“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man.
We are made up of thousands of others.
Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us,
or spoken one word of encouragement to us,
has entered into the make-up of our character and our thoughts,
as well as our success”- George Burton Adams.
I watched an advert on TV where a celebrity stated that he is self-made.
This got me thinking of how much as human beings we undermine the people that have come our way at every stage of our lives…
I am of the opinion that NO human being is self-made.
We are all a product of everyone we have met in life’s journey.
The good, the bad and the ugly all have a purpose in our lives.
They come to shape us into who God intends for us to become.
The role of the ‘good’ is to bring out the best in us and give us hope to go on knowing that not everyone is selfish, jealous, bitter, malicious, opportunistic, self-centered, and out rightly evil.
These good people are the ones that encourage us, believe in us, give us a chance, make sure we are present at our appointments looking smashing and make us laugh heartily. They are some of our parents, uncles, aunties, spouse, children, friends, maids, drivers, neighbors, pastors, colleagues, doctors, teachers, security men, food vendors, seamstresses, motivational speakers on the internet or on the TV etc..
On the other hand, the ‘ugly’ test us so much that we learn to defend ourselves.
They tell us through words, actions or inactions that we cannot make it.
In trying to prove them wrong, we succeed.
This is not to play down on the hard work and sacrifices involved in a success story.
Its just a reminder that we shouldn’t take full credit for our success.
We should be thankful to God for the people He sent our way who have given us the experiences that have made us uniquely us.
*…Blog picture [self made] gotten from http://www.chrono24.com/magazine/fine-watches-gentlemen-lifestyle-p_2571 through google search