SHM WEEKLY WISDOM TITBIT. WEEK 12. CAPACITY TO MEDITATE.

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Creativity does not just happen; it does not stand alone. It begins with a thought process. It is ends with a thought process! All forms of creativity are done in between the two ‘thought modes’. Take an example. The creation of a plastic chair. It does not just happen.
 
There would have been the initial concept stage when what is needed is determined – an elegant chair, made of plastic. Then would have come the design stage, with all that would have gone into it – materials, shape, weight, drawings etc. Only then would the manufacturing stage begin. Once a product is birthed, then the ‘second though mode kicks in – marketing, commercials etc.
 
In effect, capacity to master the ‘thought modes’ ensures successful creativity. So, do you have capacity to meditate, to think things through in an orderly fashion? That is the focus of our wisdom titbit this week.
 
Now, meditation has been defined as continued or extended thought, reflection or contemplation. To meditate on something is to give that thing deep thought, refection, quiet time, brainwork, pondering. Do you have capacity to do that on any particular area of your work or enterprise?
 
If the answer for now is NO, do not despair. There is a way out. And that is by developing the capacity to do just that – think deep, reflect, spend time in quiet contemplation, exercise your brain power, and ponder. It may sound high sounding, but it is really not. Truth is every sound human mind has this capacity at one level or the other.
 
See, before you settle on a meal, for instance, you would have gone through this process; only that you did not recognise it as a meditative process because it usually is a short process. It is the same pattern THAT YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO STRETCH OUT! Simple as that! Only difference is that as each field of endeavour becomes technical, so would the meditative process be.
 
Begin today, set out time just to be alone to think things through. If you know us, you will know we encourage baby steps. Extend the contemplative period as you grow. No shame in jotting things down. No shame in how long it takes! But being already!
 
Now, go ahead and shine this week. You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name. We love you!
 
March 20th 2018. Salvation House/LexConsults Humanae International.
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2018 SHM WISDOM TITBITS. Week 3. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SET ASIDE FOR THINKING?

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To say we live in a fast-paced world is to state the obvious. We indeed live in a ‘microwave’ era, where not only do we live on the fast lane, but we curiously want solutions and results in a way food is made hot in a microwave. Sorry, but a past-paced lifestyle and effective, long lasting results are mutually exclusive!
 
Why?
 
For the same reason it takes about 9 months for a foetus to become a human child! For the same reason it takes a newborn baby time to talk intelligibly, walk, and develop other motor competences to last a life time!
 
So, in this era when we are constantly pressured to be on the move, we need to carve creative time for ourselves. At least for those who want to be in the top 10% of their professions or business endeavours – just to THINK. The quality of your thinking time would determine how far you can see and go in life or any thing you venture! I am yet to see any short-cut to this.
 
If you master the art of deep thoughts, you will discover that: (1) you will not be easily tossed around by the doctrine of men,
(2) your output into any thing you venture will become better refined. Often, the first ideas are not the best ones. It takes devoted thoughts to refine them,
(3) your earning power will increase by the reason that well thought out solutions attract better value.
 
So, be smart, live a life of deep thinking!
 
You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name. We love you!
 
January 16th 2018. Salvation House/LexConsults Humanae International.

2016_Critical Thinking: a sine qua non for Success.

If anyone were to ask all of us this question – “are you intelligent?”, some will be angry, some will be amused, while many more will immediately retort, “yes, what do you think?” The reason for most of the aforementioned reaction would be “well, I can read and write, can’t I?”. Some might even reckon, “I see trends, don’t I?”

My dear friends, the truth of the matter is that intelligence is about more than simply finding out facts or ‘seeing trends’. It’s more about properly analyzing those facts and trends; so that you’re positioned before the fact or trend to know what to do per time!
For example, can you say for a surety that you have an idea of where your personal economy is headed this year? Oh no? Oops, sorry. You see, many had anticipated the current struggles of this economy a long time ago, and are positioned to prosper in the midst of it! 
Another example. Do you have a clue about how that relationship issue currently confronting you will pan out – for you and those around you? 
If anyone of us is honest enough to admit we are not so sure, what are we to do? Increase your intelligence quotient I’d say. But you will be right to ask, “that simple?” Not so simple, I agree. So, you need to learn how to spend quality time in critical analyses of every situation before you venture on anything! You also need to develop personal discipline not to react in a knee-jerk fashion to all you hear, feel and see. Trust me, there is usually more than the naked eye can see, in every situation.
Do not be deceived, or left behind – deep knowledge of things do not just happen. No one is innately wired for it. Not even in Scripture! Because only the deep can call unto the deep. And no human is born that deep. One of the mysteries of the Almighty. 
Unique ideas only come to those whose minds are prepared to (1) grab the enormity of the discovery, and (2) know how to use such information! This unfortunately is the real reason why many of us walk past our miracles everyday! Simple put, critical thinking leads to unparalleled wisdom! Trust me, Solomon in his prime was a deep thinker.
This is an eternal principle, that even God is not immune to! See, it was for nothing that even the Lord Jesus Christ constantly separated Himself from others to meditate! Go back and read what happened after each such recorded separation and meditation. You’d be amazed! It was the reason He had special help from on high so that He could go about doing good, relieving those oppressed of the devil!
The third but oft overlooked key in this wise is the ability to love silence. You will be amazed how many of us hate silence. I am not joking! I met someone who keeps one form of sound or the other blasting around her – at work, at play and even when sleeping! Because she suffered sedate phobia (means fear of silence). She has been delivered now, thank God, and now enjoys a productive life. 
See, because no meaningful work can be done in the cacophony of voices you must learn to separate yourself far from every madding crowd. Hug silent moments with deliberateness. Thinkers of repute love the quiet environment. Unfortunately, many are city people who miss out on the serenity a rural setting affords!
So, do you meditate? How and where do you meditate? How reflective are you? How do you react to facts available at your disposal? Do you try to see beyond the obvious? How well have you been able to do this? What tools do you apply to dig deep? These are critical issues of intelligence that, for most people, have to be learnt. There are principles to these things, and it is your responsibility to find them and apply them. We may be of little help if you wish.
Have a great day, y’all! Go out and prosper, as is your divine lot. We love you.
PS: Test – I deliberately omitted directing your mind to the second key I discussed above. Can you find it? Share it if you did!
© March 2016. Adewale Adeniji/LexConsults/SHM.

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