The Rules are Unique

Sure; the rules of your journey will differ from other people’s.

As a matter of fact, all the hacks and tweaks from the many great stories and books you’ve read that’s​ seeming frustrating to you have often had to cross your path TO PLACE THE RIGHT DEMANDS ON YOUR UNIQUENESS; because your own style, your own way, what works for you – is a new and a definitive formula the world awaits to bargain for – after a successful test of time.

You’re here to forge a whole new path for the world, and not to fit into the preexisting narratives.

Society’s conventions and trends often constitute much of the so-called “odds” you may apparently be facing. And unique as they are to you, you must courageously and consistently transcend them to unleash our own uniqueness.

And that begins from discovering who you are, which costs​ a lifetime.

It’s ultimately a process of becoming — one of becoming a bigger and better version of you.

Some Key Traits of Mentally Strong People

Mentally strong people are people who have simply learnt to grow and get better through life. They share some great qualities which distinguish them.

  • They think independently.

Mentally strong people don’t always buy into everyone else’s ideas.

They think for themselves.

They are objectively curious.

They define their own narratives.

  • They act with courage.

They dump their excuses and confront their fears.

They commit to finding a way around their obstacles or through them.

  • They stick to their own path and pace.

They don’t allow themselves to get caught in the rat race, or in other peoples’ lanes.

They call their own tune and dance to their own rhythm.

  • They believe in themselves.

They don’t cheat on their persuasions.

They know their value and their worth, and never settle for anything less.

  • They choose their battles.

They don’t allow themselves to get stuck in drama, or distracted by trivia.

They are smart and focused.

  • They are tolerant.

They do things that increase their tolerance for pain. That’s how they grow.

They also learn to see things from other people’s perspectives.

  • They GIVE UP.

Yes.

They give up on what did not work; but not on what they’re working on.

They give up on the blame game.

They give up on the past.

They give up on faking it.

And they give up on quitting.

 

It’s also worthy of note that mental strength is developed through training, just as we work out at the gym to develop physical strength.

Our mind is trained and toughened by learning from our life experiences, and from observing the lives of the people and the world around us.

To your best,

Steve

I Pledge To Nigeria My Country

A paper presented on the occasion of the Maiden Inaugural Ceremony of Nigerian Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday, September 24, 2016

I PLEDGE TO NIGERIA MY COUNTRY

O Nigeria my country,

My land and my soil,

My mother, my home,

My life, and my own,

I love you and I hail you, because I believe in you.

I believe in the promises your roots have made to you.

I believe in the potentials your seeds have got in you.

I believe in the privileges your flowers will draw to you.

I believe in the places your branches will go for you.

I believe in your colourful identity.

I believe in your powerful capacity.

I believe in your wonderful complexity.

I believe in your beautiful diversity.

I believe in your divine purpose,

I believe in your gallant strength;

And I believe in your heavy journey at the moment

Because I believe in your noble dreams of tomorrow.

Hence, I pledge to you, my dear country,

to be patient and prayerful,

until I see you revive and arise

from the ashes like a phoenix

and become esteemed and established

as a praise in the earth.

I pledge to Nigeria my country

to be connected and committed

to our vision and mission

of love, and loyalty,

of progress, and prosperity,

of justice, and equity,

and peace, and unity.

I pledge to Nigeria my country

to care for all and sundry,

to fight for fairness and freedom,

and to maximise every platform

within and around my world –

to make your light shine,

to make your voice heard,

and to make your heart proud.

I pledge to Nigeria my country

to contribute to the change we seek

together with the partners and the patriots

I meet on my path, and on the horizon

by letting my light and my fire to illuminate, to influence, to impact, to inspire,

and encourage, and equip, and empower my generation to become the best they can get to be,

and to leave a mark and a heritage for the generations to come;

so that someday, Posterity shall remember, and rejoice, and reward

the audacity of believing

and the adventure of becoming

a true son of your soil.

I therefore pledge to Nigeria my country,

to be faithful, loyal and honest,

to serve Nigeria, with all my heart, and might, and love, and strength and faith,

to promote her peace, and defend her unity,

and to uphold her values, her dignity, her honour and glory,

So help me God.

#GodBlessNigeria

 

Sonnet #02

The revived rays of long lorn lights

now spread and shine through the greens

impressing moist inner mights

and sparking soft, speechless grins,

they tell of an untold Summer

and of the seed of an aliveness

whose eyes shall grow on to shimmer

with embers of timelessness.

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The dancing leaves and humming founts

embellishing the wild woods

resonate with the calm joys

of an effervescent soul

all reflecting rare crystals

which droop down and await Fall.

Sonnet #01

Odes of Life’s Journey

The things we dream,

the things we see,

the places we win,

the places we learn,

the times that come,

the times that go,

the people that stay,

the ones that leave–

everything that happens to us

gets to happen for us with time

when we choose to continue

to laugh

and love

and live

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USO 2016

Steve’s Staves

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