Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TOO LATE TO APOLOGIZE?


Quote of the day:
Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes -Mary Martin


The week is moving so fast, and my plans are going accordingly in that same direction-i think. 

It's funny how life progresses so fast, yet time moves so slow. 

Time is everything...our goal in life includes always making the best use of it.. 

One can take back words said in the heat of an arguement.
One can amend mistakes made blindly. 
One can move from being broken hearted to being in a relationship again. 
One can do so many things....so many possibilities. 

But yet one thing you can't take back is time. 

We all dream of getting on that time machine and going back in time-to change a thing or two from the past.....but it'll never happen.

If you were to go back in time, what would you change? Even if that were to be possible, means the future too would have to change...

What time is it?

P.s -for all the people that i have wronged in the past  *if you are reading this,that is*, and for the those that felt i was a bit harsh with me decisions in my previous post,lol...

And seeing that i can't teleport back in time to right my wrongs,i'm leaving you all with a piano cover of OneRepublic's - Apologize  done by my man -David Sides (too talented).  Enjoy!



Man i wish i had paid more attention when taking piano lessons.  Anyone here know how to play like that? Wouldn't mind the lessons. lol.

Have a great week people.



Monday, March 30, 2009

THIN LINE BETWEEN US


Quote of the day:
The union of a want and a sentiment -Honore de Balzac
 

She called. 

we fought. she dropped.

day 1.

day 2.

day 3.

day 4. 

she called. 

I ignored. 

She called x6

Do i pick. do i not...

Day 7.

Still calling. 

..and calling

I finally pick.

Through thin lines

She says 'i'm sorry' !!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

PLANS FOR THE WEEK


Quote of the day: 
Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty -Sicilian Proverb

So i finally went for Church service today. I went after a long hiatus....long story. 
But being in the midst of all that music and praise got me thinking about all what i had been missing. It felt good, and the word was even better. 

I picked up many things from that service, and one of the things that's still stuck in my mind are the words, 'we all started from small beginnings'.....

Where you are today, is a sharp contrast to where you were years ago. That is deep!

So monday is here once more, and the weekend is over with. 
This new week my goals includes:  

1. Writing out plans for the week in my to-do-list software. It's always the first thing i see on my desktop to remind me of what i need to carry out during the week. 
2. Call someone just to check up on them. Someone i haven't spoken to in a while.
3. Blog. lol. Read up on latest news.
4. Make a difference -one person at a time. Put a smile on someone's face.
5. Be disciplined. Focus more. 
6. Create time to read for upcoming professional exams.
7. Make the most out of everyday. Learn something new. We all have unlimited potential.
8. Music. Keeps me going all day.
9. Motivate myself. No one else will anyways! And all other impromptu stuff...

Have a great week people !!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

HAVE YOU EVER ??



Quote of the day:
Nature always sides with the hidden flaw -Murphy's Law


Have you ever been so close to getting something. 
So close that nothing else seemed to even matter.
You were so close- but in the end you failed to?

Have you ever pretended to be sick.
So sick that you had to take time off from work.
You were so sick- but in the end you got home,made a tall drink & proceeded to watch t.v?

Have you ever loved someone.
So much that being with them was a lot stronger than being all alone.
You were so in love -but in the end you didn't notice the scribbles on the walls?

Have you ever held a baby.
So tiny in your arms gazing at you with huge lovely eyes.
You were so moved -but in the end you felt reluctant to give him back?

Have you ever waited for someone.
Checking the clock every single minute as it ticked.
You were so restless -but in the end the person never showed up?

Have you ever been so troubled.
So much that it affected your sleep.
You were so worried -but in the end it wasn't even worth the trouble?

Have you ever been called beautiful.
The sort of beauty that everyone acknowledged.
You were so beautiful -but in the end you felt so ugly inside?

Have you ever....


 

Friday, March 27, 2009

Trying to read a book...What i learned this week.



I'm trying to read a book on how to relax, but I keep falling asleep -Jim Loy


Hey people. It's been a great week hasn't it? And the weekend should be more awesome i'm guessing. 

Yes it's happened to all of us at some point -falling asleep while reading either in class, the library, at home or wherever. 

Reading a book on how to relax on the other hand, and falling asleep....? Hnmmm!

Few things i've learnt this week

1. In order not to be late and be punctual for a monday meeting, i not only need to set just one alarm, but several too. One just isn't enough to lure me from sleep.

2. People will want you to solve problems for them, once you achieve this great feat, they will only keep coming back.

3. Some days are just too slow, or is it just me.

4. A smile can change things quickly. A frown can quickly change things. Does that make sense? It does to me,so don't ask!

5. People tend to forget each other easily if they stop seeing everyday. Out of sight, out of the picture it would seem.

6. People will fall asleep, if they have nothing productive to do. 



I leave you with the following quotes:  

1. Faith: not wanting to know what is true -Friedrich Nietzsche
2. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself -Ethel Barrymore
3. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before -Mae West
 
Have a nice weekend people!!



Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Changing the world view


Quote of the day: 
It is impossible to change your basic characteristics -Chinese Proverb

Over the past quarter-century no country has gained more from globalisation than the great China. On that note thought i'd share this front page of the economist,march 21st-27th issue with you guys.

It's a map of how China sees the rest of the world. You can read the whole article here

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From the way i see it, it would appear or show that all the Chinese care about is themselves gauging from the map. 

On the map, Africa is right beside Europe (part of the page got cut off, sorry!!). You can see the three pyramids beside europe. 
Of course China only extends help to Africa, just so the raw materials needed for their industry keeps flowing in. Apart from that Africa is no threat at all.

Europe is needed only for it's luxury items  it appears, which explains the prada tag.

Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Canada and others are irrelevant or pose no threat to China. 

The U.S economy is bad-it was once the world power, but it looks like that power is waning lately-even as the statue of liberty is depicted as the U.S begging for donations in the midst all the mortgage crisis and fore closures. 
Hnnm food for thought.   



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dreams never killed anyone



Quote of the day: 
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

So we had this little arguement earlier today, miss E and I. 
We were having some random talk as i blurted out, 'it's good to dream isn't it'?. .she laughed out loud and replied 'dreams never killed anyone'. .

Hnnnnm! Dreams never killed anyone i mused, somehow the actual thought of that statement didn't seem right, there was something abrasive about it -dreams never killed anyone or was it just me? 

The first thing that registered in my mind was Martin Luther(i almost typed Vandross {R.I.P}) King. 
The second thing, some random people that have been killed chasing their so called dreams.

Speaking of Luther King,were it not for his dreams that he got killed? He got killed but his dream has been more than alive and walking free in difference places. My question is, was it his big dreams then that got him killed ? Do dreams kill? Answer me, do they?? 
Dreams, imaginations,thoughts have more or less the same meaning right? 

Miss E says that the dream didn't kill him-that someone else did.  Very logical. 
Agreed, that's the most logical conclusion but...yes there is always a but isn't it. hehe. 

Miss E: what of others who had the same dream and didn't die (think Obama) she said. 
Miss E: Dreams do not kill !

And that was final, i didn't agree fully though, 'Dreams CAN get you killed was my final statement. The only part where we agreed was that 'dreams can be killed'. If you stop dreaming, you cut off the air supply to those dreams,you nail the coffin, you drown those dreams and the end result ? Your guess is as good as mine!! 

But seriously, my arguement is 'dreams can kill, and dreams can be killed'. 

Anyways i waved her a white flag, and the fight was over. I told her i would find out people's opinion on the subject. So my friends i put it to you -Dreams never killed anyone. True or false.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Assumption:the mother of all mistakes


Quote of the day:
If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance -Orville Wright 


I've had many ask me in the past if i could speak my native tongue. They always expect a negative answer so whenever i said yes it sort of threw them off a bit. So when someone asked me -again today i had this straight look on my face like, 'oh not again'. 

RandomChic: Do you speak your language?
Bratti:*with a straight face* Yes
RandomChic: Are you serious. 
Bratti: *blank stare
At this point i knew what was coming next...
RandomChic:  But i've never heard you speak it
Bratti: *thinking, i've got to announce to you whenever i'm speaking it uhn*
RandomChic: But you don't even look like someone who speaks it
Bratti: *double blank stare*
I was getting tired of the back and forth thing, so i said...
Bratti: What about you,do you speak your language?
RandomChic: Yes,but not that well though.
Bratti: *Thinking, so what are you breathing down my neck for..*

It's crazy when people put you in a little box. They stereotype you and then look surprised that you aren't doing what they are doing, or talk the way they do, or dress the way they do. What's more crazy is people that always assume you don't understand their language (think Rush Hour-'do you understand the words coming out of my mouth'?..), and then proceed to say stuff about you. It's never happened to me though. If it did, i would be at a loss for what to do. Reminds me of a story an old friend told me once. Dude was of mixed race (anglo-naija) with light skin, oriental features and curly hair to boot. lol. He spoke the (Yoruba) language well and was razz with it too. lol. 

Lets just say this cat was the last person you'd imagine speaking or even understanding what you were talking about in Yoruba.  At least that was the same thing some crazy random group of people on a bus thought too. My friend who had gone for holidays in London waited for a bus going to his route and when one finally came he got on. He hadn't been in the bus for a minute when the snide remarks from the groupies started -all in yoruba.  He didn't pay them any mind untill they mentioned the 'dude that just came in, and how he was feeling all that', and on and on and on they went. He was sitted behind them and they all had a good laugh at his expense, they didn't know he heard all what they were saying. 

So the bus gets to his stop and he proceeds to get get down. His usual self was like, hey it happens just forget the whole drama and shrug it all off. The razz naija (that'd be a cool username) in him was like,nah you have to give it back to them, no slacking!... So he steps to the door to get off the bus, he's looking back at them, and they are looking at him, he just took a one off decision to do the latter and then proceeded to give them the 'baddest -yoruba-tongue-lashing-that was-not-recorded-on-video' ever. lol. Them...the shocking and confusing looks on all their faces -Priceless!  

Anyways i was thinking, why is it that bad/swear words are the very first things people learn in any given language? I mean am i missing something here? We all know what bad words are, saying them is oftentimes taboo in different cultures-but we say them anyways,right? Men swear, women do it too, and hey don't pretend you don't know what i'm talking about -of course you do. Even little kids aren't left out are they?

So this post is about these two kinds of people really: 
1. People who never tire and ask a lot of meddling questions -get a grip and go find something creative to do with yourself. 

2. People who assume a lot -get a life if you haven't already. SMH.

3. People who stereotype everything and everyone and i understand that with these same set of people, swearing has become a habit - i've got no advice for such folk! Oops sorry just had to sneak that in. I know i said just two. lol!

Lastly,i leave you with the words of John Wesley -Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn
Positive enthusiasm that is. Have a good week people !!




Monday, March 23, 2009

Purpose of today


Quote of the day:
Think and speak the beautiful only -Christian Larson


Purpose of life.Purpose of death
Purpose of being wretched. Purpose of being rich

Purpose of Joy. Purpose of pain
Purpose of snow. Purpose of rain

Purpose of unity. Purpose of division
Purpose of masters. Purpose of slaves

Purpose of war. Purpose of peace
Purpose of love. Purpose of hate

Purpose of lies. Purpose of truth
Purpose of yesterday. Purpose of today



Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Mothering Sunday


Quote of the day: 
The title of 'Mother' is the biggest honor I have ever received -Mother Theresa




Mothers Day is a special day for honoring Mothers through out the world. The Mother's Day holds great significance for all of us. As usual, the Mothers Day 2009 will be celebrated on May 10th, 2009 in the U. S. whereas the U. K. will celebrate the Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) on the fourth Sunday of Lent,which is on March, 22nd 2009.


One Famous Mother that changed the World

Mother Teresa 
Mother Teresa was born in Albania and her real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. When she was just eighteen years, she attended the religious order-
'Our Lady of Loreto' in Ireland. 
The mother was moved by utter poverty, suffering and misery of a large number of people in India; she decided to dedicate her whole life for the welfare of the poor. 

Mother Teresa's efforts and her dedication were recognized all over the world and she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Although she had reservations but finally she accepted it on behalf of the "poorest of the poor". She died in the year 1997. 

I'M GRATEFUL FOR MANY THINGS

A. Beautiful mother who has always been there for me,and still is.

B. I'm still breathing and alive. I woke up to the sad news of the death of Jade Goody aged 27 who has been battling with cancer-died in her home in England at 3:55am on Britain's Mother's Day(she was a mother herself with two kids) with husband Jack Tweed and mother Jackiey by her side.

C. Grateful for family and friends-in the end they are the ones that'd always be by one's side. Also grateful for new friends i've made in the blogosphere. Grateful for you. Grateful for me. 

D. For my dreams. I know i will get there one day soon.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Inspirational Quotes



Here are some inspirational quotations to help you through your day of rest-sunday. Enjoy!


Blaise Pascal
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.


Unkown
The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.

Charles F. Kettering
You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.


William Faulkner
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


James Allen
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.

Brian Tracy
Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.


Willam Faulkner
Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

Helen Keller
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

Japanese Proverb
Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Doug Larson
To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.

Billy Graham
We cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be taken away from us.


Mother Teresa
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.



Friday, March 20, 2009

THAT ONE THING YOU SHOULD NEVER LOSE


Quote of the day:
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all -Dale Carnegie

The week is done with as the weekend beckons with open arms. I embrace it all, i mean i need that rest, i need to revitalize so to speak. Revitalize,hmmmn that sure is one philosophical word. Gone are those days when i would just read any book that i came across, but now my fingers tend to flip through books that inspire as well as teach. Books that motivate -i take a step back and analyze where i want to be,the books are guidelines written mostly by people who have done what i am hoping to accomplish. Their stories bring to the fore the sacrifices i'd have to make, the effort that i'd have to put in and the dissapointments that could take me one step toward my goals, or 20 steps back to where i started from. 

Everybody loves success stories. A success story is always amazing to relate with. Though not everyone can be successful. Some people have been known to triumph where others have failed- or given up. Imagine giving up just when success was at your doorsteps!!

I recall a lecture i once attended,the speaker was a success story in his own little way. Before he started he proceeded to ask everyone just one very simple question. He stated 'what is that one thing that you should never let go of in life,that one thing that you should never lose'

It was a small gathering of about 30 people-give or take, and after he had asked that question the room became even more hushed. 30 different minds trying to figure out the one thing that was too important,too key to lose or let go of..

He saw that we were having problems comprehending the question, so he hinted, 'that one thing that ought to be there everytime you wake up in the morning'?........
It seemed like he had hit the nail on the head as a few faces lit up!! Different words came out of people's mouths including mine -like optimism, happinness, joy,grace, and many more of all those feel good words.

He said we were all correct, but that the actual word he was looking for was HOPE! 'You can lose everything you ever had in this life, you can lose money,friends,family and what have you-but never, don't ever you lose hope', were his words! You wake up in the morning and even with all the troubles that you wake up to, never lose hope! His motivational talk lasted less than an hour, and after he finished he went round and shook hands with every single person in the room while asking for our names....that lecture inspired us all in that room that day,it was a great feeling and i will never forget those words that were said. 

In the words of Norman Vincent Peale- never talk defeat. Instead you use words like hope, belief, faith, victory. 
And Epictetus,the Greek philosopher once said, 'A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope'.

So Hope changes everything. Hope changes you, it changes me, it really changes us all. Don't just hope for that 'one thing', instead hope for many things!! So keep the Hope alive today,tomorrow and always! 

Happy Weekend!



Thursday, March 19, 2009

MEMOIRS OF IMAGINATION



Quote of the day:

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all -Lord Byron

I have a confession to make. You see i used to be an addict. Now before you go running away and informing the others,just give me a moment to explain myself here okay? Okay,now that i've gotten your attention i'll explain myself away..

My addcition was that i scribbled a lot. I'm talking about class notes being filled with a lot of writings that had no relation to the subject being taught. In class  for instance, when things got a tad boring-there i was flipping notes to the back pages(it had to be the back as no one was meant to spot those writings), and i'd scribble away lost in thought-a young mind lost in transit in another world. 

I came across some of my old notes recently,and believe me when i say that i found heaps of writings most of which i can't even recall why,and for what reason i wrote them-mostly poetry which i dated with days of the week, others with just the month and year. I mean i was an addict at scribbling,an habit born out of my then depressive moods and at some point writing out my thoughts seemed to be the only way out for me.

I'd share a few of those things i wrote down on paper with you now,most of which haven't been seen by any other person before. 

A snippet from one of my notes goes: 

'It's a long road to the hills
a narrow path to my faith
I found it after losing it
I'm also a long way from home
I rejoice in the glow of the sun
it keeps me warm and alive'.....

That's wasnt't so bad was it? Okay i thought so too.lol. Here's another note and this one has a title to it and it's just 6 lines: 

ROMANCE
A sacred goddess
in a galaxy of love
an artiste's impression
captured in timeless gravity
ageless as the stars
static as the heart 

Pretty good uhn? Wonder what i was thinking,scribbling about romance then, hmnnnm! Anyways, written on the right side of the book are the words 'i tried to sleep,my eyes wouldn't let me', of course i have no idea why i wrote that. lol
On yet another page i wrote:
 
HOPE & REALITY
what hope does life hold
for a man so sad and lonely
that he slips everyday
In between life and death
What hope does life hold
for a sick person
who's been told that 
He may never live right again
what hope does life hold 
for a person in despair
who had been cast away 
from his life and soceity
what hope does life hold
for me,who's just a 
very common mind,
body and soul
with a common dream
a common objective
a common fantasy
and a common reality...

I also recall that i used to write stories, this was like some 7-8yrs years ago, in fact i was already half way through writing my first book-at least i remember getting to the 6th or 7th chapter, as for where the manuscript is today -your guess is as good as mine,my hope is that i stumble upon it soon so that it can be turned into a movie (think 'tropic thunder').

Lastly, i got my title for today's post from this write up from one of my scribbles and its titled 'memoirs of imagination', see parts of it below: 

...he ran. 
The sun glistering as it crept slowly over the yellow brick walls.
...he ran.
Not minding the curious looks from passers-by,oblivious of his wet and clingy shirt that stuck to him like a second skin...
..he ran without looking back. But he knew that they were closing in on him. He knew that it was only a matter of time before....."

And that's it for today folks, as for the concluding part of the 'memoirs of imagination', watch out for it in movie theatres worldwide say in a couple of years -first i need to lay my hands on that other manuscript! 

Cheerio!