Choices

A rotten apple with maggots peeping is no one’s choice except something’s amiss. Better to have nought than an unhealthy bite, of that which is bound to induce ill health. 

The same may be applied to choices we make, noting decisions will in time bear fruit. Best therefore to determine making a healthy choice always, remembering it always begins with a thought. 

I’ve got two apples, a good and a bad. There’s only one choice, life or death, determined by the one I pick. Maggots breed flies, a matter of time. Healthy thoughts enhance healthy living. 

At times we’ve already made a bad choice, possibly unaware the maggots were hidden. Once noted please discard, if already bitten please spit it out. 

If you are starving and a rotten apple the only choice, trim out the bad and eat the rest. And if decay is too far gone, it’s best to be starve in peace than eat that which will poison through and through.  

One Flesh

Divine favour is given, when a good wife’s found, and blessings are conferred by the Father of Light. But man sometimes uncleaves in spirit and in truth, and by default forsaking the blessings conferred. 

And when a man uncleaves and seeks other things, drawn away by lusts or worldly deceits, parted from his blessings, challenges abound, he will only finding meaning by seeking the truth. 

The way, the truth, the life are only found in Christ: the conqueror of hell n death, the giver of Life. It is only in Him, that peace and joy abound, regardless of what may, come our way on earth. 

So when a man uncleaves, from his assignment, life loses meaning and strength faster ebbs. Clinging to his maker is his only chance of finding meaning in living, whatever path is next. 

Check – in

At check in points, before a flight, luggage is checked for weight to be the right, and many factors considered in deciding what goes on board. 

It helps to regularly check the weight appropriate for mental space, considering other things that fight for limited room in just one mind. 

So, check the weight, the size and type, accepting only if it’s right. Beware as well of toxic things, that may weigh few grams but cause great harm! 

Pressured demands with late checking, may cause some items being overlooked.  Avoid pressure as best you can, and if there is please still BEWARE!


Who and what’s on board with you on the journey of life? Healthy or toxic association? Please double check! 

Location, location, location….

Starting point for navigation is location. Second point is destination, following which directions may be given. Using a different location may result in wrong directions as routes may greatly differ for different starting points. 

Life’s journey requires directions to respective destinations for different persons. Wanting to be someone else may be likened to another’s location and embarking on that route may end one in a state of unfulfilment or despair. 

Good qualities should be admired, positive role models are a blessing but a puppy who admires an eagle and attempts to fly high could end up fatally injured whilst the eagle continues to soar. 

Embrace who you are, be thankful for what you have and whatever your hands finds to do, do it the best you can: Your muscles will get stronger and you will move more easily to the next phase of who you are meant to be! 

Stay in lane! 

Dig Deep

It may be easier to sit on the brinks, but that may be unfulfilling and not rewarding. Peripheral  engagement can be seemly safe but unproductive. Consequently in the long term a waste of time and other valued resources. 

Treasure miners if truly seeking treasure and not just get-by wages from an employer, will give their heart and strength to all that’s required for treasure to be unearthed. 

Life is full of treasure in different forms to bring delight. Every values different things and the dreams that excite individuals differ widely. There’s a price to pay for dream to be realised, the cost varies for different valuables. One person’s dream may the seemingly unattainable goal of living in a big city, while another longs to visit the moon. Each must be ready to pay the required price, investing time and effort. 

Dreams are realised by persevering effort:                                                          Dream + persevering (effort) = reality

In reality, lack of effort leaves desires in a dream state: Reality – persevering (effort) = dream

Go for your treasure, what is best for you, not what is designed for another, and with perseverance dreams become reality.  Be it spiritual, physical or mental development effort is required to ensure appropriate measures are in place for the required growth. 

Don’t dig superficially, dig deep!! 

Choking

Choking is the mechanical obstruction of the flow of air from the environment to the lungs. (Wikipedia)

Choking may be partial or complete, like seemingly surviving yet struggling mentally or emotionally. Recommended tips for preventing fatal complications, requires help from others with a back slap or strategic manoeuvre. 

The victim is not able to self address a complicated state of choking.  There are times in life when we are able to forcefully cough out things that attempt to choke mentally or emotionally, and resolve the related distress by our own effort. At other times however, help is needed from others to strategically perform actions to prevent harmful consequences.


 It is helpful to have people around us who know what to do when we are in distress. If you are choking unnoticed, have no voice with airway obstruction, do whatever it takes to get help: kick the chair, bang the table, the disruption will hopefully draw someone’s attention to help you out. 

For those who know what to do when someone’s choking, please step in quick! Early intervention is key to save a life or lives. 

Wrapping paper

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”. This is sometimes the response from a person offended. The words said are seemingly right, but the tone heard is upsetting. Compliments may be presented in condescending tones, like nice gifts in dirty wrapping paper. 

Children are known to be very perceptive of non-verbal communication and easily pick up on a lot of what is not said. It is no wonder that anger in a child can be traced to angry communication from loving parents/ caters, who themselves speak the language of anger having been exposed to it from their childhood. 

It takes effort to learn a new language, usually more challenging the older one grows. The language of kindness will take time to learn after speaking harshness for decades. Where there is a will there is a way! Choices carry benefits / losses. The rewarding culture of love speaks the language of life: kindness, wholeness, encouragement in words and tone. 

Let’s choose life, love and laughter and speak its language in every way!

Free Indeed!

There be many walking free, yet deep within enshackled be. There are yet those imprisoned seen, but truly are free and free indeed!

He that the son hath set free is free indeed!

The judge had ruled the accused was free, the details unknown but it mattered not. The chains were broken, the documents issued, doors wide open to walk out free. In the corner of the prison cell, the young woman cowered grasping her knees, her tangled long hair veiling her bowed head. She seemed not to understand she had been freed!

Guilty but without blame: It mattered not if she was guilty or not. She was entitled to walk out in true liberty. Physical chains had been broken, there was nothing apparent deterring her.  Thoughts of unworthiness, feeling undeserving, unbelief, doubt and fears were heavier chains that none could see, holding her back from walking free!

Chains : Thoughts of the past drag , fear of the future, leaving the familiar are not uncommon setbacks chains. The unhealthy thought of a “better devil” fuel bad choices of living bound, whilst opportunities fade out and dreams are aborted.

 

 

The Spillage

A slight increase in temperature and water becomes steam. A little more pressure and capacity is exceeded, resulting in contents overflowing. Simple measures, like a wooden spoon on a pot of boiling pasta may easily prevent a messy spillage! The wooden spoon may be the listening ear of a faithful friend, a brother stepping in at the last minute to help or an extra hand in getting a job done. 


Every individual has a specific capacity to contain stressors/pressures, beyond which without other measures being put in place, bubbles from internal stress spill over and creates an external mess. Messy spillage may be avoided with well timed extra help, like wooden spoon, preferably a cool one, would avert messy spilling over when boiling pasta. Reducing volume of the fluid in the pot also helps as less bubbles would be generated, like minimizing triggers for stressors – prevention being better than cure.

I have often wondered how the wooden spoon prevents the spillage. Many factors have been considered, including: contact of the bubbles with the wooden spoon breaks the surface tension and the bubbles burst into air. The right intervention at a peak time of stress can be a massive step in preventing disaster!

It is best to reach out for help, be it a friend to talk to, professional help for advice or support, or simple measures like taking time to rest and re-charge one’s batteries. Getting help as early as possible prevents complications. There’s a wooden spoon and various other measures to prevent messy spillages. if one measure is ineffective, try another. Prevention is better than cure!