a resolution now.You don’t have to do it just because everyone else is doing it (something adults tell teens a lot πŸ˜‰). Make it personal. Make it something you’re passionate about and won’t give up on. 

The most important thing to remember (yes, apart from the fact that we’re humans) is that not everyone needs to know what your goals are. We can resolve to do something within ourselves. Sometimes we should surprise others…Let them see that we’re trying to put our best life forward without us saying it.

Happy 2017. Bless up…πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Always your 

πŸ’– Ntini😘

 

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Looking Within

At the beginning of each year people make resolutions. Sometimes these do last, sometimes the willpower is lost when the year gets old (so to speak). 

People make resolutions around summer too.This is a time for  people to go to the beach, travel, visit family members and relatives and party (according to trends). Unlike New Year’s Resolutions these are not about inner self improvement but rather improvement of the physical appearance. 

Most, if not all of us, get caught up in the moment at this time. We make resolutions – just like everyone else – then forget about them -just like everyone else. Sometimes we do catch up on ourselves. Other times…we don’t. There are some of us who will find time to think, review and analyse our actions and decide to fix the problems. Others of us need a push, a wake up call (like the ones I need to start responding toπŸ˜„) to propel us in the right direction.

That’s just it! We’re humans! WE ARE HUMANS

Take a second to savour your humanity because trust me, there’s nothing else we can be…but humans.

What am I trying to say exactly? You don’t need to make resolutions? You shouldn’t make resolutions? Resolutions are only words?                

                                         NO!!!!!!
You are the person who decides that. What I believe is that we should make resolutions to be the best us that we can be EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Goals can’t be achieved with one big step! Stop beating yourself up about that. 

I repeat…SAVOUR YOUR HUMANITY.

Is it that you should be happy that you’ll mess up? Or that you’ll forget important things? Or that you’ll follow the crowd sometimes? 

Bah…Those are pretty far from being considered accomplishments. What we should enjoy about it is as simple as this…

We Have Control. We Can Change Things. We Get Second Chances…  Everyday that we get up is a new opportunity to do great things.

As I stated earlier, it can’t be done in 1 Big Step. We’ll most likely fall and hurt ourselves…that would be discouraging😩. What we all realize (whether or not we’re builders) is that no house is built from the top down nor any stair made of 1 Big Step. 

We have to go up each tiny step before making it to the top.

This is a lesson for resolutions. 

  • Have big dreams…great goals…Goals that scare you.
  • Make a daily plan on how to achieve them. Set a reminder if you must.
  • Write them down.
  • Today I will be the most awesome me ever. I will not…(or at least I’ll try my best not to…). I will…But even if I fail today,  I’m human so I’ll try again

You don’t have to make a resolution now.You don’t have to do it just because everyone else is doing it (something adults tell teens a lot πŸ˜‰). Make it personal. Make it something you’re passionate about and won’t give up on. 

The most important thing to remember (yes, apart from the fact that we’re humans) is that not everyone needs to know what your goals are. We can resolve to do something within ourselves. Sometimes we should surprise others…Let them see that we’re trying to put our best life forward without us saying it.

Happy 2017. Bless up…πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Always your 

πŸ’– Ntini😘

 

What is your worth?

Being placed in certain situations offers various opportunities. I proved it when I was placed in a particular teacher’s 4th form class. He’s an amazing teacher who cares about the development of his students all round. Recently, he issued a challenge;he posed two questions and gave us some time to consider our answers (gave us until April actually).

The questions were:

1. What is your worth?

2. How do you measure your worth? Are you undervaluing or overvaluing yourself? What standards do you use to measure your worth? Do you have a price tag?

Question 2 has a lot of parts as you may realise. I believe it shows the importance of this one question in our lives. I’ve made so many attempts at answering this question and it was when I wasn’t thinking about an answer that I really got one.

I’m worth nothing without God. He gives me life, health, strength and enables me to use my knowledge. If my life is not completely in His hands, I have no life. 

I believe I’m only worth as much as I give back to the universe. Life is a cycle and whatever we do with the little we have will be repaid. 

I thought I was a perfectly sociable and approachable human being, until today. I think this goes to show that you never know yourself well enough – your opinions of yourself are most likely biased. So through this question I have also learned that I need to smile more, say “hello” to a few more people and care more.

Destiny can be kind – more often then not. It’s up to us to give back to the world that gives so much to us.I don’t think we have “no more to give“until we die. Each breath of life that we take, shows just how much potential there is within us to give back.

I don’t believe a person’s worth should be measured by anything material. Material things age and fade with time. They will all disappear someday. What matters is what is within – our values and beliefs, love, compassion, faithfulness. We can not be shallow human beings and die happily. True happiness comes from making others happy and if I’m not making others feel worthy, happy, needed then my life has no value. 

We may seem insignificant or unworthy to everyone else, however, our Heavenly Father has made each of us special. The very hairs of our head are numbered !!! Whatever man may think is nothing compared to the King of the World’s opinion.

Being worthy should be your individual feeling. You may be unknown, ignored or probably even slandered, but it’s up to you to know your individual worth and act like it. Things are treated according to what they are and their value. 

A diamond is given a space of importance and is protected while a stainless steel spoon is not given much thought.If you believe that you are a diamond, act like it! If you act like a stainless steel spoon, you’ll be treated like a spoon. 

In this world you must demand good if it is what you desire. It is much easier for someone to lose or to have no respect for you than it is to gain respect. Yes, we should not value ourselves based on the world’s opinions but we should consider who we are, whose we are and what we are.

I guess that’s just it.

What is your worth?

Being placed in certain situations offers various opportunities. I proved it when I was placed in a particular teacher’s 4th form class. He’s an amazing teacher who cares about the development of his students all round. Recently, he issued a challenge;he posed two questions and gave us some time to consider our answers (gave us until April actually).

The questions were:

1. What is your worth?

2. How do you measure your worth? Are you undervaluing or overvaluing yourself? What standards do you use to measure your worth? Do you have a price tag?

Question 2 has a lot of parts as you may realise. I believe it shows the importance of this one question in our lives. I’ve made so many attempts at answering this question and it was when I wasn’t thinking about an answer that I really got one.

I’m worth nothing without God. He gives me life, health, strength and enables me to use my knowledge. If my life is not completely in His hands, I have no life. 

I believe I’m only worth as much as I give back to the universe. Life is a cycle and whatever we do with the little we have will be repaid. 

I thought I was a perfectly sociable and approachable human being, until today. I think this goes to show that you never know yourself well enough – your opinions of yourself are most likely biased. So through this question I have also learned that I need to smile more, say “hello” to a few more people and care more.

Destiny can be kind – more often then not. It’s up to us to give back to the world that gives so much to us.I don’t think we have “no more to give“until we die. Each breath of life that we take, shows just how much potential there is within us to give back.

I don’t believe a person’s worth should be measured by anything material. Material things age and fade with time. They will all disappear someday. What matters is what is within – our values and beliefs, love, compassion, faithfulness. We can not be shallow human beings and die happily. True happiness comes from making others happy and if I’m not making others feel worthy, happy, needed then my life has no value. 

We may seem insignificant or unworthy to everyone else, however, our Heavenly Father has made each of us special. The very hairs of our head are numbered !!! Whatever man may think is nothing compared to the King of the World’s opinion.

Being worthy should be your individual feeling. You may be unknown, ignored or probably even slandered, but it’s up to you to know your individual worth and act like it. Things are treated according to what they are and their value. 

A diamond is given a space of importance and is protected while a stainless steel spoon is not given much thought.If you believe that you are a diamond, act like it! If you act like a stainless steel spoon, you’ll be treated like a spoon. 

In this world you must demand good if it is what you desire. It is much easier for someone to lose or to have no respect for you than it is to gain respect. Yes, we should not value ourselves based on the world’s opinions but we should consider who we are, whose we are and what we are.

I guess that’s just it.

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Forces at Work

Wow! It’s been a while since I shared anything with you guys, but recently a lot has been happening so I decided to share some of my thoughts with you all.

You know how sometimes you feel as if you have been placed in a position to make a difference? You believe that you can effect all the changes you wanted? At times like these, it doesn’t become apparent too you that there are instances when you are built up just to be broken down. 

There is always some force working against good intentions. Even people from Bible days realised this. The apostle speaks of evil presenting itself when he seeks to do good. There always seems to be some distraction or barrier in the way of effecting good change.

As a child, I may not have many life experiences, however, I have sufficient reason behind my theory. Have you ever gotten in trouble for helping someone? If so, you know that’s the worst thing to get in trouble for and the worst way to get in trouble. 

Why? Because this discourages good. It creates a feeling of unhappiness and anger that threatens the very existence of the good within. In moments like these, people pledge to never try to help someone again. The force wins in these situations, unless you are one of those persons who speaks based on current emotions but when faced with a situation your compassionate heart melts and you lose your resolve.

It is our responsibility to fight against the force(s). It is in our hands to effect change even when it seems as if the world is going to change us. We are so much stronger than we think. We can achieve so much more than we believe. We can fight the forces with good – remaining kind when all we want to do is yell, smiling and walking away instead of getting into an unnecessary argument.

Life can be as happy as we want it to be. We need not worry about how imperfect our world is, we can’t make this world into what we want. We can’t even change the people we love.what we can do is create a haven for others to enjoy – a happy place within ourselves that we can share with those around us. A place of goodness can be wherever we want it to be as long as we stand for right.

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Love you guys. Thanks for your continued support. I know I’m a crazy writer and I abandon you for months on end, but to all faithful readers of Ntiniblog, thank you. 

I hope to be able to write more often during the holidays. 

My next post will be about my country and it’s people (at least, what I know about itπŸ˜‰)

I am Jamaican and I’ve realised that our rich culture is in two states – misunderstood and dying. I would like too reach all those I am able to with the truth of this gem in the Caribbean – my island home.

All bloggers who follow me and read my work, if I haven’t liked any of your work, I apologise. You guys are really great writers, however, I am usually off-line and read the summaries in my email. Your blogs are amazing, beautiful and frequent so I hope you understand that I love your work.

Drop questions on what you’d like to know about Jamaica so I can address everything in my next post.

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Living It Up

We sometimes give no value to life. We live day to day without considering the small things:

  • The rainfall
  • The fresh air
  • Getting up each day
  • Our ability to move, speak and care for ourselves
  • Our family and friends
  • Each person’s uniqueness and abilities
  • The operations taking place in our bodies
  • The complexity of our brains

We take these ‘simple’ things for granted and go about each day “living it up”. Drowning ourselves in man-made inventions, enjoying technology and getting work done. As humans, we seek fulfilment and satisfaction from whatever we do.

Don’t you look at your life sometimes and think about what you are missing out?

It doesn’t have to be faith in a supernatural being, a friend, a family member, someone who tells you the truth…it may just be that although we should be one with nature, we are forgetting about the beauty around us. 

Why not take a minute to breathe some of that nice fresh oxygen and feel it travel all the way into your lungs?

Drive out of the city and gaze at the sky. There is beauty even in the darkness.

Instead of viewing flowers through shop windows, why not plant your own garden or visit the natural garden around you.

There is so much in nature to be experienced and enjoyed. Yet, we choose to stay holed up in buildings, breathing in we the air being cooled by the air conditioner, using up WiFi to get in contact with a world that is waiting for you with open arms.

Why not step outside?

Look at the people around you differently. Try to see their stories in their eyes. Some people just need a smile from someone to feel alright.

The morals of society have broken down so much so that you can trust no one and have to watch your steps. Break out of your fear and flash a few smiles. Watch someone’s face break into a responding grin and feel your spirit glow from the inside out.

Life is too short and nature is too beautiful for us to not want to live it up.

🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊

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Daily Prompt: Silence

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Beauty is in silence. That is the time when minds go on rampage; when weΒ view all the colours of our souls and soil our canvases with the most beautiful art.

Pain is in silence. Sometimes, we suffer in the silence. We refuse to let our pain into the open. We hide all the wrongs that have been done to us in the dark folds of our quiet thoughts.

Silence is golden. Silence is darkness. Silence is all the words that have been formed without being written or spoken.

Loud…that’s what my silences are
The times when my thoughts go on rampage
When my emotions are let loose
At this time I have to bite my lip
To prevent to-be-regrets from slipping

Loud…that’s what my silences are
Intolerable and mind blowing
A time when my thoughts are chaotic, misguided, unguarded
When the storm in my mind will not cease
When my heart is heavy and
One breath can break me

Loud…that’s what my silences are
But I, only I hear them
For they are the silences within
Battles I must fight on my own
Battles that leave me drained.

Loud…that’s what my silences are
So when you see me silent, know
That that’s the time I’m screaming
Everything I cannot say aloud

Loud…that’s what my silences are.

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Transformation and Moving Forward: Moving Forward 25.06.16 PAS. F. Bailey

WARNING: If you do not believe in God or the Bible, do not read this post. If you do read it despite not believing in God or the Bible please do not leave any negative comments. It is a bit long in comparison to my other posts
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When God gives us a message, we should obey.
The church has become comfortable. As God did not intend for Moses to be in the wilderness so long (Deuteronomy 1:6-8), He did not intend for us to be on Earth so long

Recently, my former district pastor decided to pay my church a visit. Now, he sings like an angel and preaches like Paul so I was looking forward to an amazing Sabbath.

The church is undergoing a year-long study entitled “LORD, TRANSFORM ME” an initiative for the years 2015-2020. This is a programme geared at improving the lives of believers through Thanks-Living. The Psalms are filled with verbal praises (Psalm 9: 1). Daniel lifted up the name of God (Daniel 2: 19-23). However, God does not only want thanksgiving from the lips, but thanks-living that comes from the heart.

Thanks-Living considers three (3) factors:

πŸ˜‡Β  Forgiving

Focus Verses: St. Matthew 18: 21-35; Ephesians 4: 31, 32

Forgiveness is an act of gratitude required to keep God’s grace flowing into our lives.
It shows that we have turned and moved from the mountain
Unforgiveness is like taking poison and expecting someone else to die.
It builds up anger, hate, stress and stagnates growth.

πŸ˜‡ Healthy Living

Focus Verses: Romans 12: 1; 1 Corinthians 10: 31

We should lead and live sacrificial lives
The acronym NEW START is a guideline for healthy living.
Nutrition – eating right, preferably a vegetarian or other healthy lifestyle. It is proven that persons who follow the biblical/Seventh Day Adventist dietary lifestyle.

Exercise – at least light exercise three to seven times per week.

Water – drinking six to eight four ounce (4 oz.) glasses of water.

Sunlight – receive adequate amounts of sunlight in the early morning and late afternoon for Vitamin D
🎢Mr Golden Sun please shine down on me🎢

Temperance – in all things exercise self-control

Air – oxygen is needed to survive. If you live in a congested neighbourhood, take a visit to the countryside and BREATHE

Rest – we all hear this one often, but many of us are workaholics (or like me read-a-holicsπŸ˜‚) but we should try to get enough rest even if this does not mean sleeping. Take a few minutes to relax and rejuvenate

Trust – trust sets our mind at ease. Belief in a deity, a religious belief or having someone you trust is vital for peace of mind

πŸ˜‡ Generous Giving

Focus Verses: Acts 10: 38; Galatians 6: 9, 10

Only a full sponge cannot absorb anymore. As children of God we should let go of old blessings so you can receive new ones.
We should not be selfish with the word of God or with our resources.

They set off to where it seemed impossible. (Deuteronomy 2: 1) That is Moving Forward.

Trust in God
Live with an attitude of gratitude
Honour God with what belongs to Him : Our Body, Finances and Time (Proverbs 3: 5-10)

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 4: 13, 14 ESV)

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What to Say

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What do I say when I am distressed, but not in need of pity?
What do I say when I have to answer a question but I know if I open my mouth in that moment I will have regrets?
What do I say when I want to highlight something without embarrassing someone?
How do I comfort a depressed friend when I do not know what to say?
What do I say?

Words are one of the most powerful things. They have the power to build up and break down. Words have the power to create and destroy.

Words appear in so many formats:

πŸ†Ž Thoughts
πŸ†Ž Spoken
πŸ†Ž Written
πŸ†Ž Songs
πŸ†Ž Gestures
πŸ†Ž Symbols

Speech is one of the most universal forms of communication. With the rise of technology, the visually impaired are able to read, the hearing and speech impaired are able to speak with their hands, people from different nations are able to speak in each other’s language.

No longer is language a barrier to communicating effectively.
Yet with all the developments around us we still do not know what to say.

Everyday we are presented with situations that require us to be able to ‘colour’ our speech so it can accomplish a particular task and so often many of us fail. One word can lead to a missed opportunity, a broken heart a destroyed friendship, a huge misunderstanding.

The fact that we are unable to read the thoughts of our associates, adds to the difficulty in effective communication. Words are interpreted differently based on the listener.

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Empathetic behaviour is a key to using words effectively.

Put on the other person’s skin and walk around in it

That is empathy and that is key in keeping charge of your sanity when the daily challenge of effective communication is presented.