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Break Your Silence or Stay Docile Forever

“To choose to write is to reject silence.” -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie​

I have always used the metaphor of dragons and monsters to describe the enemy of creativity and productivity. But I think dragons and monsters are a bit scary and people might not quickly relate to it because they often don’t see dragons and monsters except on the screen. But there’s something that people can relate with which I believe its metaphor fits the description of creativity’s enemy and I call it SILENCE.

We have heard the word more often than not. Because “keep silent or shut up” isn’t far from us. We’ve been hearing it since our childhood and we’re used to it. Silence is the enemy of creativity and productivity.

Silence comes in different forms—it sometimes shows as an authority, as loved ones, and as one’s society. These are the things that mostly dictate or decide how we should live our life. Most times, they lead us to nothing. Even though sometimes, they have good intentions for us but their intentions never create change.

Silence is a shackle, it stifles one’s freedom to express one’s thought or explore one’s creativity. And in order to break this shackle, one must write, create, explore, and imagine. One must struggle against all odds in order to make things happen.

Yes, silence has its good side and I mean a lot of good when it’s necessary but the bad side is so dominant that it has led many of us to become the play-it-safers and fit-ins who follow the norm.

Those who follow the norm never do things that matter. They’re cowered in the proverbial what-if.

What do we do to overcome this enemy? Break it. Remember I told you it’s a shackle and for one to be free, one needs to break the shackle that’s holding one’s back from exploring one’s creativity. Go break your silence. Go make a ruckus. And go make a difference. The world needs you. Go!

-MOAB © 2015

Love

Wish I could see you

But you’re never seen

Wish I could touch you

But the answer is still the same

Wish I could smell you

But you’re hidden

Somewhere unknown

Maybe inside the heart

I don’t know

What I know is

You can only be felt

Because you’re invisible

To define you

Is a mystery

Just like life

But you’re still better

Because you’re eternal

And life is ephemeral

When you enter the heart of a man

You give birth to more invisible children

Compassion, Passion

Empathy, Honesty

Tolerance, Endurance

Courage and Hope

And because of you

Man is whole

For without you

Life is useless

-MOAB © 2015

The Root

You’re never seen

But firm in your hold

You’re ignored

Yet, you produce fruits every day

Both the good and the bad fruits

We walk past you

And never acknowledged you

We chase your fruits

Not knowing that you’re the source

Success is your fruits

Growth is your fruits

Courage is your fruits

Happiness is your fruits

We appreciate your fruits

When they favor us

Poverty is your fruits

Violence is your fruits

Hatred is your fruits

Sorrow is your fruits

We condemn your fruits

When they cause us distress

But we never acknowledged you as the source

And because we ignored you

We never found solution

To our problems

Your fruits are not the problems

But you

Until we go back to you

We will continue to chase your shadows

Because the solution to man’s problems

Lies in you

You’re the solution

Go find the root to your joy and predicament

And your life will never be the same again

Go!

-MOAB © 2015

Make Hay

When the sun is not shining, make hay
When the sun shines, make hay
When it rains, make hay
Even in the haze, make hay
When things seem impossible, make hay
When people scream, “you can’t,” make hay
When the odds are against you, make hay
When fear strikes, make hay
Even in isolation, make hay
When there’s no aid, make hay
When opportunity knocks, make hay
When it doesn’t, make hay
When your internet connection stops working, make hay
When you’re not recognized or applauded for your work, make hay
When and when the world comes to an end, make hay
No matter what circumstances you find yourself, make hay
And make good hay
Because there’s nothing that beats making a difference
So go make hay
Go!
-MOAB © 2015

Leave the Wrong Story

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” –Mo Willems

Many people find it hard to admit that they’re in the wrong story. By wrong story, I mean the people we associate with. Because, after all, we’re all stories in the first place. Our relatives, friends, colleagues, mates, and acquaintances are stories we can’t live without. But, whenever you find yourself in the wrong story, it’s time to call it quit. It’s time to leave and find a story that suits your aspiration.

Believe me, this is the problem that many people struggle with. And most times, they don’t even know that they’re in the wrong story because of the evanescent benefit and pleasure they gain in the story. It takes self-awareness, courage to recognize that one is in the wrong story.

Don’t neglect the signs of the wrong story if you ever see one. I repeat, leave the wrong story. No matter who the person is, if the story is not adding value to your life, leave. Simple as that. Go!
-MOAB © 2015

Travel Changes One’s Worldview

Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick  via Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick via Creative Commons

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
—Mark Twain

The day I stepped outside of my shore (comfort zone) was the day I started seeing things differently. I’ve been to many places, lived, mixed and played with people of different colors, characters, and attitudes. And I’ve learned that people are people, everywhere. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, I find it difficult to quickly judge or condemn people.

Travel has changed my worldview about people in spite of their race, religion or status. I’ve met awesome people and also the opposite. I’ve been loved by people who are not from my race, I’ve been shown generosity by people whose religion is different from mine, and I’ve been embraced by people of higher status.

All this makes my heart melt. That there are beautiful people everywhere. And when these people tell me their stories, I feel connected that I’m home away from home. Yes, we might have different culture, upbringing, and family background, but the bottom line is—we’re all human beings. We all possess virtues and vices inside us.

Travel has eliminated these words from my dictionary, from my life—prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. So, I urge you to travel, get out of your comfort zone, go see other places, and live with other people in order to get rid of these words. Travel to a nearby city or country, go learn a new language, and mix with others. Go live a life free of prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. Go!
-MOAB © 2015

Change

success conceptOne of the things I fear most in life is change. Because it always comes in two possible ways—positive and negative. This always scares me because change is constant and one of the two will surely happen.

Oftentimes I hear husbands say, “Their wives have changed,” and I hear wives say, “Their husbands have changed.” They never expected them to change. It’s a mistake not to accept that change won’t come in one of these two ways. We’re all going to change. Either from negative to positive or from positive to negative.

And this is why I’m afraid. I’m afraid that I might change from positive to negative while hopeful that I might change from negative to positive. In order to achieve positive change, one needs to struggle and wrestle with oneself and other distractions. This is hard work. It doesn’t come easily. It’s everyday thing. The same way negative change is an everyday thing.

Change is a process. It’s scary. And it’s part of us. We won’t grow without change. So if you want positive change in your life, then be ready to pay the price which is—hard-work, consistency, patience, perseverance, and determination.

-MOAB © 2015