…And so it was that I woke up today feeling good; scratch that, good does not begin to justify how I felt. I had cause to reflect, not on the fact that the day’s Democracy day, although a lot of things do not add up to the reality of Democracy at the moment, but whatever I think, it’s Democracy day.
But I digress a bit… for a few days now, there’d been only 5 minutes of electricity supplied in every 12 hours, that’s 10 minutes give or take of electricity in 24 hours for over three days. Sigh!
And so, when the electricity was restored, it felt like the norm of 5 minutes in 12 hours routine was gonna happen so I “tskd” away the thought. But then it became an hour, then two, three, four and five and then I saw something seemingly insignificant, that made me very, very thankful.
You see, whenever electricity goes off, water cannot be pumped and if water cannot be pumped, means I’ve gotta fetch water from the well in the compound where our flat is located and it’s such an arduous task and I won’t allow my wife to fetch the water or buy from vendors who have a time schedule that I’ve yet to come terms with…
Still that’s not what caught my attention, but that most of the time that the water in our storage threatens to run out, something happens such that we don’t have to go through the stress, of going to fetch water from the well within our compound or buy water from the vendors; Electricity is restored and water pumped no matter how little the time that the electricity would stay.
Therefore, it got me thinking (and ultimately thanking), “There is just so much that’s happened in my life for me to be grateful that it is not worse than it is at the moment.”
You see, I’m human (of course you didn’t think I was an animal did you?), which makes me insatiable (always wanting more, better), therefore I tend to think that I deserve better in a way that reeks of ingratitude, rather than reflecting that what I have is someone else’s better..
Little hinges swing huge doors I have heard, and that if I can think, I will thank.
I have to say that this is what I realize, that though I think that I don’t have enough of the things that I have as expectations, it is yet in the things I consider to be “small” that i should be most grateful about. How many times have i been spared me from an accident, or had my needs met in an unexpected way?
How many times have I been running late for one thing or the other something happened to make sure I caught up in good time with what I was running late for?
Or how many times has God had to endure my impatience just to show me that he is the one in charge?…all of that without yelling at me or telling me off? How many times would he have been justified to seize my life due to my rebellion in my thoughts towards the things that are unfathomable by my puny mind?
My wife then pointed out another reality, we, yes we are not where we used to be a year and two months ago… some of the things that seemed like tough tasks back then have now become like 2nd nature and some of the things that we never realized we could enjoy have become our pleasures, at least for the moment, cos it can only get better..
Wow, indeed I have every reason to drop all and say a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to the one who formed me in my mother’s womb, brought me out into this world, took me through every single day of the years I’ve seen so far, gave me more than what money can ever pay for, has made promises and is able to fulfill them,
He has never panicked at the challenges I face daily but instead has promised to go through raging waters and even fire with me, as I write this, I am in the middle of a challenge, but I have a certain peace because I know that he’s not only got my back, but he has seen what lies ahead. I feel very happy and I am thankful for his wisdom, blessing and everything that he has bestowed on me.
Well, it’s still democracy day, and I choose to be thankful that I am Nigerian, that though not everything has gone the way I think it should go, it could have been worse! Our expectations will not be cut short.
God Bless NIGERIA!!!
It’s independence day today Oct 1 and Nigeria is marking 53 years of independence… I see things getting better, irrespective of the current realities.. This post was initially written on May 29th, but purpose has it that it should be published on Independence day instead… There’s more than enough reason for us as NIGERIANS to bow the knee and say “Thank You”, to God for keeping us united and at peace. Just ask the Somalis, or the Congolese, we are blessed and most fortunate!
All the amenities and our expectations of “milk-and-honey” may not be available for our comfort at the moment, but let us be grateful for what we have and upon that platform build for ourselves the good to great things that we picture in our hearts about our country…
GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!