By Mfreke Udonkang
1. Fall and Rise
Few weeks back I slipped on the wet tile floor in my friend’s house, a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago.
2. A FATHERLY ADVISE
As fatherless that I am, an advice I got from a certain man has kept me going. He said, “Just go for anything you wish to go for, give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic
3. THE POWER OF UNIQUENESS.
The other day I asked my mentor – a very successful business man – what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.
4. LOOKING BACK
Last Christmas I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research I’m working on in order to improve on my craft. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.
5. TRY AND YOU SHALL KNOW
I am blind by birth. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to play football . I asked my mother – “Mum, can I play football?” She said “You’ll never know until you try.” When I was a teenager, I asked her, – “Mum Can I become an Engineer?”. She replied “Son, you’ll never know until you try.” Today I have degree in Engineering and I once played professional football, just because I tried!
6. GOODNESS & GRATITUDE
The other day after a stressful day from my daily activities, a woman ran up to me at De Choice mall as I was about easing the stress with a bottle of Coca Cola and Rice and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “You helped me at Umuahia when I was under labour and my husband wasn’t close, I shouted for help, you and your friends heard my voice and came to my rescue, you drove me in my car to the hospital”
7. LOVE CONQUERS PAIN
The day I watched my dog get ran over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding it and shedding tears. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
8. A DOOR CLOSES TO OPEN ANOTHER
I can remember vividly the day I woke up feeling ill, but decided to step out and look for money. At about 3PM I got laid off. I drove my friend’s vehicle to get some foodstuffs, on negotiating a sharp bend I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a Camry pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job the first job I did after graduation before the company listed my name and many others on their redundancy list.
9. LOOKING BACK
Each time I look back at my past and the stories surrounding my life, I always she’d tears of gratitude to God..
Yesterday, in the cutest voice, my neighbor’ 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” “Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.
Last month at Port Harcourt, I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
Once when I survived a ghastly accident and was using crutches, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on it with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”.
I was traveling in Adamawa and I met an Hausa man. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then i offered him the rest of the food item i was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”
Cheers to life…. this is just a piece of my sojourn, more to come!