Be Inspired, Always show gratitude

One day, a very wealthy man was walking on the road. Along the way, he saw a beggar on the sidewalk. The rich man looks kindly on the beggar & asked, “How did you become a beggar?” The beggar said, “Sir, I’ve been applying for a job for a year now but haven’t found any. You look like a rich man. Sir, if you’ll give me a job, I’ll stop begging The rich man smiled & said, “I want to help you. But I won’t give you a job. I’ll do something better. I want you to be my business partner. Let’s start a business together.” The beggar blinked hard. He didn’t understand what the older man was saying. “What do you mean, Sir?” “I own a rice plantation. You could sell my rice in the market. I’ll provide you the sacks of rice. I’ll pay the rent for the market stall. I’ll even give you food allowance everyday for the next 30 days. All you have to do is sell my rice. And at the end of the month, as Business Partners, we’ll share in the profits.” Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks. “Oh Sir,” he said, “you’re a gift from Heaven. You’re the answer to my prayers. Thank you , thank you , thank you !” He then paused & said, “Sir, how will we divide the profits? Do I keep 10% & you get the 90%? Do I keep 5% & you get the 95%? I’ll be happy with any arrangement.” The rich man shook his head & chuckled. “No, I want you to give me the 10% & you keep the 90%.”. For a moment, the beggar couldn’t speak. When he tried to speak, it was gibberish. “Uh, gee, uh, wow, I mean, huh?” He couldn’t believe his ears. The deal was too preposterous. The rich man laughed more loudly. He explained, “I don’t need the money, my friend. I’m already wealthy beyond what you can ever imagine. I want you to give me 10% of your profits so you grow in faithfulness & gratitude.”. The beggar knelt down before his benefactor & said, “Yes Sir, I will do as you say. Even now, I’m so grateful for what you’ve done for me!” Each day, the beggar,now dressed a little bit better, operated a store selling rice in the market. He worked very hard. He woke up early in the morning & slept late at night. And sales were brisk, also because the rice was of good quality & after 30 days, the profits were astounding. At the end of the month, as the ex-beggar was counting the money, & liking very much the feeling of money in his hands, an idea grew in his mind. He told himself, “Gee, why should I give 10% to my Business Partner? I didn't see him the whole month! I was the one who was working day & night for this business. I did all this work! I deserve the 100% profits!” A few minutes later, the rich man was knocking on the door to collect his 10% of the profits. The ex-beggar opened the door & said, “ you don’t deserve the 10%. I worked hard for this. I deserve all of it!” And he slammed the door. If you were his Business Partner, how would you feel??? But this is exactly what happens to us. God gave us everything. He gave us life, every single moment, every single breath, every single second. God gave us talents, our ability to talk, to create, to earn money. God gave us our body, our eyes, our ears, our mouth, our hands, our feet, our heart , HE gave us our mind, our imagination, our emotions, our reasoning, our language. God gave us opportunities, some taken some lost. God put us in positions, he gave us all we have to make the wealth. YET we take all of it for granted walking on the earth with pride as if we are self made ? We forget His immeasurable bounties & become ungrateful using the very same blessings He gave us to sin & throw back at Him. The big question is, which of the favours of our Lord would we deny? When will we turn back to Him with gratitude & obedience? God has granted us all the opportunities to always remember Him and pay our tithes, offering, alms and first fruit.

PLAN 'A' ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH

Life indeed is a scam!

😩😬🤥, 'scream blue murder' by some people.

Noo!, you got it the wrong way all this while.

'Many a person gets what they deserve, while some deserve what they get.'You just deserve what you get daily,who you are, and the personality you're longing for. Cut expectations and smile more. Invest in a sure positive outcome more and others less. Make decisions circumspectly, or decisions will make you circumnavigating. Always be prepared for the yet to come.

~Nsikan Udofa

Use of punctuation marks

Source_UC News

The social media and its effect on the use of punctuation marks.

 Shall we start with an analogy? Look at these:

a. Let's eat, children.

b. Let's eat children.

 Sentence A is a call to the kids to come eat while sentence B is a call to some person(s) to come eat children.

 a. Mikel Obi, the captain, is here.

b. Mikel Obi, the captain is here.

 In this also, sentence A informs some persons of the presence of Mikel Obi who is the captain while sentence B informs Mikel Obi of the presence of the captain.

 Punctuation marks are to writing what pauses, tone, tune, gaze and gesture are to speaking. All of the misinformation that can be generated by the use of pitch and tone in speaking can be generated by the poor or inappropriate usage of punctuation marks in writing.

 In recent times, the problem with punctuation marks is not so much that we do not know how to use them. It is however the laxity which comes with social media interaction that hinders people's ability to use punctuation marks. Chat is a quasi-conversation which shares features with face-to-face communication and many assume that constant and consistent use of punctuation marks will hinder the spontaneous flow of discussions. Unfortunately, an average person spends a greater time reading and writing on different social media and this has tremendously affected our use of punctuation marks in official writings, hence, the poor performance in writing tasks in schools and workplaces.

 It is essential to use punctuation marks appropriately even in our chats. If for no other reason, remember that you have nothing to lose if you use punctuation marks in chats, in fact it makes you a more proficient user of the language, but you have so much to use if your letter misfires due to the inappropriate use of punctuation mark(s). The rest of this essay will however briefly discuss the major punctuation marks and we will be doing ourselves a whole of good if we apply the knowledge to all forms of writing, chats inclusive.

 FULL STOP(.): It performs the following functions:

1. It is used to mark the end of a sentence: Gani loves to teach.

2. It is used to indicate abbreviations (initials, degrees, tittc) e.g., Feb., Rev., Prof., Ph.D., Bamgbose G.A.

Note: When the first and last letters of a word are used to form abbreviation, one can either put a full stop or omit it: Doctor, Dr or Dr.

Full stop should also not be used for acronyms which are abbreviations for professional, business and governmental organisations: NBA, INEC etc.

 

COMMA (,): It performs the following functions:

 

1. It is used after a formal salutation or complementary close: Dear Sir, Yours faithfully,

 

2. It is used in addresses, dates and figures: 2, Bello Road, July 29, 2015. 46, 000.000

 

3. It is used to separate a cluster of words: the handsome, tall, fair, Nigerian man.

 

4. It is also used to show a short break in a statement: For the first time, actually, surprisingly,

 

5. It is used to separate a direct quotation: 'Don't say a word', screamed his father.

 

6. It is used to separate names of business partners, degrees and other qualifications: Bamgbose G.A., B.Ed (LASU), M A (Ibadan).

 

7. It separates words that are used in apposition(possible replacements) to nouns: Vincent Enyeama, the Nigerian goalkeeper, is diligent.

 

Colon (:):The colon performs the following functions:

 

1. It is used after a speaker's name in a dialogue, especially in a written play. Lakunle: A very good morning to you sir!

 

2. It is used to introduce formal listing. I found the following in the bag: her wallet, passport, a bunch of keys and some cash.

 

3. It is used to introduce a formal quotation. According to Fakoya (2008): 'The only variety of English available to Nigerians is Nigerian English.'

 

4. The colon is used to separate chapters from verses in biblical references. John 3:16.

 

5. To indicate time. 9:25am.

 

6. It is also used to separate a title and a subtitle of a book.6. It is also used to separate a title and a subtitle of a book. Everyday English: A compilation of Common Errors.

 

Semicolon (;): The semicolon performs the following functions:

 

1. Use a semicolon in place of a period to separate sentences where the conjunction has been left out: Call me tomorrow; I will give you my answer then.

 

2. Use the semicolon to separate units of a series when one or more of the units contain commas: This conference has people who have come from Boise, Idaho; Los Angeles, California; and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

3. Use the semicolon between two sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction when one or more commas appear in the first sentence: If she can, she will attempt that feat; and if her husband is able, he will be there to see her.

HYPHEN (-): The hyphen performs the following functions:

 

1. When two or more nouns are used as adjectives, a hyphen is sometimes used to link all the nouns: A three-man committee. However, to check whether a compound noun is two words, one word, or hyphenated, you may need to look it up in the dictionary. If you cannot find the word in the dictionary, treat the noun as separate words. Here are the three forms discussed: eyewitness (one word compound), eye shadow(two word compound), eye-opener (hyphenated compound). Again, phrases that have verb, noun and adjective forms should appear as separate words when used as verbs and as one word when used as nouns or adjectives: The engine will BREAK DOWN. We suffered a BREAKDOWN in communication.

 

2. The hyphen joins some prefixes to the main words: co-education, anti-climax

 

3. It is used to split a word at the end of a line such that the part that cannot be contained is taken to the next line. It is important to break a word at the edge of a line on a syllable and not just in between a syllable: accommo-dation (right) intimidat-ion (wrong)

 

4. A hyphen is also used between compound numbers from twenty-one to ninety-nine.

 

Dash(__): This is often mistaken for a hyphen. The hyphen and the dash are not the same. The dash is longer than the hyphen and they perform different functions. Here are the functions of dash:

 

1. It is used to introduce a list: The group of companies is into so many things__ housing, furniture, cosmetics and farming.

 

2. It is also used to mark a break or an additional information in a speaker's line of thought: My brother-in-law__ the proprietor of Tendermate School at Oyedeji __believes in giving out quality.

 

3. It is also introduced before a repeated word: The University of Ibadan~ the first and the best university in Nigeria~ was founded in 1948.

 

Quotation Marks or Inverted commas( ' ' or ” “) – The single quotation marks is British-oriented while the double is associated with the Americans. However both are allowed provided one is consistent.

 

The following are the functions of the inverted commas:

 

1. It is used to mark or indicate a quotation: Achebe once said, ' Proverbs are the oil with which words are eaten.'

 

2. To show words used in special or technical sense, slang, vernacular, etc: So you mean you didn't come with 'kola' for oga and you want to have your way? Note: Kola is either money or any gift in this sense.

 

3. To enclose names of songs, titles of poems, essays, stories, articles, etc.: 

 recent paper is titled 'A critical discourse analysis of the Oyo State gubernatorial debate.'

 

Ellipsis (...): It is used when omitting a word, phrase, line paragraph, or more from a quoted passage. There are many methods for using ellipses. The three-dot method is the simplest and is appropriate for most general works and many scholarly ones. The three- or four-dot method and even more rigorous method used in legal works require fuller explanations that can be found in other reference books.

 

Caret(^): it is used to show that something is missing from a sentence or text. It is used instead of having to cancel or cross an entire line or sentence because of a single omission.

 

Write well.

Nsikanabasi Pius Udofa

Disappointments and expectations

In order to recognize disappointment, we need to understand its origin. When our “expectations” are not met disappointmentcan and will occur. Reasons for your disappointment may reside in your failure to meet a goal, or, failure of someone else to meet the expectation you placed upon them. Either way, disappointment has nothing to do with you being in a good or a bad situation since it’s all a matter of perception.

 A prime example of self-disappointment is setting a salary goal of $5,000 per month upon graduating college and only receiving a $3,000 offer. The other example might be placing the salary “expectation” of $5,000 on the employer, only to be disappointed with their offer of $3,000. Either way the effect is the same; expectations were not met. It is simply a matter of perception where the disappointment comes from.

 

Should we lower our expectations?

Of course we shouldn’t lower our expectations, many of us start to change the way we think, from being an optimist to being a pessimist, in order to circumvent disappointment. This is a colossal mistake because it’s not a solution; it’s just an avoidance technique. Adequately dealing with disappointment is a combination of learning to have a positive way of thinking (optimism) while having a backup plan in the event your expectations don’t come full circle.

 

Disappointment and depression

In chronic instances of disappointment, the final step may be depression. Some people are better psychologically equipped to deal with disappointment while in others depression may overtake them. Being able to deal with disappointment is a particularly important step in the prevention of depression and in circumventing false beliefs about you, such as, "there is no hope for me" or "nothing ever works for me".

 

Dealing with disappointment

Below are a number of causes of disappointment and appropriate actions to cope with it.

 

● Overconfidence: Many people often become disappointed as a result of being overconfident. After all, you might not be weak but you expect a lot from yourself and that’s why you became disappointed when you didn’t receive what was expected. If you recognize this person, then understand that the champions in life are people who are balanced in life. Such people realize they might not always end up in the winner’s circle, and are able to manage the inevitable losses. 

 

● Backup plans: Have in mind a backup plan in the event things don’t go according to plan, not only will this make you more secure, but it will also keep you from becoming disappointed should something unexpected happen.

 

● Perfectionist: People who live in their own imaginary world are often perfectionists. They believe that life is perfect and that they should also be perfect. The problem with this kind of person is that they are disappointed easily when things don’t go according to plan (expectation), but the dangerous problem is they become angry if they receive a score of less then 100. If you’re a perfectionist it’s time to live in the real world and forget about your misconception of a perfect world.

 

● Having false ideas about failure: One of the main cause of disappointment is a false idea or premise about failure. Failure is only feedback telling you that you should change your way, be more flexible or try harder. 

 

Remember what Thomas Alva Edison once said about failure… “I have not failed. I’ve just found 1,000 ways that won’t work.” 

 

“Almost anyone who succeeded in anything failed dozens if not hundreds of times before reaching success. Understand that if you’re serious about success, then failure should be viewed as a map guiding you to the appropriate end result. The road to success may be scattered with failures, but in the end your dreams will come true.

 

● Unrealistic goals: I’m not suggesting that you change your expectations and become a pessimist; I’m advocating you set realistic goals that can be achieved in reality. If you set unrealistic goals such as making a million a day may not be possibly met.

I have a cause to thank him.

LORD THANK YOU!

All glory to God.

Aftermath of my birthday😂😂😂,my photographer arrived yet late.

THE CELEBRANT'S SPEECH

Who made the day?and who has the day?

Ladies and gentle men, Thank you all for your good-wishes. I'm grateful beyond words expression. With reverence to God Almighty, I thank Him for giving me yet another day of significance as this. Despite my mistakes and errors, misdemeanors and conceitedness, unwitting and incautious manners. You've never for once swayed Your unparalleled love and affections from me. You've never remained unruffled in my difficulty days. I can't thank you enough, not even to my own feeling of satisfaction. You've always been and always will be the leading and complement of me. Neither the shakes of life nor my attainment of success can shake me away from your grace.

   Many a person is born into this world. Some people never lived till this moment even at the moment,alot of people are dying by different ways and causes; Euthanasia? Homicide? Patricide?regicide? Just name it and I'll add the 'CIDEs', suffocation? Starvation? Carelessness? Wars ? Preplanned attacks ? There are just numerous to call, but by dint of His grace, I've(we've) not been denied of my (our) rights to living , not even a subject to torture,prejudice or discrimination.

   Another journey but life-contest beginning has just been recorded today. Although, there will be obstacles, temptations, tests,confusions, befuddles,powder kegs,consorts of doubts and trusts, mixture of ingenuous and folly attitudes, being at loggerheads with familiar and unfamiliar challenges both welcomed and unwelcomed, I shall prevail over them. Even as I'm buckled under by Environmental factors of influences, I stand my stance of taking the back seat in frivolous activities of which doesn't channel my concerns and energy into resourcefulness and self-elevation. I have buckled down my energy into eventful, yielding, resourceful and propitious activities of my interests.

   Pro tem, I've not been the best of what my friends and families expect of me. Nonetheless, I'm appreciative to God for my inconspicuous achievements and successes yet, for I know that more historic ones are channelling in precociously. I may have been crestfallen due to unfavourable and unwelcomed challenges, disappointments,downturns,choice-accidents,jeopardy of benign decisions all eclipsed me into social withdrawal and disinterest in certain subjects of formal interests. My jeremiads may not be as yours, for we all are different and unique but for sure, nothing is impossible with God.

Relationship and friendship: Good-humoured and natured friends are the best antidotes in gruesome times to incite the resilience you need to recover from yout set-backs. The catalysts of success are breeds of friends and relationships we keep. Either Heterogeneous/homogeneous catalysis or An Inhibitor/promoter ? Are you a promoter/inhibitor to someone/people ? Is your relationship with other people healthy or suffering ? I must say that I have been very lucky to relate with promoters and homogeneous catalytic people called true,transparent, accommodating and phosphorescent friends who have contributed to my life positively. Even when some of the people I trusted most turned me down, I wasn't perplexed at such by dint of challenges I've learnt to adjust to unfavourable conditions and adapt. 'TOUGH tiMes don't last but TOUGH MeN do'. Everything that happens was meant to happen(either to me or you) and that which is happening is meant to happen that way. Don't aim to gain or earn trust; earthly trust, but rather strive to earn a Heavenly trust and place for it is better to trust others than being trusted to others.

   My orations are always lengthy but I pray never to be a nuisance to the people that care for me,never to be a problem to the people that contribute to solving my own problems,never to be a confusion to others, never to neglect my responsibilities anywhere I may see myself,never to be a lethal dose to my antidotes, never to be a 'let-off' of success, never to make a legacy of contempt in my stories and in others. Lord, I pray You enrich my friends and families, bless them with miracles and breakthroughs,precedented and unprecedented propitious events, good health and wealth In Jesus' Name, Amen.

More wisdom, knowledge and understanding I make request for to be unleashed upon my friends, the phi betta kappa,bluestockings, elites, good-wishers and by extension to the undetermined and bystanders. Be satisfied with what you have. Biblically,Proverbs 30vs 7-9: Two things have I required of thee, deny me them not before I die.Remove far from me (and my friends/loved ones) vanity and lies, give me(us) neither poverty nor riches, feed us with food convenient for us lest we be full and deny thee and say who is the lord?or lest we become poor and steal putting your name to vain. 28vs6:Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness than he that is perverse in his ways though he be rich. Please, don't live a carnal live. Be sober and prayerful. Feel the guilt of your wrong deeds and ask for remittance of sin. Don't wait to be instigated before acting, but rather incite someone directly or indirectly in a positive way, compel someone to achieving something. Be a ladder to someone todaynin any way you can course you can't tell who will donate/sacrifice his/her ladder for you tomorrow. Don't be a matches that is thrown away after lighting, but rather be a spark that snow balls into a conflagration of fire. 'BE A LIGHT THAT LIGHTS OTHER LIGHT(S)'.

   I request to God for an exuberant, favourable, elating, happy,fulfilling, prosperous, exhilarating, augmenting,memorable, rejuvenating, an awesome,a fecund and proliferating year without malignancies in any of our dealings. An extinct to detrimental friends and licentious people in our lives. All these I make request for In Jesus' name , Amen.

   Special thanks to all my numerous but lovely friends and families. I love you all. Abasiama Udofa thanks for everything, you started the day.

   BE RESOURCEFUL,INNOVATIVE, EDUCATIVE, TRANFORMATIVE,EVENTFUL,LIVELY,SOBER,BENEVOLENT AND OF A CHEERFUL HEARTS.

God help us.

Thanks for your time, God bless you.

Udofa, NsikanAbasi Pius

_Minister of inspiration_💜✌

 (Celebrant)

 

US woman delivers baby girl from embryo frozen for 24years

Embryo baby?

American woman has given birth to a healthy baby girl from an embryo that was frozen a quarter century ago, in what hospital officials say may be a world record.

 

The baby, named Emma Wren Gibson, was born November 25, according to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tennessee, which revealed the birth announcement this week.

 

The embryo was conceived by another couple and frozen on October 14, 1992.

 

Tina Gibson, the woman who just gave birth to Emma Wren, was born in 1991, NEDC marketing director Mark Mellinger told AFP on Wednesday.

 

By some measures, that would make the embryo that became Emma Wren only about a year younger than her mother.

 

"We could have been best friends," said Gibson, now 26, in an interview with local television WBIR.

 

Gibson said she wasn't told by doctors until she was pregnant that the embryo had been frozen more than 24 years earlier.

 

"I just stared at them, I was like, what? Are you kidding?"

 

Mellinger said Gibson and her husband selected the embryo based on a profile of genetic characteristics, but was not told how long the embryo had been frozen.

 

Gibson was implanted with three embryos, and only one survived, he added. There remain two more cryopreserved embryos from the same biological parents.

 

The case marks the "longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth," said the NEDC, citing the research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library as a source.

 

However, some experts expressed caution about proclaiming such a record.

 

US companies are not required to report the age of the embryos, just the outcome of the pregnancies, Zaher Merhi, director of IVF research and development at New Hope Fertility Center in New York, told CNN.

 

"Nobody has these records," he said.

 

The previous record-holder was believed to be a baby boy frozen for 20 years, born to a New York woman in 2011.

 

The embryo was stored by the NEDC, a Christian organization that describes itself as "the world's leading comprehensive embryo adoption program," with 686 babies born to date.

 

Its mission is to "protect the lives and dignity of frozen embryos that would not be used by their genetic parents and to help other couples build the families they have longed for via donated embryos."

 

Gibson and her husband were unable to conceive a child on their own, and are thrilled with their new baby.

 

"Emma is such a sweet miracle," said father Benjamin Gibson in a statement.

 

"I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago."

Nigerian conjoined twins separated

 Nigerian conjoined twins delivered at a Lagos hospital on the 8th of May 2017, have undergone a successful surgery in Bangalore, India, according to reports.

Obinna and Amarachi Ugwuoke, who already had two children, were shocked on seeing their twin babies, James and John, shortly after delivery. They’re fused at the stomach. .

They had to be flown to India, where they were successfully separated, after a marathon operation that involved 22 specialists. According to the doctors, the twins can now live independent lives.

 

Trust, Patience or wisdom ?

Xmas is here..

Please, read this.

There lived two men, so fund of each other. Their closeness created a trust but did this trust really last? Read on.

The younger of the two men had a bicycle, a nice one at that. The elder of the two had his' as well but unfortunately, it came a day he couldn't cycle his bicycle to work due to the workability and functionality of the vehicle. The tyre was deflated due to a puncture which penetrated through the bonds of the rubber weakening the forces of attraction thereby reducing the pressure contained in the tube. He, as usual made his way to the younger's home  having a privilege which he never ceased to taking advantage over the younger's bicycle tyre in exchange for his. Even in his absence. He made no good use of the tyre even without the consent of the owner. The younger man on realising the did of his elder didn't raise any alarm for investigation or pressing charges on him. He waited patiently due to the love he has for him to  infallibly make return of his bicycle's tyre after usage or a replacement if spoilt. Days went by, weeks seem countless and months became impatient with his depression due to losses of grabbable opportunities, missed business trips and transactions. About 6months after, the elder made his way to the younger after having accustomed his tyre in his custody. During that period of six months past, he made use of the tyre to his satisfaction greedily. He unwittingly, mismanaged the property thereby carelessly handling and subduing it to unhealthy utilization. The tyre was the best of it brand but due to his rough way of handling things , it suffered pass the previous state.

The elder is a grumpy type, cunning and coy. A self-declined type,egoist,egocentric, misanthropist and lots more. A critic as well. He perches only, a parasite, doesn't attract a mutualism. The younger on the other hand is declining into poverty but still keeps his patience. He wasn't worried at first, but suddenly got miffed as a human. He'd kept to his principles but cross-fading troubles enveloped his interests and enthusiasm. He critically manned his actions for the first time without any arbitrary consideration of affections being thrown into shambles of disguised hatred from love suffering. He's ready to match his actions with words and now needs a witness and mediator before doing anything.

His Achilles's heel seem to overwhelm him once again and now he lost the battle to wrestling with thoughts and rethinking of his preplanned actions. Should he just keep quiet, do nothing? Or pick up the gauntlet and lead the bull by the horns?

Okay!, after a while of pensive thinking he made moves to match his decision by going to the king of the land to lay his complaints.

The unperturbed egoist is in his house still battling with his rusty bicycle, the tyre as well. Consecutively and simultaneously, he'd changed his bicycle tyres two times in a row of 5 days. But yet refuses to make a replacement for the one he took from his friend's. He habitually complains of having no money to the younger friend but behind the scene or after the scene he lives a more comfortable live than the other man. The younger, successfully reaching the king and telling his problems to be shared and solved without prejudice. After his encounter with the king.

Observations,

 *If you were the king what piece/s of advice and actions would you compel him to do?

*If you were the younger man, would you still trust that friend?

Before then, the younger one once left his tyre on the ground deflated to test if he, the elder, would do anything about it but he never showed any concern as they lived together. Even as they both shared things and living in the same apartment, was there any trust and sincerity in the part of the elder?

*What are your views on this?

 

#Nsikan_Udofa

#minister of inspiration💜💜

Xmas Xmas....

#Think in a way it surpasses your born abilities and peoples expectations of you.


With kind regards from the Editor and blog owner/manager,

Udofa,NsikanAbasi Pius
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