Master Chess Players

Life is like chess. To win at it, one must learn its principles and put them into practice.

Robert Gwaze

Do you know how to make like a master chess player and make a move so good it forces your enemy to taste the flavour of defeat? 

Chess masters are well-known for having the godlike powers of analyzing and assessing situations coolly, weighing options calmly, good vs bad, making plans and executing them flawlessly, all this with their eyes closed. Lets us not even consider the surprising fact that calculators are jealous of their superior calculative power and that binoculars hate not being able to see as far as they. I bet even army commanders covet the skills of strategy they possess. 

Simply put master chess players are Nikola Teslas in the Science of Decision Making. Doesn’t this just make you want to be a master chess player, able to outwit obstacles, sacrifice your fears and checkmate your way to success?  I do.

Laza the wanna-be chess master😅

To be honest, however, you don’t have to fantasize about making binoculars, calculators and commanders covet your skills because you are already blessed with the same capabilities bestowed upon master chess players.

The only question is ‘Are you playing chess with life, or are you busy blundering and letting it’s challenges checkmate you?’  

Sage Advice

If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.

Jeff Bezos

Imagine you are a healthy and wise old man or woman, you’ve lived a long life punctuated by a plethora of enlightening experiences.

What single most significant piece of advice about charting life’s pathways would you share with a child?

If I was a dusty gray-haired sage full of age, and I was limited to imparting only one piece of advice to my child, I’d use my last breath to inspire them to cultivate a Growth Mindset, because it bestows upon its owners an intense desire for learning that can’t like a fire be put out by the waters of circumstance. I believe a Growth Mindset will go a long way in ensuring its owner can successfully navigate their way through the wilderness of life, as it embraces the scholastic attitude of learning that enhances and leads to the evolution of the human species. Life is about learning, it’s a better teacher than your Morphology lecturer. The only time you’re at risk of failing and stagnating is when you’re not learning, from your and other’s faux pas. Which is why I would advise anyone who dreams of living to be as wise as I to find lessons in every moment of their life and to turn tough circumstances into a school where they can learn to pass the difficult tests that life throws their way.

What about you? What advice would you give your child if you were old and wise?  

Would you encourage them to make like the Nights Watch and stand atop the wall of their attention, on the lookout for negative thoughts that may invade and conquer the kingdom of their happy peace of mind?

Will you be a staunch advocate for embracing positivity like it was a long lost lover?

Or would you make like a bill-board and advertise patience as a prerequisite to pursuing successful dreams?

Let me know in the comment section below. I’ll be elated to hear your advice.

If You’re Happy And You Know It

Your attention is the most important asset you have. Be deliberate with it.

Zat Rana

Whoever came up with the song ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’ was not only a musical maestro, for their skilful ability to make music that lasts for more than a millennia at the pinnacle of every child’s favourite song list; but also a Good-mood Guru, for I don’t know anything else with the ready power to instantly elevate my mood as much as ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’.

My gratitude goes out to that person, whoever you are, wherever you are, Thank you, Baie Dankie, Merci Beaucoup, Gracias, Domo Arigato Gozaimasu, Tangi Unene, for making that most wonderful song, for whenever with my mood there’s something wrong, and there’s nothing else that’s like a body-builder strong, enough to lift me out of the pit of doom and gloom, I can always count on it to serve as the remedy makes me feel happy.

It is during uplifting moments like these when I’m reminded that blissfulness is a choice and that if today is Monday I don’t have to wait for Tuesday to come in order for me to choose and wed happiness as my beloved state of mind. It is at times like these where I wish that everybody knew the lyrics to ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’.

Ideally, I would’ve sung the song and inserted it as an audio, but due to the fact that my singing is prone to at worst destroy your eardrums and at best make your ears bleed, I’ll instead just share the lyrics of the song with those who don’t know it, and hope that someone else with a more alluring voice has or will sing the song and upload it onto the world wide web so as to familiarize you to it’s melody, otherwise you won’t reap the full blissful benefits of the song.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

Be warned not to go fight with other people in disagreement because there’s another version that goes…

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. (Hands clapping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet. (Feet stomping)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it shout “Hooray!” (Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.

If you’re happy and you know it do all three. (Hands clapping, Feet stomping, Hooray!)

That consumnates this article, I hope you enjoyed reading it, and that If you’re happy and you know it you’ll let me know, otherwise I’ll be forced to go another round singing the song just to dispel the sadness sparked by your not commenting on this post.

A Letter To My Unborn Daughter

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

My dear darling daughter, do not be alarmed for this is your father and I’m very happy you’re reading this.

I can imagine how angry you are with me for not being there in your baby years, I’d like to enlighten you that I didn’t abandon you, it’s just that I’m needed in heaven to help the angels defeat the devil.

If you can read this then you must be a big girl now. How I wish I could’ve been there to raise you. But I see from up here how well your mother raised you. Please thank her for me.

You’re probably pondering why I penned this letter? It was not simply because I desired to connect with you, my dear darling daughter, nor because I wanted to immortalize my love for you in these lines; but mainly because I’d like to bestow my fatherly advice upon you, my dear darling daughter, hoping you’d take an old man’s words to heart and from it not let them depart.

The first golden nugget of advice I’m giving you, not because it’s most important but because it’s most significant, is that you should follow your heart and do what you love. Your heart is a compass and it will not lead you astray. If you follow your heart I can guarantee you’ll be happy.

Thinking before you act is the second gold coin of counsel I’ll be departing with for your sake. If your heart is the compass that knows the way, then your mind is that which walks the way. It’s no use knowing where to go if you can’t get there. Don’t just rush into the jungle if you’re not prepared to meet the lion. Desire and feelings are nothing without action, but action is nothing without desire and feeling. Your heart and mind should be in harmony like rhyming poetry. Only then will you experience the beauty that is being happy.

Thirdly, don’t neglect your body or your mind. Exercise them both by doing things that stimulate them for the better.

Fourthly, if you ever want to get to where you’re going, then you’ll need to be a quantum dreamer as well as a big believer in yourself. The world will try to knock you down, but do not let it. Society will try to make you frown, but I implore you to not let it. The day you do is the day you destroy your dreams.

If it so happens that you don’t take any of the aforementioned advice, then I won’t really mind, so long as you please, please do listen to this piece of warning: Beware of shy boys and don’t listen to Cardi B’s music.

There you have it, my dear darling daughter, it was a pleasure writing to you, may you live joyously and carefree, confident in the knowledge that I’ll be personally watching over you.

A Positive Way

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Lorimer

Embrace a positive way of thinking
And you will be a light in the darkness
A gardener, in mind, positive thoughts planting
Embrace a positive way of thinking
And in the dark cloud see the silver lining
Unless you want darkness to dismiss your bliss
Embrace a positive way of thinking
And you will be a light in the darkness.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace

Be strong in the face of temptations

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Pablo Picasso

There is a passage from the pages of the past–in the bible, in the forth chapter of the book of Matthew–that tells a most inspiring story, of how the devil sought to tempt Jesus into taking the path that leads straight to hell.

The temptation came at the ripe time, as Jesus–after fasting for forty days and forty nights–was probably at his weakest. But even though Jesus was not at his strongest, the devils endeavors at tempting Jesus can be likened to those of a fool flapping their arms so they can fly, utterly and uselessly fruitless.

Whether you’re a God-fearing Christian who never misses church or not, I think you will find golden nuggets of value in this tale if you but look at it closely.

To me the story is a metaphor for life that serves as motivation for me not to let myself be derailed by distractions when I set my mind to achieving something.

With social media a tap of the finger away, and app notifications but a beep away, we live in a world were there are distractions at every corner, so it’s not easy to focus our attention on one thing.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll unlock my phone with the intent of responding to a text, but instead I’ll find myself seven videos deep into Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe. Now, there’s certainly no problem in watching Jason Silva’s inspiring videos, what’s amiss is that I was supposed to be replying to a text and I let myself get sidetracked.

I know I lack the level of spiritual strength possessed by the Son of God, so I’ll probably come undone here and there, but I will do my best to be strong and not let myself be seduced into straying from the path of my purpose.

What of you?

Will you do like Jesus and be strong in the face of temptations?

Or will you give into your weakness and let yourself be swayed from the path you were on by distractions?

Don’t be shy to let me know in the comment section below, I’ll be elated to hear from you.

‘Oh Ear’ a Sonnet

When your body moves, your brain grooves.

Jim Kwik

Well hello there friend. How are you doing today? Very well I hope.

Thanks for stopping by, your presence here always fills me with gratitude.

This year, I shed a tear not only in honor of those who lost their lives to the global pandemic that’s taken the world by storm, but also for all those times I missed out on blogging.

I won’t beat myself up too much for not blogging as much as wanted to, instead I’ll prime myself to be a better blogger next year.

It is exactly because I haven’t been blogging consistently, however, that I’m really appreciative for the fact that my blog has kept on growing.

It is because of people like you who take time out to visit even when I’m not here. For that, I wish you all the best for the coming new year.

For today, I will be sharing a sonnet I composed recently in the hope that it enhances your day in any way whatsoever. If it does don’t be shy to let me know in the comment section, I’m always happy to hear from you.

So without further adue…

Oh Ear!’ how happy I am you are here.
I know you’ve been by my side my whole life,
But before I could never see you clear,
So I’d not know if you could hear my voice.
But now that I can see you I can say
That without you my life would have been dull.
I don’t know without you beside my skull
If I’d even be able to dance for joy.
In fact, I’m not sure I want to find out.
I can’t imagine my life without you.
A life where to listen I have no clue
Will surely lead me to kick the bucket
For life’s a song and it demands dancing
But I can’t dance if I’m not listening.

The Process of Progress

The process of progress
is fueled by a desire within
a yearning, to learn
how to be a better you.

It is driven by behavior
geared towards leaving stagnation
in the rear.

Sure, you may get stuck
in the traffic of negativity
but so long as you got your mind set
even a red light at the robot
will not have the power to stop
you on your way
to becoming a better you.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2021

The Poets Peace