Thursday, 12 June 2014

Motivational: Staying on Top of Your Game

Life is a game. Everyone is a player and how you play determines whether you win or not.
Sometimes life may be rosy and sometimes it may be rough. How well we can handle the shift in our situations actually depends on how good a player we are.I also believe that how smooth/rough life is depends on our mode of play. Nobody came into this world with a manual on how to cry, smile, sit, crawl, stand, walk, run, fly or relate with people. We all learnt it the easy or the hard way.

One thing I’ve come to learn about life is that you either win or lose. You can either decide to get back on your feet after a fall or remain on the floor and get trampled upon by others. You can either choose to speak and earn yourself some freedom from oppression or you keep quiet and remain the oppressed. You can also choose to work hard and gain financial freedom for yourself or you choose to be lazy and be a beggar for as long as you wish. You can choose to move close to God and gain

His protection from all evil or choose to be far from Him and be afflicted. You can also choose to be educated and stand tall among your peers or run from school and lose your voice among them. Whichever way we decide to run this game called life, determines whether we lose or win.

To win this game, you need to have full knowledge of the rules, the tools, the players, the penalties and most importantly the game itself. It is just a pity we were not forewarned before we were born that we would be involved in such, maybe we would have been more prepared (I think).

Playing this game demands full concentration, dedication, pure love for the game, good knowledge of the players, hard work, doggedness, self-discipline and faithfulness. It is a game in which you can’t cheat or else you lose out. You cannot copy your co-players or else you start all over, you cannot miss a level (i.e., you have to move from one level to the other) and you also cannot reach the finish line unless you start from the beginning.

Life has taught me that to stay on top of your game, you have to put on a smiling face even when you are sad or down (i.e., always have a positive attitude), live today like it’s your last, prepare for tomorrow with the hope of seeing it, enjoy life with the little or much you have, love the people around you unconditionally cause they’re your world, hate no one including your enemies, give alms to the needy, put yourself in other people’s shoes before you judge them, think deeply before you act, expect little from people, don’t talk too much and be prayerful. According to James Dean; “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”

An indisputable fact is; in life there are losers and there are winners, but the tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live (Norman Cousins). Of a truth we definitely can’t all be winners therefore, up your game, sit tight and give it your all!

Meet me at the top cause I’ll be waiting for you!

Bukola Oyetunji

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