5 Life Lessons Many People Learn Too Late
By Job Lazarus Okello • November 3, 2017
A Tribute to Namugenyi Sharon, the Wondrous Girl
A couple of weeks ago I received a very powerful message from one of my numerous followers on social media. Sharon Namugenyi sent me a heart-melting message that immediately grabbed my attention upon reading it. It read in part “Your inspirational messages gave me strength when I was weak.”
The opening paragraph of her emotionally-driven message went on to say, “I just wanted to thank you for giving me hope and strength. As I was fighting failure and purposelessness over the past year, I read your life-transforming and soul-awakening articles on your Facebook page “Get Inspired by Job Lazarus Okello Sr). Your mighty words of wisdom kept my spirit high. They came at a time when I needed them most. I just realized that I was creating my own chances of failure by believing that I was a failure. And I want to assure you that my feeling of failure is in complete remission and based on what I learnt from you, I have positioned myself to succeed in life and live the purposes for which I was created…” Incredible! Talk about a brave girl and an inspiring turn of events and this girl instantly comes to my mind. And then she wrapped up her message with this exhilarating paragraph: “I’m just so grateful I get to use what you’ve taught me in my second chance at life. And I really thank God that I have such a wondrous motivational person in my life. You have really given me hope when I was in despair; when life had lost meaning to me. Your message of hope gave me countless reasons to change my life and live my purposes. Surely words can’t thank you enough. Please accept my humble appreciation Job Lazarus, the most thrilling motivational person I have ever encountered. I long for the day I will meet you and hear directly from your sanctified mouth. I pray that the day comes sooner than I expect. I strongly believe it will. Long Live Lazarus to inspire the world- which is undoubtedly what you were created for.”
Above all else, her power-packed message reminded me that too many of us wait too long to live our best lives. We keep putting everything off until tomorrow. Then, before we know it, we find ourselves asking, “How did it get so late so soon?” Don’t let this be you. Like Sharon, make today the beginning of your second chance at life. Take time to figure yourself out-get to know yourself in an increasing way. Study yourself and do a lot of self-analysis and evaluation. Without proper knowledge of yourself, you can’t really position yourself to succeed and become what you wanna become since if you don’t know who you are, then you can’t equally know what you need in life. You therefore easily go for what doesn’t add value to your precious life. You could end up wasting your life unknowingly. Take time to realize what you want and need. Take time to take risks. Take time to love, laugh, learn, forgive etc. Surely life is shorter than it often seems.
Here are five important things you need to know and act upon them before it’s too late:
1. This moment is your life.
Your life is not between the moments of your birth and death. Your life is between now and your next breath. The present – the here and now – is all the life you ever get. So live each moment in full, in kindness and peace, without fear and regret. And do the best you can with what you have in this moment; because that is all you can ever expect of anyone, including yourself.
2. A lifetime isn’t very long.
This is your life, and you’ve got to fight for it. Fight for what’s right. Fight for what you believe in. Fight for what’s important to you-what adds value to your life, what makes you a better person. Fight for the people you love, and never forget to tell them how much they mean to you. Realize that right now you’re lucky because you still have a chance. So stop for a moment and think. Whatever you still need to do, start doing it today; don’t procrastinate. There are only so many tomorrows. Every moment that passes you will never get it back. Therefore make the best use of it.
3. The sacrifices you make today will pay dividends in the future.
When it comes to working hard to achieve a dream – earning a degree, building a business, or any other personal achievement that takes time and commitment – one thing you have to ask yourself is: “Am I willing to live a few years of my life like many people won’t, so I can spend the rest of my life like many people can’t?”
4. You are your most important relationship.
Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval. You must first have a healthy relationship with yourself before you can have a healthy relationship with others. You have to feel worthwhile and acceptable in your own eyes, so that you’ll be able to look confidently into the eyes of the people around you and connect with them.
5. Behind every beautiful life, there has been some kind of pain.
You trip and you fall, you make mistakes and you fail, but you stand strong through it all – you live and you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You've been wounded, not defeated. Think of what a priceless gift it is to grow through these experiences – to breathe, to think, to struggle, and to overcome challenges in the pursuit of the things you love. Yes, sometimes you will encounter heartache along the way, but that’s a small price to pay for immeasurable moments of love and joy. Which is why you must keep stepping forward even when it hurts, because you know the inner strength that has carried you this far can carry you the rest of the way. And of course, if you're struggling with any of these points, know that you are not alone. A lot of people the world over are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and live a life free of headaches and heartache. You can always do better.
Now I wrote this amazing article purposely to eulogize this prodigious girl Sharon who, from the bottom of her heart, appreciated me for my inspirational writings. It’s really nice to be appreciated in life for what you have done; that spurs great joy in your life. Dear Sharon, it’s the honor of my life to know you have learnt and are still willing to learn a lot from me. I wanna say your message was the best I have ever received in my life as a motivational writer and speaker. Not even a single letter from your message will ever vanish from my precious mind. I am certainly proud of you. I challenge you to continue improving yourself every day. Get to know yourself more and more. And go for only what adds value to your life. You are a girl of wonders, with unlimited potential; born to positively transform the world. Live the purposes for which you were created. Thanks a lot precious Sharon, the great girl. Truly you are one of a kind! I treasure you so much.
About the author:
Job Lazarus Okello Sr is a sensational motivational speaker and author, born in Uganda in the strikingly beautiful district of Gulu to Florence Auma and John Ongom. He reflects a varied personality including ambition and the qualities of inspiration, generosity and thoughtfulness. He is also a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly calm. He is the founder and C.E.O of Inspire the world international, an organization dedicated to transforming the world through inspiring lives. He attends Christian Missionary Fellowship International (CMFI), Kampala, the church that pours spiritual wisdom into his precious life. Currently (2017), he is a full-time student pursuing Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest University and the prime academic institution in the country.
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