We all make an effort. Some efforts can be remembered for long, like the effort I can still remember perhaps equal to nothing I have encountered in my youth, that of exerting force to break a malambe fruit shell (baobab fruit shell) in order to partake the seeds inside that you joyously suck like you do with sweets, sucking them clean of the sweet white powder.
The thing about these baobab seeds inside the shell, is you never knew/ know whether your effort of breaking the shell will be rewarded with a sweet taste on the fruits or a bad experience of sourness with some as bitter as chloroquine tablets. There is just that hope that it will be a whole sweet batch.
For the sour ones, they were useful depending on where you were breaking the shells in terms of location. In my own experience, If it was on the times we went to the source of these fruits in our parents’ home village of Lisungwi, Malawi then sour ones would be quickly thrown away and you would go on to another tree again in the hope of looking for sweet ones. If they were ones bought in the city of Blantyre particularly from Ndirande Market, then one would unwillingly partake whatever it was in whole whether sweet or sour.
Sometimes you would sweat and exert all your effort to break the malambe fruit shell (baobab fruit shell) only to discover that there were already beneficiaries of the sweet fruit inside them, much alive and moving about in form of ants, although most often you would not see anywhere around the shell they might have used to enter in which was always and is a mystery.
The quotes for this weekend we complete our extraction from the book that when you read in full, you may want to redefine your purpose of living. Why are we living and where do we draw our strength? Perhaps the few selected quotations listed below from the book will enlighten you to the path in answering these questions, read and enjoy:
THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH by Wallace D. Wattles
“Thought is the creative power, or the impelling force which causes the creative power to act; thinking in a Certain Way will bring riches to you, but you must not rely on thought alone, paying no attention to personal action. That is the rock upon which many otherwise scientific metaphysical thinkers meet shipwreck-the failure to connect thought with personal action.”
“You must so impress others that they will feel that in associating with you they will get increase for themselves. See that you give them a use value greater than the cash value you are taking from them. —— Take an honest pride in doing this, and let everybody know it; and you will have no lack of customers. People will go where they are given increase; and the Supreme, which desires increase in all, and which knows all, will move toward you men and women who have never heard of you. Your business will increase rapidly, and you will be surprised at the unexpected benefits which will come to you. …. “
“By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it. ———– Whatever your action is to be, it is evident that you must act NOW. You cannot act in the past, and it is essential to the clearness of your mental vision that you dismiss the past from your mind. You cannot act in the future, for the future is not here yet. And you cannot tell how you will want to act in any future contingency until that contingency has arrived.”
“Do not try to more than fill your present place with a view to pleasing your employer; do it with the idea of advancing yourself. Hold the faith and purpose of increase during work hours, after work hours, and before work hours. Hold it in such a way that every person who comes in contact with you, whether foreman, fellow workman, or social acquaintance, will feel the power of purpose radiating from you; so that every one will get the sense of advancement and increase from you. Men will be attracted to you, and if there is no possibility for advancement in your present job, you will very soon see an opportunity to take another job. “
“Give no anxious thought to possible disasters, obstacles, panics, or unfavourable combinations of circumstances; it is time enough to meet such things when they present themselves before you in the immediate present, and you will find that every difficulty carries with it the wherewithal for its overcoming. ——- Guard your speech. Never speak yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way. ——– Never admit the possibility of failure, or speak in a way that infers failure as a possibility. ——— Never speak of the times as being hard, or of business conditions as being doubtful. Times may be hard and business doubtful for those who are on the competitive plane, but they can never be so for you; you can create what you want, and you are above fear.”