Now, this probably isn’t news to anyone, but A LOT has been going on in Nigeria lately as the year slowly comes to an end. Maybe it’s the “-ember” months myth in play here, I don’t know, but politicians are acting up (more than usual), people are losing their jobs, salaries are not being paid and someone is being robbed or kidnapped every other day, which is quite discomforting.
Personally, I’ve had my own share of challenges in November, and can’t say I’m sad to see the month go by. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, from being upset to tired, all these and more wrapped up in one unfriendly pre-Christmas package. A few conversations with God later, and a book re-emerged from the shadows that is my disorganized library – The Power of Character in Leadership by Dr. Myles Munroe. It’s a great book I’d recommend to anyone in a hurry, all 230 pages of it, that points out character faults as the reason why many leaders or successful people don’t stay on top for long. Like the George Bushes, Bill Clintons, Richard Nixons of our time. That’s kind of why it’s important to grow “down” in life on God’s terms first, and not be in too much of a hurry to get things done at our own pace.
But anyhoo, back to my story 🙂
So I’d read this book before, but what stood out for me this time was his interesting reference to the Sun consistently rising and setting. I took time out to study my faraway friend and her ways.
You’ll be amazed at what’s to learn from that shiny “ball” in the sky we take for granted every day:
#1: Be dependable and consistent: It’s so easy to give in to indifference when situations change, or our comfort levels drop significantly. But come rain, winter or hail, the Sun is always working. Just like her, no one should ever catch you falling short at what you do regardless of issues that arise – not on your job, in your relationships or your walk with God. You must remain constant and consistent, always.
And remember, you should affect your environment, not the other way around.
#2. Handle your rivals/haters gracefully: This blew my mind when I thought of it but the Moon technically gets her light from the Sun, reflecting her beautiful, bright rays at nighttime. Regardless, that doesn’t stop the Sun from shining 24/7, when most would quit out of piss-tration. She subtly teaches us how to deal with the “joy or attention thieves” in our own lives that just don’t know when to stop, which is, to simply keep things moving.
#3: Take criticism like a pro: It’s so funny how people complain about the Sun’s heat in tropical countries, and its absence in temperate regions. She can clearly never win with humans, period, and I feel she’s come to terms with this. While some of us would have yelled “To Hell with all of y’all” by now if we were in her shoes though, the criticism clearly doesn’t get to her.
#4: Hardwork doesn’t kill: I’m a huge believer in not overworking yourself to exhaustion (you’ll become useless to everyone including yourself), but no one has ever died from working hard the healthy way to get results. The Sun herself is always on her grind, night and day, meeting the needs of all living things directly and indirectly, without breaking a sweat.
#5: Your ability comes from within: What goes in the Sun’s core plays a huge part in its lighting-up-the-world duties. In relation to us, the importance of God in helping us live life to the fullest, the way He intended, can and should never be ignored. I’m thankful for His grace being sufficient when I’m weak and upset and tired, and all these things wrapped up into one, and wouldn’t have gone far without it.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Did I leave out any valuable lesson that crossed your mind? 🙂
Do share with everyone in the comments section below.
P.S. A special shout-out to four awesome ladies – Frances Okoro, and the TBC clan – Tuke Morgan, Berry Dakara and Cassie Daves. I had a blast at their hangouts this month, met other equally awesome ladies and learnt a lot too.
Check out their blogs for recaps!