A little after 4 pm on Aug. 14, 2003, a large part of the eastern US and Canada went pitch dark. A massive power blackout had hit the place - a phenomenon that is very rare in this part of the world.
The blackout affected 50 million people across eight US states and the Canadian province of Ontario and electricity in some areas wasn’t restored for up to two days. Of notable impact was the devastation it brought to New York.
However, in the midst of the chaos, uncertainty, panic and demands for explanations, some people found ingenious ways of capitalizing on the situation.
Blackout offers quickly surfaced in restaurants - candle lit dinners and food giveaways for perishable commodities, just to mention a few. In a very rare moment, New York – the city that never sleeps was in pitch darkness and had to sleep.
At the centre of this rare occurrence, some other little detail emerged.
The statue of liberty that is a symbol of American freedom didn’t go off.
Many theories swiftly flooded the airwaves but there is one little fact that many didn’t know. The Statue of Liberty, though stood in New York City, was powered through a grid from Pennsylvania. And because it was powered from another place, it kept shinning at a moment when everyone and everything in its neighbourhood was covered in darkness.
This got me thinking of how many times I notice a few people that keep going and going while everyone around them becomes tired and has quit pursuing life. We all grow weary and once in a while, a prevailing situation or mood can affect our performance especially when it seems common to everyone.
Life has a way of soothing us into mediocrity because majority of people seem to be okay wallowing in less than ideal situations. But just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t make it right and just because no one wants excellence, doesn’t make it unreachable.
To navigate from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm is a mystery that few people master.
To live defying a negatively focused life is overwhelming but absolutely rewarding.
It is not in the absence of challenges that we thrive but the power of life is in understanding how to stand out when life demands that you sit down and keep quiet. You have to find a way to lift up your head!
Find a way to try again, sing again, love again and live again. With every loss and through it all – remember that whatever opposition you face is not to destroy you but to build you up!
Opposition is a sign of your strong position. What is easy to you may not be so for someone else. That is well understood. But people’s challenges should never be used as an excuse to adapt to mediocrity and lower our standards to accommodate less than palatable benchmarks.
Dreams don’t die of natural causes. They are murdered by fear, doubts, laxity and status quo. Stop comparing yourself to others.
The only person you should become better than every day is yourself.
No one else. Be patient. Achieving long-term success takes time. It’s as simple as that.
Know your source and stay connected to your source of power and grace.
Don’t move out of your office, your place of assignment because of challenges that are overwhelmingly surrounding your life. Renew your dream, revisit it and cultivate it. Water it and speak well over it. It is not dead, just overwhelmed by contrary winds.
While life is hitting you with storms and waves, ask yourself a simple question - What’s my anchor? What is it that keeps you from going overboard, stepping beyond the point of no return and makes you not cross the line into detriment and decadence. Whether that anchor is your spouse, your family, your purpose or a strong principle in your life, identify it and strengthen it always.
All of us have a rope that we hold onto to keep us from straying while keeping us zero-grazing within safety and sanity. When push comes to shove, the boy in the man must be kept in check, otherwise what the adult has built, the boy will devour.
Surround yourself with the company of believers. Stand up for yourself - don’t hope, wait or expect others to do it for you. Don’t move out of your office - your place of assignment because of challenges.
Let neither curiosity nor fatigue push you out of your dream or make you fear! What God has prepared for you hasn’t changed. It yet awaits you in your future.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Soon, people will not talk about their dark seasons in life without mentioning the light you shone to them in their night season.
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