Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Arizona, USA

s the new year 2019 expectedly rolls in, in terms of the calendar, there will be no significant difference in it from its predecessors (the previous years). The main similarity will be in their sameness. I seldom make New Year resolution! It is a common ritual that everyone makes but seldom keeps!

In reality, it is good to face surmountable challenges in life than to wish ourselves utopian wishes. Challenges make us thick and provide the way forward! Life in itself is beautiful when you are a victor of its challenges! The beauty of life is inherent in its awkwardness and remonstrance. We must face life with incredible challenges, derivative reality, and truthfulness. Do not anchor your happiness with the bureaucracy of life, or people's behaviors and promises, otherwise you will be disappointed! You're the author of your own happiness.

In a nutshell, the best author of your life is you! No one can write or rewrite your own story for you better than yourself without marring it. The incredible power of a pen lies in its ability to write a good or bad story of your life. The responses of those who read the story of your life will depend on how you pen-push and write down your own story. When your story is embellished with lies, deceit, hate and other negative nuances of life, no one should be blamed for authoring your own baleful lies. Life is what we make of it!

Most of the global problems today stem from 'self'. When self is wrong, the subconscious mind will be defective; the outcome will be asinine to self and society. The collective 'self' in you will mushroom to become a multiplier of problems like we witness in individuals and the world's upheavals today.

Why do leaders lie? Why do the led accept their lies? The answer to these quintessential questions isnít far-fetched. Followers are enablers; they have penchant taste for lies and deceit at the expense of truth! When you want to expose the intricacies of a man's obtuse psychology and insanity, tell him the truth, nothing but the truth; you will instantly become his self-avowed enemy. He will see truth as a repellent to what he wants to hear. A jejune mind is a vulnerable mind, and it is a willing tool for political and religious machinations and manipulations.

The world is becoming increasingly small. Do not tell the man next door your shortcomings or your secrets, you might be selling or sentencing your own life to the insatiable global village. Never film your nakedness or nudity of mind or body to that circumstantial lover or acquaintance of yours. You might be lovebirds today, tomorrow is shrouded in darkness and mystery of love. Be cautious! Man is never what you think he is, he's what he hides!

Do not allow your mind to be weaponized for political and religious gains at your own expense or peril. We are existentially dispensable. No one is indispensable. Life is beautiful when you harness its beauty for the common good of man. As we approach the twilight and extinct of 2019, take the stock of the tumultuous year 2019; make the outcome a good template for the New Year 2020 and beyond. We indirectly, and in a jiffy make daily resolutions every second of our lives, but we are always unaware of it.

What's even in a name or a year? Name is just a referral or personal representation of 'self' or thing. There are so many successful Smiths, Yahayas, Ojos or countries; and there are so many impoverished or poor Yahayas, Ojos, Smiths or countries around the world. The choice these individuals or countries make is the choice they make. There is nothing like accidental success or prosperity or accidental failure. It is the way we lay our bed that will determine our blissful night or nightmare. If you fail to prepare, you're definitely preparing to fail....it's not rocket science!

Meanwhile, we are all responsible for our own actions and inactions in life. There has never been any magical wand in a name or a year. What makes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 or the previous years so different from the incoming year-2020 and beyond is the ugly or beautiful events of each year. It depends on your experiences or which side you are on! The only thing that is constant in life is change. Like time, life revolves around change. Change eventually becomes change at end of its metamorphosis.

In order to be successful in life, we must accept our responsibilities and shortcomings; make amends where necessary but never compromise your integrity; work hard with resilience, faith, focus, determination, and prayers. If you fail, get up; brace up with unfettered imagination for possibilities! Impossibility has never been in the literal lexicon of strong-willed and rugged human beings.

Lastly, success is a continuum for determined and rugged individuals. The choices these rugged individuals make are a determinant of their successes or failures in life. Every man is cocooned in his strong-will and willpower. How we use our power of imagination for lifelong positive or negative results and possibilities will either be our burden or joy. Let us unleash our potentials today to the admiration of our friends and foes. Let's take our lives back, because, life is beautiful! Stay safe in 2020 and beyond!

Happy New Year to all my readers and friends around the world!