Michael Jackson……Four Years On…..

Michael Jackson (Aug 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009)

Michael Jackson (Aug 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Just like yesterday, four years have rolled by.  A friend could not even believe that four years is gone already, since the undisputed King of Pop moon-walked into non-existence. However,  the sweet memories lingers. Those flawless dance steps, lyrics that makes sense, very entertaining videos, philanthropy, benchmarks in entertainment and very strong penchant for perfection, have refused to fade away.

Yes, he did some bad things, but that was because you and I are like him – imperfect in our ways and having one or more negative (if not worse) things about us.

No doubt, he is greatly missed by his fans across the world, especially me. However, we take solace in all the collection of his various works at our disposal.

God bless the kids he left behind and family and….

May his gentle soul REST IN PERFECT PEACE, amen.

“…but all is possible if God is on my side…”

– Michael Jackson (Aug 28, 1958 – June 25,2009)

 

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Aesthetics In Business

An ambiance of beauty

An ambiance of beauty

Everybody loves beautiful things. Everybody cherishes a beautiful environment coupled with beautiful, clean and well-laid-out furniture, fittings and equipment. I do and I know you do too.

Aesthetics (appreciation of beauty or good taste) is a crucial part of business. It speaks a lot about the “state of mind” of the business, the owners and the workers. It shows the businesses’ perception of taste, quality, health issues, attention to details, workers’ welfare and its attitude towards business success and competition.

Right from the lobby or reception of a business, you can tell what you are “likely” to meet inside. You are given a quick impression of the quality of goods and services you are about to exchange with your money.

Note that I used the word “likely” since you can still find very “beautiful” businesses that have nothing on ground that would make their customers want to come back.

Thus, the state of every physical structure a business uses sends a message across to its stakeholders, especially the customers. The colours, furniture, office equipment, stationery, documents like receipts, fliers, and every movable object, contributes to the beauty and ambiance of a business. No doubt, they add up to to form the assets which are capable of winning the hearts of customers over.

Where the business combines aesthetics and quality products, such a business is definitely every consumers’ preference.

Interestingly, while some businesses have very good taste and business sense, some businesses simply do not care. All they care about is making money, forgetting that businesses that displays an I-don’t-care-attitude towards their environment, with furniture, equipment and other business properties, in very bad state, send bad signals to their customers – two of which being that it has no concern for quality and has a strong non-challant attitude towards customer satisfaction and business/life generally. Such businesses end up attracting people of like minds. No theory is needed to prove this. It’s just common reasoning.

Interestingly, to have an ambiance of beauty does not cost a fortune. It’s a matter of having the right attitude. Having a very clean business place and environment goes a very long way.

So, do you own a business? What lasting impressions does your business have on customers and visitors? What kind of ambiance does your business portray?

Thanks for your time 🙂

Related : Please navigate through my “Business and Economy” category and check out a number of business tips there.

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An Open Letter To God Almighty….

Image of GraceIf my daughter could write a letter, this is what she would have written…..

My heavenly father,

I cannot think of a more appropriate way to start my letter to you than to say that you are exactly what my daddy said about you – that you are an AWESOMELY MAGNANIMOUS AND POWERFUL GOD !!!

This has played out in my life for the past eleven months that I have been in this world. It’s been eleven months of your amazing grace. My daddy told me that he gave me the name Grace to constantly remind you of how grateful he was to you.

However, last Monday morning, my family was thrown into sadness when I suddenly took ill. My temperature rose so high that the nurse said it was capable of leading to a convulsion. I coughed in a way I have never had before. I could not sleep all through the night. My mum and dad stayed awake too. I did not have the strength to eat, play, scatter the house..Oh sorry…re-arrange the house 🙂 ….or yell out any body’s name as I used to. I could not dance to every music I heard as I used to. I could not even smile as I used to. It was too much for an eleven month old baby. My parents were told I had infection and malaria.

While all these lasted my daddy prayed for me continuously. According to him, doctors and nurses take care of people, while you do the healing. He said many babies of my age and older people have died in the best hospitals across the world, over very minor circumstances. He kept whispering into my ears “GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH.” He said this all the time.

King of Kings and Lords of Lords, my daddy was right !!!! I am perfectly healed today. In fact, I started gaining back my normal self yesterday. I am back to ‘’business.”  🙂 Now I can do all the things I am known for. I was so strong to drag my mum off the seat yesterday 🙂

One thing I have learnt from this experience is that, some times in life, things can go wrong. When they do, I will always pray to you and say to myself “GOD WILL SEE ME THROUGH.” And I know you will, because my dad said you are the same, yesterday, today and forever 🙂

Dear father, thanks a lot for healing me. Thanks a lot for sparing my life. Thanks a lot for all you have done for me and my family. I know you will surely give me a blissful first birthday next month 🙂 Thank you so much in advance Dear Lord 🙂 Indeed you are an AWESOMELY MAGNANIMOUS GOD AND POWERFUL GOD!!!

I will forever seek and stick to you 🙂

Your Princess,

Grace 🙂

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Imagine A World With Peace Everywhere….

Bloggers for peace

‘If you want to know the value of peace of mind,

ask those who do not have it. Then you will do everything

possible to guard yours….if you have it” – Michael Monday

In a world where bad news fill the news media; in a world where revenue from guns and other weapons of war and anarchy compete with the revenue earned from food and other good things of life, the cry for peace cannot be said to be too loud. The write-ups on peace cannot be said to be too many or too lengthy.

So much blood has been shed. No country is spared. Age, gender or race is not a criteria  for deciding who is gunned down or not or who or where is bombed or spared. In some countries, the situation is appalling.

Taking of peoples’ life is now being done with so much ease…as if life is so worthless these days. Fear fills the air. Peace of mind has become a luxury….for those who are so fortunate and privileged to have it. Even God almighty, has received more requests for His amazing grace more than ever before, because it seems to be the wisest thing to do these days.

Hmnn…then I wonder…for how long will these continue ???…..what does tomorrow hold ???…

So, I did not give it a second thought when I came across an awesome initiative tagged BLOGGERS FOR PEACE. I have joined the movement…..the movement for a cry for peace…..for you, for me, our families, friends and for the world….

What about you ?…CLICK HERE TO JOIN if you are a blogger…

“Heal the world.

Make it a better place.

For you and for me

and the entire human race.

There are people dying.

If you care enough for the living

make it a better place. For you and for me…”

– Michael Jackson

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Marriage Could Turn Out To Be A Nightmare If…

Image source:mediflip.com

Image source:mediflip.com

Last Sunday, I received a phone call from an acquaintance who wanted me to intervene in a marital squabble with her husband. Incidentally, I have lost count of the number of times I have been invited to intervene in their quarrels. Sincerely, I do not like having direct involvements in marital affairs, just like I don’t like people involving themselves in mine. I prefer a medium such as what I am doing now, to do that.
What really annoyed me most was that, as in the past, what caused the quarrel was so minor as to make the husband throw out her things and ask her to go back to her family. I was so upset. Sadly, their seven months old baby was caught in the middle of what I chose to call “immaturity in marriage.”

By the grace of God, my marriage will be six years old in September this year. Glory to God 🙂 I can never claim to have a perfect marriage to be a “marriage counselor.” But sincerely, I have learnt a lot in this one-of-a-kind “school” called marriage, to be able to share a few tips, targeted, mainly to those who are planning to get married some day in the near future. However, if you are married, going through my tips will certainly be rewarding.

Marriage is a sweet experience; but where the “rules” are treated with insignificance, or were the man and woman chose not to play by the “rules,” it could just be a prolonged nightmare, so horrifying that it could  scare (and have been scaring) single ladies and guys away from it.

Here are a few tips (just 14, to avoid a long list) I have been able to gather in this one-of-a-kind “school” called marriage….

1. Commit your marriage into the hands of God. God knows the past, present and future of your relationship.

2. The immediate thing that happens after marriage is that “I” and “my” ceases to be a priority. “We” and “our” becomes a priority in all that you do.

3. As a matter of “MUST,” you have to adjust your relationship with your male friends and female friends, especially your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend (as the case may be), to reflect your new status.

4. Do unto your spouse as you would have him/her do unto you.

5. Generally, it is being said that men are the heads of the family. I agree. However, note that a good family head MUST be caring, considerate and supportive to the wife.

6. One big mistake a man can make is to insist on a master-servant relationship between himself and his wife.

7. Every spouse loves a humble spouse. Pride stinks !!! It is the single most powerful home-destroyer !!!

8. If a man wants to show that he has power, he should not show it on the wife, he should go and sign up with World Wrestling Federation 🙂

9. As much as you can, keep your marital problems away from outsiders.

10. Strive to be the best husband (or wife) in the world and the best father (or mum) in the world when you start having children.

11. The worst solution to any marital problem is a separation or divorce, especially where you have children.

12. Read my post on 15 wrong reasons to get married.

13. Tolerance, perseverance, understanding, endurance, patience, slow-to-anger and over-looking of trivial issues, are traits spouses MUST imbibe.

14. A 24-hour communication must exist between spouses. Talk to each other. Do not be a boring spouse. Do not make your spouse seek who to share her thoughts with from outside. Do not hide your grievances from each other. Do not bottle up your thoughts towards each other.

In most cases, marriages are what the spouses make them to be !

May the Lord bless us all with marital bliss 🙂

Thanks for your time 🙂

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How Do You Handle Disappointments ?

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you would have noticed that it took a while before I published my last post.

I was in a bit of depression over a disapointment. That was actually the second time I suffered this same disapointment. I really felt bad because I PRAYED over it and was looking forward to getting what I wanted. I relied on one of my favourite Bible verses : “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov 3:6).

However, I was mindful of one fact : “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8). I had no choice than to “painfully” but willfully abide by dictates. Since I was 100% convinced that God was not wicked and had perfect knowlege of everything about me (past, present and future), I told God to speak to me through any means. I just needed to know why the disappointment came twice.

And so, God revealed himself via an email that I received. Then, I discovered that the disapointment was actually God’s means of giving me much more than I ever asked for :):) Halleluyah ! By now, the curious mind would be trying to find out “what’s up?” Well, be patient, as I will definitely share my testimonies once God has finished executing His far more better plans for me 🙂

Indeed, God has a beautiful way of bringing out sweet melodies from broken chords 🙂 Like He did to Joseph (Gen 39:2-4) – by making him to be sold and imprisoned in order for him to become great – He still does for all those who have (and would) faithfully surrendered themselves to Him.

Have you?

God bless us all…

Thanks for your time 🙂

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Put Your Trust And Confidence In God…Not Man

Few weeks ago, something “funny” happened in my place of residence. Robbers had a field day on the jeep of a neigbour of mine, in the midnight of that fateful day. They removed almost everything detachable from the body of the vehicle. All this while, the alarm system which was supposed to “secure” the vehicle did not go off. It was at the tail end of the robbery, when the owner of the vehicle came out and challenged them, that the alarm went off. They all escaped with their loot.

In another incident, a very rich man built high walls around his house, obviously to keep himself and his family “safe.” His gate was huge. These were complimented by security men. However, these did not prevent his home from being attacked. How? The robbers simply waited for someone to come out through the gate, and at gun point, escorted her back into the compound. All forms of security failed on that day.

What about the man who “fortified” himself and his home with charms from a supposedly powerful witch doctor and ended up dying an untimely death together with his “god.”

How do you see a man who puts his life and the lives of every member of his family into the hands of his driver and car. “I trust my wonderful driver and car” he says. They went out and were involved in a ghastly accident. No one survived !!!

Still, imagine a body guard who turns around to kill the same person he was supposed to protect !

On a larger scale, governments at all levels, all over the world, keep trying their best everyday to protect our lives and properties. But you and I know the reality on ground.

I could go on and on and on….

My journey through life has made me not to have faith in man-made security. Why? Man has failed sooo many times. Man has his limits. He tries very hard to provide security within his limited knowlege, power and resources. This is the main reason why man will forever provide what I chose to call FAILURE-PRONE SECURITY. This is exactly what we have today !!!

Along the line I came across what has become a part of me for for so long. It’s in Psalm 127:1. It says : “…except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” This has formed the basis of my prayers on security ever since I discovered it.

It follows that the alarm, high walls, guns, security men and similar forms of security will have greater efficacy if God is involved in the “security arrangement.” Interestingly, what we have is a total trust and confidence in man and man-made security. The result is what we have today.

So, if you seek my opinion, I’d say put security measures in place. Sure. That’s cool. But remember that “…except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

May the mercies and grace of God continually keep us safe.

Thanks for your time 🙂

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