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Life May Be Better Than You Think

the journey is the destination

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” Proverbs 2:7

“And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

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The journey really is the destination, if that makes sense. How else would we be able to experience different life lessons, learn from them and move on? In today’s chaotic world of deadlines, commitments, errands and keeping it all together, you may tend to think you are a failure. You might even be disappointed for not being further along on your life path BUT let us pause for a moment and do some self searching because you might just be a little more successful than you think.

First however, a disclaimer: being successful does not automatically equate to the amount of cash in your bank account, the size of your house or your car, or how high you may be sitting on the corporate totem pole …  With that out of the way and to reinforce a better concept of success, here are 20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are written by Carol Morgan on www.lifehack.org and after reading leave me a comment or two letting me know just how successful you really are right about now. Someone in your family or a friend who needs to be reminded how successful they are? Share this post so they will know for sure!

Excerpt

“We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.
Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.

2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.
Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.

3. You have raised your standards.
You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.”  Read more ….

 


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Sick with the fever … but still onside

I am sick with the fever … World Cup fever. Every weekend I sit in front of the TV without moving. I have my popcorn ready and I’m in my favourite couch. No-one dares disturb me unless it’s to discuss the matches – and we’ve had a few nail-biters so far! There’s been a fair share of surprises as favourite teams have gone home while others displayed super fantabulous playing and moved up the ranks.

But this post is not about my illness per se, nor is it about my enjoyment of this sporting activity which only comes around once in every four years; it’s about the seriousness of being accountable rather than ‘offside’.

 
Even if you don’t read the details of the story, note the headline: “Ghana sports minister and deputy sacked after side’s poor World Cup”.  I was like: seriously??!!!! These people don’t play! It’s like you’d better do what’s expected of you in towing the line because if you run offside too many times the line will be towed out of your grasp.  
I paused for a moment because although this story focuses on football, imagine if political ministers in other parts of the world were held accountable for too high taxation, too high unemployment rates, too high words and not enough action in doing what is right by the people? Isn’t that ‘poor performance’ as well? And who pulls them back when they are offside,and is your representative truly representing you?  Is he or she mandated to perform well or be ‘sacked’? Hmmmm … 
As you mull all of that over in your mind, here is an excerpt from the article as per www.theguardian.com/: Ghana’s president has removed the minister of sport and his deputy from their positions in the wake of the country’s poor performance in the World Cup. The president, John Mahama, gave no reason for the order, but it comes after the team finished bottom of Group G, failing to win any games.”  
And it got worse: “The president’s statement on Saturday said that Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah was now a minister of state in the government while his deputy Joseph Yammin had been sent to the Ashanti region as a regional minister. The team’s World Cup campaign has been dogged by difficulties and controversy. Ghana’s players threatened to strike unless a cash shipment containing unpaid fees was sent to them. Mahama was forced to send a plane containing £1.76m to Brasília for the players to share.” Read more
All in all, not good! Yet, it’s articles such as these that offer much food for thought, even as we (the non-governmental-ministers-of-life) try to live our lives with more accountability … and less calls of ‘offside!’.
What’s your take?  Tell  me.
 


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What NOT to do to Impress your Teenager

Pleased to report that it’s Day 10 of #NaBloPoMo and I’m still writing a post a day.  Yeah me!  But let’s move on to today’s note.

I was fortunate to visit Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 2010, a rare opportunity which arose out of a work assignment.  Kuala Lumpur is a very beautiful city and there was lots to see but the thing that impressed me the most was the service.

Everyone went out of their way to make sure you were happy and satisfied.  If you wanted something they didn’t have, they got it for you or told you where to get it – all with the most amazing smiles.  It was an experience I will never forget.

Beautiful national costume

Beautiful national costume

Petrona Towers at night

Petrona Towers at night

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Interesting architecture

Interesting architecture

And so, this is the background to my story which takes place on the day we toured the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.  Located in the Gombak District, the Batu Caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.  

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