a Quote on Reputation

“It takes MANY GOOD DEEDS to build a good reputation, and ONLY ONE BAD ONE to lose it”

– Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

It’s in human nature to forget the very many good deeds you have done in the past but to judge you based on the present mistake. Hmmn!

That simply means, we need to live circumspectly. But then, isn’t it harsh to judge a fellow man based on just his present folly?

a Peep into the Phone book of an Ibo market woman

English: Woman with cigarette and phone

Sometimes, you don’t want to know the names you go by in people’s phone books.

That is to say, you don’t need to hear everything people say behind you, else, you may hurt your own feelings.

 

Check this out. Ibo folk will particularly enjoy this one. It’s the phonebook of an Ibo market woman. Have fun!

Names are saved like this:
1.Charles Garri

2. Ngozi Tomato
3.Ifeoma Abacha
4.Nkechi Oporo
5.Obinna Anu Nchi
6.Tony Afo Anu
7.Mama Obioma Mangala
8.Uche Azu Ndu
9.Tony Beans
10.Obisike Okporoko
11.Nkem Okpa
12.Ndidi Ogiri Okpei Nsukka
13.Felix Kanda
14.Adaora Oso Nsukka
15.Emeka Anu Ewu.
16.Philo Achicha Ede
17.Chioma Ukwa
18. Uchechi Ugba
19. Chekwube Anu Jackie &
20. Uchenna Toro Toro.

 

Watch this short documentary about Ibo People

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Values – those principles that guide behaviour

Values and Virtues
Values and Virtues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you at times wondered why you behave the way you do?

Think about your VALUES . They are most probably the reason(s) why you do what you do or behave the way you do.  Some call it ethical values, others call it moral principles.

What are Values?

VALUES are like filters,  they determine what is acceptable to you or not. whatever comes out of  your mouth or manifests in your behaviour depends on what your values have allowed to pass  or not to pass.

For instance:

If you value Justice — you will not oppress others and you will tend to dislike oppressors

If you value friendship — you’ll be tend to be forgiving

If you value Truth — you will not lie against another and you will not want to associate with people that lie

If you value good health,  you’ll be mindful of what you eat

If you value Peace of mind,  you’d want to stay away from trouble etc

Values  are those principles that guide our actions and inactions. 

The Two Sides of the Number Line: understanding a nagging woman

Why actually would a woman call her husband “useless man” ? Let’s answer this question with a simple illustration.

If a man currently has 5 oranges but owes 14 oranges, how many oranges does he have in effect?  The answer is  -9. That is, he’s still in deficit of 9 oranges if he pays back the 5 he currently has.

That simply means, as long as what he owes outweighs what he pays back, in effect, he is still in deficit. This is a general truth. This is the lesson of the Number Line.

Continue reading “The Two Sides of the Number Line: understanding a nagging woman”

Children: adults of tomorrow

Children
Children (Photo credit: Venkataramesh.Kommoju)

Today’s children are the adults of tomorrow.
The way they’re shaped today matters much.

The family, indisputably, is the bedrock of the society. The bedrock, remember is like a foundation. The word bedrock  also refers to a rock that has formed or hardened.

And you know, it’s not easy to re-shape the rock but it is possible to give it a shape at the early stage of formation.

Today’s children are the adults of tomorrow.
The way they’re shaped today determines to a very large extent, what they’ll become tomorrow.

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn

If a child lives with hostility
he learns to fight

If a child lives with shame
he learns guilt

If a child lives with tolerance
he learns patience

If a child lives with encouragement
he learns confidence

If a child lives with praise
he learns to appreciate

If a child lives with fairness
he learns justice

If a child lives with friendship
he learns to love

It is said, “what is learnt in the cradle lasts to the tomb”.
The home is the first and best place to mold a child. Teach that child the right way to go now!

This funny post will interest you: https://timelessbits.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/smart-kid-jokes/

Nigerians and Fraud: couple jailed in the UK

English: Department for Work and Pensions, Exe...

Increasingly over the years, men have found ways to corrupt things that are otherwise good. Synergy is a positive word but when it is  abused, it can backfire.

A couple Thomas assisted by his partner, Abiola, managed to pocket about £87,000 after submitting almost 2,500 handwritten false claim applications for tax credits and benefits.

According to the story as reported by the DailyMail, Thomas, with Abiola’s help, used stolen personal details to complete these claim forms. When the claims were successful, the pair withdrew cash from acquaintances’ bank accounts or from bogus post office accounts that Thomas, who masterminded the scam, had set up. The report has it that they had claimed £3 million from the Department of Work and Pensions and received £44,000.

How was the fraud uncovered?

The fraud was discovered when benefits staff noticed the same address was being used for multiple claims.
And what does that remind us? The ungoodly man is ensnared by his own mistakes.

What did the couple use the money for?
Twas discovered that the pair spent the money on designer clothing and electrical items including a 50-inch plasma television.

What was the court’s judgement?
Thomas, an illegal immigrant, was jailed for seven years while Abiola, also a Nigerian national with leave to remain in the UK, received two-and-a-half years.
Judge Kennedy also indicated that both Thomas and Abiola should be deported at the end of their prison terms.

The pair, who carried out the scam between January 3, 2007 and October 7, 2011, tried to claim £827,000 from HMRC, securing £43,000.

Meaning they had succeeded for a long time in this “business”.  Anyway, I’m simply reminded of that saying that goes this way: “Every day is for the thief, but one day is for the owner of the house”  

Partner in things that are of good report!

Source: http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/10/01/nigerian-couple-jailed-in-the-uk-for-trying-to-claim-3-8m-benefits-using-1400-identities/

This other article may interest you: https://timelessbits.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/farouk-lawan-femi-otedola-bribery-scandal/

Sympathy for Japan – inspiration from the Tsunami

Photo credit: Google pictures

The March 2011 Japan Tsunami is sympathetic but leaves an inspiring message for humanity

Just suddenly,
All that men laboured for, their joy, their love
Down the drain they’re gone! they’re perished !

By what?
By the sea of waters; the sea had lost its cool

But thot they say “As calm as the sea”. What then happened?
In reflection came this line:

For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead (Rom 1:2)
“Ahaa !” I exclaimed.

Indeed thru the things that’re seen, the unseen is un’stood:

The sea is calm but in the day of its wrath, ships roll ashore like empties
The Almighty is calm, patient & gentle but in the day of His wrath, mountains will melt !
Hmmn!

Watch clip: Documentary on Japan Tsunami

This man died

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Salvation is free. You have no excuse!

It is written:

“For God so loved you & I that He gave His only son, Jesus, a just man, to die instead of us, paying for our sins, so that thru Jesus, we may have access to Him in blissful eternity ~ John 3:16

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts” ~ Rev 21:6

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” ~ Mt 7:7

“That we should be to the praise of His glory ...” ~ Eph 1:12

Jesus died on the cross that you may live . Jesus has paid the debts that you owe.  Ask Him into your heart today and you’ll be glad you did

Read this other complimentary post: https://timelessbits.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/forgiveness/

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