Inspiration from the wise stays

2018-05-31 06:01
my take Thobile Ndzube

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I recently came up to an elder statesman who somewhat shared his experiences during the apartheid era for just one reason.

“Less we forget where we came from,” he offered.

He explained to his audience how he was motivated and encouraged to be who he is today.

He was not bragging or anything, but wanted to instil some lessons to motivate us to strive to reach our ultimate goals.

To others, that may sound arrogant (not in strong sense of the word) but firm.

He came across as someone who wanted his way or no way, but I guess it is because of the profession he is in.

Our conversation was based on what I was doing, and all hell broke loose the minute I told him that I was not employed. Young as I am.

I resolved to inform him in detail my present state of affairs, like how I found myself in the present circumstances.

I eventually managed to convince him that I was engaged in something on the side and needed to refocus again.

After this, his advice was that we live in the times when we can be who we want to be and what we to want achieve.

Things have changed so much for the better, he averred.

The kind of obstacles we face today are far better than what many of our African people faced previously.

There are opportunities in abundance and they need one to identify and grab them with both hands, so to speak.

More possibilities are open to everyone to reach the stellar heights.

His words of advice were that in order to achieve this, one must have or possess self-belief, to trust and believe in the Lord Almighty­.

It is wise words like these coming from a respectable individual that I want to cherish and add to my already strong beliefs in myself.

I wanted to share that experience with you. Always look out for that someone who might just give you that great word of advice just when you think you are the worst for it. They give one the elevation needed to achieve your goals, and then be available to share them with the next generation.

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