Monday, 30 January 2017

The way things are

What a start to the new year, cold, foggy, shock, anxiety. Last weekend was a bit sunny, but  they said a big freeze is on the way with temperatures potentially plummeting to a -10C, so we have to be ready for 'far colder times ahead' from the middle of next month. How bad this cold can be: "there were 13,715 deaths in England and Wales in the snowy and thundery week ending January 13, up from the yearly average of 12,692".(Metro, UK)

The month of January is always unpredictable, worst in this era of 'fake news'. Sometimes we feel afraid, lonely, unhappy, with the events around us, but we will always discover our self-consciousness, the realization of who we are. "Self-medication is always a smart thing to do"- Russell Brand.
We have just one life. The unknown will always stare at us. The most important thing is to focus on our mental strength- on the good, 'excluding all irrelevant, negative or distracting information'.
'Fake news is a deliberate act of forgery. It presents as a fact, as news, something that has not happened at all. It uses all the tools at the forger's disposal to present as true something that is utterly false"-Daniel Finkelstein
A Psychiatrist says 'internet trolls tend to be sadistic, machiavellian psychopaths. They take pleasure in inflicting pain, and feel no remorse about the effects of their actions...., these are people who may well be suffering from serious mental disorders"- Dr. Raj. Persuad.

The Bible says, as the end approaches, wicked spirits will spread lies to deceieve. According to Russell Brand; "All around us lives are squandered and dreams unfulfilled" because of the way things are.
I enjoy reading his books. I also enjoy reading Dr. Olukoya's book a lot. There is this one i like : "When Trouble Comes". Trouble is everywhere. Yaya Jammeh had to run to Equitorial Guinea, even President Buhari jets out when trouble comes. I learnt his Vice President is now in-charge. When trouble comes, Dr. Olukoya believes in' fire for fire' even President Trump buys the idea of 'fire for fire' , he says the security agents have assured him it works.
We must not give in to the plots of the enemy. We must continue to do the things we love, our passion and belief for progressive change, that's where freedom lies.

 "If someone offers you a get-rich quick scheme, then it's certainly wise to question it". We have become dominated by materialism and individualism, willing to accept hookline and sinker any assigned roles. "Man has dominated man to his harm"-Ecclesiastes8:9.
The enemy's job is to kill and destroy, happiness, peace and joy.

Today's young people need access to high quality education and training to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century, sadly our politicians use them as tools for the next elections only. They don't believe in ideas. Acording to Reuben Abati: "Ideas drive and build nations. A country without a positive and deep current of thought is bound to run into crisis. So it is with Nigeria where the leaders only become animated when they want to share money or play partisan politics."('Nobody Comes to Abuja to Read'- Reuben Abati).

 I like this St. Francis Prayer : Lord make me a channel of thy peace. Russell Brand said it was popularly promoted by Mother Theresa but basterdised by Margreth Thatcher.

 "There are definitely flaws in my nature and mistakes have been made, but i have observed that the more i have engaged with the transcendent, the more i have explored practices that are designed to alleviate the burden of materialism and individualism, the greater access i have to a feeling of serenity and freedom, the more i enjoy my work, the more i feel free.". He says this techniques will work for anyone or will release anyone from any behaviour or pattern that impedes happiness or caring too much of what other people think of you.

" Woe for the earth...because the devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time"-Revelation 12:7,9,12.

 Lord make me a channel of thy peace.
 That where there is hatred, I may bring love. That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness, That where there is discord, I may bring harmony. That where there is doubt, I may bring faith. That where there is despair, I may bring hope. That where there are shadows, I may bring light. That where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord grant that i may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted...., for it is by forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven. It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. Amen!

Uche Okeke
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