On The Shoulders Of Each Other

Ugwu Kelvin

Football stars, in fact, all the stars of various sports, we made them who they are.
Premier league, LALIGA, Serie A were suspended. This year’s Wimbledon (The most prestigious Tennis competition annually played in the UK) was cancelled. The ‘almighty’ Olympic games has also been cancelled this year.
Do you know what this means?
Many people have loss Millions of dollars because with Coronavirus still not contained, there will be no spectators. If there are no spectators, nobody will buy tickets, nobody will sell tickets.

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We Can be Wrong so Many Times Judging others Without Knowing the True Story Behind Their Actions.

 

My boss drove a luxury car every day and it was my duty to greet him and to open the gates for him, as I worked as a watchman in his villa. But he never responded back to my greetings.
 
One day he saw me opening the garbage bags outside the villa in search of any leftover food. But, as usual, he never even looked at me, it was as if he never saw anything!

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The Praying Hands

 

Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighborhood.
Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder’s children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.

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THE PARADOX OF OUR TIME

 

1. *We live in times where we see many humans, but not enough humanity;*

 

2. *We live in times where the rich has more rooms than children and the poor has more children than rooms.*

 

3. *We live in times where Smart Phones bring you closer to those who are far, but distance you from those who are close;*

 

4. *We live in times where we open Facebook, more than the Holy Book;*

 

5. *We live in times where a single mother can look after 10 children, but 10 children can’t look after a single mother;*

 

6. *We live in times where the rich walk miles to digest food, while the poor walk miles to obtain food;*

 

7. *We live in times where our contact lists are huge, but our relationships are poor;*

 

8. *We live in times where our possessions are more, but our contentment is less;*

 

9 *We live in times where we know how to earn a good living, but somehow forget how to live a good life;*

 

 

 

10 *We live in times where many know the price of everything, but the value of nothing;*

 

Indeed, we live in a strange world.

 

The Beauty and Mystery of Love from a wise Elder

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return but what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person we will know how to be grateful for the gift.
Love is when you take away the feeling of the romance in the relationship but you still care for that person.
A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.

 

When the door of happiness closes another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.

 

The best kind of friend is the kind you can just be with, never say a word and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

 

It is true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives.
Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they love you back. Don’t expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in their heart but, if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.
There are things you’d love to hear that you would never hear from the person whom you would like to hear them from but don’t be so deaf as not to hear it from the one who says it from their heart.

Never say good bye if you still want to try. Never give up if you still feel you can go on. Never say you don’t love a person anymore if you can’t let go.
Love comes to those who still hope, although they have been disappointed. To those who still believe, although they have been betrayed.

To those who still need to love, although they have been hurt before and to those that have the courage and faith to build trust again.
It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

 

Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

 

 

 

 

 

Thief rewarded. Victim punished. WHY???


In the 1930’s, a rather unusual court case came to pass…

A woman was being charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She seemed to have good cause. She was poor and taking care of her daughter and two grandchildren after their father had abandoned them.


Unfortunately, the shop-keeper refused to
drop charges. He felt that because it was a bad neighborhood, if one person stole and got away with it, then it would encourage more to do so. He feared for his safety and his business, and he wanted to teach all the other people in the neighborhood a lesson.

And he certainly did do that, though not in the way he had envisnioned…


See, the Mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia, was known for occasionally stepping in as a magistrate of the court. He would preside over certain cases of special interest. He was well-loved by many and known for being a firm yet fair mayor.

In this instance, Mayor LaGuardia stepped to the front of the courtroom, placed his famous hat down, and prepared his ruling:

“The shop-keeper is correct that you have broken the law and that you must be punished. You will spend 10 days in jail or pay a fine of ten dollars.”


Back then, $10 was a hefty sum of money. The woman knew she was going to jail, and the shop-keeper was quite happy with this outcome.


But nobody could have imagined what would happen next…

Something interesting was brewing inside Mayor LaGuardia’s head.


And as he spoke the woman’s sentence out loud, he slowly pulled from his pocket a $10 bill. He placed it into his famous hat and stated that her fine was now paid.


The look of shock on the shop-keepers face was priceless!


How could the mayor betray his people like that? The businesses who paid the taxes of the city and helped keep it running? Meanwhile a poor, law-breaking, thieving woman was being let off scott-free without any punishment whatsoever?


Nobody understood that, until Mayor LaGuardia issued his second sentence for the afternoon:


“In addition to the $10 fine this woman has now paid, I fine everybody else in this courtroom fifty cents.”


The room gasped in shock as he continued…

“For living in a town where a grandmother must steal bread just so that her daughter and grandchildren would not starve to death.


Bailiff, please collect the fines right now…”


“And give them to the defendent.”



It’s a great story though. It teaches us some valuable lessons about compassion, our interconnectedness , and taking responsibility for the entirety of human lives.

Atiku and Buhari and The Space In The Middle


In the hearts of every young man and woman reading this, who mean well for our country; in the hearts of men and women devoid of sentiments: tribes, religion and selfish gains — We not only have a clear idea of the Nigeria of our dream, but more importantly the leaders that will make that dream a reality.



We know in all sincerity that Buhari does not only represent the impossibility of that dream coming to pass but the possibility that with him we may not even be alive in the first place to even dream. He is like the thief at the left hand. To some, he is not just the thief, he is the “Bad” thief.

Still in the spirit of being sincere to ourselves. That people shout #Atikulated all over social media does not mean that they trust Atiku hundred percent to be that leader that will make those dreams come true. One of the reasons for all the #Atikulation is primarily because of the presence of the ‘Bad thief’. Most #Atikulators are simply operating on the principle that: the person who will be able to catch the bad thief, must at least be a thief. Atiku is the thief, he stands at the right hand. To some, he is not just the thief, he is the “good” thief. He is considered so because there is nothing more urgent now than unseating the “bad” thief to a peaceful rest in Daura, and Atiku seems to have the potentials to do so.

The choice before us for 2019 is standing at the right, while the other is at the left. This is where our greatest problem lies: almost in all our elections, we are always “blessed” with the one at the left and the one at the right to choose from, but often NO ONE AT THE MIDDLE. This type of blessing needs to be rejected.


To all the presidential candidates from other up-and-coming parties, this MESSAGE is from our hearts.


To Kingsley Moghalu – who is 55 years old, Fela Durotoye – who is 46 years old, Donald Duke – who is 56 years, Omoyele Sowore — who is 47 years old, Oby Ezekwesili – 55 years old etc there is always a space missing anytime we are ready to vote. The space is wider this time. That space keeps begging to be filled. THE SPACE IS AT THE MIDDLE .

This is the time to do something. Desperate times need desperate people. The president of our dreams will never win any election in this present Nigeria as long as they do not do something beyond the usual of simply creating a party, declare themselves as presidential candidates and start writing beautiful ideas via social media.

Don’t pretend that you are not seeing what is happening in PDP and APC and the fact that no one even remembers that your parties are even existing. Okay sorry, I just lied… At least your family members will remember. Unfortunately, this is not family members election.

The truth is that Nigerians love you and see something great in each of you, but now is the time to show us that you truly qualify as leaders that can see the signs of the time and find an immediate solution to it.

Now, what stops you all from calling yourselves for a serious meeting? Merge your parties as one. Synthesis your ideas into one. Create something unique, something we have never seen before. Make Nigeria feel that you all are a team, working for a common goal. Choose among yourselves who will be president, vice, Senate, party Chiarman etc. Since your aim of going for the post is primarily to put Nigeria where it belongs, it should not matter in your team who is the president, minister etc. Make your salaries equal since it is not about money you want to be president, unless you are thieves In disguise.

Imagine a situation in which voting for Kingsley Moghalu is also voting for Donald Duke and Fela Durotoye and Ezekwezili together. . . Awesome isn’t it?

If by now, you all still think that individually you have a chance of winning the election, then I am sorry to say that you are not only unfit to even be compound caretakers in a house in Ilaje Lagos, but Buhari even in his ‘lifelessness’ is far better than all of you put together.


If you all cannot read this simple sign that concerns your own career and think of something to do about it, how can we even entrust our lives to you when we know we have BokoHaram on one hand, Fulani terrorists herdsmen on another? How will you be able to read the signs as presidents and take proactive steps to defend us?

Did you notice the overwhelming support Atiku started gaining for simply picking Peter Obi as vice president? The reason is because, Obi has something that represent the type of leadership we look for, that same thing that you all have and even more. Left for many, Peter Obi is better qualified to be the president than Atiku.

I know you all tried this meeting once but it did not work out, but that was then when things were not clear like now. Try again! If you cannot unite together when your common goal is to give Nigerians a better leadership, then how can you unite all Nigerians that do not even have same goals. Show us an example to convince us that you are the one “in the middle of the two thieves”.

Even if you don’t make it in this coming election, watch how you would have succeeded in buying every one over to yourselves for next election, and even put those who were elected on their toes since they know there is a coordinated team of leaders loved by Nigerians. With this, indirectly, you have even started solving the Nigeria problem.
Make no mistake about this, Nigerians will not stick their heads for you even in 2023 unless you give them enough reason today. Until you do this, let the “good thief” wins.

Now that I have finished preaching, can someone help me Atikulate it to them???


Written by Ugwu Kelvin


Image by Uche Asogwa

Do you have the Heart of a Mouse?

A mouse was in constant distress because of its fear of the cat. A magician took pity on it and turned it into a cat. But then it became afraid of the dog.

So the magician turned it into a dog. Then it began to fear the panther, so the magician turned it into a panther. Whereupon it was full of fear for the hunter.

At this point, the magician gave up. He turned it into a mouse again saying, “Nothing I do for you is going to be of any help because you have the heart of a mouse.”

What it means to be “poor”


One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.


On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”


It was great, Dad.”


“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.


“Oh yeah,” said the son.


“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?”, asked the father


The son answered:


“I saw that we have one dog and they had four.


We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.


We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.


Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.


We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.


We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.


We buy our food, but they grow theirs.


We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”


The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added…


“Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”



“How you see the world. How you deal with it. That determines your real wealth.”

– God (from the ‘Joan of Arcadia’ TV series)



INSIGHTS


One aspect about this story is that it holds two messages simultaneously: One is that we can feel abundant no matter what we have, and two, that we all deserve abundance however we define that to be.