When La Duchesse Derat started this challenge my thoughts wavered on whether I could cope with adding it to my list , now it’s become a feature I look forward to weekly and this also goes to prove that you can go the extra mile and further if need be.
This week’s TGBOL prompt asking us to make a list of the ‘the words that matter to me‘ is what we refer back home as ‘buying market‘ or ‘inviting the insect infected log,‘ because yours faithfully Jacqueline has a lot to say, but I shall restrict my enthusiasm to 10 quotes.
1. ‘Hang your bag where your hands can reach.’
My parents used this phrase so much *in Igbo language * to teach us how to be contented with what we have and never be greedy for that which belongs to someone else.
They taught us that if you worked hard and with integrity, that yours will come and this is so true.
I can truthfully say that I have never owed for a day in my life because at every point in time even when it requires living the life of minimalism, what I have at that point in time is always enough and I even strive to create surplus from the little bit.
I endeavour never to buy that which I cannot afford to pay for, no matter how beautiful it is and for that, I have peace.
2. ‘For my Grace is sufficient unto the day.
The grace of God is free and belongs to all who seek for it. We all live by grace.’
3.’ As a man thinks in his heart so is he.’
Those things that you dwell on consistently, gradually erodes your mind and heart and becomes you, in the sense that you exhibit them and they control you.
4. ‘Never give up on yourself.’
Even if the World fails you, it’s only over when you fail yourself and stop believing in yourself that’s when it’s really over.
5. ‘For I have not given you the spirit of fear but of love, of power and of sound mind.’ 2 Tim 1:7
6. ‘Dare to dream big for the journey of a thousand miles started with a step, but you need to take that step and keep moving.’
Let your dreams be large. Then take them on. Even if you don’t arrive at that precise goal, you will have a heck of a good time getting there.
7. ‘Be appreciative of the simple things of life and be contented, for there in lies your sense of peace.’
The love from my family and the time spent with them is beyond priceless.
8. ‘Give. Be happy to share out of your bounty as well as your scarcity and you will see even more.’
Giving is not only when you have money in your pocket to hand out. If you do, all the better, but giving starts from the mind. Give of yourself and of the little that you have. Your resources well up and brim over.
9. ‘Be the light that you would like to see shining in others and do unto them as you would like them to do to you.’
10. ‘Be bold and be strong (courageous) for the Lord your God is with you.’ Deut 31:6
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha