CELONA’S NUGGETS 28/06/2017

You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.  ~ Roy T. Bennett

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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Life is too ironic to understand fully. It takes sadness to know happiness, noise to distinguish silence & a broken heart to find true love.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Take time to think, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go all in and do it.

Character isn’t something you were born with & can’t change. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming.

Pain makes people think. Thinking makes people wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.

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© 2017 @celonacharles

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THE PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST SOMEWHERE IN NIGERIA

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important ~ Jaachynma N.E. Agu

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From works of Shakespeare; to the amazing style of writing, only Chinua Achebe knew how to use; to the 21th century style of storytelling Kendall F Person uses to weave beautiful intricate articles and essays.
All the beautiful works done by this favorite writers are somehow executed with some sort of ease I still feel I might never have. They wonderfully build settings, masterfully sculpt characters from the unknown and all of a sudden; their stories make use of the reader’s imagination, making the reader feel his dreams and thoughts by reading mere words with descriptions that are ever top notch. How is this even possible?

Ever read a short paragraph from a good article, done with words that seem to melt together to form a hint of perfection; An almost astonishing symphony that leaves you wanting more; One word after another slowly unveiling the pale grandeur of the ever twisted, yet sane human mind. This same words could be turned into moving pictures, but this words seem to be perfect the way they are; words with no intentions to describing a tangible universe. It’s

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just mere words stringed together in perfect harmony. Something I refer to as “cool” then creeps into the mind; “I was born to do this”. But at the end of the day I discover that; life would always be demanding, regardless the wishes and big dreams we keep gathering. Whether you are a widely successful writer, an aspiring author or just a man with a dream. At every junction leading to the post of “happiness”, it’s easy to figure out we are just ordinary inhabitants in a society that requires us to keep building for the “them” more than the “us”; A society that always wants ‘positive’ results even when it clearly runs in the hamster anti clockwise wheel of productivity; a society where one job can never be enough; and the individuals within its confines, pick as many job as possible, so they all could flex the muscles of that overrated fiscal power, which ultimately makes our dreams and passion slip down that priority list.

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I ask myself; Shouldn’t I accept that process of growth, that time span; where I evolve into complete beauty; that magnificent masterpiece; celebrated by not just myself but by the world around me. That point where we see all instant gratification as useless ‘cos there is always work to do. I don’t think I can possibly come to appreciate what matters to me, if I don’t spend much time with what really matters to me. I am just hoping you share in my “silly sentiments”.

It’s a fact; there would always be the hard and ugly times, the tragedies and unlucky days, the pain and bitter melancholy that defines our different moments. But the wise ones use this period to create ‘alone time’, even in the most crowded of places. Building defined articles and essays with every piece gotten; unknowingly answering questions of a deprived few; this writers do have dreams of their own, they look for a future that would be completely defining; so they face their business squarely.
In those little alone time; we bleed and cry and demolish and rebuild with only what’s available. As a writer, I figured life is an experience, more like a journey; so I take my time to be clear about my dreams, not getting carried away by the fact that my present day existence is an inspiration to people I have not met and might never meet.

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*WRITTEN AND EDITED BY CHARLES OKPERE*


 

 

GOLDEN RULES FOR A NEW SEASON

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summerAlbert Cam

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I like to thank everyone that has affected my growth process in all kind of ways.
Firstly; I am grateful for having an overtly supportive immediate family.

My great friends on the blogosphere who have joined hands to really support, motivate and inspire
young but stagnant minds; who are waiting to be told to fly; the amazing blogs I stumbled on that has left a huge impact on me and my continual push for a strong supportive community; one with a selfless will to joining hands with the ones stretching for a reach. All
I have always promised is an onward and upward fight to always express all that’s brought to heart.

As we look forward to having a great
year ahead, I would love to share something I wrote late year, that has really held me together; setting my
sight on positives, alone. It could also be your guide to personal developments or tagged alter nonsense.
No one would ever settle to being a failure. Success is an accomplishment everyone seeks to attain. A chef, a painter, stock broker, dancer, whatever you are; the chances are, your plans for the future include achieving successes in your given choice of career.
The mind of a deep thinker …or complete rubbish …boils down to interpretations and perceptions.

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*4 GOLDEN RULES FOR A NEW SEASON*

I. THERE ARE NO DRIFTS TO SUCCESS

No man has actually gotten to the peak of achievements without a clear-cut commitment to succeed. Depending on chances, fate, magic or effort of other people, would only delay your growth process; ultimately depriving you of experiences you should gather on your field of speciality …experiences that would make every feat
of achievement stand the test of time.
Depend on your inept ability; after you have made the right commitments. Be prepared to take and give sacrifices, with intentions aimed at implementing the right strategy for only positive growth.
No success comes by drifting, floating or hanging on just chance alone.

II. MOTIVATE YOURSELF FIRST BEFORE YOU ALLOW OTHERS TO MOTIVATE YOU.

Speak to yourself regularly. You have to be motivated to succeed. If there are no one around you to press those buttons for you, I suggest you hit those buttons with your own two hands. Go in deep and Kick-start something that pulls the attention of like kinds. You just have to be motivated to get things done.
Identify your single most important purpose in life. What is it that you really want. A questions that never seems to leave my lips.
Write your aspirations down; bold and clear. Make researches, ask questions, keep growing. Whatever gets tough on your road; press a little and it would role. When things get tough and hard you remember that you are working towards a much larger goal, I suggest a little pain here and there should be tolerated; heads up high; mind focused; Just keep that strap on.

III. BE PASSIONATE ABOUT THOSE SURE CHOICES MADE.

Drop all expectations that would constantly lead you down random trails. Choose to make every step a deliberate act no one would be responsible for, just you. Distractions would result to an extremely unbalanced life. Stick to your first love; that thing your heart and soul loves doing non stop; those spouts that elevates you and the man next to you. If its not being self-centred, stick to it and flourish.
Be open minded about it, love it, improve on it, go ahead to teach whoever is interested.
The target should always be – “onwards and upwards”

VI. BE SINCERE TO YOURSELF

I love the saying; Self deceit is surely the worst deceit. The worst person to lie to is yourself. As silly as it may sound,
people lie to themselves almost all the time. Its only reasonable to say that; if you want the world to take you seriously, you should have the ability to take yourself very very seriously first; choosing to be a person of complete sincerity. Make sure you provide a valid service or product for which you would expect a fair return.
If you stick to being a practitioner of poor jobs, you would always attract people to that swindle and cheat and vice versa.
Sincere Entrepreneurs, with sincere product only chase a good audience or customer for little period of time, even if it might be a little bit tough at the beginning.
Just be sincere with yourself and your personality from the beginning to the very end.

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*WRITTEN AND EDITED BY CHARLES OKPERE*


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OKPERE CHARLES WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS ABOUT HIM

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1. I would never make fun of your inability to string words properly, we are actually here to help each other in becoming better writers and bloggers.

2. I am a Nigerian, I am black, If you have got problems with that, you should not be reading this.

3. I do not smile all the time but I am not an angry person, I PROMISE.

4. I do not use my amusement at the stupidity of humanity to feed my want to be a great, I would never do that.

5. Everything I diligently put up here is correct and if it sounds wrong to you then your points of views are extreme and coercive; the chances are you would be a replica of that extremist, Adolf H’man 😀

6. I love music that tells story I could relate to, music that plays tunes of my own existence, I hate to tell the world the kind of music I listen to and I listen to my music alone.

7. I know I have not gotten a ‘perfect’ style of writing, you know why I might never get there; I write and share only pictures painted in my head; if I am not in your good books, don’t stop reading me, teach me and watch me improve.

8. I am single with not kids, but I won’t send you love messages, I wouldn’t do that even if I see you to be attractive.

9. Note This Very Importantly; “Not every Nigerian that spends his time on the Web is a con man or scam, reasons I have my contact address pasted on my blog”.

10. I am good at using your words against you; so to younger bloggers, please don’t impress anyone with how you write; please write your soul out, I would gladly share in your thoughts.

11. Every blogger and writer needs to know this, coming from a young writer; “Pain is inevitable but suffering should be completely optional” That “web-nobody” with a course, should be given a hand, even if he can’t reach out to you.

12. I love blogging and writing and the dream is to get to the top the right way.. Celona’s blog would not indulge in any act, I sense as “negative”

13. I love football (European soccer), I support the best team in the world; Fc barCELONA, now you see where I got that name from, I pick on random things like that.

14. External stooges; should ease-up on tough immigration laws and I have chosen to stay clear topics on Homosexuality, Abortion and Feminism, let’s say for now.

15. I hold hands with every individual with poor mental health.


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JE SUIS CHARLIE

I’ve always been very confident in my immaturityBrandon Sanderson

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Kastina Alla.. Benue State.. Nigeria.. 1:30pm 08/01/2016

*JE SUIS CHARLIE*

Something similar to how you adjust the mirrors in our car
To capture the specific line of sight for safety
I keep adjusting my point of view not for a safe heaven
But to really show I live with men with opinions that differ.

Today I say “hope won’t run dry”
Tomorrow I try sucking up that last drop of inspiration
The target is something eyes haven’t seen
Everyday day becomes a race
In hot pursuit for something unusual and rare
With still uncertainty hovering over my head
But mind set and heart made up for something different and special.

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My search like nomad in the wilderness
Just give me that bowl of ink
And the feather Achebe held firm
As my right hand drops softly on that white surface
I make a solemn promise
That my motivation won’t run dry
For I stand to defend all experiences I paid my dues for
My promise to Plato and Picasso I did keep firm.

Scattered thoughts signalling “so much on my mind”
All I do is give you a pinch of my pain
And a taste of my soured muse
No intention to seeking an audience
For this is my spot to lay it all bare
A souled-out space for all the heart burns to share
A space for expressions of reality

Je Suis Charlie!!

#Celonarants!!


*WRITTEN AND EDITED BY CHARLES OKPERE*


 

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© 2016 CelonaCharles

SUBTLE VOICE SPOKE LOUD

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice T.S. Eliot

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It came like a passing thought
And it’s still here like those captured thoughts
I am thinking;
Without some sort of unseen power
Do I stand a chance to survival?

Then subtle voice had this to say:

“I must see my helplessness
While also seeing my strength.
Without God’s help, I can do nothing
Yet with His help, I can do all

How often we struggle with a problem
Never remembering to go to Creator
Asking for help seems to be
admitting a weakness
But just the opposite is true.

Knowing our limitations
Putting aside needless pride
When we humbly ask for help
it comes …often in the most
marvelous ways.”

I had nothing to say
‘Cos I was somewhat disappointed
It wasn’t the answer I expected
But it’s what I would accept
I am always open to understanding the unseen

I believe subtle voice won’t lie
Her presence brought me thus far

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© 2015 CelonaCharles

WORDS FROM TDJAKES.COM

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T.D. Jakes uses his gift for connecting with people to inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves. He unlocks the door to personal growth not only for the tens of thousands of members of his congregation at The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, but also for the millions who seek out his wisdom through his books, films, television and social media.

These 10 quotes from Bishop Jakes will inspire you to relentelessly pursue your purpose in life.

1.“Don’t stop at where you are as if it were the destination, when in fact, in reality, it may be the transportation that brings you into that thing you were created to do.”

Our current circumstances should never limit us from reaching our true potential. We must turn our struggles into the vehicles that spur our transformation.

2. “Everything you’ve gone through is preparation for what’s about to happen in your life. The LORD has already given you a word, MOVE!”

When we “move,” we bring about the growth we desire. Tragedy hasn’t stopped you, heartbreak didn’t defeat you, failure does not define you; use this hard-earned wisdom to grasp your purpose and shape your future.

3. “We need to be who we were called to be instead of contorting ourselves into what other people want us to be!”

The surest way to lose yourself is to focus on other people’s voice instead of your own. Jakes calls on us to walk into our destiny and embrace our true purpose in life. Stop conforming!

4. “It is time for us to find the thing we were created to do, the people we were meant to affect, and the power that comes from alignment with purpose.”  

This powerful quote from his book, “Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive,” speaks to the clarity to be gained from the search for our truth. If you are in a job that drains you, it’s time to galvanize your forces and take the necessary steps to move on. The road will be taxing, but the promise of fulfilling your true purpose will fortify your conviction.

5. “Here is the problem with how many people approach the question of purpose: Many are looking outside of themselves for their purpose, destiny, or meaning in life. The very key to knowing your purpose is discovering and celebrating your personal identity.”   

Purpose resides in us; we must be directors in the script of our lives. In his work “Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live A Life Of Purpose,” T.D. Jakes reminds us that as you get to know more about yourself –– your likes, dislikes, values and triggers –– you will have a greater sense of whether or not the life you lead suits you. Life’s noise can be deafening; when is the last time you sat in complete silence and listened for the messages from your heart?

6. “God is about to plant you in a big thing. Your eyes have not seen, your ears have not heard, neither has entered into your heart what God has in store for you!”

From his electric sermon, “The Starving Prince,” from The Potter’s House Sunday service, Jakes challenges us to believe in our purpose. The “big thing” we were meant to do is coming! As you search for your true purpose in life, do not waver in your faith to overcome your current adversity.

7. “If we are called to be the salt of the earth, we have to get out of the saltshaker. Get out of your comfort zone, enlarge your territory.”

We are called to embrace change. Turn your tumultuous relationship around, heal the wounds that hold you back, dare to take a step towards your dream career. Your actions will loosen the ties that bind and will move you closer to where you are supposed to be.

8.”Your Passion is your conviction about it, your Purpose is why you do it, your Destiny is where.”

Passion and purpose are joined at the hip and move together, lock-step, towards destiny. Where there is passion, connect it to your purpose. Then set your goals higher than you think humanly possible. You will find your reward.

9. “At any age you can still ignite your passion through finding your purpose!”

Consider an athlete or a famous musician. They thrive in the skill that defines them, and the energy flow is seamless. We can all tap into our own inner excellence and radiate this same energy. Were you meant to counsel others? Do you have a way with numbers? As Jakes discusses, find your genuine purpose and never settle for false comfort. Ignite your passion and your purpose will reveal itself!

10. “When you know your purpose, you know what isn’t your purpose, so you can stop being distracted trying to do something that is not in the wheelhouse of what you were designed to do!”

You need to find the wheelhouse of what you were called to do. T.D. Jakes calls on us to shed our toxic distractions and share our divine spark on a daily basis. He reminds us that as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have the ability to flourish.

Read more: http://www.tdjakes.com/posts/t-d-jakes-on-finding-your-purpose

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