The Sunday Mail
Hunt for Greatness
Every village has its stories. The village animal has a lot of stories that they tell. In particular — the owl, the ox, the chicken and the donkey.
You do not have to look far for motivation, just look around you. Choose the frames that you use to look at reality.
We are heading into storms and times of peril. Do not fear and do not lose heart. These are also times of great opportunity and space. As the world changes it goes through a state of agony. Do not despair or lose your head. Keep focused and grounded.
Love the owl
Owls are lovely and intelligent birds. Yet for others they are an evil omen and associated with unpleasant night experiences. What you see in an owl will determine your attitude towards the bird. This is much the same as life. Choose to see the positive and possible. Choose to tap into the power within you.
Owls have binocular vision, night vision and far-sighted vision. They are a model of great leadership and wisdom. In low light they see 30-times better than human vision. They are able to rotate their necks 270 degrees. It is when it is darkest that you must be able to see clearest.
See beyond the mess and focus on the message. See beyond the test and focus on the testimony.
Stop looking at life through the eyes of the scenics and skeptics. There is greatness everywhere. There is opportunity everywhere. When you stop thinking, never think that the whole world has stopped working. Every day is a new day for those that choose to see and not just look. Eyes that look are commonplace but eyes that see are rare.
Owls by their nature are solitary. When they are seen in a group the group is usually small. Because owls are considered to be intelligent and wise, a group of owls is called a parliament or congress. Like an owl learn to do your own thinking and be yourself. See the world through your own eyes and not through the voice of the majority.
Owls have not one, not two, but three eyelids: one is for blinking, one is for sleeping and the other one is for keeping those precious peepers clean. When you can see the future while others are wallowing in negativity you have an unfair advantage. Choose to have the vision of an owl. Blink, sleep but also keep the eyelids clean.
Choose to see deep into the future and be unshakeable. Be focused and visionary. Do not just have one eyelid and never go to sleep like everyone else. Regarding sleep, one old wise king once said: “I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.” (Proverbs 24:30-34).
Sleep yes, but never let your mind go to sleep. Keep hope alive and keep moving. While others complain, blink and go blank, choose to be radically and incurably positive.
While others stare, use your first, second and third eyelids, blink again, get to work and keep moving. See beyond any obstacle and blockage that you face today. While others sleep, like an owl let your big eyes be wide awake and in action, hunting for opportunity. Get busy turning your adversity into your university of greatness.
Respect the donkey
A donkey is a beast of burden. Nothing too attractive but valuable. The donkey can survive on little food and water. They thrive in hard areas. Yet, when trained they are useful animals. Like a donkey thrive wherever you are placed. Do not allow anything to shake you or move you.
Have a stubborn faith and the positivity of donkey. Keep moving forward carrying your load with grace. Stop wallowing in wishful thinking and face the brutal realities of your life. Keep on your path to greatness and do not allow anything to stop you or derail your faith.
When times of scarcity come, stay on course and keep moving. When times of abundance come, keep working on your goals and keep your head. Keep moving and do not stop believing in greatness and possibilities.
Not just oxtail
Love the ox and not just an oxtail meal. An ox is strong, hard and resilient. Pull some weight, keep your trail and keep moving. Success does not happen without effort. Pull your weight and keep moving.
Challenges come. Heavy workloads come. You grow as you tackle challenges and win. Muscles get stronger with exercise.
You do not master anything because it is easy, it gets easy as you make attempts. Keep moving. You may have to team up with others but do not stop moving and pursuing greatness.
Road running chicken
The village chicken does not operate or think like a comfortable broiler, whose only occupation is eating. It does not wait for feed, water or medication. You just let it roam and it hassles.
Do not wait for things to be brought to your mouth, get out and make things happen.
Take the initiative and be proactive. Be like the firefly, that gives out light when it is on the wing.
Whatever problem comes your way can be solved and likely someone has solved it before. Your situation is not unique. This too shall pass, but meanwhile keep your head while others are losing theirs.
Start where you are and work with what you have got.
Where you are today is never a destination, but just a point of departure. Whatever you go through, do not lose your head or let negativity seep into your heart. Whatever challenge your face never ever lose hope or your head.
The obstacles you face today will not be mountains forever. When mountains are confronted with resolute faith they move.
Today’s mountains will soon look like molehills in the future. Your mess of today will soon be your message of hope. What is denting your spirit will be your opportunity to make a dent in the universe.
Let vision inspire you to keep your dreams alive.
Do not think with your feet, think with your head. It is not what you are going through that matters but where you are going to. Keep your head, train your eyes to look ahead, school your mouth to mention what you are becoming and anchor your heart to stay strong.
The story of Helen Keller is fascinating, inspiring and worth noting and emulating. She wrote some of the most moving and motivating words in all time.
Her story is testimony that nothing can kill your spirit unless you permit it. Although she lived through an early personal tragedy, the Great Depression, both World Wars, Helen was a motivator par excellence.
Despite being deaf, dumb and visually impaired she was positive, driven and passionate. She kept her head while others were losing theirs.
She could have been dumped and forgotten by time and people. It had been concluded that she was not cooperative, had tantrums and was supposed to be confined to an institution. She should some who believed in her, Ann Sallivan, her teacher.
Keller decided to rise above her challenges, focusing and using what she had instead of ever complaining about what she did not have. Because she saw the world differently she spoke and did different things. Refuse to be conditioned by the negativity of other people.
Helen Keller’s spirit is exhibited in these words that she left us: “They took away what should have been my eyes, but I remembered Milton’s Paradise. They took away what should have been my ears, Beethoven came and wiped away my tears.
They took away what should have been my tongue, but I talked to God when I was young. He would not let them take away my soul – possessing that, I still possess the whole.” You do not have the luxury to think, talk or reason like a victim.
You do not have the luxury to lose your head because you think life has been unfair. Rise and realise that you still have the whole.
You are able to move forward and do great things. Greatness does not come on a silver platter with plucked roses. You have a part to play. Even if others lose their heads, that is not a license to join those on their way down when you can just shoot up the open skies.
Committed to your greatness.
Milton Kamwendo is a leading international transformational and motivational speaker, author, and a virtual, hybrid and in-person workshop facilitator. He is a cutting-edge strategy, team-building and organisation development facilitator and consultant. His life purpose is to inspire and promote greatness. He can be reached at: [email protected] and His website is: www.miltonkamwendo.com.