LIVING WITH SOPHIA…i.e. insight
Sophia is a Greek word which means wisdom, broad and full of knowledge; used of the knowledge of very diverse matter. Its either you live with Sophia or phobia. Fear is like a monster knocking at your; that makes you trembling at night thinking there is a ghost somewhere, the moment you try to open the door, all you will discover is that the monster is gone. Fear is nothing; it’s a belief, don’t be a worshipper of it. Having an insight about something can help you overcome the fear or threat about it. The word Sophia can be use as antidotes against phobia. You will have to agree with me that COURAGE is not to be afraid on the long run but to keep moving into the distance no matter what it takes. To be afraid of failure is not good enough but to be afraid of remaining stagnant for a long period of time.
It is good that you face challenges while on the run but if you are a hero, you need to be courageous. I discovered that there are many hidden talents within nations in Africa and foreigners in nationwide. And this is one aspect why i am out to enhance encourage and promote you to your next race of time.
There is nothing like quick success but to begin with a gradual process with loyalty. Then you will reach the top some days.
Honesty is the root of all success in life and sincerity is the bridge to life harmony.
I used to be a patronage of ‘phobia’ before I got clue about the word Sophia. It support the cliché the eagles eyes; insight! Like I earlier said, people with an eagles eyes are those with vision; they don’t give a no for an answer. Don’t conclude yet that all is well, don’t let good enough be good enough. Aim for a better thing, aim higher. You cannot afford to be a sideliner; they are people who sit on the fence; they are not on the pitch of the game, they can only watch what’s going on but they have no insight as to the game; what they have is just a guess or history. They are the supporters club who blow trumpet, make noises, encourage, and discourage. They are there to celebrate you when you do it right, they are also there to condemn you when you do it wrong; your reward goes to you not them. So get inspired and be focus.
If everything is smooth sailing right from the beginning, we cannot become people of substance and character. By surmounting paining setbacks and obstacles, we can create a brilliant history of triumph that will shine forever. That is what makes life so exciting and enjoyable. In any field of endeavor, those who overcome hardships and grow as human beings are advancing towards success and victory in life.
You only live once, and life is tragically short. It’s easy to look at people who are happy and assume they don’t understand your pain. The older you get, the more you realize that happiness takes work. People who smile in public have been through every bit as much as people who cry, frown, scream, etc. they just have the courage and strength to smile through it anyway. “The fear of death follows from the fear of live. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”-Mark Twain
So how do you ensure you are living life to the fullest? Here are some tips to help you out, even if you will have to get the full story in the next episode:
Decide what’s important to you. It doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t do what you think people want you to do. Your parents, friends, community, and society in general all have their opinions, but at the end of the day, you are the only person who will be around for every moment of your life. Do what makes you happy. Everything else will fall into place. Maj. Lauren Edwards led more than 150 Marines and several vehicles in defensive maneuvers during the invasion of Iraq. She can run a perfect male physical fitness test, which includes running three miles in 18 minutes, doing 20 pull-ups and 100 sit-ups in two minutes, a feat even male find it incredibly difficult to do. It is because she decides what important in her life is.
- Don’t make your decision in anger try to inquire into your vision. Let me just share with you a story by Nyanaponika Thera. “Once there lives a demon that had a peculiar diet: he feed on the anger of others. And as he his feeding ground was the human world, there was no lack of food for him. He found it quite easy to provoke a family quarrel, or national and racial hatred. Even to stir up a war was not very difficult for him. And whenever he succeeded in causing a war, he could probably gorge himself without much further effort; because once a war starts, hate multiplies by its own momentum and affects even normally friendly people. So the demon’s food supply became so rich that he sometimes had to restrain himself from over-eating, being content with nibbling just a piece of resentment found close-by.
But as it often happens with successful people, he became rather over bearing and one
Day when feeling bored he taught: ‘shouldn’t I try with the gods?’ on reflection he chose the heaven of the thirty-three deities, ruled by sakka, lord of gods. He knew that only a few of these gods had entirely eliminated the fetters of ill-will and aversion, though very were far above petty and selfish quarrels, so by magic power he transferred himself to that heavenly realm and was lucky enough to come at a time when sakka the divine king was absent. There was none in the large audience hall and without much ado the demons seated himself on sakka’s empty throne, waiting quietly for things to happen, which he hoped will bring him a good feed. Soon some of the gods came to the hall and first they could hardly believe there own divine eyes when they saw that ugly demon sitting on the throne, squat and grinning. Having recover from there shock, they started to shout and lament: ‘oh you ugly demon, how can you dare to sit on the throne of our lord? What utter cheekiness! What a crime! You should be thrown headlong into the hell and straight into a boiling cauldron! You should be quartered alive! Be gone! Be gone!’
But while the gods were growing angrier, the demon was quite pleased because from moment to moment he grew in size, in strength and in power. The anger he absorbed into his system started to ooze from his body as a smoky-red- glowing mist. This evil aura kept the gods at a distance and their radiance was dimmed.
Suddenly a bright glow appeared at the other end of the hall and it grew into a dazzling light from which sakka emerged, the king of gods. He who had firmly the indefectible stream that leads nibbana-wards, was un-shaken by what he saw. The smote-screen created by the gods’ anger parted when he slowly and politely approached the un-super of his stone. ‘Welcome, friend! Please remain seated. I can take another chair. May I offer you drink of hospitality? Our Amrita is not bad this year. Or do you prefer a stronger brew, the Vedic soma?’
While sakka spoke these friendly words, the demon rapidly shrank to a dimmutive size and finally disappeared, trailing behind a whiff of malodorous smoke which likewise soon dissolved.”
The gist of this story back to the discourse of Sophia, should be noted that our world looks as if hordes of anger-eating demon were haunting it and were kept well nourished by million slaving for them all over the earth. Should you continue your decision making in anger and dislocate the good result? You can’t take a wrong decision in life and expect to live in a realm of glory. People with Sophia are those who can look at fear in the eyes. Courage does not mean absent of fear but the desire and strength to conquer your fear. Till we meet again, stay blessed.