Monday Miracle: Patience

“It does not matter how slowly you go up, so long as you don’t stop.” ~ Confucius

A seed that is nurtured by a patient gardener yields a bounty of fruit. Steadfastness, faith, understanding, trust, poise, calm are all fruits that derive from patience. Sage wisdom records that patience is a virtue; that is so. When you practice patience, virtues of the seeds of character evolve.

Gardener Gardening

Gardener Gardening (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s buzz world of fast paced instant gratification, a modicum of patience sets the tone for success. Many people fear long suffering and are deceived into thinking that they will be walked on or overlooked when they maintain a serene, patient demeanor. Nothing is farther from the truth- patience and levelheadedness are keys which can unlock vaults to success.

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~

Garden/Allotment

Garden/Allotment (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

When you are persistent and slow to anger, little will distress or upset you or derail you. The garden of life that steadily tills the soil and nurtures the soul cultivates patience. Waiting with hopeful expectation, a connotation of patience is a life force of achievement.

“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.”
~George Jackson

However, do not wait for too long. A sprig does not need years to break through the soil. At some point, you as the master gardener in your life, must examine the soil and the roots of what you have patiently planted.  Pause, look and see if green verdant leaves of growth are present. If not, it is time to diligently and calmly plant different seeds of success. Examine your growth.

Patience, fertilized with character and insight, are gardener’s tools. Grow your garden, plant your progress.  Release all frenzy. Be steady, don’t stop – inspect your roots.

Monday Miracle: Integrity

 

In all that you do, let integrity be your adorning.  Look beyond worldly accoutrements, in spite of the evidence of lawlessness, conscious-free behavior and media adoration of the wild and crazy. Instead, act in the opposite.

Be a person of integrity.  Nice people do often finish first. A recent news story about a homeless man in Atlanta, who searched for the owner of a lost purse at three hotels until she was located, proves this point. His integrity to disavow the criminal label most homeless persons typically find associated with them was rewarded not only by the hotel but others who sought him out to acknowledge his goodness.

Integrity always trumps-in all ways always.  There is another account of a couple who were facing financial hardship when they found a wallet full of money. Instead of keeping the money they found that would have solved their dire circumstances, their consciousness overruled their temporal low cash flow and they turned the wallet in at the police station.  Their reward was a clean conscious.

Mindful integrity, at any time, is fundamental to happiness, peace-of-mind, inner joy. Integrity is the gemstone of all goodness. “Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of — for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” ~Socrates

The magical miracle of integrity is that others recognize and value the trust of your character. Even though it may seem that people around you are not noticing the integrity you exhibit, they notice. Even when you are looked upon as peculiar or when you are even bullied for your integrity, hold steadfast. It matters not the environment or the circumstance, honesty and integrity is your esteem.

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. ~Warren Buffett

Never let go of your integrity. It’s your inner light, never cease letting it shine. Adorn integrity.

Tell others your experience with integrity. Write your story or share the miracle of integrity.

Fantastic Friday: Rolihlahla “Nelson” Mandela

Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993.

Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”                       ~The Honorable Nelson Mandela

President Mandela broke every chain.  In breaking his chains, he always lived free. Prison may have confined him, but the burning core of unity in diversity and the cause of freedom for humankind was his everlasting freedom song.

“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.” ~Rolihlahla Mandela

The summary of his life, the longevity of his struggle, and Mr. Mandela’s compassion ultimately formulated his resolve. Human rights, peaceful struggler, and learned fearless leadership are limited descriptions of this insightful man who defied prison and chains.

Madiba Mandela was a humanitarian. His foundations, including 46664 – his number while at Robben Island – embeds engagement. This indefatigable, renowned world leader engaged the consciousness of nations and individuals to speak and live peace.

Peter Beinart, in a recent article, Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then, reminds the world, especially Americans, that Mr. Mandela struggled, yet stood firm in his clarity that America “was not pure.”  Thus, according to Beinart, “not long ago, in Washington‘s highest circles, he was considered an enemy of the United States. Unless we remember why, we won’t truly honor his legacy. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed Mandela’s African National Congress on America’s official list of “terrorist” groups. In 1985, then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted against a resolution urging that he be released from jail… As late as 2008, the ANC remained on America’s terrorism watch list, thus requiring the 89-year-old Mandela to receive a special waiver from the secretary of State to visit the U.S.”

Never forget.

In spite of his “enemy” status, Nelson Mandela came to America in 1990; I was among one of the cheering crowds who were honored to be in the presence of this humble giant who championed the prize of freedom.  How long, not long could have been his mantra since he knew his freedom, in spite of the oppression of apartheid every day. Not long, but at least 27 years of unjust confinement, never truly imprisoned the spirit of the man.

Freedom and restful peace, Mr. President Mandela

Monday Miracle: Moxie

You’ve got moxie, the ability to succeed.  Power, courage, roots, determination, strength, spirit, creativity – you have all of these traits, and more, embedded in the fiber of your beings. Your DNA is composed of moxie. Actually, you are moxie.

When you think of yourself as moxie, you will climb every obstacle.  You will eliminate your limits. Moxie people find a way out of no way, they never settle with half-finished work. Moxie winners toll and strive and sacrifice until they heave a herculean weight; power moxie believers complete the task.

MOXIE POWER

Up your moxie power.

That is it-moxie people believe.  Most people have short-sighted belief; they earnestly pursue a goal until someone tells them they are “crazy” for even thinking they can play professional basketball when they are only 5’6 inches tall. But, moxie man Charlie Criss ignored naysayers and joined 6’6 giants on the basketball court.  A 28-year-old Criss became, in the words of Sports Illustrated, “the NBA’s smallest player and oldest rookie” when he joined the Atlanta Hawks as guard.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson still has plenty of moxie. Author Michelle Y. Green, in her book, A Strong Right Arm, tells the courageous story of the first African American female baseball player. In a tribute to her, the National Baseball Hall of Fame writer Emily Voss says, “In the late 1940s, she wanted to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and assumed that because Jackie Robinson had broken barriers in the major leagues, the AAGPBL would welcome black players too. The AAGPBL refused to let her try out, but Johnson came away more determined than ever to play ball.”

Moxie Matthew Webb became the first to make the crossing without the aid of artificial buoyancy. His first attempt ended in failure, but on August 25, 1875, he started from Admiralty Pier in Dover and made the crossing in 21 hours and 45 minutes, despite challenging tides (which delayed him for 5 hours) and a jellyfish sting.

Zhang Xin, this young moxie woman was a former factory worker,  Zhang is CEO of Beijing’s largest commercial real estate developer, regularly featured on lists like Forbes magazine’s “World’s Most Powerful Women” and “Top Ten Billionaire Women We Admire” is renowned for her commitment to justice, equality and ethical business.

CNN Hero of the Year for 2013, Chad Pregracke, has the moxie to clean rivers and waterways of debris. After removing over 67,000 tires from rivers, he says find a cause, take action. Be moxie.

Moxie believers are unstoppable.  They all evince power, courage, determination, strength, spirit, creativity. Therefore, heritage, ethnicity, gender, intellect, age, education, health, wealth, weight, environment or any perceived obstacle can never be a success barrier – moxie prevails.

Self-belief can stand alone.

You’ve got moxie-you are moxie. Never stop.