HERE GOES TO OUR UNIQUENESS

1524882_10152163066490818_356396695_nIt is always uplifting and inspiring when you discover that your work is viewed, appreciated and recommended to others. You become overwhelmed with happiness, hope and belief. It is rare to have such and when you are given a chance to experience it, you become aware that what you are doing is right and on course. Continue reading

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ASSUME BUT COMMUNICATE.

Above & BeyondThere are instances when we decide to base our decisions on assumptions and not facts. There are also, instances when we put together facts to create assumptions which we ultimately decide that since its gotten from facts, then it is indeed a reflection of reality or at least an explanation of it. We can also argue that sometimes, solutions to problems could be gotten by making informed assumptions and taking decisions based on these. But back to the reality that is life and what is of most importance- relationships- assumptions could be deadly. Continue reading

The Positive Nigerian.

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It´s fascinating how in the quest for answers, which is one amongst the list of many important things that make up the collection “life”, one finds himself with other questions. This is a trick of life that we have come to know. Humanity knows that knowledge along with other simple things as peace, love and belief, is something that makes life easy and worthwhile, the thing of beauty and intrigue that it is. “The mere fact that man continually and diligently seeks more knowledge and pursues further research is a confession that there is so much we yet need to learn”. Continue reading

GET INVOLVED

Image courtesy of Enitan Doherty-Mason

Image courtesy of Enitan Doherty-Mason

Constructive debates within social circles about what’s affecting the entire nation are rare in this country. Everything turns into an argument or a platform to rain insults or an avenue to start pointing fingers. Unbiased criticism is not available. Everything has to be partisan.

If we can’t look past our differences to bring out a common solution to our problems while respecting every opinion and view, we are bound to fail. If we can’t come to terms within ourselves, we have no right to expect any functionality of our government. We are as broken as they are.

Change starts within before it can be spread to society in general. Discipline can’t be taught to another without allowing it to reflect from us. We can’t expect the good while associating with the bad. Change is not something that happens, its something you invite.

Dear Nigerians, let’s GET INVOLVED in the positive process of salvaging our nation.

(c) Dhulhulaifa

BELIEVE AND TOSS A COIN

We are taught to love and we learn to trust but no one will ever be able to point at the ones that will disappoint us. That’s life. But the tragedies and disappointments of life are not reasons why we shouldn’t allow ourselves to enjoy its beauty even if for a while and no matter how little. Because without one, there isn’t the other.

A coin has two sides for a reason and you can only get one outcome when it is tossed. Still, it is a coin and the outcome could change at the next toss. Nothing is guaranteed except change. So worry not for the next moment might be blissful.

(c) Dhulhulaifa

A GIFT OF ROSE

I have constantly wondered why most of my thoughts and writings revolve around LOVE or ends up to be a call to it. Maybe I am taken in by the various forms in which it exists or the very fact that it is something so broad you can never really exhaust it. But the basic fact I know and can defend anytime is, “Love is the very reason behind the creation of mankind and with it, nothing is impossible”. It is a power beyond imagination and the key to attributes that gives life its meaning- patience, joy, happiness, sacrifice, kindness etc.

It is what truly determines how every individual’s life turn out to be on a daily basis. Its what determines how successful we can become. Without love, humanity would have no purpose. I mean, its a love for something that brings about the concept of work in the first place. We work to satisfy our basic needs and this arises from the very fact that we love ourselves and wish for no harm to befall us no matter how little. We ‘care’ and care arises only out of love.

Examining carefully and thinking thoroughly about love will reveal to us that anything in life that has no root in love is just a distraction and illusion. Its just something that is clearly not worth seeking and something that time should not be wasted upon. Wise minds will attest to this. No event worth remembering is ever without love, no great story told is ever without love & no great person exists on the surface of the earth or in history books without an act of love attributed to his cause. With that said, I ask, why do anything if its not an act of love?

Accept this as a gift of rose from me to you.

(c) Dhulhulaifa

THE TRUTH

The world no doubt has lost its morality. The things that are simple and easy have now become complicated and hard. Values, respect and morality have become a thing of the past. What was once viewed, acknowledged and believed to be right has been thrown away. The strength and guts to tell things as they are has vanished and no one seems to be able to stand by what is right. Friends are now afraid to tell you things as they are. They are scared to tell you the truth about yourself, the world around you, and what they truly feel. Sound unbiased advice is hard to come by. Everyone seems to be comfortable with the position things are because they are afraid that when they actually say what needs to be said, they risk losing that comfort. But what comfort is greater than living with a clear conscience? What comfort is there in knowing you haven’t done what is right?
Everything that happens in the world has a direct or indirect effect on every individual. A decision taken miles away can affect an individual who has no knowledge of such decision. Action taken years back can have a lasting effect on generations to come. Have we as humans performed the duty of preserving humanity? Have we taken decisions and actions that were designed to protect our sanity? Have we preserved what is important? The answer to these questions clearly point to the negative. We have not.
Who is to blame for the decay in morality? Who is to blame for the situation we find ourselves in? All around the world, there is chaos, injustice, corruption, suffering and war. Are these our fate? Was man created to inherit all these? Clearly not but they are now the norms everywhere. So who is to blame?
“Evil only prevails when good men stand back and do nothing”. I know that the fight against evil is not a simple one but the truth is in the presence of light, darkness disappears into the shadows. It hides behind the image the light falls upon. That said, the fault is entirely ours. Yes, ours. Each and every individual in the world is responsible for the way things are. Each of us share the blame in actions we took, in actions we didn’t, in words we said, in words we didn’t, in decisions we made, in decisions we didn’t make. We all are responsible for the way things have turned out to be.
We constantly talk about forgetting the past for it is gone and focus on the future that is to come, a future we have no idea how it will be. But how can we focus on the future forgetting the past? The past is gone, yes, but the actions and decisions of it are there to make us learn, to make us know the ways in which things should be done and ways in which they shouldn’t. Forgetting the past entails leaving behind valuable lessons, assets, and a great deal of knowledge. The past is as important as the future we look forward to. If we forget the lessons and teachings of history (the past), how are we to change things for the better? How are we to correct our wrongs? How are we to ensure that others don’t fall into the same mistakes that we had fallen into? We are thus left with repeating the same mistakes over and over again until it eventually becomes a habit. Do we wish to be excellent in chaos, injustice, and corruption? Or do we wish to be excellent in peace, justice, fairness, and love?
The simple and good things in life have always and will always be free- Kindness, love, respect, morals, happiness, joy etc. Why not protect and invite these unto ourselves to salvage what is left of our humanity? Why not protect the innocence of young minds from the evils that is within us? Why not make the world a better place?
I plead with the world, let us work towards making this place the heaven that it was created to be. Stop the violence, stop the injustice, stop the stigmatization and stop the lies.
Let’s start by becoming who we were created to be- Creatures of love. Let’s start by guiding our actions, by loving and becoming fair to ourselves. There is always a chance to chase the darkness and it’s by becoming the light.

(c) Dhulhulaifa

THE IRONY OF CHANGE

Friends are lost and others are found.

Dreams are altered while beliefs and strength are tested.

Paths are abandoned or revisited.

Hopes and faith are renewed.

The past is revisited to seek mistakes, reasons, lessons and answers.

The future seems bleak and full of obstacles.

Words flow from lips whose minds are shallow of knowledge about you and how the world works.

Judgmental they become forgetting their place.

Be wary of such for elevation and excellence they know not and wish it not upon you.

So they are deceived, by the greed in them, to stop you as you take the path of change.

Towards becoming you,

Towards becoming great,

Towards becoming changed.

FACES

The faces we meet are nothing but blessings. They are there for a purpose beyond our comprehension. Everyone is there to teach a lesson or tell a story. Everyone is there to teach us something about ourselves and to help us make decisions we alone cannot. Everyone is there to help us bounce back after a fall.

Life has its way of playing tricks on us but with the right answers, we are able to scale its tests and obstacles and these answers are found in the faces we see and meet everyday.

As is said, “no man is an island of himself”, the more reason why we have others around us. So be kind to everyone you meet for we are all fighting a tough battle with different set of cards dealt at different times and stages in our existence.

Be thankful for the faces in your life for they are a gift, a mercy and a treasure from your Creator. Never look down at the next person unless you are trying to pick him up from a fall for they might be the source of your joy someday. We all can learn even from the tiniest of things and find answers in the strangest of places.

FORGIVENESS

In this journey of ours, we meet and we sometimes also leave. Friends become strangers and strangers become friends. In the middle of it all, sometimes time takes charge and sometimes trusts are betrayed.

But before anything else, we were told and taught of a power beyond our comprehension, a gateway to everything beautiful, a source to everything we desire and a mercy beyond doubt and immeasurable. We were taught that forgiveness is a gift only a relative few are blessed with. It’s the highest thing to seek and the easiest to get (from the Almighty) but the hardest to give (we humans).

What we give, we get back in return. What effort we put in, we get results equivalent. What we sow, we reap. Karma it is generally called.

Wisdom dictates that to get forgiveness, we have to ask for it while mustering the strength to give it also. There may be instances where this would seem not achievable because of the immensity of the offense but the choice has always been left to us.

As said by Roselyn Payne, “to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you”. So,

  • For the frowns and aches I caused, forgive me.
  • For the moments I made you feel sad, forgive me.
  • For every regret caused by my actions, forgive me.
  • For the quiet times I didn’t keep in touch, forgive me.
  • For the times I wasn’t there when needed, forgive me.
  • To anyone who ever made me regret, I forgive you.
  • To anyone who has ever made me sad, I forgive you.
  • To anyone who has ever tested my patience, I forgive you.
  • To anyone deserving of my forgiveness, it has been granted.

Oh Allah! Forgive our shortcomings and grant us your mercy. Make us amongst those who will benefit from your abundance here and in the hereafter. Ameen.