The Difference Maker

There is always a reason we do the things we do. There is always a motivation for our decisions, and actions/ inaction. They are as varied as we are. But what makes one reason right and the other wrong?

The task may be menial,
and seem unimportant.
The gesture may be trivial
and insignificant.
Provided it is done in love,
It’s the wisest investment;
Based on the greatest commandment –
Love,
Birth in us from above.

Love will cause you to make unpopular choices. Yes, difficult choices. Nevertheless, let love distinguish you.

Love unlike that which focuses on one or a few, and excludes others; love unlike that characterised by only torrid pleasurable and fleeting emotions; love unlike today’s highly sexualized and commercialised venture.

But love, all-inclusive, unconditional and other-centred. One that we can live out only because we are enabled.

Today, whoever you are, or aspire to be, let love form your character; Everyday, whatever you do, let love be your motive; wherever you are or plan to go, let love chart your course. Always.

Love is the difference maker.

What motivates you?

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4 Reasons Why You Should Ask Questions

Did you ask a question today? Why? What prompted it?

Recently, with the intention to exercise my mind, I decided to read Bob Tiede’s book, Great Leaders Ask Questions, again. In one of the testimonials for the book, Tom Ziglar quoted his father, Zig Ziglar. It was a simple but powerful statement. I pondered on it all week, last week.

Questions are the answer.

– Zig Ziglar

These are the four reasons for asking questions I gleaned from my pondering.

  1. We cannot do without questions. We either ask them or give answers to them. The gains of asking questions surpasses the benefits of giving answers.

    It takes one who understands the importance of asking questions to give answers. How else will answers be obtained, if not by asking questions.

    Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, said, ‘We run this company on questions, not answers.’ Is it any wonder why Google is the biggest platform for providing answers to our questions, and much more?

  2. Questions should be asked intentionally, not mindlessly. For instance, ‘how are you doing?’ should be more than a statement of greeting; it should be an enquiry for welfare.

    I have resolved to always mean it when I ask my kids, ‘How was your day in school?’ I get valuable information my children’s learning, their friends, and the school. ‘What do you think is? Is one question you always mean when you ask.

  3. You are clueless smart when you ask questions. To make an enquiry is not a display of ignorance or unintelligence. It is rather an indication of keen intellect and willingness to learn.

    No questions, no learning. It is no wonder great leaders ask questions. Malcolm Forbes rightly said, ‘One who never asks either knows everything or nothing.’

  4. You only get what comes to you. Information and opportunities are swirling around us. With questions you can access what you need to meet your specific need.

    If you don’t ask questions, at best you only get what comes to you, by chance – good, bad, ugly. Why settle for good when you can get the best by asking questions?

Contained in the deluge of information we are bombarded with moment by moment, are nuggets. Questions are the tool you and I need to mine the gold.

Make the most of your day, every day. Get answers. Ask questions.

What is one question you remember asking today?

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A Forgone Alternative

A few weeks ago, I had to commute to and from work via public transport for a week. The two-drop, at least 30 minutes trip (one way) is an experience I would prefer not to have, even for one week. The use of public transport is a forgone alternative for me. If I can help it.

In my part of the world it can be intolerable. The wait to get on a bus, taxi or tricycle, the unavoidable but annoying stops for a passenger to dismount or get on (bus stops are almost non-existent), the unscrupulous and unsafe driving of the bus or tricycle drivers, all combine to make the ride unpleasant, if not unsafe.

In all this, there was a silver lining. I got to do more reading that week than I usually do. In addition to my daily 30 minutes reading time, I got to read on transit.

That week, my wife and kids were away on holiday at my sister-in-law’s.

Despite the unpleasantness of such commuting I looked forward to, and enjoyed the moment when I settle in and read till I get to my stop. I relished that reading time so much that I would wish to not meet anyone I know or a chatty stranger. Reading made the ride bearable.

The convenience of eBooks also made a big difference. Though I still cherish the feel of physical books in my hands, eBooks made reading in transit that week convenient.

In reminiscence, I recall the days of hopping in and out of taxis or buses, to and from work, before our family owned a car. I enjoyed the opportunity it afforded me to keep up my reading. Despite the inconvenience of carrying a book, especially a large book, in hand, I was happy for the chance to read. Then eBooks were not common.

Today, I would prefer to drive to and from work and catch up with reading in other ways. I would rather the forgone alternative of reading on transit remain forgone. Unless I find myself in a place where public transport system is safe and convenient.

In what ways do you catch up with reading?

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