Death O Death!

Tribute to Elder (CSP) Abang Philip

Death O death by Philip Abang2

Where does one begin to unpack the debilitating feeling of loss, grief and disorientation.

‘Dad has passed!!’ Said the subbing voice on the phone. I could hear choruses of mourners in the background… My biggest fear has just sucker punched me.

As the news spread, the clouds got wind and it opened its gates. The clouds rained thunderous tears. A king is gone; a kind, peaceful, loving, caring, funny and compassionate being has left us. My hero, my role model, my biggest idol, and greatest inspiration has departed.

DEATH, why do you play such cruel jokes?! You have stolen a great man away from his people and community.

“God puts kings in a place for a season and reason” Denzel once said.

Dad’s season was too short, he was too young, besides, we had unfinished business. Loads of promises unfulfilled.

Death, you poked me hard. You hurt me badly. No pity, no sympathy or compassion. You may have taken away my beloved father, but you are not taking away his legacy, his virtue, and the ocean of memories he has left behind. Dad made his mark. He created an impact and he created me. The engravings of his works, his love, and benevolence will forever be etched in our hearts.

O Death, you thought you had won, but the joke is on you.

Lest I forgot, Dad, I pleaded to God to send you to be my guardian angel, then I realized you had given so much on earth. With a single candle you lit up so many people’s worlds. I plead God to give you rest as His army of Angels will take charge. My salutations to you for designing my life, and my gratitude to God for choosing you as my dad.

Adieu Papa till we meet again.
Love you for life.

Philip Abang

 

Success is in doing

Success is in doing
Success is in doing. Philip Abang. Quote. blog
“Success is in the doing” Lionel Real de Azúa

I was reading Gem Barton’s book last night ‘Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job’, a very inspiring book exploring case studies of a generation that have applied their own strategies to create their own practices, works , studio, agencies etc. in the ever competitive field with fewer positions for many creatives and designers. I will highly recommend this book if you seek inspiration and a strategic approach in applying yourself and craft. The array of case studies carried out by Gem Barton is very impressive.

Reading through I came across Lionel Real de Azúa quote which I thought was very true especially if you are constantly incapacitated by fear of failure and overthinking. I find the latter being a case that plagues me to be candid. I can think my ideas to death. By applying yourself, doing, trial and error begets unexpected results.

Success is surely in the doing!

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By Philip Abang

 

An optimist at heart

An optimist at heart

Philip Abang. “Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” _Michael Morpurgo

“Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” _Michael Morpurgo

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By Philip Abang

Let this sink in

Let this sink in

Philip Abang. You are special. Let this sink inYou are special.pngYou are special...There are things we don’t say to ourselves as often as we could, like the way we truly are as individuals, blessed with unique abilities and idiosyncrasies. Allow these words ‘YOU ARE SPECIAL’  sink into your subconscious repeatedly, then you’ll begin to realise how awesome and special you are. Not just to you but to your loved ones, your peers, colleagues, and to those who you’ve just made their day today.  Putting a smile on a person’s face requires something special from within. People never forget how you made them feel remember, and you’ve managed that, well done!

Anytime you begin to feel worthless, low, inferior, or useless, ruminate on the words above over and over, allow it to marinate in your subconscious, and you’ll begin to feel differently about yourself, who you are as a unique being (there is only one you) and what you bring (a gift) to this world.

You are special indeed! Truly!!

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By Philip Abang

 

First Ever…

This March marks my 1 year anniversary of my adventure on the WordPress ‘Blogsphere’ if I can use that. Below is my first post on the platform. I want to thank you sincerely for following my journey of growth and discovery. It has been nothing but excitement, learning, journaling, interaction, and getting to know so many gifted/talent writers and creators. You all have been immense in this adventure. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Happiness

 Verse 1. HAPPINESS
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Friedrich Koenig. quote Philip Abang
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Friedrich Koenig

Words are very powerful. Words especially derived from quotes evoke certain emotions and most times a call for action. Quotes can be or is considered a ‘food for the soul’ be it lengthy or short. The messages which quotes transmit could either be uplifting, insightful or even destructive depending on how it is conceived or delivered. However, quotes conveying positive messages and food for thought impacts many an individual, old or young, rich or poor, sad or happy etcetera.

Friedrich Koenig’s was known for inventing the hand press, a steam-powered double-cylinder printing press which prints on both side of the paper. Friedrich Koenig was a German investor and his invention along with a watchmaker Andreas Bauer, changed the media world. See Friedrich Koenig’s invention changed the media world.

Most often, we yearn for happiness but yet neglecting the little detail or things which are supposed to illuminate the emotions which generates what we perceive as happiness. Happiness can be described in many ways, as happiness itself holds varied meanings from one person to another. Nevertheless, focusing on Friedrich Koenig’s quote, it is imperative to highlight the power of recognition and appreciation as both words if acknowledged goes a long way in pointing us in the right direction, either in pursuit of happiness, problem solving and other aspects of our daily lives.

How often do we yearn for the trivial and neglect the tangible, the ‘trivial’ being what we DON’T have and the ‘tangible’ being what we DO have? The sooner we begin TO recognize the tangible and stop dwelling on the trivial, the sooner we begin to appreciate what makes us HAPPY and what HAPPINESS truly is.

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By Philip Abang

Our Internal Power

Our Internal Power, Ur Internal Power

Philip Abang. Our Internal Power, Ur Internal Power

I created this artwork believing that our fortitude, our innate power to overcome adversity, fear or worry is tremendous. The power we poses within us is also limitless. If such power is harnessed and channeled the right way, just imagine the outcome… tremendous, right?!!

To quote a dear friend Tambu Geeray, “the potential we have didn’t fall from trees”.

‘Our’ or ‘Ur’ internal Power didn’t fall from trees and it is awesome what ‘we’ or ‘you’ can achieve if a little bit of belief is added to that phrase.

Believe in Ur internal Power.

Philip Abang. Our Internal Power, Ur Internal Power

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By Philip Abang

 

 

 

Infinite loop

‘Learning is an infinite loop’ by Philip Abang

Learning is an Infinite Loop. Philip Abang. quote. infinite loop

Discovery is an Infinite Loop. Philip Abang. quote. infinite loop

Ideas are Infinite Loop. Philip Abang. quote. infinite loop

I created this series of works with the notion that our capacity to learn, generate idea(s) and discovering old or new things is infinite. Think about it, we are constantly learning and finding things foreign to us or discovering things unknown or unaware of, etc.

We share our old or new found knowledge by teaching it or disseminating it as information. In these events, new ideas are formed or generated, and if put in good use, amazing things are created.

This process repeats itself, on and on it goes like a loop thus the visual metaphor which I have created using pieces of strings and a scanner.

We will never stop learning, discovering or generating ideas, sharing, teaching, etc., and the process repeats itself like an infinite loop.

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By Philip Abang