PAST vs PRESENT

Life seems to go so fast looking at the past but looking at the future, it only comes one step at time… Enjoy the PROCESS.

 

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SERVICE: The Heart Of Leadership

The term leadership can be seen as the ability to pull ones’ subordinate along for the purpose of achieving a specific objective or goal. According to Koontz Etals, Leadership “is an influence, that is, the act of influencing people so as to strive willingly and enthusiastically towards the achievement of a goal.” Leadership, therefore, entails service to people for the achievement of a common goal; service then becomes an essential ingredient for good exhibition of leadership. If service is at the centre of leadership, the big question we are immediately confronted with is this; what then becomes the fate of a country that is ruled by self-centered leaders? This write up is inspired by the need for service in leadership while stressing servant-leadership style as the best for us, Nigerians.

With blessings accrued to her by God of mineral resources, breed of intellectuals, skilled and available man power; the lack of genuine service has crippled the nation (Nigeria) such twrong he nation which was on its feet is gradually crumbling financially and morally with some citizens suffering bitterly. Over the years, Nigeria as a country has suffered tremendously in the hands of crooked and self-centered leaders. It is obvious that the rich in Nigeria gets richer while the poor get poorer; even the recessed Nigeria we are passing through today is as a result of our desire to always take and not to build.

Our leadership spirit must foster unity, promote harmony, sustain both human and material development, and ultimately, it must promote service which is a valuable action, deed or effort performed to satisfy a demand. “The servant leader is a servant first… ” this begins with the natural feeling for service of others, hence, a conscious aspiration to lead. Such person is different from the one who is a leader first, perhaps, because of the need to assuage a curious power drive or to acquire material possessions. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by the one at the top of the pyramid, the servant-leader shares power, put the needs of others first, and help people develop their talents, so as to encourage effective performance in the society.

What Nigeria society needs, therefore, is servant-leaders who are able to acknowledge their need for service (people who put God first); men of integrity, who can boldly distinguish right from wrong and stand on their convictions despite pressures and temptations. Persons of good character who have a patriotic love for their followers. The Nigeria leadership system needs prominent figures not only on books but of character to be role models, mentors and coaches, to inspire a life of dignity, integrity and responsibility among the youths who eventually would take over the affairs of the country in their retirement or departure from this earthly life.

This means that, emphasis must be placed on service to others, a holistic approach to work, promotion of communal life, and sharing/distribution of power in decision making. The leaders and followers must be committed so as to design a goal program to fulfill the vision of the Nigeria we want.

Winston Churchill once said: “never give in, never give in, never ever give in, in something, great or small, large or petty-never give in except to the convictions of honour and good sense.” This is what our country needs from its leaders which is, to have the mindset of service, integrity, self-discipline, among others. The followers on the other hand must learn to work and support their leaders in their quest to serve them, taken into cognizance that without good followers, the leaders would be frustrated. When this is done, true leadership would be achieved and consequently, the Nigeria we want would become a reality.

-WRITTEN BY: ADAMA CYRIL

QUOTES ON LOVE

Enjoy these beautiful quotes about Love… And share the beauty if you wish… (Smile)

1. Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
— James Baldwin

2. We waste time looking for the perfect lover instead of creating the perfect love.
— Tom Robbins

3. If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn’t have fallen for the second.
— Johnny Depp

4. All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.”

— Leo Tolstoy

5. Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever – only, nothing is eternal. — Audre Lorde

6. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

7. We must love one another or die. — W. H. Auden

8. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
— Lao Tzu

9. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
— Lucille Ball

10. Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense — E.E. Cummings

11. To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.

— T. Tolis

12. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. — Robert A. Heinlein

13. Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. —Andre Breton

14.The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in— Morrie Schwartz

15. It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death. — Eleanor Roosevelt

16. Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear. — John Lennon

17. Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (The New Jerusalem Bible)

18. Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. — Ann Landers

19. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. — Rumi

20. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

21. You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear — Oscar Wilde

22. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. — Oscar Wilde

23. Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else. — Alphonse Karr

24. Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time.
— Haruki Murakami

25. The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that. — Woody Allen

26. If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. — A. A. Milne

27. Love can make even nice people do awful things. — Jude Deveraux

28. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. — Maya Angelou

29. When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. — When Harry Met Sally

30. You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. — Dr. Seuss

31. Love is the one thing in life that makes everything worthwhile. — Carrie Ann Inaba

32. Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. — Khalil Gibran

33. Love is unpredictable and it’s frustrating and it’s tragic and it’s beautiful. And even though there’s no way to feel like I’m an expert at it, it’s worth writing songs about—more than anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life. — Taylor Swift

34. You can’t put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories.
— Melanie Clark

35. Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
— Peter Ustinov

36. To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
— David Viscott

37. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

38. Love is more than just a feeling: it’s a process requiring continual attention. Loving well takes laughter, loyalty, and wanting more to be able to say, ‘I understand’ than to hear, ‘You’re right.’ — Molleen Matsumura

39. There is no remedy for love but to love more. — Henry David Thoreau

40. Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused. ― Paulo Coelho

41. Where there is great love, there are always miracles. ― Willa Cather

42.If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were. — Khalil Gibran

43. Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. — Karl Menninger

44. The love we give away is the only love we keep. — Elbert Hubbard

45. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. — Martin Luther King Jr.

46. When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most. — (Unknown)

47. To love unconditionally requires no contracts, bargains, or agreements. Love exists in the moment-to-moment flux of life. — Marion Woodman

48. Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. — Howard Washington Thurman

49. I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone. — J.R.R. Tolkien

50. I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow. — Leo Christopher

Enjoy your day… (1 smile from me)

JUST LIVE!

JUST LIVE…

When I’m afraid to say or do something that I feel is important to me, and which may benefit me and others, I ask myself “Of What Importance Is It If You Keep It And Take It To The Grave?”

Somebody may not agree with what you have to say, or what you have to offer or do, but we don’t have to look at it at just today. Many People are yet to be born. Maybe they are the ones that would benefit most from some of these efforts. Let’s do it at least for their sake.

Most of the things we are enjoying today were not accepted at their initial stage, yet others have had to overcome so many difficulties, to ensure that we have them today.

So do whatever good you have to do while you still have the chance. How many people in today’s world, would be lucky enough to travel successfully across two centuries? We all have limited time on this earth and every second that passes, is gone forever, yeah, every passing second is like “One Second Older and not One Second Younger.”

Live, Live and Live until Life finally Leaves.

Have a beautiful weekend!