Inspired by the #MakeItStop campaign

Truth be told, in my opinion, campaigns to stop women abuse should not exist… AT ALL. There should have never been a reason for them to exist. Unfortunately we (men) have let our women down.

How, as human beings, have we gotten to the point where we have to start mass movements, campaigns and protests to stop what should have never started in the first place? The continued verbal, emotional and physical abuse of women is something that should have never taken place.

As a man, it is in your nature to conquer and destroy, attack the competition and always be the best! But to conquer is not to conquer her mind, but her obstacles. To destroy, is not to destroy her body but destroy her fears. To attack is not to attack her, but to attack all those things that would put her safety in danger. To be the best, is not to be better than her, but be her equal and create an environment where YOU are the best partner for her.

Before you strike her, think about the fact that she is someone’s daughter, she is someone’s mother, and she is someone’s role model. How would you, as a man, feel if someone put hands on your daughter, mother, sister, significant other?

Cherish one of the most precious gifts that men have been given and protect her to the ends of the earth.

These are just MY opinions.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Show Them You’re a Different Kind Of Animal

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Whilst walking the road of life we will often find ourselves facing MANY different challenges ranging from family issues to personal inner conflicts, but perhaps the most frustrating of them all is conflict within us that is inflicted by society and external pressures… From trying to outdo the top achiever at work to trying to prove that you’re deserving of your position in life generally. Out of all of this one thing will always stay relevant and true and that’s the fact that you must always stand… This can be achieved simply by being yourself because no one does you better than YOU!!!  So when they try to frustrate you and keep you down, rise up all the time and SHOW THEM YOU’RE A DIFFERENT KIND OF ANIMAL!!!!!

[Goldberg background courtesy of http://wrestlingmaania.blogspot.com/2010/09/goldbergs-bio.html?m=1%5D

Be Careful

Be careful and weary my friend, for treasures are often discovered at the very end.

Be careful and weary to not push away that one and only true friend.

You see, life and past experience dictates that you put up high walls and defences to protect yourself

Amidst all of that you end up alienating those that always were there and truly had your back

I know you may not see it or realise it now but as the pen is mightier than the sword, words always cut the deepest

So you may one day look back and see that you actually lost something special because you couldn’t get out of your own way and end up wallowing in self pity and regret

So, be careful and weary my friend and do not squander and take your gifts from God for granted

Guard that heart that was meant for you and consider if your words and actions towards them will be heartfelt.

Let yourself be supported and loved.

Olwam

The Game

The Game, funny how life works
Got love for the Game and all its perks
The Game, lethal in its nature but splendidly beautiful
Character building and probably life saving too.

Depending on how you play the game you’ll win
But be careful as the game was built to sell you dreams
The Game, like it or not, it has to be played
You’re happy she left but wished she had stayed

Play the Game but you have to be strong to survive
Sometimes in the Game you get a knock and you take a dive
But character is not judged by how you were when on top
But how you pick yourself up when you take that knock

The Game, where not all is as it seems
Promising luxuries of rich cheese and cream
But the game will hurt and break you through and through
Try to involve your friends but the only person that can help you is: YOU

Olwam

Look Up, Get Up and Don’t Ever Give Up

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This is a part of a speech that I came across recently. It is a speech by NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin, this speech was made during his induction into the hall of fame:

“I doubted I would ever have the chance to stand before you today. So when I returned home, I spoke with Michael and Elijah . I said, That’s how you do it, son. You do it like they did it. Michael asked, he said, Dad, do you ever think we will be there? And I didn’t know how to answer that. And it returned me to that threshing floor. This time I was voiceless, but my heart cried out. God, why must I go through so many peaks and valleys?

I wanted to stand in front of my boys and say, Do it like your dad, like any proud dad would want to. Why must I go through so much?

At that moment a voice came over me and said, Look up, get up, and don’t ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up and don’t ever give up.

Thank you and may God bless you.”

The reason I chose this speech was because of its message: look up, get up and don’t ever give up. This message reinforced three things in my mind and spirit:

1. Look Up

In my 23 years of life I have not always been sure about the existence of a higher power or a devine being but as time went by it became glaringly obvious to me that my life was not a journey that I walked alone, spiritually I was blessed with a guardian that always walked by my side and protected me from harm that came in all forms.

When Michael Irvin said “look up”, I immediately associated that with prayer and asking for assistance or help from the Almighty God.

When times get tough don’t just look down and weep, look up and seek strength.

2. Get Up

As much as God is there to help us through our toughest times and rejoice with us in our happiest, He will not force you to do anything. In my eyes prayer is a plea and a request for opportunity, so when we ask for wealth we do not get money on our laps but we get opportunities to work hard and build that wealth.

So, get up and know that as God is protecting you, Jesus guiding you and the Holy Spirit inspiring you, you have all it takes to get it done within you. So get up and get it done!!

3. Don’t ever give up

Through all of our trials and tribulations there is one thing that we all have in common and that is the fact that we were not born with a spirit of fear, so when times get tough and the situation appears to be rough have no fear and push forward because success lies after the pain! God has equipped you with all that you will ever need to be everything you want to be in life, “talent is God’s gift to you but how you use it is your gift to Him”.

Success will be yours!! You just have to dig deeper and show that it is what you want more than anything.

Never forget that God is the key to everything!

Peace & Love