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Past: Your Teacher or Tormentor?



What is your past? I have always wondered why some of us refuse to forget the past, to let it go.

Past, our pasts, have two functions. Before delving into that, let’s have a look at the word, past.

Past, the time that has gone by, the time before this present moment. I have heard it countless of times that past is history. But, it is discouraging to see that some of us are captives of our pasts.

We all have done some things in the past that are nothing to write home about. It was because, then, we were just a boy. We were naive. We simply didn’t know! The past is the past. Anything that has happened there we have no control over. Believe it or not, you can’t do nothing about the past, other than learn from it.

This life is not as it is in that series movie (The Flash), where one can run back in time and make some changes. Even the The Flash tried it but regretted his action. He was taking care of the past while the present was getting worse.

Past as a Teacher
What happened in the past should serve as a lesson to you. It should remind you of the mistakes you had made. It should open your mind to what you neglected. It should reveal to you a better way of doing things, acting, and living today. It should help in making today, your surest possession, better than the past.

Past as Tormentor
It is crystal clear that some of us are captives, slaves of our pasts. They will spend their present moment thinking about the hurts in the past, the defeats, the disappointments, and the failures. While doing that, they have forgotten, unaware of the defeats and failures they may encounter in the present as a result of their thinking about the past.

The past is gone! There is nothing anyone can do about it. Let not your past torment you. Let the dead bury it’s dead.

What to do?
There is one thing I know you can do about the past. It is making today count. Take care of the future today so that in future, you will have no cause to worry about today.

In Summary
Don’t dwell in the past. Dwelling in the past is worst than the past itself. It blindfolded you, prevents you from concentrating on the task at hand. It prevents you from a fully planned future.

© 2018 | Obembe S.D (SirPhren)

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What Makes The GREAT Great?



Yeah, what makes the great great? You have seen their glories and you should read their stories. What makes the great great is a book written by Dennis P. Kimbro, Ph.D. I didn’t know about the book till I got to a bookshop In Lagos. Then I went in search of the 50th law of power by Robert Greene and 50cent. I couldn’t lay my hands on it and I asked the book seller to give me any nice book and he did give me What Makes The Great Great. I was glad he did.

“If you want to be great and successful, you must walk hand-in-hand with great and successful people.” Nido Qubein

The book tells of the stories of great men and women, how they were able able to stand out among the crowd and made names for themselves. The author introduces inspiring people who have achieved greatness in their own unique ways, then highlights the qualities each of us must develop before we reach our full potential.

Regardless of your definition of success, the book provides approach of turning your dream to reality. Greatness is guaranteed when you discover life’s true calling, live more courageously, access knowledge and creativity of your mind and embrace integrity in everything you do.

We all have seeds of greatness in us, what makes the great great provides the tools to discover and nourish those seeds.

Dennis P. Kimbro asked some great men and women the question, What makes the great great? See some of their responses below:

When Bill Pinkney [the first African-American to sail solo around the world and the forty-first man to do so] was asked what makes the great great, his response was; “Don’t wait! Now is the time to fulfil your destiny. We must act with courage; look forward with hope; and view life through a lens that defines what can be done rather than what cannot be done. If you are willing to work and never, never quit, you can make your dream come true.” What does this message mean to you?

Percy Sutton said, “If you have but one wish let it be for an idea.”

Robert E. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television said, “Life is a grindstone, But whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of. And Rev Jesse Jackson added, “You may not be responsible for being knocked down, but you are certainly responsible for getting back up.”

What makes the great great

Henry Park of Park Sausage said, “In one hand I have a dream and in the other I have an obstacle. Tell me, which one grabs your attention?”

When Reverend Ike was asked what makes the great great, he said, “Do what I have done. “Open up a can! The world belongs to those who say I can.”

Mae Jemison, America’s first black female astronaut, when was asked what makes the great great said, “Greatness can be captured in a lifestyle. Life is God’s gift to you, style is what you make of it.”

Quincy Jones said, “Greatness occurs when your children loves you, when your critics respects you, and when you have peace of mind.”

Cornel West, an author and a professor said, “If you want to be great, you must serve willingly and love greatly.”

Oseola McCarty said, “Do as much as you can for as many as you can.”

And according to my observation, the greats are the people who understands what it means to simplify. They are the people who face one thing, face one passion and give in their best and do not believe in being jack of all trades. They are the people with determination and unshaken focus to do what they put before them. They are the people who have desires that burn. They are the people who say I will do this and never give up until they do. – SirPhren

Do you want to be great in that field you have chosen? Now you have just read about the opinions of some of the great men and women who have lived before us. Some of what they said is still valid and it will be nice to practice them.

There is only one thing that can stop you from being great. Do you want to know? Only you can stop you.

Robert Browning said, “When a man’s fight begins within himself, he is worth something.” And Bhagavad-Gita concluded, “A man’s own self is his friend, a man’s own self is his foe.”

If you really want to get your life together, this is one of the books you should probably read.

Which of these answers to what makes the Great great your favorite? Do you also know of other qualities of the Greats? Do share with me in the comment below.

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