A Dunia Magazine article
by Anze Mofor
If you feed your mind with negative thoughts, you will harvest negative results; if you feed it with positive thoughts, you will harvest positive results. There is no way you can plant apple seeds and harvest orange fruits. However, if you plant apple seeds and water them with salty water, they will die. If you water with fresh water and allow them to have enough sunlight, they will grow healthy and bear healthy fruits.
“Everything you are and have, everything you will be and achieve, starts and ends with your mind,” Anze
Just like our bodies need food, our minds need their own kind of nutrients in the form of “THOUGHTS”.
Never too late
I want to share a story about my mother, how she was able to turn her life around; after 18 years of marriage, she went back to school and was able to do what many said was impossible. She is now a role model to many and has inspired several women to become creative, innovative, educated and fulfilled just by changing the way they think.
One of the many challenges in my mother’s life was a lack of education. My mother was raised in a village known as Awing in Cameroon, on the West Coast of Africa, where education during those days was as rare as water in the desert. She married my father who was in the military and lived in the city— it was an arranged marriage.
My father being the only bread winner at the time, played his role as a good husband unflinchingly, although they encountered several challenges. In the city, my mother had a lot to learn; after all, her life in the village before marriage had mostly centered around walking 10 to 20 mile distances to and from the farm, in a community with just one poorly equipped hospital and few locally run schools; she wasn’t familiar with electricity, pipe-born water, cars, and the other “amenities" in the city.
My mother however embraced her new life and was determined to be the best wife, to integrate herself into the city routine especially by taking advantage of the available opportunities to gain an education which she had never had — while maintaining her strong “country” or traditional values to achieve what she thought was just a dream before she’d left the village.
Despite numerous challenges and obstacles, 18 years and 8 children later, my mother was able to earn a “First School Leaving Certificate” (A GED equivalent) … continue reading …