• 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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