Humpty Dumpty’s Conundrum

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the kings horses,

and all the kings men

Couldn’t put humpty dumpty together again


It’s ironic how a being so fragile thought it wise to make its dwelling place the peak of a wall whose height from the ground might turn out disastrous after a fall. Is the view above worth risking its live to see? Or is his purpose more important than his life.

Lets scrutinize

Humpty Dumpty, I believe, is an indirect personification of some human beings; we understand the perils our vulnerabilities might expose us to, yet we take the risk of avoiding a fall while sitting on top of a wall. We know how fragile our hearts could become, yet we welcome love knowing our hearts could be broken. We know failure might befall our progress, yet we continue to strive in hope of success. Is life really worth the risk of living? Was there a purpose behind Humpty dumpty’s fall? Or was the fall rather benign?

Regardless our perception, there are subtle extracts of knowledge to learn from. Humpty Dumpty is obviously a fictional character who was originally introduced as a riddle, and as we all know riddles are questions or statements intentionally phrased so as to require ingenuity in ascertaining its answer or meaning.

Here’s my view on Humpty Dumpty’s conundrum.

Let’s assume Humpty Dumpty is a female character suffering from osteopenia (a medical condition in which the bone’s mineral density is lower than normal), she apparently would have a greater risk of sudden and unexpected skeletal fractures. This abnormality makes her a paragon analogous to Humpty Dumpty, being that she is just as vulnerable when exposed to falls from great heights. Let’s call her Lily.

Lily fully understands the gravity and threatening side effects of suffering from osteopenia; she might lose her legs if her fibula fractures, or rather die from craniocerebral trauma (injury to the skull). Yet, out of all dexterities, hobbies and easy occupational fields, she decides to be a professional rock climber, the exact thing that could lead to her demise.

Would you say Lily is unwise to make such precarious decision or is she just an optimistic fellow hoping for the best regardless her shortcomings? From a profound point of view, Lily is courageous. She has decided to transcend the comfortability life throws at her due to her condition, she believes that our goals and passions shouldn’t be limited by what we think we can do or what others expect from us, rather we should learn to fly in the absence of wings.

The same synopsis can be seen in Humpty Dumpty’s story. He understood the fatality his actions might lead to, but he made sure his purpose was achieved before death.

Would you die for your purpose or rather live unachieved?

© Pacesetter Abbey

January 2018

Advertisements

Hurricane Harvey

The enormity of this flood here in Houston reminds me of the great tribulation revealed to John in the book of revelation. It’s beyond all doubt a tip of the iceberg, yet it stands as a defining moment for the prophesied quandaries to come especially to those quantifying “the word” as a bunch of fables and myths. Without the need of going in depth on how unearthly this event seems to be, I hope folks get the disguised messaged masked in this natural disaster.

Some are fortunate not to be affected while others aren’t. Nonetheless, it remains cataclysmic based on the forecast of more rainfall throughout the week. Amazingly, vast amount of people volunteered to provide aid to those in dire need, which has in fact positively affected the city as a whole.

Hurricane Harvey has indeed taken some lives with it, but more lives would have been lost if not for the love shared amongst people without the bias consideration of race, religion, or ethnical background. Times like this are sedative, it makes us look beyond our differences. It steals our comfort (our homes, belongings, etc.) yet brings us together as one. Driving tears and causing pain, at the same time reminding us of how fragile we really are (without God).

Watching people climb rooftops as a means of escaping the engulfing flood was really disheartening. Roads where cars would pass on a normal day has become a sea of boats. The safest place to hide in a home is now a roof instead of a room. Peals of thunder coupled with deafening lightening strikes setting buildings on fire. Helicopters flying around with ropes trying to rescue the few they can. In all entirety, Harvey is devastating.

The subdivision I reside remains unaffected. Thank God for that. But my prayer goes to those victimized by this excruciating dilemma. May God see us all through.

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby

#HurricaneHarvey #Texas #Houston #Harvey #Hurricane

Frenemies

A change in environment, a change in friends, a change in atmosphere, in all entirety can lead to a change in belief, attitude, and character. Acclimatizing into a system of unfamiliar ideologies alters one’s approach to life: way of thinking and doing things. It takes restraint and self-discipline to resist the urge of fitting in into a substandard environment, let alone maintaining one’s precedent beliefs.

Living in a country whose beliefs deviates from my cultural norms has been soothing so far, but the lifestyles inculcated by some of my Nigerian friends is beginning to exceed what I can keep quiet about.

It all starts with the friends we keep. Friends are not just companions, they are people with whom one has a bond of mutual affection; a bad company of them instigates a pathway that steadily and quietly depletes one’s lifestyle. An open enemy is 10times better than a fake friend, they take away from you, change you, ruin you, and then leave you for dead.
Be cautious of the company you keep

“The Righteous should choose their friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Prov 12:26

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby

The World of Today

Sojourning through earth with an impeccable lifestyle is almost an impossibility. The corruptness of the world grows like wild fire, burning through the hearts of innocent men. Today you stand strong, tomorrow you fall.

Can the world be healed of such vehement illness? Can our strength become so stringent that we overcome every temptation in our path? Can sin be eradicated on earth?

The average man hopes for a better morrow, yet acts in opposition to his aspirations. A young lad confesses his sins today, tomorrow he commits another. Children, we say “are the future of tomorrow,” yet they re-live the ways of the past.

Can man ever subdue his lustful desires? Can diligence become a lifestyle without indulging in pleasures? Can satisfaction be derived from perseverance rather than taking shortcuts?

My Hope for the future stays rooted in God’s word. My longing for betterment remains salient. And most importantly, I see a generation of heroes reborn.
The questions is: Will you be a Hero in today’s world?

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
© May 2017

The Essence of Life

We will all fall sometimes in life, “but it’s a lot easier to fall on your end than on your face,” says an old American man 👴 known as “the snow guardian.” He is called this name because he lived in the woods for 40 years, but that’s not the issue here.
 
Falling/failing is not necessarily a part of life, it’s only an unforeseen choice every human is likely to plunge into. But irrespective of how this Choice is made, we can avoid taking the big hits that comes with it. This also requires a different kind of Choice. A choice to see good out of evil, gain out of pain, and life out of strife. My greatest inspirer, said, “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” “What a rhetoric statement!” you might say, but spiritually it makes much sense than realism itself.
 
The world we inhabit is all vanity (according to the book of Ecclesiastes), why then should we be affected by things within it; have we forgotten that we are not of this world, we are strangers here, we are sojourners (or you could say, aliens). Wait, let’s peruse on this for a moment: If the pleasures derived from this world are meaningless, why then should the struggles and pain be meaningful? Let’s not focus on the puny reactions of the world, there are greater things worth pondering on. There is one goal in life, which is, focusing on what really matters, I call it “the priorities of life.” The problem is, most people don’t know what the goal of Life is, that’s why their life is a perfect example of Newton’s third law “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”[Pardon my over use of the word “life”]. Rita Brown, an American activist once said “a life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” Those beautiful words sank deep into my heart, knowing that actions surpasses reactions. We are all sane, meaning we know good from evil, let’s not allow circumstance define the essence of creation, let God define it, through his word.
 
By the way, what is that one goal of life? Is it love, purpose, generosity, service, or is it just everything and more? The answer to this question is presently beyond my knowledge, but there is one thing I surely do know…
 
…Life will never make sense, until you take God’s will as the essence of Life’s creation.
 
-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR WORK AND YOUR JOB

Your job is what you are paid to do, your work is what you were born to do.
Your job is your skill, your work is your gift.
You can be fired from your job, you can’t be fired from your work.
You can retire from your job, you can’t retire from your work.

The innate understanding of your divine responsibility is what gives your life a focused bearing. Your work was created by God, but your job was created by men. What would you rather do: put more effort into growing the seed God has planted into you, or waste your time seeking jobs you weren’t born to do.

Don’t quote me wrong, this doesn’t mean you should hate your professional career, it could be what your were born to do (it could be your work), the purpose of this is that you understand who you are really working for, for God or for Men.
What is your work?

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
[Inspired by Myles Munroe]

Life Began with Strife

[Life… it all began with strife]

A quick look into the past,
the day we took our first breath,
a loud cry! we made,
coupled with feelings of hurt and pain.
Thinking in our little heart… “what a world of strain.”

[Life… with the poking of little knives]

Time flew as age began to grow,
mistakes became a daily blow,
with little flaws often leading to big spanks.
Failure, also a daily routine
while the results of success was seldom seen.

[Life… an epic saga of Love]

The conquest of pain begat gain,
with every fall to the ground a crown was found.
Subtle heights were attained in the crafts of loftiness,
but the challenges came in fuss, muss, and truss.
A life that started in sorrow became a life of mellow.

…it all began with strife,
with the poking of little knives
thankfully, it’s just a saga of love

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby
#TheFridayPoem

Problems are Good!

The full potential of an average man is never brought to light unless he encounters an unexpected form of danger, disappointment, or distress. Scientists would call this the result of an “adrenaline rush,” which is right, but there is actually more to it.

Problems and challenges shouldn’t always be perceived as a counteractive part of life. If God allows evil to persist, such evil will definitely result in good, but sometimes it depends on our level of spiritual understanding. Understanding gives us the innate ability to see the light out of darkness, and of course, the good out of evil.

The negativities of life are meant to align us into discovering  our strengths. A man can never grow strong in his comfort zone, he has to be endangered before he becomes empowered.

-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby

Tick Tock Tick…

Tick Tock Tick..

Time ticks me off guard as I tock in haste
Time says “be quick,” even after reaching my peak
Time is a friend that seldom cares as I spend
Time speeds through the night, as I wake thinking I never slept
Time crawls on a boring day, but quickens on a day of merry
Time, also called “life,” kills without strife
Time is money, but money isn’t time
Time is a friend to the diligent, but an enemy to the slothful
Time is present, and simultaneously, past and future

Tick Tock Tick…
-Pacesetter Abbey
#PsAby #TickTock

The Evil in Good

“The musical harmony that comes from a harp is ‘the invisible,’ while the wooden structure of the harp itself is ‘the visible’ (the body). If the strings from the harp are destroyed, then the harmony is destroyed as well. Just as the soul dies when the body dies.”  -Philosophical Hypothesis

Above is a paraphrased philosophical hypothesis from one of Plato’s dialogues, namely “Phaedo.” This hypothesis simply describes the superiority of the body to the soul (if the body dies, the soul dies). The human body is being compared to the wooden structure of a lyre (harp), and the soul compared to the music 🎶 from the lyre.

With the present level of human knowledge about the transcendental realm, and with the vast numbers transmundane religious beliefs, some self-proclaimed scientists/philosophers still regard this half-baked hypothesis as true. From a profound point of view, Philosophy is an indubitable dangerous field of study, in that it changes and shapes the cultures and beliefs of innocent and ignorant people. Matthew said “they teach as doctrines the precepts of men” [15:9]

Socrates, a sagacious, sane and well mannered philosopher, has indeed journeyed through life in the quest for knowledge (seeking the ultimate truth). But his willingness and desires to do good has led some people to believe in evil, which is obliquely affecting the minds of men in this present age.

People who desire to do good, sometimes do evil unconsciously

-Pacesetter Abbey

People whose faith aren’t strong enough, people without an ordained religion, people that are easily convinced and thereby confused, people with short-sighted bearings… All these kind of people get easily corrupted by teachings fabricated by men, but only few becomes free from the entanglements of falsehood. If a shoal of fish are caught in a net, only a handful jumps out in freedom, the same applies to people corrupted by wrong teachings.

My respect for Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, et al, still stands firm, but the defects and deflects of their teachings can never affect my sanity, neither should it infect yours. Human beings can only give opinions, but the ultimate truth and fact comes from God.

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”

-Pacesetter Abbey

#PsAby