Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Big Picture

I was just reading a book and something just came to my mind that I think you will want to know.
I know that most of us have seen a horse, if not a live one, we've seen at least one in a film. And in this post, the Horse will be our case study.

STORY TIME: A man has a horse, and treats this horse very badly, he makes this horse work hours without food and still beats this horse anyhow when the horse gets tired and starts working sluggishly. Well horses can be smart sometimes but this man developed a way of making this horse work the more when he his tired. He will tie hay to a stick and protrude it to the face of the horse where the horse can see it and tie the stick to the neck of the horse. This horse will be chasing this hay for hours without catching it. 

Now to what I want to say; assuming this horse could see the big and real picture, assuming this horse could see that he his the one moving what he his chasing, assuming he could see that the hay is stagnant but he his the one moving this hay, assuming he could see that he will never catch and consume this hay because as long as he moves the hay will never stop moving, he would have lifted his fore limbs and dismounted this man from himself and trampled upon him and killed him and be free, but no, he can not see the way the situation looks like.

Most of us are like this horse, driven by wicked slave masters. Some habits and people give us hays we can't consume. They use our sweat for their own gains at our detriment. All they do is show us a picture of what we cannot get and we continue to work for these things at our own detriment. All they do is give us things that won't last; things that are insubstantial; things that we are worth more than; but we keep working, we keep serving as slaves for things that don't count.
If only I can see the big picture.
If only you can see the bog picture.
If only they can see the big picture.
Then we will be better than this.
Then we will be free.
Then our lives will have meaning.
Thank you.

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Because We Do Not Know.

   I live in a rural area and as a result of that, I get to see Fulani nomads every day, taking their cattle around for grazing. And so yesterday, I saw the cattle grazing peacefully. I looked around but I could see no nomad. I knew the Fulanis were not of the habit of leaving their cattle alone. I looked carefully again and caught sight of a small boy holding a rod. I could hardly believe my eyes. This small boy?   He could be nothing more than ten years old. And then he stood, holding a rod, beating the cows, controlling the animals that were five times his size.
    If only they knew, I thought. If only the cattle knew they had more power than the Fulani boy. If only they knew they had strong horns and could lift the boy and throw him into the bush. If only they knew they had hoofs, hoofs strong enough to break the boy's rod into two. Of only they knew what they possessed, they would be free, would be living the life they wanted, would not be controlled by small boys like this one.

    Ignorance is not just a disease, it's a deadly one. Most of us are like cows. We are ignorant of who we are and what we possess. I believe God, the creator of mankind, has embedded in us all talents and abilities that are strong and powerful enough to carry us through life. But we do not know. We are ignorant.
    And because we do not know, we fail at so many things. I am a night worker. I prefer working (reading and writing) at night. Sometimes, I sleep during the day and stay awake at night. This is not because I cannot or do not work during the day. I can and do work during the day sometimes. But it's not always the same as during the night. I understand better at night. I do not experience writer's block at night. I tend to be more efficient at night. That is me. But most of us do not know ourselves.   We do not know when we enjoy working and when we are more efficient. And because of this, we fail exams.
    Some folks want to do everything. They want to write, sing, draw, dance, code, own a company, manage an enterprise, be a model, own a school, and build an automobile. They want to do everything: everything they were not meant to do; everything they are not endowed with the abilities to do; everything God did not plan them to do. And so because these folks are ignorant, because they do not know what God has planned for their lives, they fail at so many things they lay their hands upon.
    Some folks fail in life because they do not know. To succeed in life, one must be purposeful and be aware of why one is on earth. One must know why one is going on a journey before taking the first step. Ask yourself the question: why am I on earth? Ask God and put down your answers on paper.  Some folks think they are on earth just because the big-bang happened and so they 'just' exist. They live everyday as it comes making wrong choice and decisions, doing things out of God's purpose for their lives. And because of this, because they do not know, they fail to live. They just exist.
    You've got to know who you are and what you carry. I know who I am and what I carry. What of you? Hope you are not like those big ‘fellas’ being controlled by small boys with rods? Please do not be.