In each village setting roles are well defined and almost always clearly identified with particular people. Without having a written list it is all known who will be available when duty calls for specific chores. Be it disseminating messages, organising people for meetings, summoning offenders, organising community meals, digging at the graveyard, counselling the youth who have come of age, settling marriage disputes and or advising the chief; everyone who has lived long enough would tell which people are the likely to be on a particular one of these roles.
Boys and girls, women and men grow up in such settings with a mind to fit in into a desired role. Often they will start by being closer to those that are already in the desired role or in certain cases where parents feel strongly to want them go on to a role, they might be push them to always be around people doing such. It is usual and natural that one does not just lean towards one particular role by chance, such things as their ability, intelligence, boldness and or brevity would determine where one ends up though ambition also crucially play a part. It is no wonder that often it is boys or girls who do not fit in any of the village roles worthy being recognised, that often decide to move to other far off areas, if we are talking about typical rural village this means moving to cities to seek a role that will give them some prestige.
The quotes this week are from the book which was also our focus last week. It gives tips on how one can possibly come on top of life to be a winner since this is the desire of every normal human being. I am sure that the selected quotations below from this book will enlighten you to one or two life lessons which when applied should make a difference to the way you live, read and enjoy:
THE GAME OF LIFE AND HOW TO PLAY IT by Florence Scovel Shinn
“Many stories are told of the power of the subconscious when directed in faith. – — For example: A man was spending the night in a farmhouse. The windows of the room had been nailed down, and in the middle of the night he felt suffocated and made his way in the dark to the window. He could not open it, so he smashed the pane with his fist, drew in draughts of fine fresh air, and had a wonderful night’s sleep. ——- The next morning, he found he had smashed the glass of a bookcase and the window had remained closed during the whole night. He had supplied himself with oxygen, simply by his thought of oxygen.”“No man can attract money if he despises it. Many people are kept in poverty by saying: ‘Money means nothing to me, and I have a contempt for people who have it.’ ——- This is the reason so many artists are poor. Their contempt for money separates them from it. ——- I remember hearing one artist say of another, ‘He’s no good as an artist, he has money in the bank.’ ——– This attitude of mind, of course, separates man from his supply; he must be in harmony with a thing in order to attract it.”
“…….. ‘love of money is the root of all evil.’ Money in itself, is good and beneficial, but used for destructive purposes, hoarded and saved, or considered more important than love, brings disease and disaster, and loss of the money itself. ——- Follow the path of love, and all things are added, for God is love, and God is supply; follow the path of selfishness and greed, and the supply vanishes, or man is separated from it.”
“All the good that is to be made manifest in man’s life is already an accomplished fact in divine mind, and is released through man’s recognition, or spoken word, so he must be careful to decree that only the Divine Idea be made manifest, for often, he decrees, through his ‘idle words,’ failure or misfortune.”
“Some people are cheerful givers, but bad receivers. They refuse gifts through pride, or some negative reason, thereby blocking their channels, in invariably find themselves eventually with little or nothing. For example: A woman who had given away a great deal of money, had a gift offered her of several thousand dollars. She refused to take it, saying she did not need it. Shortly after that, her finances were ‘tied up’, and she found herself in debt for that amount. Man should receive gracefully the bread returning to him upon the water – freely ye have given, freely ye shall receive.”