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Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

What is it that is sweet in a sugarcane? I have been fascinated by this story that in one of the sugar plantations in my country of origin Malawi, some one died from the sweetness of sugarcane having taken a lot of it in one day.

The one who narrated the story was quick to point out that it is not the sugarcane that was to blame. In fact having come from one of the cities this person who died as a result of too much sweetness from the sugarcane had sought to quench his long held desire of taking as much of this glucose plants. Having been given the challenge by being taken into the thick of a sugar plantation (field) and told to eat as he desired, he sat down with a big bundle and took one after the other enjoying the sweetness. Having taken as much sugarcane as he could possibly consume of the sweet water plant, he surrendered to slumber that took toll and prepared himself to wake up later to finish what ever was left.

Unknowingly as a tradition to perhaps ward off thick bushes in the sugar plantation someone set fire to the field not knowing there was a person sleeping from intoxication of eating too much sugarcane. That’s how he met his death, however when the story went about what was propagated was reportedly that he died from the sweetness of the sugarcane. In retelling the story in the vernacular people said, ‘anafa ndi kukoma kwa mzimbe.’ No one knew who to blame; the sugarcane sweetness, this guy with eagerness to eat as much of the sugarcane or those who had unknowingly set fire to the sugarcane field where this man having eaten too much of the plant was sleeping. We will never know.

This week’s quotes is a finalisation for now on extracting such from a book that according to its review states it will make the reader a greater, better personality, and equipped with a new power to achieve any worthy personal purpose and a new ability to enjoy life’s beauty and wonder. I am sure you will learn one or two things from the quotations below, read and enjoy:


“Eliminate, therefore, any possible tendency to complain of conditions as they have been, or as they are, because it rests with you to change them and make them what you would like them to be. ——– Direct your effort to a realization of the mental resources, always at your command, from which all real and lasting power comes.”

“It is our attitude of mind toward life which determines the experiences with which we are to meet; if we expect nothing, we shall have nothing; if we demand much, we shall receive the greater portion. The world is harsh only as we fail to assert ourselves. The criticism of the world is bitter only to those who cannot compel room for their ideas. It is fear of this criticism that causes many ideas to fail to see the light of day. ——— But the man who knows that he has a Solar Plexus will not fear criticism or anything else; he will be too busy radiating courage, confidence, and power; he will anticipate success by his mental attitude; he will pound barriers to pieces, and leap over the chasm of doubt and hesitation which fear places in his path.”

“The Solar Plexus has been likened to the sum of the body, because it is a central point of distribution for the energy which the body is constantly generating. This energy is very real energy, and this sun is a very real sun, and the energy is being distributed by very real nerves to all parts of the body, and is thrown off in an atmosphere which envelopes the body. ——— If this radiation is sufficiently strong the person is called magnetic; he is said to be filled with personal magnetism. Such a person may wield an immense power for good. His presence alone will often bring comfort to the troubled minds with which he comes in contact.”

“This wonderful power of clothing thoughts in the form of words is what differentiates man from the rest of the animal kingdom; by the use of the written word he has been enabled to look back over the centuries and see the stirring scenes by which he has come into his present inheritance.”

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