Monday, August 22, 2016

Not everyone starts off easy

Not everyone starts off easy. Not everyone has it all laid out for them. However, that you did not or do not have it all laid out for you, does not mean you have to achieve less or remain incapacitated.

Truth is, soaring in life is often times akin to riding a bicycle. For those of us who are familiar with bicycles, we know that to really get going, you have to gather momentum. Same applies to life. Even water understands that to really get going, all it needs is perseverance till it breaks through the rock, and after that, it flows so freely and beautifully and is simply unstoppable.

What do you desire today?

Perseverance is a trait of champions!

Courage flips the script!


Atimes in life, you have to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

I am sure you must have come across or heard this popular maxim which says "life begins at the end of your comfort zone." More often than not, to achieve what no one else has achieved, you have to travel paths no one else has traveled or simply settle for the status quo. This reminds me of the courageous words of a friend - Clara Okpara... "Eta, I do not want to live an ordinary life".

Today, are you going to take that bold step towards achieving your dream(s)? Or are you going to keep delaying that courageous act and end up doing so for the rest of your life.

I call on you today. Are you a child of GOD? If yes, what are you waiting for? Today, step forward to your lion. Be courageous. Courage is proof of Faith. Victory surely awaits you on the other side.

Have a lovely week ahead.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Never Give Up


Message to someone out there:

Never give up. I am sure you have that thing or those things you earnestly desire for yourself. Don't give up. The proof of what you truly desire is Pursuit. I repeat, don't quit. Pursuit reveals Passion.

Many years ago, I ran into this quote; "In the long run, men always hit on what they aim at". Interestingly, I have always lived my life with this belief even before I came across the quote, but coming across it sparked something within; a reminder that this is real.

Remember, don't give up.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Misconception Based on a Single Story: The Actual Abuja I Discovered

Picture Credit: Chipper / Wikipedia
by Eta Uso, Jr.

I grew up in the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Though privileged, my growing up years had very little travel experiences. My life basically revolved around the states of Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Rivers State. Even till this day, I think I have travelled more times abroad in the past five years than I have travelled within my own country (Nigeria) in the over twenty years of my life. Not sure if this makes me sound less patriotic or preferably, more like a Global Citizen.

Growing up, I was privy to tales about the city of Abuja from friends, cousins and yes, the print media. Tales of Abuja being the city of fantastic mansions, luxurious cars, fast money and furthermore, a city with the finest private parties with accompanying financial recklessness being often exhibited by the stupendously rich. Abuja was in simple terms described and projected as Nigeria's El Dorado and the repercussion was instant (citizens trooped in from different states within the country). I was often privy to tales of girls who went to Abuja one-day and owned Range Rovers the next day. And common tales of guys who often drove around with millions of Naira in the trunk of their cars and with an ease as that of a wink, will shut down (exclusively reserve) two to three night clubs in one night to celebrate their birthdays and will do it all over again the next day in celebration of a friend. I heard stories of females who would gather funds to hire a single cab to the now Transcorp Hilton and arriving with barely an assurance of cash on them to find their way home. These girls were often reported as leaving the Hilton overnight millionaires. Wow! The city of overnight millionaires I thought. Well, even with all the tales, I never for once nurtured the zeal to see Abuja for myself. Anyway, unknown to me, necessity will some day take me to Abuja.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Do Not Resist Enmity Against You

Word for Today:

Don't feel bad or dampened. Neither should you seek to respond to enmity.

Lest you didn't know or may have forgotten; Enmity was what promoted Joseph. Enmity promoted Daniel. Enmity has been the propeller to sucess of many than love from friends.

Why is this so? Remember, GOD is the judge of the whole universe. He sees it all. Thus, most often than not, you are promoted not for what you did, but rather, you are promoted because of what was done to you.

When the enemy executes evil plans against you, our GOD, the judge of the whole universe, looks upon your case and executes judgement on your behalf. And for every judgement, there is a punishment and a compensation.

Those who leave vengeance to the Lord will always be compensated. If our earthly judges can grant tasty compensations on earthly cases, how much more the Judge of the whole universe!!!

Remain blessed.

Shalom.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nigeria: We Didn't Toil. So We Might As Well Let Go.

by Eta Uso, Jr.

Is it not sweet yet sour that once upon a time a few people clamoured that we stick to a system of rotational Presidency by virtue of zoning. Yet today, these same few people, believe that it is either out or war if a certain section insists on completing their own circle.

While the above may be sweet and sour, this section is out-rightly sour. In that, our Nigeria of which we have today and are seemingly seeking to actively destroy on the altar of self interest and lust for power, a very large chunk of us did not toil for it. Rather, the spirit of Nigeria today in which we seek to destroy is a legacy bequeathed us by brave and patriotic men of honour, very Nigerians as us, now departed.

We never toiled for her (Nigeria), our sweats neither blood never went down in exchange for the soul of she (Nigeria) that she might live. We gave nothing for her progress, so what's there to loose? We might as well just destroy her. Yet, though we seek to destroy her because we cannot have her for ourselves as our greed permits, if we so proceed and we finally bring her (Nigeria) to her knees, where do we get another? The truth we have refused to embrace is that there is no another. And even if we could give birth to another like her, I doubt the living souls in this generation embody enough honour to lay down sweat and blood for a new birth.

I will stop here and hope we all ask ourselves this question. Why destroy what we cannot rebuild?

GOD help us all.

Eta.
@royaltyuso on Twitter.

APC Has Captured A Lost Generation

by Eta Uso Jr

I feel it necessary to bring forward that the Digital Age seems to have done a little more harm than good. Well, at least more harm than good to the lazy mindsets of this generation. 

How? It is simple. The wealth of information our generation gets exposed to in real-time is so alarming that it has resulted in poverty of attention.

Politically however, this poverty of attention has resulted in a chunk of the Nigerian masses not being able to determine or pinpoint what really matters most. 

Nonetheless, irrespective of the poverty of attention ravaging our youths of today, one certain trait that seems to have remained constant is the desire to be popular on social media, or at most, follow what's seemingly popular. This can be buttressed with the splurge of politically correct statements that seem to be everywhere these days, thus consuming the 'lazy minds' of this digital generation into thinking that what is 'politically correct' is actually Correct.

Digressing a little, one should not forget the impressive display of 'good spirit' by The Nation Newspaper under the authority of APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu. The Nation Newspapers under 'good guidance' found it ethical to cut off the picture of a serving Minister in its print publication simply because the Minister in question appears not to be in good terms with the man who dictates the tune based on his privileged position as owner of the media outfit (The Nation Newspapers).

Pondering here is that, many 'Nigerians' (the kinds defined in the previous paragraphs) say they do not want the PDP anymore. All good. Taking them to task, when asked their preferred alternative, their chorused responses are often 'APC'. Pushing further, when they are asked; why APC? They respond, they want Change and anything but PDP is 'Change'.

From the immediate paragraph above, doesn't this reveal clearly that these set of Nigerians truly do not know what they want? Such that they will settle for another party spelt as 'APC', simply because it is not spelt with these words 'PDP'.

One wonders if these 'Nigerians' have pondered about how a man without power, yet could as much as cut off the picture of his perceived enemy against all media ethics in a Newspaper he controls. One should imagine or at least ponder what such a man and the party he controls will do to their perceived enemies, should they hold the power at the centre of Governance.

So help us GOD.

Eta.
@royaltyuso on Twitter.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your Present Troubles Are Small Your Glory Will Outweigh Them And Will Last Forever

By Eta Uso [Jr]

"For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever." - 2 Corinthians 4:17

This above scripture reminds me of a Church service I attended some years ago. During that service, the Pastor while preaching, made a statement that has remained with me till date. He said; "those who do not understand your Story, will not understand your Glory". 

The above statement is true. Many see you today, wealthy, happy and in good health. Most of the time, you may even be ascribed to as being lavish or extravagant in your way of living. Many will criticise you for this, many will hate you even before they have the opportunity of meeting you. I tell you, do not blame them. They do not know your story. If only they knew what you endured. For example; they may never know that the man who got his first contract and chose to buy a brand new Toyota Prado SUV was actually wheeled to school in a wheelbarrow and such individual may have promised himself that his children will never have to go through same. Thus, at his first touch of money, he chose to take on a 'lavish' acquisition of a state of the act SUV. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Give Your Best - by Eta Uso (Jr)

Yesterday, while taking a break, I came across something which yielded some points worth pondering, and thus came this question for you and I:
 
..would you rather shun mediocrity and do rightly, what you have to do now, or would you have the time to do it all over again?

Knowing that in our world today, time and chance are two very powerful factors, am sure if we take cognizance of these facts, we would arrive at the right answer to the above question!
 
Shalom.
 
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Eta Uso (Jr)
Twitter: @royaltyuso

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You Walked In Through That Door With Nothing Material - by Eta Uso (Jr)

“As long as you are proud you cannot know GOD. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” ― C.S. Lewis.
Remembering always, how you walked in through that door, would ignite a sense of check and balance against giving room for pride to grow in you. No doubt, some of us where born into unequivocal affluence, while some of us were born into middle class or out-rightly poor families. However, the material state in which we were born into, does not change the fact that we all individually walked into this world with no material gifts. Thus, just as we had no power to choose which families we were born into, neither do we have the power even this day to assume the role of gods over the future.

Pondering on the above, it is only honourable that in whatever high state we find ourselves today, one should never keep walking like there is no ground below nor have any such notion that our achievements were/are by our sole-abilities. Thus, when we bend to look towards the ground, we shouldn't look to the ground to further 'oppress' but rather, we should always look to the ground to offer 'upliftment', that those who having being uplifted, may be able to offer upliftment to others as well.

We all need this consciousness.

Shalom.

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Eta Uso (Jr)
Twitter: @royaltyuso

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Don't Swallow Everything - We All Have A Sense Of Taste. Taste it! - by Eta Uso (Jr)

Could it be out of laziness? Or simply out of the refusal to engage our minds even while at rest, that causes us to take in everything of what we are shown, rather than what it actually is.

How many of you truly analyze the words or actions of your mentor(s)? How many of you task yourselves to check that though you see red, it could actually be green? How many of you are even conscious that you embody a mind of your own? To this last question, the problem is simple, you can never be conscious that you possess a mind of your own, when you are not even conscious of the fact that you are unique.

Thus, on mentor-ship; yes, look up to your mentor(s), but that does not mean lose yourself to your mentor(s).

Shalom.

--
Eta Uso (Jr)
Twitter: @royaltyuso

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fear is Exaggerated - by Eta Uso (Jr)

What is fear? Am sure many people would find it difficult at instantly defining the meaning of fear. Most people would define fear by reusing the word 'fear' in their definition. Some other people would define 'fear' by the utilizing the word 'scared'.

Am sure almost no one, if any at all, would be able to give a proper definition of 'fear' within the first 5 - 10 seconds of being asked. What does this then tell us? Simply shows that 'fear' is not something we can physically hold onto. This further tells us that our ability to embrace what we cannot define is simply out of our inability to utilize our power of 'choice'. Why embrace 'fear' when you can embrace 'boldness'? Both characteristics are non-physical, thus our ability to choose between both resides in our minds. Knowing this, why then do we choose 'fear' and its accompanying limitations, when we can as easily choose 'boldness' and its accompanying abilities to conquer our world.

If you have ever confronted your fears with boldness, I can precisely tell that you would agree - 'fear' is overrated.

'Fear' only exists when you make it your choice, same as 'Boldness' only exists when you make it your choice.

Choose one!

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Eta Uso (Jr)
Twitter: @royaltyuso