January 19th, 2020 10:07 pm
"Fools say to themselves, 'There is no God.' God looks down from heaven at the human race to see if there are any who are wise, any who worship him. 'Don't they know?' God asks. 'Are these evildoers ignorant?'" -Psalms 53:1,2,4
I went to my cobbler after Mass this morning, with some work for him to do for me. A gentleman I know came by and, when he had left, the cobbler, together with another man in his kiosk, spoke of how the life of the other gentleman who had just left had been tr...
January 16th, 2020 2:58 pm

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -E. E. Cummings

Can you be anyone else but yourself? Obviously not! Yet while knowing this simple truth explicitly, many of us try, in manifold ways, to be people other than ourselves. We act in certain ways just so we can fit in, purchase things we do not really need just so we can "match up...
January 12th, 2020 5:15 pm

"In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend." -Solon

Is there anything more useful than the hairs on the chin? But hasn't nature made use even of these in as becoming a manner as possible? Has it not through them distinguished the male from the female? Does not the nature of each one of us declare at once from afar, 'I am a man: on this basis approach me, on this basis talk to me. Look for nothing further, just consider the tokens.' Again, in the case of women, just as in...
January 11th, 2020 5:14 pm

75 drafts of Thomas Gray's poem, "Elegy written in a Country churchyard," may be seen in the British Museum. The poet did not like the way he wrote it the first time, nor the second, nor the third. He was satisfied only when he had written the poem over and over 75 times! -J. Maurus, 'Anecdotes of the Great'

There are many things we tend to get tired of in life. One of them is routine or repetition. We wake up, work, school, do this and that, and then sleep - then the cycle begins anew....
January 5th, 2020 10:55 am
This morning, while heading to church, a string of events got me thinking. I encountered a physically-challenged woman in a wheelchair. She came to me at the bottom of a traffic light to ask for some money for food. I gave her a shiny two-cedi coin that I had been keeping in my wallet. This two-cedi coin was not just another coin - to me, that is. I'm a bit of a collector of coins, you see, and being freshly in circulation, this coin, my very first one, was destined for my collection case. But I...
January 4th, 2020 8:36 am
A little wave was bobbing along on the ocean and was having a grand old time. He was enjoying the wind and the fresh air as it travelled– until he noticed that all the other waves in front of him were crashing against the shore. "Oh My God! This is terrible!" the little wave thought. "Look at what is happening to all the other waves! And I will have to face the same fate!" he moaned. When the little wave was in this state of panic another wave came by and asked the little wave, "Why are yo...
January 3rd, 2020 8:33 am
Norman Vincent Peale used to say, "When God wants to send you a gift, he wraps it up in a problem. The bigger the gift that God wants to send you, the bigger the problem he wraps it up in." Instead of concentrating on the problem, look for the 'gift.' Wonderfully enough, you will always find it. What's more, sometimes the gift, or valuable lesson, can be of far greater value than the cost of the problem itself. Sometimes, one lesson that you learn in dealing with a problem can be the key to your...
January 2nd, 2020 1:17 pm
On May 8, 1886, a pharmacist named Dr. John Pemberton introduced Coca-Cola at Jacobs' Pharmacy in downtown Atlanta, where it sold for 5 cents a glass. Today, more than 1.4 billion servings of their products are enjoyed every day - nearly a million servings every minute. But in its first year, 1886, the company sold an average of only 9 drinks a day. Today, Coca-Cola is available in more than 200 countries around the world. In 1886, Coca-Cola was available in one city in one country. Today,...
January 1st, 2020 1:16 pm
Once upon a time, there were two woodcutters named Peter and John. They were often at loggerheads over who chopped more wood, so one day, they decided to hold a competition to determine the winner. The rules were simple—whoever chopped down the most trees in a day would win. The next morning, thus, both of them took up their positions in the forest and started chopping away at their fastest possible speed. This lasted for an hour before Peter suddenly stopped. When John realised there was no...
November 17th, 2019 11:51 am

"The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do." -Sarah Ban Breathnach

The year was 2004. It was the Olympics weightlifting meet in Athens, Greece. It was the turn of a Colombian weightlifter named Oscar Figueroa. He was lifting in the 62-kilogram category. Oscar had dreamt of big things. This was his golden opportunity to actualise his dreams. Sadly, this was not to be. Oscar approached the stacked weights and lifted them but bulked...
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