Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Be grateful

Be grateful
By The Post
Tue 05 Mar. 2013, 13:50 CAT

Gabriel Namulambe has promised that under the Patriotic Front government, he will become a worker-bee and will ensure that the promises of the Patriotic Front government to Mpongwe and the people of Zambia are realised.

But before Gabriel starts working "tirelessly to prove this point", he needs to go back to all the parts of Mpongwe he visited during the campaign and thank them for their votes.

Michael Sata took Gabriel around Mpongwe, making him kneel and beg the people for their votes. The people of Mpongwe have responded positively, they have given Gabriel their votes, as per his request.

When Gabriel was seeking votes, he was everywhere. It is expected that after getting the votes, he should again be everywhere in Mpongwe, thanking everyone for their votes in the same way he did when asking for the votes.

Gabriel should be aggressively thankful. We should all learn to think thanks. When it comes to living, do we take the things for granted or take them with gratitude? Count God's blessings, don't discount them. Thanksgiving is the attitude of a productive life.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. How long has it been since you have thanked those closest to you? The person who isn't thankful for what he's got isn't likely to be thankful for what he is going to get. Ingratitude never ends.

We see our politicians going everywhere, reaching every part of the constituency when seeking votes. But after winning elections, they don't go back to thank the people who voted for them. The most they do is issue a statement in the press, thanking those who voted for them as if when they were seeking votes, they just issued a statement in the press, asking for votes.

It is said that attitudes sour in the life that is closed to thankfulness. Soon, selfish attitudes take over, closing life to better things.
People who forget, or never learn, the language of gratitude will never find themselves on speaking terms with happiness.

Thanksgiving, you will find, creates power in your life because it opens the generators of your heart to respond gratefully, to receive joyfully, and to react creatively. William Ward spoke wisely: "There are three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterday's mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow's problems and ingratitude for today's blessing."

Know that you are blessed. If you can't be satisfied with what you have reached, be thankful for what you have escaped.
We all have a lot for which to be thankful. For example: no matter what house you live in, wouldn't you rather be there than the best hospital in your district?

Count your blessings at every opportunity. Take some time today to reflect on all you have. The words think and thank come from the same Latin route. If we take time to think more, we will undoubtedly thank more.
We like what Dwight Moody said: "Be humble or you will stumble." There is an inescapable relationship between pride and ingratitude. Henry Ward Beecher pointed out, "A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."

Don't be a person who has a highly developed instinct for being unhappy. Instead, "be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and be prayerful always" (Romans 12:12). The best rule is: whatever you are given, gratefully receive it. When you spend your time thanking others for the good things, there won't be any time left to complain about the bad.

Find fifty things to be thankful for today. As you do, creative ideas will spring forth as a result of the mental conversation you are having with yourself. One of the best ways to generate momentum and opportunities is to sit down and write a thank you note to people who have influenced your life.
The most highly satisfied life can be found in being thankful. Appreciative words are one of the most powerful forces for good on earth. Thankful words don't cost much, yet they accomplish more than can be perceived.

Michael has become known for directing his party's candidates to kneel down, seek forgiveness and beg the people for their votes. This approach has worked well because most of our people are very forgiving and giving. And Michael's approach has been seen by our people to be genuine and as such, they have responded to them positively.

Michael has helped some of his candidates who were not wanted by the constituents to win elections as a result of this approach. But we also ask Michael to push his candidates to do the same when it comes to gratitude. If the spirit of gratitude was to animate Michael's candidates, we wouldn't see many of them being rejected by their constituents for being ungrateful, for doing nothing in their constituencies.

There is a lot Michael and the Patriotic Front should be eternally grateful for to the Zambian people. When other people had no faith in them, the Zambian people believed in them and were not swayed by the endless propaganda, lies that were told about them. They voted for them despite the malice and mendacity.

It will not be possible for the Patriotic Front and its elected leaders to deliver if they are not grateful to the people of Zambia for giving them the opportunity to lead. This is not an entitlement, it is simply a privilege given to them by the people of Zambia and more is expected of them. The promises have to be honoured.

The people have to be respected. Their needs have to be met. People want to see a leadership that is increasingly grateful. A leadership that is grateful will always be close to the people. A leadership that is close to the people will always identify itself with the problems of the people. A leadership that identifies itself with the problems of the people will always try to find solutions to those problems. But in all this, the starting point is being grateful, is being aggressively thankful.


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