Archive | December 2011

I learned in 2011 – Did you?

Throughout the year 2011 I have learnt many a lesson. Can I articulate them all? Can I tell you exactly at what points that I learnt these lessons? Maybe I can’t do any of these, but I know I have recognized new knowledge from the unique experiences which befell me. To describe the year as challenging would be an understatement. Still, to not describe it as tough would be to say it was a real easy one. One thing is for certain, I don’t intend to lament, nor do I intend to rehash their details.

Certainly, you must have had your share of toughness during 2011. To absorb the blame for the tragedies, hurts and destructions which occurred around and within me is maybe the safest way to look at them. In such a way, I will remind myself to embrace the lessons learnt. Still to attribute the successes, medals, and achievements acquired in 2011 to the Master of my universe is the noblest way I can be thankful for them.
Then I look deeper, I search with spectacles framed from hope, optimism and faith, and I see lessons from the hurts, knowledge gained from experiences, hope within the despair surrounding the unknown and I rejoice in God. Is that easy to do? Nah, it’s not, but I am certain it is the best way for me to embrace the new YES/Attitude with which I am choosing to live each day now.

I have chosen to summarize lessons learnt in 2011 in one seemingly simple, maybe well known verse of scripture, which to my mind captures everything I feel at this time which are currently inexplicable. It is not new, but it has become real, and more meaningful to me, almost more than ever. Hebrews 13:5-6 proclaims: “Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you,’ so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”

So much has occurred; still let it remain chronicled within my memory for the sake of mental journaling. All I will say is God has lived up to His words for me. He has cancelled debts, paid my bills, taught me humility, lifted me from the mire, provided a nest for resting, made real my dreams in double fashion, carried me in times of dark despair, lifted my head when it had been made to bow down and the list goes on. He gives me hope to continue each day.
As in its final moments, 2011 fades, while in many other lands 2012 has protruded its head, I ponder, extend heartfelt gratitude to all of you who made my year what it was; the good which gave me hope, the bad which reminded me of my frailty, the ugly which sought to rid me of my internal composure, and the challenges which caused my heart to quiver in the lonesome darkness of my domain. Today, I am grateful that I am alive, well, and hopeful. Regardless of the losses, I foresee the hand of God holding me up in its palms, and keeping me steady. I see his light pointing me to the cross of my redemption, and I affix my eyeballs on the redemptive Victor Christ Jesus Himself, thus 2012, will be the continuation of a newness that is happening within me. Let God be praised. A Happy and Blessed 2012 to YOU and YOURS in JESUS name. Given any thought to what you learnt in 2011? Does it even matter? Let God Arise…

New Learning Curve!


http://www.answers.com defines a learning curve as: “A graph that depicts rate of learning, especially a graph of progress in the mastery of a skill against the time required for such mastery.” Barron’s Accounting Dictionary (B.A.D.) meanwhile defines a learning curve as: “Chart line representing the efficiencies gained from experience.” Clearly, the concept of a learning curve is extremely quantitative in nature with its borders lodged to various experiences. Since numeric is not quite my forte I will not seek to explore its numerical value too much. I will leave that for my friend Kathy a prolific accountant to do.

Rather, I will seek to explore the concept of this phenomenon on my life at present. As depicted by the B.A.D. the learning curve has applications. Imagine that? It states that, “Applications of the learning curve theory include (1) pricing decisions, based on the estimates of expected costs; (2) requirements for scheduling labor; (3) capital budgeting decisions; and (4) setting incentive wage rates.”

So, here I am thinking of myself as a Product — which is affected by the decisions that I make, of which a price will be paid by me if I fail to estimate their cost. My learning curve has been shockingly juggled, and shriveled, or as we would say in Creole, ‘chiffonay’ to points of great discomfort. I must now seek a numerical equilibrium, which is currently on the edge of minute-based decisions. Lately, each minute seems expensive, heavy, costly and disgustingly demanding. Still I’m here.

So, here I am thinking of myself as a gadget, a tool, an equipment, ingredient, a robot –which requires a level of discipline in an effort to schedule the work cut out for me from here onward. You see with the way my latest minutes are misbehaving, there is need for order in my workspace. My workspace begins in my head, and boy, aren’t these thoughts mischievous? I am over-spent; need repair, retooling, reconfiguration. Jee the numbers are tipping over. Lord Help Me. I’m here still…

Again, here I am thinking I am a project, a program, a scheme, a retreat, a party full of chaos, –which requires clear cut budget control and management. My capital is eroded, I am but bankrupt emotionally, mentally disorganized at least at the moment. I need auditing, need to send these internally generated numbers to the psychological auditor, lest I become socially, and personally over-drafted. There is a thin line between peace and war, hope and despair, joy and sorrow, sanity and insanity. Who on earth is immune? Are you? I know I’m not so I am exploring this latest, bold and necessary to be faced learning curve of mine. Dang..What a necessity. Am I still here? Let me pinch myself! Yes, I’m still here.

So, finally, here I am thinking I am a sales agent, a sales representative, even more here I am thinking I am a firm, an enterprise, a company, an insurance firm with little assurance of anything at the moment. Splef! Ain’t that nice! I offer incentives to my employees, and all they do is refuse the numbers, degrade my plan, and totally send me in a state of dependence.

Still, today I was thanking God that I don’t drink, smoke, nor take unnecessary substances into my physical faculty. What a wreck this firm would be. But alas, how I could do with an attractive, meaningful and worthwhile incentive; – One that would allow me to feel safe, secure, assured, hopeful, and peaceful within a cocoon of healthy networking. Maybe I can awake to a bright reality soon.

But, alas, this learning curve is numerically drowning me, totally harsh on my mental faculty, constantly daggering the drum-like organ within me. Still the learning curve presents me with applications that I must employ. So, I will seek to embrace this new venture, hope for strong revelations of its colorful graph as my life’s experiences plot the points on its curvaceous nature from this time forward. Hopefully, the vagabond-like nature of this learning curve will become more ordered, and or docile; thereby, gaining some clear-cut direction, focus, and goals. Hopefully, I will learn through this new curve once it loses all its twists and insensitive turns. Then, by and by, hopefully the eternal accountant will give me a great audit report at the end of my spending. God help me!
What is your learning curve like? Have you given this some thought lately?

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Great News!

Dear friends and ardent followers of the blog, I thought I would share some brief, but very important news with you.
After having the Ebook version of What’s on Your mind? The Diary of an Esteemed Woman onto the http://www.smashwords.com website for almost three months, a great achievement was made. Though the sales are slowly moving, I am grateful for all the support being recieved as time proceeds.

Importantly, I must tell you that, yesterday 4th December, 2011 the EBook version of my book made it to smashword’s Premium Catalogue Status. This means that it: “…meet(s) certain mechanical requirements for distribution into major online retailers such as Smashwords partners, Barnes & Noble or Apple. Smashwords books that achieve Premium Catalog status receive the greatest possible distribution across Smashwords’ growing distribution network.” -
Yay! Another wonderful growth for the book process.

If you have not yet acquired a copy of the book, this is a perfect time to do so for yourself, and or for someone else, in any style or version that you desire. Isn’t it marvelous to be able to choose how you want to read a book? I am happy to be able to offer different options to people.

Finally, I want to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all who have supported my work thus far.
Your support serves as great motivation for me to continue sharing my heart with you and all.
All Glory and Honor to the Author of our existence, today and Always.
Yours in HIM,
Ceez.

God Always Comes Through!

Have you ever felt like you just can’t move on?
Have you found yourself in a state of stagnation, where you feel like a total failure?
Have you been at a place where you wonder if you will ever really be seen for who you are?
Have you felt stalled, like a big old truck stuck in a muddy road?

Well, I have felt like some of these many a time in my life.
Today, I just realize I need to remind myself, and by extension to remind you, that
God will come through for you.

He has chosen you, so He will carry you through.
Has he chosen you to go through the storm? Probably!
Probably He chose us to be tested like gold in a fiery furnace
for the purpose of our purification, for the better purposes and task
for which He has ordained us.

He always comes through, because He promised never to leave us nor to forsake us!
Remind yourself today, that God’s promises are versed through His words, the Holy Scripture.
In my book “Dairy of an Esteemed Woman” I share the power of the scriptures on my life.
I can only attest to this because I have seen God’s power pull me through, each time I remind
myself of His powerful words.
You have been chosen, that season will be over, and you will be profitable in Christ.
So, hang tightly to His mighty hands, God will always come through for you! WE won’t be a statistic with God.
You have been chosen to be more than that! God will always come through for you! BE blessed today!