The 21st Century has brought a lot of changes to human kind in various sectors, but technology is probably the most significant. Entertainment through technology has brought a lot of flavour to the thrill of the times and turned out to be a colossal industry in the present day.
Millenials and Generation Z are the most tapped market generations for video games. From Nintendo to Sega to Playstation to Xbox, they can't go unnoticed in the enormous advancement of the technological force.
People play these games for recreation, leisure and even occupationally as they seem helpless to the endless excitement and thrill produced by these electronic devices. Children now tend to become overly indulged in these games as they spend several hours, daily in front of the computer screen, hence, worry sets in.
On the flip side of the coin, mental development has been rapidly spurning to levels unseen compared to times past and a reasonable amount of credit for this, especially in the younger generation, can be attributed to these video games.
Video games. Good or Bad?
Emotions help us to identify the state of our mind with certain events, words spoken or acts done. Emotions are expressed through feelings. It is not static; it varies depending on what triggers it in the first place.
To progress in life or to make any significant difference at all, we must learn to handle our emotions and not be swayed by it as it changes. Emotions are ways of expressing the state of mind of a person, it is not the makeup of that person.
Emotion varies with words and situations; the pace of life or motivation for life should not be based on emotions. In holding on to the word of God and the will of God for our lives, how we feel about it does not come to play.
There comes a time in our lives that we need to make some crucial decisions about what we want and how to move to the next phase of our journey in life.
When that time came for me, I realized that I cannot plan my life or continue to live my life on the impulses of my emotions, whether it feels right or not irrespective of the theory behind it. I had to learn how to handle my emotions, choose how I want to react to situations per time to make significant progress in life.
To decide to live above the dictates of the body is not easy at first but it pays off in the long run plus it gets easier. It is better to pay the price needed to secure that desired future to feature in it or miss the whole picture altogether.
The more we give in to our feelings; making the decision of life based on our feelings, the more we allow our feelings to control and dictate our paths in life.
Setting and achieving goals goes beyond what is felt. If all that is left were feelings, so many things would have been rendered impossible.
So, I'm the second of four kids, till date I still find something weird about my position.
There is some kind of believe, behavioural traits, stereotypes or attributes associated with your birth position in the family. For instance last borns are spoilt and the first child is responsible, lol.
In my family, I seem to be like the middle child, yes, middle of 4, you read right, I like to think I write right too and wrote what you read, I'm the middle child of four kid, now, let me break it down.
We are three(3) girls and a boy. I'm the second girl, I have an elder sister, the only boy, and my younger sister. i forgot to mention that , the middle kids are perceived rebellious, often independent, and in most cases extremely introverted, they are neither the first nor the last, they tend to spend a lot of time by themselves, most family members wont even remember them or their name, I don't remember anyone ever calling my mom ''iya Tola'", ( I call her that myself now😊) I've had to introduce myself to my grandaunt as '"Tolani, a child of '"iya ayo", before she remembered me. I cant remember the number of time I've sat by myself wondering if I'm really a member of the family, now, don't misunderstand me i know they love me, there is just no "biggie" to me so I get the least of attention, then I got use to it. I guess because there is the eldest daughter, the only son and the last born.
if you identify with me, lets have only two( 2) kids, the first and the last, no middle kids or in-betweens.✌
The art of communication lies in understanding. It is not about asking others to understand ourselves, also not trying to understand the others. It is about mutual understanding. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. I have worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, people I work with are different everywhere, however at the end they are the same. I figured out, every human being in the world is longing to be understood. I am sure you all have the experience, that a heated argument occurs because everyone wants to express their views, and wants others to listen to them.
One time I had an argument with my friend, I was ashamed to speak with her because of an issue. Then it appears she wasn’t feeling comfortable since we weren’t talking. And it turned out the issue was such a trivial matter to her, that she cared more about our relationship than the incident itself. When I thought back, I was thinking from my own perspective. If I have had tried to think in her perspective, I would probably not be ashamed but rather admitted my mistake and moved on
Communication is a very crucial and required activity needed every day of our lives. That being said, effective communication is perhaps one of the most important of all life skills.
Communication at its simplest definition, is the act of conveying information from one place, person, or group to another by speaking, writing or using some other medium.
Communication can either be verbal or non-verbal and the way a person speaks or writes is important so the recipient of the information would not misconstrue the message but understand it. Knowing how to have meaningful and effective communication with another person is key. Before having a conversation with a person, it is imperative to apply some level of emotional intelligence before speaking and ensure to profile the person so you know the best way to communicate to the person that will ensure the message is received and understood.
For instance, if you are to address a group of people, it is of vital importance to know the class of people you would be addressing (kids, teenagers, adults, or elderly people) and know the style of communication to employ. Language in communication is also important, you cannot expect a group of Yoruba speaking people to understand you when you are communicating to them in English, either you pass the message across to them by speaking Yoruba or you get a translator to pass your message across in their language.
It is also important to know that the tone you use in communicating with people is key, the tone in which you use to speak to a happy person is different from the tone you use to speak with an aggrieved person. Profiling makes you understand your audience better.
This being the first blog I honestly struggled with what to write on, but as the popular saying goes “we move”. Writing this while listening to Westlife I have a feeling of calm, the memories of childhood flooding back reminding me of a less stressful time. A time when my greatest problem was missing Samurai Jack on cartoon network because of traffic on the way home. A time when falling asleep on the couch and waking up in bed was something to look forward to, a time when Saturdays were actually mine to do with as I pleased. Responsibilities and growing up were so far in the future that they were parallel with humans being on mars. But as the song ends I am slowly returning to reality, a reality of adulting. A reality where I have responsibilities and there is no such thing as play.
A reality where time is all of a sudden as valuable as gold if not more. The stage of life where there is now a consequence for everything. Every action and inaction can lead to days or weeks of regret. A period of life touted as “your best years” by those who have lived through it. The real question is; were they right? Am I even sure these are my best years? How do I know, my only point of reference makes this period seem like hell. It is hard to believe that a period when you are broke, sleepless, constantly ravaged with thoughts about not doing enough while simultaneously being burnt out can be touted as the best years of your life.
I totally forgot I was writing from the heart, catching my thoughts, realising that Lana Del Rey’s soft voice is now playing. The song is video games, one of the greatest songs of my generation maybe life isn’t so bad. After-all there is good music there is good food. This is the digital age the age of smartphones and apps that compete with sleep. The age of young billionaires living with parents and I am young and energetic enough to experience it fully. Maybe just maybe these might be the best years of my life. Be that as it may I cannot waste my best years typing away….
A child born out of wedlock can be called a lot. Illegitimate, mistake,product of pleasure and many more. My own case was different. From the beginning, it sounded like a blessing and later turned to a burden where the whole family has to agree before a decision is taken about you. You know, when you see kids from single parents they are always with their mom. Right? Mine was different. I was left with my grandad when I was six months old. Everything was rosy.. I was the princess of the family being his best son’s daughter. I always knew my grandpa as my dad and mom at the same time. Yes, I had a dad but he was never around. It didn’t mean anything to me till I was six and had to move in with my aunt because grandpa had to travel to the US for his treatment. Anyways, I blended in well because I always called her mama so I felt like she was my mom or should I say I had lots of questions on my mind? Aside that, I had all the good things in the world. Always pampered and had the best and unique of everything anywhere I went to. I had it all: from love to education to material things and above all comforts. OH! Did I say I had it all? Maybe I thought I did. This is where everything I thought I had became something strange. My best friend passed away when I was 12years old. Yes, my grandpa was my best friend. Since then, I started seeing my dad often and it was difficult for me to call him dad. He is this very calm person whom you can never know what’s on his mind. Like bro never talks🤦🏽♀️. I tried my best for us to connect but the only time we did was always through a fight. I remember the first day I asked my mama, if she were my mom and she said yes. I was surprised because I knew she and my dad were siblings. So I later on asked her what happened that she got pregnant for her brother? And all hell broke loose that day. The famous quiet princess of the family had started learning bad attitude. Just because she asked a question. I still had love from my family but the atmosphere was never and had never been thesame again. Do you know why? Maybe you will find out in the next episode.
“You are braver than you believe, and
stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”. – Christopher Robin
Is it possible for someone to master the pain of the Covid-19 swap test, especially when the medic is taking samples from your nose?
Honestly, I thought that doing it the third time will be less painful, but it was still the same pain in the nose with some level of discomfort for the rest of the day.
Covid-19 swap test is one of the procedures to enter our customer's site and immediately after it, you proceed to your quarantine room until the test result is out. This normally takes 3 to 4 days. It also depends on the customer. Some customer has a 14 days compulsory quarantine before the test. Within these 14 days, your temperature will be monitored daily and on the last day, you will undergo a series of a medical fitness test in addition to the COVID-19 test.
The nature of my job is site-based and with the pandemic, customers have to find a way to keep their plants running even with the additional cost of quarantine and the swap test.
Let's hope that I will eventually get used to it pending when the vaccine is out.
Saturday use to be the rush day here for most of my MMBA1 colleagues. Many tried to meet up with their blogging for the week. But last Saturday, it was quiet here. Not because of the exam, but because it was the ‘last week’ of compulsory blogging. Many were tired.
I usually will log in briefly on a Sunday evening or Monday morning to read through some of the blogs. I learnt from most of them and I looked forward to some (Obianuju – Ogbonne Adesoji’s family series come to mind and then the sophisticated Olaoluwa Afolabi). When work gets tough during the week and I wanted a wholesome distraction, I will usually log in here to read through what my colleagues have written. Now it is all quiet in here. There is this nostalgic feeling as I logged in this morning.
I know some of my colleagues would crucify me, but this blogging should have continued all through our stay at Lagos Business School. May be reduced to one blogging in a week as soon as we take the Management Communication exam. We are all busy people, but it is refreshing trying to put thoughts together, hoping that others may read it.
Yes, that hope that others may read it caught my attention. Many of us never read what others wrote. We just post our blog and come back next time to post again. I benefited reading through what others wrote. I have come to know some of us whom I have only met once by reading through their blogs. I have also learnt a great deal and I received a book to read just by mere reading the blog of Ifiok.
I know someone will throw a stone at me for this: but it will be nice to add that each student should read and comment on at least two blogs in a week during the duration of the Management Communication course.
Most of us were writing for the public for the first time. Some people took it very seriously; others just did it for marks. But it was worth trying. It would also have been nice to have some feedback from the faculties at some intervals. Not for the marks, but for personal improvement. I do not know the intention behind asking us to blog, but we can gain from that ability to put our thoughts out and get some correction on how best to put it.
As I stated in my last ‘official’ blog https://iclass.ng/blog/index.php?entryid=8360, I will be coming back to this space as long as I still have the access. I never blogged for marks and I hope to continue to share thoughts at least twice a month. Someone may read them, and even if no one does, I will be happy that I kept my promise. Even if I fail, I will rise and continue.
- There is a predetermined path for me to walk. The Holy Spirit is the guide. He knows the way and all there is now and in the future.
- God equipped me with potentials. Potentials to discover and grow.
- God created every one of us equal. So I ought to respect every human being.
- We all have different opportunities in life; what we make out of them is what matters.
- I know who I am. Born of God, the righteousness of God and equipped with the fruit of the Spirit.
- To defeat the enemy, I must walk by the wisdom of God. God's word is Gods wisdom. A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I yield to the word of God, accepting and walking by what God's word says and not by I feel or think.
- Remain stable and proactive; not moved by circumstances.
- I have the mind of Christ and born to think like Him. As He is, so am I in this world.
- It is none of my business.
- My soul gets saved with the help of the Holy Spirit.
- Apart from Him, I can do nothing.
- I do not receive the witness of men. My witness is of God. I do not act based on what my neighbour will think, say or act. I perform based on the righteousness of God.
- I have to press on beyond the limitations that life has placed on me regardless of where they came from, parents, family, environment, school, experiences, etc. I have to bear my yoke and press pass the limitations to be all that God wants me to be; making a difference. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. It is through Jesus that we break off from the limitations.
- I am a success; I have the mind of Christ and think right. I am wealthy, healthy, wise, intelligent, strong, honourable, blessed, favoured, and glorified. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.