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    #FRIDAYNIGHTTHOUGHTS

    Many a time, I have failed and many a time, I have refused to give up - the reason which I still can't wrap my head around. Growing up as a child with no responsibilities and worries, life seemed perfect. You wake up with no worries and go back to sleep still with no...
    #FRIDAYNIGHTTHOUGHTS

    Many a time, I have failed and many a time, I have refused to give up - the reason which I still can't wrap my head around. Growing up as a child with no responsibilities and worries, life seemed perfect. You wake up with no worries and go back to sleep still with no worries. The thing I have discovered is that as one ages, reality begins to set in, you begin to have a sense of responsibility which you have to give in your best to live up to otherwise, you feel empty. It sure comes with age and the feeling is never going away.

    You may wonder why people keep pushing, struggling and hustling for daily bread and to meet ends meet even when it is a known fact that Life is just a phase which will surely pass - I often wonder too. You know, ordinarily, when you realise that all of your efforts and life hustles will one day come to nought, you ought to stop bothering yourself but by default, you just can't stop - the feeling is very mutual, life is happening and like I wrote, by default, we have been wired to not accept defeat and keep pushing.

    When I count the number of bad Business decisions I have made, I just wonder why I still keep pushing despite all the failures but then I came to understand that it is part of life for all Humans to keep toiling and sweating before we can get our daily bread. It is a will that is innate, the feeling comes naturally. It is why we even have the phrase, 'Try again' and why we have many Bus stops. If you aren't there yet, it simply means you haven't gotten to your Bus stop. You have to keep trying otherwise you will feel very empty.

    While at the University, I started a Business which was by all means a good one but then several factors came into play, I lost out at the end but that didn't stop me from trying other Businesses. Post Uni, I tried about four other Businesses and they all came crashing like a pack of cards but then, the 'ginger' only got stronger. My very last misfortune in Business saw me giving up on this Country, only for a period though. How do you explain losing all your sweat in one day to someone's dishonesty? A person I employed to assist with the day to day running of my Business decided to steal all I entrusted in his hands. He must have suffered a lot to think stealing and absconding is the best way he can get out of poverty.I thought about the unfortunate incidence very well and it all boiled down to the fact that the System has failed a lot of people. Even though that doesn't mean one should steal, it goes a long way to show that a failed system can never hold its head in place. Problems will continue to arise and the funny part is the Government will continue to spend money to tackle the problems. Money that they have refused to use in building the Nation. Where is the wisdom in that?

    There have been many lessons learnt and corrections made though. But one thing that strikes me is that despite all the disappointments, I still haven't given up. In fact, after the last encounter, I told myself that I have stopped believing in this Country but funny thing is that, the thought has faded away and I am more than ready to TRY AGAIN.


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    A lesson on Human flaws and character

    This evening, as I returned home from lectures, I decided to buy Oranges because they were very inviting. I didn't pick the Oranges myself, the Orange seller did and cut them open.
    As I walked home, two things she did filled my thoughts. First is that she...
    A lesson on Human flaws and character

    This evening, as I returned home from lectures, I decided to buy Oranges because they were very inviting. I didn't pick the Oranges myself, the Orange seller did and cut them open.
    As I walked home, two things she did filled my thoughts. First is that she hurriedly picked the two Oranges from the side of the tray not minding the fact that the ones on top could roll away. Secondly, when she cut open the oranges, she didn't show me the insides like the way the 'Hausa' Orange sellers normally do. So, I concluded that she sold bad Oranges to me, on purpose.

    When I got home, I didn't open eat them until later. Infact, I had forgotten about the good-oranges-bad-oranges. I just put them on the table and concentrated on other things.
    When I was finally ready to take the Oranges, I opened the first one and Gbam!, my suspicion was right. A part of the Orange was bad. Surprisingly, I wasn't angry, I was only disappointed. I opened the second one and luckily, it was good but one could tell by just looking at it that it didn't have enough juice. I went ahead and ate it. When I finished, I thought of throwing it away with the partly bad orange but somehow, I found myself tasting it. If it was out of curiosity, I am not sure. I was more convinced that I decided to eat the good part so as not to waste 'food' and the 'money' used in buying it even though it cost a little change.

    The decision to eat that particular Orange must be one of the best decisions I have made so far because it has created a lasting impression in my mind and I haven't stopped relating it to human life. I have always had the impression not to judge by assumptions, hearsay and what is seen because one can not really say why and how something happened, the Orange issue has now become the guide I should use on what I already practice.
    The partly bad Orange turned out to be the sweeter of the two. Imagine? If someone had told me not to buy it, that it was bad, I very well would have listened to that person. But with humans, it isn't so for me. Many a times, I have had situations where someone tells me one or two things about another person's character flaw and rather than think the way the person is thinking, I find myself liking the person with the flaw because, things aren't always what they seem. In secondary school, I was confronted with such situations in more than one instance but rather than follow the crowd and cast judgement, I saw myself getting close to the person being castigated in a particular case and I saw the good in this person. It is in my person not to judge based on what I am told about a person. In many cases when someone tells me bad things about another person, surprisingly, I find myself drifting away from the person who tells me such. It just happens so. Sometimes, even if what is said turns out true, I end up trying to find out the reasons why 'whatever' the issue is happened.

    Tonight, a great lesson was etched in my memory and I am sure not going to forget it. It is, everyone has flaws but always learn to look for the good in a person before noticing the bad. By the time you have seen the good, the bad becomes what it is, irrelevant.

    Peace!
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    Of Birth, Life and Death


    My mind is unsettled, you know why? I can't stop thinking about the three inevitables of our existence - Birth, Life and Death. Sometimes, I wonder what these are all about. Life is not fair all the time, you see someone this minute and the next minute, you get...
    Of Birth, Life and Death


    My mind is unsettled, you know why? I can't stop thinking about the three inevitables of our existence - Birth, Life and Death. Sometimes, I wonder what these are all about. Life is not fair all the time, you see someone this minute and the next minute, you get informed that the person is gone. Gone to where exactly? I mean, what could have happened?

    When a child is born, everyone jubilates, it is always food and dance galore. The merriment never ends, really? But after that day, reality sets in, the struggles begin or continue. Parents work twice as hard trying to provide everything the child needs to live a good life. The child struggles too through School, peer groups and the pressure that comes with each age, overcomes major obstacles, learns new things and develop inate skills, dream big dreams and look forward to realising them. In fact, the child lives well, does well in school and graduates with flying colours while waiting for the next stage of life and without a forewarning, Death snatches the child.
    The mother is left devastated, she blames herself so much because she could not do anything to stop the passing on of her beloved child. Now tell me, is Life fair at all.

    This life is short, oh yea! Each passing day draws us nearer to our graves, reality! When I was much younger, I had no worries. I didn't understand things and somehow, I miss those times. Now, I can't escape the pain, hurt and shock I feel anytime I hear of the passing on of people, especially those I knew personally. The cold shivers that run through my spine, the heart stopping pain I feel in my chest and abdomen for few seconds, the denials and all. It is truly sad. Why must we die? Even if we must, everyone should live till very old age, that way, life would be fair to every soul.

    In this same short life, some people are serving jail terms of life imprisonment and I begin to wonder why? I have so many why's to ask but don't even know how to start asking the questions. What is the place of fate and destiny in our lives? All those caught up in war torn zones, did they ask for that? All those who can barely afford a meal per day, did they ask for it?
    After all the struggles and hustles of the world, everyone will still bow to death, which leaves me to wonder why?

    Why? why? So many why's, I don't know where to start from.
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    Unlock the Book!

    Some books are hard to read, but few are as difficult as the Codex Silenda. Why? Because it actually won’t let you read it unless you’re smart enough to unlock it.

    The laser-cut, hand-crafted, five-page wooden book is created by industrial designer Brady Whitney, who’s been...
    Unlock the Book!

    Some books are hard to read, but few are as difficult as the Codex Silenda. Why? Because it actually won’t let you read it unless you’re smart enough to unlock it.

    The laser-cut, hand-crafted, five-page wooden book is created by industrial designer Brady Whitney, who’s been raising funds for the project through Kickstarter. “Each page features a unique puzzle that requires the user/reader to unlock the corresponding bolts in order to progress to the next page,” read’s the website.

    “As the puzzler moves through the book, a story begins to unfold, depicting the story of an apprentice in Da Vinci’s Workshop who encounters the same Codex. However in the story, the Codex acts as a trap set by Da Vinci to capture any would be spies/snoopy apprentices in order to protect his work. The only way to escape is to solve each of the puzzles before the master returns from his trip.”

    #Culled


    This, to me is an adventure of its own. A briliant initiative if you ask me.
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    I recently discovered this new method of preserving plantain and since then, I have been wondering why it took me so long to find out, being a plantain lover. It is as simple as you opening your refrigerator and putting your plantain inside. ...

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    Untitled - #randomthoughts

    There is a reason Africa is still backward in every aspect; Ignorance or should I assume that they belief so much in traditional practice of religion that they have refused to format that mentality associated with voodooism and embrace westernization in all its...
    Untitled - #randomthoughts

    There is a reason Africa is still backward in every aspect; Ignorance or should I assume that they belief so much in traditional practice of religion that they have refused to format that mentality associated with voodooism and embrace westernization in all its entirety if they must keep copying the ways of the whites? Nigeria leads the pack of Countries in Africa that have refused to throw away one attribute of the stone age. It is so disheartening that when it comes to fashion, they are quick to throw their identity to the mud and emulate the west but then refuse to relegate to the thrash can boxed up thoughts that everything that seems abnormal has links to the supernatural.

    Many a times, homeless people have been tagged witches and wizards just because they were found wandering about aimlessly and oftentimes, unkempt. In a few instances, the hapless ones were burnt to death while in other cases, the quiet fortunate ones were beaten, humilated or dragged about naked before the Police intervenes.

    For how long are they going to continue this way? The west keep making ground breaking discoveries in Science, Technology and Medicine on each passing day while Africa waits on them for whatever it is they are fed with; little wonder Africa is still where it is today.

    Only recently, an obviously sick woman with a protruded abdomen was seen lying on the streets in Ozoro, a town in Delta State, Nigeria and in the usual fashion; she was surrounded by people and different postulates were made and the best that would suit the ever itching ears of the larger populace was easily circulated online by the very people who took the pictures and uploaded them online - I am still wondering who they sold their consciences to. How on earth could a woman who very clearly couldn't speak have said that she is a witch who went to suck a woman's pregnancy and ended up where she is? Where is the sense in that? Even if she did say that, it was probably under duress; so they could stop questioning her.
    From my observations, getting someone to confess that he/she is a wizard/witch in Africa is easier than obtaining a driver's license in the U.S; how laughable! Who knows if in her discomfort lies a very big discovery in Medicine that would have set Nigeria at par with every other research forward Countries. Oouch! My bad, Nigeria does not even have research institutes in Medicine to start with. I trust the West not to let opportunitues like this slip through their fingertips because they know what it means for them in the field of research if they make a ground breaking discovery.

    Africa needs to wake up fast! A lot of things have gone wrong and the first step to making things right is to discard the stone age mentality of theirs. So many great opportunities in different fields/aspects abound in Africa but they would rather depend on the west for what is obtainable in their backyards. How pitiful!
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    JUST TRY READING THE BOOK
    I had always passed by that shop admiring its nice exterior, that cute little shop in my neighborhood. Along with my admiration for the shop, there was also a personal ban I had put on that shop, "I won't be caught dead buying anything from that shop I thought; the...
    JUST TRY READING THE BOOK
    I had always passed by that shop admiring its nice exterior, that cute little shop in my neighborhood. Along with my admiration for the shop, there was also a personal ban I had put on that shop, "I won't be caught dead buying anything from that shop I thought; the prices of their products would be exorbitant; their prices would be a sum of the cost of the nice floors and windows, ventilation system, the market price of the product and finally their profit. My next option naturally with shops like that would be to just go in and browse through their products and prices and make an executive decision whether I would lift the ban off the shop, but then the shop and her staff didn't look like they entertained people who just intend to browse.
    Fast forward to this certain day when I needed toiletries and every other shop in my neighborhood did not have that particular item I needed. They all directed me to that shop, "They would have", they all kept chorusing like a perfect orchestra. Feeling defeated and hoping they wouldn't have what I needed, I walked into this shop and asked the really polite sales assistant if they had the item I needed in stock. Of course they had it. The polite nature of the sales assistant was very much above average even for my neighborhood and I thought that was the greatest shocker of that shopping experience. I then asked for the price of my intended purchase and that was when I got the greatest shocker of that day; the price was actually less than the price it was sold in every other shop in my neighborhood. I stylishly checked around the shop for signs that there was some ongoing price discount promotion and all I got was negatives. I almost hit my head on the wall.
    I had just assumed that the shop was high end because it looked high end and I had missed out on amazing shopping experiences; the only reason I had put the ban on the shop was because of its nice exteriors. Regretting my decision, I then made a new resolution which i intend keeping. I would never make a decision, remark or opinion about a shop, person or even an entity without proper consultation with the appropriate authorities. Writing this now I realize that there are many individuals who like me made decisions without proper consultation; these could just be in thoughts which usually result in certain actions. They could be what you tagged little such as "Assuming she is a dummy, because she wears so much makeup" and so much more. With this experience I have realized to a deeper level than most time reading the book is safer decision than judging the book by its cover. And Yes, it was a really humbling experience.
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