By Ettie Rutherford
Last month, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the “Wholesome Woman’s Conference”, an annual event, which has been held for the past seven years, by Redemption House Church in Aurora, Ontario.
Over a hundred of us listened, in awe, to the Guest Speaker, Irene Titilola Olumese, who, by just being present, showed us the true meaning of positive thinking, sacrifice, faith and endurance. This smiling African lady, who lives in Geneva, travels the world giving hope to others.
After decades of various illnesses, she has had a lung transplant and both her legs amputated. She views her experience as the reason why she has been chosen to establish a foundation to assist others in Africa, who have had leg amputations.
Her talk reminded me that even though there might be family issues, business complications, physical illnesses, job losses and other challenges, we should keep remembering that:
- There are always others, who are sacrificing more than we have.
- We are all capable of simple sacrifices to assist others.
- Our sacrifice can be an enormous boon to people in our vicinity, and all around us.
- Sacrifices multiply our daily blessings.
- A sacrifice does not have to be measured by its level of difficulty.
When last have you made a sacrifice to assist someone else? Would you believe that the way you think about your abilities has a major influence on whether or not you succeed?
Many studies have shown that believing in your strengths and developing greater confidence in yourself, are sure ways of propelling you forward, even when challenges appear.
Many people, because of different types of abuse, low financial or educational status, as well as racism or sexism, are constantly bombarding themselves with negative self-talk; to the point where they cannot see themselves taking risks and achieving their goals.
Consequently, we should all remember the words of the ancient philosopher, Lao Tzu, who said: “Watch your thoughts , they become your words; watch your words they become your actions; watch your actions they become your habits; watch your habits they become your character; watch your character it becomes your destiny.”
So, abandon negative thoughts about your abilities and cultivate positive thoughts about yourself; find solutions by avoiding frustrations; enlarge your knowledge base; and focus on benefits that you can reap, through your own efforts.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org