Learn This My Son

Learn This My Son

 

Learn this my son: they are called “loved ones” for a reason.

Love them with all your heart.

Say you love them as often as you can; show that you love them always.

Put them first before yourself.

When you are famished offer them food.

When you thirst ask if they would like something to drink.

This is the kind of man you ought to be.

Your family will cherish you for it.

 

Learn this my son: it is called hard work because it is hard.

Is what you are doing hard?

Then you’re probably doing it right.

Persevere!

Do not shirk away from your duty.

Chip at it like the mason working on his prized sculpture.

Remember to always aspire!

Visualise, my boy!

Plan ahead before you set your chisel against the stone, lest your eagerness ruin the masterpiece long before it is realised.

Do this and your goals will be achievable.

 

Learn this my son: stay away from negative influence.

Anything that clouds your judgement blocks your route to success.

Read!

Surround yourself with people with clear agendas, with goals as high or even greater than your own.

Learn from them.

In their presence do not speak the loudest, instead listen the most; this is how you’ll grow.

 

Learn this my son: yesterday was yesterday.

Yesterday is gone.

Tomorrow you will be one day closer to heaven than you are today.

Do not be afraid! Be excited!

You know now that you have limited time… make the most of it!

Live every moment!

Push as if you’ll never push again.

Strive to your maximum at every attempt.

Do this and you will have no regrets.

Do this and you will be content.

 

Learn this my son: laugh.

I cannot stress this enough,

Laugh!

This way the aforementioned ‘stress’ will not be enough to stop you.

Laugh in the face of adversity, your family will cherish you for it.

Laugh, for that is how they will know they will get through it.

Laugh while you do all that I have taught you and your days shall be long and joyful…

 

Learn this my son: I am but a man and I teach what I have witnessed with my own eyes.

Your true guide awaits you to find Him.

Search for Him for He has knowledge far beyond my capabilities.

Learn how to be a father from Him, He is the greatest Father of all.

He will help you find one to share your love and laughter with.

He will give you direction and strength.

He will show you where opportunities lie.

He will endow you with wisdom, my boy.

My son, do all of this and you will make me undoubtedly proud.

Do this and I will be as proud as a man can be.

 

Excerpt from ‘Bleeding Heart’

An Ode To You

Where do I begin?

You are my pride and joy.

Seeing you smile warms my heart,

Seeing you fall pains me.

I live for your achievements.

I will forever wish success for you.

When you stumble I want to be there to steady you.

When you tumble, my hand will prop you up.

I want to give you all my wisdom,

All my resources,

All my time,

All my love.

Son – I will affirm you.

I will praise you.

I will chastise you.

I will teach you in the way you should go.

I will provide you the tools you need,

To be the best version of yourself.

I will love you when you don’t love yourself.

I will show you your value.

I will keep my promises to you.

I will make time for you.

I will die to self for you.

That’s the love a father should have towards his son.

Dad did the same for me,

I’ll be damned if I don’t do the same for you.

I’ll be the best dad in the world for you,

You can count on it.

Backwards

Backwards read be should too piece this perhaps.

Backwards move ourselves let we do why?

Progress make to try least at or forward-thinking be always to better it isn’t?

Future our brighten or them rectify to how not, mistakes past about think always we.

Backwards so nature human is why?

Backwards read be should too piece this perhaps.

Final Destination: Procrastination

There, there.

Don’t beat yourself up.

You’re young, it’s fine.

There’s plenty of time.

You can do it in the evening.

Actually, I know you’re tired,

How about you do it tomorrow?

You know what, it’s not due for several days, you could just start it when they need it.

After all, you work best under pressure.

Ooops you missed the deadline?

Worry not, you’re more than capable of making up for it.

You are so smart and wise, these time constraints are for mere mortals.

Your teachers don’t know just how great you are.

What? You failed the course?

Don’t worry we can finish it off at a different university.

Don’t beat yourself up.

You’re still young, it’s fine.

There’s plenty of time.

You know what?

Let’s not stress out too much this time.

We’ll do the same thing we did last time, we’ll just be smarter about it.

We’ll sleep a bit longer, since we know exactly how long it takes to get there.

We’ll run to the classes if need be.

Why do we even need to go to classes?

Didn’t we learn all this before?

Let’s stay at home and play games.

We’ll be fine.

Why start studying now?

We can start when the exams are around the corner…

Oh… you failed… again?

Don’t beat yourself up.

There’s still lots of time,

You’ll be fine.

40 is the new 20 after all…


Wow.

I’m the first one here.

To think I’m early…

Early for your funeral.

I know I said you had plenty of time left.

I think I know now why they say I’m the father of all lies.

I’m the only one here,

But I guess I should give a eulogy:

 

Hey buddy!

 

Remember that Sunday when you decided you’d get saved soon?

Yeah?

Me too.

Best day of my life to be honest.

I’m so glad you didn’t.

See you in hell.

 

Sincerely yours,

– the Devil.

 

An excerpt from ‘Bleeding Heart’

Moral: Make the most of your time. You don’t know how much you’ve actually been allotted.

Killmonger

Killmonger is my favourite character in Black Panther. This is not just because I’m a fan of Michael B. Jordan, but because his character is the most fleshed out out of all of them. Although I do wish a few things were done differently overall I was very impressed.

Man O’ My Word aka Be My Hammer, I’ll Be Your Thor

Dear Blog,

 

Hey you! Yes you! Haven’t you heard?

You can count on me – I’m a man o’ my word.

And you’ll believe it, coz I’ve said it, then it’s gotta be true.

You won’t believe me? Fine then – believe you!

You say it more than I do, I know it sounds absurd.

“Ayanda Joe Munikwa, you’re a man o’ your word!”

 

Maybe if we say it enough times it’ll finally happen.

Coz the sheer number of promises I’ve been snapping is amazing!

Now I’m not making excuses, I put that PhD to the side.

I laid down my pride and decided I wouldn’t ever lie.

Even if it’ll save me trouble later, better to stay humble now.

I don’t want to stumble so I’ll mumble, goo goo gaga, ciao.

 

In the future, even now, trust is gold.

So I’m sorry I’ve been missing truth be told.

I said I’d take care of you. I didn’t even forget!

The truth of it is I just chose to neglect…

 

But I’m a man o’ my word. That’s what we said!

So I think it’s time we finally prepared,

For a rollercoaster ride like never before!

Where you will be my hammer and I’ll be your Thor!

Love,

Joe

 

 

Compliment

You look absolutely stunning in that dress…

More so without it…

I kid. I’m just playing…

But you really are gorgeous.

You make me appreciate the gift of sight.

Why?

Because you’re a gift.

I’m glad to be here right now.

What? No, it can’t be lust.

Can one lust after art?

Perfection.

Actually – it’s subjective perfection.

I’ve chosen to accept you flaws and all.

So that you seem perfect.

Because you are to me.

“You’re smoothtalking!”

No. I’m complimenting you.

Comments based purely on honesty, not flattery.

With these words I try to show a glimpse of your value to me.

 

End Note

I believe paying loved ones compliments is essential. Not only does it let them know that you appreciate them, it gives them confidence and strengthens your relationship. The only guideline would be to be honest. It’s best to be genuine with compliments lest they be empty words and that can normally show resulting in a detrimental effect. So when it comes to compliments, sincerity is key.