Lessons learnt thus far

27 Jun

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No I am not turning a new year, there are no anniversaries nor birthdays, but today I just want to share some of the mundane and serious things people say or even sing, but then again they stick. Whenever I take my usual contemplation walks in the evening these are some of the words that come back to me, and I like to see them more as lessons than just mere words or analogies. Here are the most prominent:

  1. Whatever you do in life, let it be a spring board to catapult you higher to your purpose in life ~ Muchai
  2. Never try to change someone, either accept them as they are or leave, for change has to come from within all you can do is influence it.
  3. Procrastination will always be the sweeter and easier option
  4. I will study and prepare myself, and someday my chance will come. ~ Abraham Lincoln
  5. If you listen to your fears you will die not knowing what a great person you might  have been. ~ Robert H. Schuler
  6. Empowerment and involvement; engage hearts. Strategy, brand and leadership; engage minds. Outcome, dialogue and innovation; engage business.
  7. The best years of life are the ones you decide your problems are your own you do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realize you control your own destiny. ~ Albert Clis
  8. Money is a bitch and never sleeps the best way to keep her is to marry her. ~ Gecko from Wall Street the movie.
  9. If you are a farmer and you plant a tree, you put all the fertilizer and water as required and it still has stunted growth, then it is time to cut it down and plant another one.
  10. Growth is the centre of all relationships if the ship isn’t moving its time to take a boat or swim…
  11. Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead ~ Adelle
  12. Do not tie yourself to your locality think of how to gain from the opportunities presenting themselves without your country even if it means going to China (China in this case being the manufacturing hub it is and with the high production costs in Kenya maybe outsourcing is an option) ~ Joshua
  13. Let all the masks you wear be relevant for the cause/purpose your wear them for; be it business, acting, or whatever it is… ~ David Nahinga
  14. Spirit awaits direction from the soul. ~ Bob Proctor
  15. The law of sowing and reaping was the law of laws. ~ Bob
  16. Your life is as free as you choose to live. ~ Bob
  17. If a risk comes with a guarantee, you cannot call it a risk.

What lessons, analogies and sticky quotes do you find etched on your mind?


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6 responses to “Lessons learnt thus far

  1. Nyambura

    June 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’m loving your sticky notes. Will add them to my wall 🙂 Below are some of mine (I practiced restraint and chopped them down to…12. Brace yourself)

    -“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ― Oscar Wilde

    -“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    -“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr

    – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

    -“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein

    -“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” ― Malcolm X

    -“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

    -“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu

    -“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

    -“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel

    -“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss

    – “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ― Shel Silverstein

    • mackel9

      June 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      My goodness Nyambura now I want to re edit my post(and you comment too by stealing your sticky notes and putting on mine)!! But that one on bowlines, am sure taking that one seriously 🙂

      • Ghafla!Guy

        June 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Nyambura almost beat your list with her kamini-list! goodness! 🙂

      • Nyambura

        July 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

        *grins* I know, I know. I did get carried away. Couldn’t help it, guys. I cool quotes and when I saw Mackel9’s collection…well, I ended up feeling like a kid in the playground who just HAD to show her collection too…

        And Mackel9, don’t edit, the more quotes we have the better. One can never have too many quotes on their wall…then from there we can create our individual ‘circles of influence’ charts…

  2. joeytales

    June 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Nice of you to share… I especially like these two:

    If you listen to your fears you will die not knowing what a great person you might have been. ~ Robert H. Schuler
    Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead ~ Adelle

  3. Project 44

    July 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Nice one.

    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. – Havelock Ellis


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