…Introspection Time with JBM

THE previous article commenced by acknowledging one of the truths about life,  which is part of my hard held philosophies – that life’s experiences, whether positive or negative always present lessons and principles worth embracing for an epic performance.

Remaining blind to these lessons is tantamount to having a life full of failure and frustrations. These may be in various areas whether career/business, personal/spiritual development, academic, friends and family, health and fitness, and love life among others.

Living a fulfilling life with positive influence involves a continued and deliberate effort of appreciating life’s lessons and staying conscious of the same.

It can be said therefore, that life’s lessons help one avoid making the same mistakes and have regrets in the future.

 Making mistakes is acceptable and healthy, but making a similar mistake all the time is NOT, as this proves one is not learning.

A common adage states; ‘Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” Mary Tyler Moore

This means further that life’s lessons are there to shape our lives and ourselves – that is growth.

This article presents a few lessons shared by various participants during the call that was made earlier concerning life’s lessons embraced from the year 2020. It further gives a brief analysis of what these lessons entail.

Do not take anyone for granted:

Meaning, appreciate people in your life with kind words and gestures and adore them while you have the chance, because life can be so uncertain.

A pandemic or any difficulty is never an excuse to keep pushing: Meaning, even in adversity if you open your eyes enough, there lies frontiers of opportunities for you to seize.

Action is key to success:

Meaning, the many ideas and imaginations that flood our minds can only yield success if one actionizes them.

Look for the good in bad situations:

Meaning, in every crisis is a silver lining. If you look for it you will find it, whether in the short or long term.

Adapt and work in difficult situations:

Meaning, life is actually stretchy and one can adapt to any difficult environment. Above all, scripture says, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Philippians 4: 13 (NKJV).

Forgive more and live at peace with everyone:

Meaning, unforgiveness hurts the offended more than the offender. So it is not worth it to hold on to grudges. Let go and live your life.

Leave the past where it is. It can hurt your future:

Meaning, while you learn from past experience, ensure the past does not slow down your present momentum.

If you love what you do, you will do it at your level best:

Meaning, when you are passionate for it helps you to find time to grow in it.

You never know until you try:

Meaning, fight the fear of failure, embrace positivity because even if you fail today, life will always reveal lessons to go by for your tomorrow’s success.

Keep growing while letting go of things that bring you down:

Meaning, avoid all sources of negative energy that deflate you. This can even be friends.

God is concerned about every little detail of your life:

Meaning, do not undermine God’s intervention in your life’s situations no matter how trivial they seem.

‘You have not because you ask not’ James 4:2 (KJV).

Our plans are not God’s plans:

Meaning, God anticipates all your needs before they happen and makes a way for you. For that reason ‘Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans’ Proverbs 16:3 (NIV).

Look out for Introspection Time with JBM every Wednesday on Kalemba

Author: Joan Beulah Mute (JBM) is a lecturer at UNILUS.

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