Moments shared together, Within our hearts and minds
Places that will echo, Love and joy combined.
Warm and sunny mornings, We sat and talked of things
Laughing and enjoying life, What tenderness this brings
In life some chairs are empty, But spirit always dwell
For me you’ll always be there, By stories that I tell.
Friendship warm and gentle, Ties in life that bind
Deep within the love of life, You’re thoughtfully entwined.
During a wedding reception somewhere in southern part of Nigeria, the groom was called upon to give his vote of thanks to his guests and this is what he came up with.
“I want to first of all thank the Lord Almighty for creating my wife and to also thank the pastor and his wife for lending us their wedding rings. Special appreciation to my landlord who lent us his car. I am most grateful to my boss for approving the loan I used for the wedding. Big thanks to the committee of friends for the appeal fund they raised on my behalf.
Also to my brother’s wife, thank you for lending us your wedding gown. I’m so grateful to the cake designer for the cake. I promised to return it tomorrow morning as agreed. Special thanks to my friends who brought food from their homes to help me feed you all. Please for those who were served food good luck and for those who didn’t get any, well we will make it up to you during our child dedication ( hopefully next year). Very big thanks to my parents for bringing the village cultural band to supply the music as well as entertain us all here, today.
Not forgetting the church marriage committee, thank you for persuading my wife to marry me. Appreciation to the married men in the church for rushing me into this marriage. The women are not left out, thanks a lot for teaching my wife how to dance. To the youths thank you for sweeping and decorating this venue with palm fronts. I am also grateful to my teenage friends for helping with the Zobo (a locally-brewed drink).
Well, I wish you all safe journey and I pray you don’t experience what I suffered in this wedding.
When world petroleum production peaks, energy prices will go up dramatically. If and when oil prices start to rise substantially, it will undoubtedly translate into strong commodity based inflation. Ultimately, as the price of oil rises it will cause a severe contraction in the world economy. Most observers of this occurrence agree that this will translate into higher prices all the way down the food chain- literally- right down to bread and fruit- as not only road and air transportation will be affected directly but the price of nearly ever commodity and product consumed in the world economy will be impacted indirectly. Therein lies the beauty of improvisation, as illustrated below. Now, which one of these appeals to you more? Please, let me know!
There’s one simple reason why you shouldn’t try to be something you’re not, and it’s that you can’t. The real you will come out anyway. It was Steve Jobs who said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
A plum once said: ‘Just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am. How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover!’
You see just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality. What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted. Be the best you can be!
In Steve Tobak’s ‘How to Be the Best Version of You’, he unequivocally pointed out one of the consequences of stripping yourself of your originality. According to him, “You will pay a huge price when you engage in mindless distraction.” That’s certainly true. Look! There’s a business concept called opportunity cost. When you choose one course of action, you miss out on all the other opportunities you might have chosen to pursue but didn’t. People rarely stop to consider that until it’s too late.
You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but who we are. You are special. Don’t’ ever forget it. Never let go of your true self to win a relation or gain recognition. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest glory – your uniqueness, for momentary validation.
The wonderful thing about failure is that it’s entirely up to us to decide how to look at it.