Dear Destiny Friends,

It is instructive to note that nobody has ever succeeded on their own without the support and blessings of others. This is because nobody succeeds in life without blessings.

Blessings come in different kinds, styles, and dimensions. Your parents can bless you; your mentors can bless you, and these mentor-blessings can operate in various forms. It can be political, business, professional or even academic. Your spiritual director can bless you; your creator can bless you; you can even bless yourself. Above all, apart from God, the highest and best blessings anyone can have is personal blessings, and this is the blessings one attracts to himself based on the work the person has done.

Everyone needs blessings to succeed. Nobody succeeds on their own accord. That’s why it’s imperatively advisable for one to be as calm as a dove, and as wise as a serpent to decipher when their blessings are around. Your blessings can come from anyone and from unexpected sources.

Some people have however, missed it due to pride, ego, what people will say, ignorance or lack of understanding of the principle of life. Blessings bring hope and succor because when one understands he or she is blessed or has been blessed, there’s this level of joy, happiness, satisfaction, and fulfilment one will have because of the blessings of hope that have been accrued and waiting to manifest.

What is hope? Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. When you have hope, you will be relatively at ease. According to a Nigerian adage, a hunger that has hope can never kill anyone. This is because when you know you have food at home, you won’t cry too much. It’s just like when you are poor and you don’t have anyone you can borrow from, the feeling can be disastrous.

Hope is a success ingredient each one of us needs to prosper.  Whenever you have hope, fear, despair, tension, and desperate feelings will appear alien to you. One may be wondering, what are the blessings of hope? The blessing of hope brings patience, love, understanding, wisdom, and maturity. How do the blessings of hope work?

As a student, if you are diligent with your studies, you’ll reap the fruits of your labor. As an entrepreneur, if you are diligent in your business and do what you are supposed to do, you’ll reap the fruit of your labor. As a parent, if you train your children well, you’ll reap the fruit of your labor. The question we need to ask ourselves is, are we doing what we are supposed to do to receive the blessings of hope? I say this because you can’t build something on nothing. You can’t wish for an opportunity without reaching out.

It’s instructive to note that life operates with principles. In the same manner, the blessings of hope work with principles. When you do the needful, the principles of life will work for you. To show how this principle works. Can you receive it with a clenched hand? The giver’s hand is always on top. Can you sow rice and reap beans?  The more strategic risk you take, the more you open yourself to opportunities. The list can go on and on.

As human beings, it’s normal for one to be desperate when one is searching for a job, life partner, money, opportunities etc. This feeling can make you do unholy things or exhibit characters unbecoming of a rational being. But when you know who you are, the understanding will be different.

Whenever you are desperate for anything, you will settle for less than you deserve. Desperate attitudes can detach you from opportunities because the universe doesn’t respond to rush, rather, it responds to calmness. That’s why it’s not advisable to show how desperate you are, especially when you need something.

When people see how desperate you are, they can use it as bait against you. This is because you will get what you desire and deserve when you have earned the capacity to receive it. Therefore, before you can understand how hope works, you must practice self-discovery. So, whenever you need anything, it’s imperatively important you plan for the best and expect the worst.

Even though some schools of thought believe that it’s always good to think positive, and as such they don’t think negative, yes, I concur to that line of thought, however, I also believe, it’s always good to plan for the best and expect the worst to the extent your plan doesn’t work. This, to me, is a healthy way of living.

Several factors can lead to hopelessness. Whenever you are not prepared, you will have little hope for opportunities, when you are properly trained, educated, informed etc., you will have little hope. But if the reverse is the case, you will get the blessings of hope.

As Christians, many people don’t experience God until they go through the experience of despondency, despair, and abject emptiness. They only rush to God and their creator when they need help or opportunities. The same feeling is applicable to students, mentees, entrepreneurs etc.  These latter set of individuals don’t take time to understand the basics of life and the principles of life.

In conclusion, to receive the blessings of hope, you need to practice detachment, only then will you see how the universe will resonate towards you.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator.  He’s a Transformative Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate and creative writer Design Your Destiny and Unleash Your Destiny.  He can be reached via

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Henry Ukazu is a graduate of New York Law School. He is Founder and President at Global Empowerment & Mentoring Initiative. A trained life coach, prolific writer, and passionate youth advocate, he is also a highly sought-after public speaker. He is author of the acclaimed book, “Design Your Destiny- Actualizing Your Birthright to Success.

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