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Survival 3 – Praise

Hand clapping, toe tapping, hand lifting, dancing, jumping, shouting, waving, singing, playing skillfully or not so skillfully on your musical instrument - these are all acceptable forms of praise. If you don't know how to play any of those other instruments, you can at least play the ten-stringed one, your palms...

Survival 2 – Stay Connected

Apart from the ‘not-so-common sense’ strategies that are widely advised for implementation during a recession, what more can one do to outlast this season of adversity? It’s interesting that the answer to this question will vary from person to person. You may even find that there are some people who don’t need to do anything new or different, and they’ll be just fine, but it’s important to know and to do the right thing. In Biblical times, recessions were referred to as famine or dearth and people responded to it in different ways. Abraham went down to Egypt and his grandson, Jacob, did the same. Isaac went to Gerar and God appeared to him...

Survival 1 – A Tree

Looking out my window, I see a tree. It looks absolutely healthy and full of life. Its flexible branches sway this way and that in the gentle breeze and all I can see from here is life, peace, well being. Nothing missing, nothing broken. This tree is happy and content. In seasons like this, where nations are experiencing recession, one could very easily begin to envy a tree like this. It’s nicely located and it drinks water from the rains of heaven, and in these parts, that rain isn’t lacking at all. Almost everything this tree needs is in its immediate surrounding and other resources are brought to it as a result of...

Holiday over

Back to base. School's starting soon. The kids miss their cousins already. One can actually have a wonderful holiday even without traveling to an exotic location.  After our getaway, my husband and I joined the kids at my sister's home. They had fun bonding and playing with their cousins and I particularly enjoyed waking up late some days, watching very entertaining and inspiring movies, watching CNN, and sometimes doing nothing - I really can't account for some of the hours spent. In all, we had the most fulfilling and refreshing holiday. I remember when all the planning started for this vacation. Many thanks to my sister and my husband who took the time to...

Biographies

I've heard it said a few times that you learn a lot from biographies. I've come to discover that these accounts often hold a lot of truth and reality; especially those that are written after the death of the subject, and autobiographies written in one's old age. When you're younger, you still have a lot at stake and your entire future ahead of you. The likelihood is higher too that some of the characters in the story of your life are still alive and telling the whole story may impact them in one way or the other. So to be reasonable you either get their permission, change names to protect their identity or...

Spoil Yourself

One can easily be tempted to keep working, keep saving, keep investing, keep spending money on the basic necessities of life and never allocate any time or money to rest, to relax and to enjoy one's life. But it's necessary to take a break. Breathe in and breathe out. Stop and smell the roses. Have fun! Experience the beauty of nature, visit important places, listen to historic accounts, take in new knowledge about the world, marvel at the achievements of others, and just be happy. An Arabian sweet. Some pineapple, some coconut...

Fear Factor – 2

I remember the first time I rode a bicycle without assistance. My dad had repaired four bicycles and  needed to get them home. Only one could fit in the boot of his car so he asked us to ride the others. We often hung out with him in the mechanical workshop at the campus and played or wrote on the board while he worked. He always found a way to keep us engaged so we didn’t distract him or get hurt. Those were fun times. I said, ‘Daddy, it’s too high for me’. I guess I was just afraid. You see, I had been using a smaller bicycle with training wheels up until...

Call Him

He’s a student at the Akwa Ibom State University and a friend of his was kind enough to lend him a laptop to meet his day to day computing needs. He had come to Eket town that weekend to sing at the ‘Evening Sacrifice’, a worship program organized by his Church. On returning to school, he dropped his belongings in his room and went to say hello to his friends in a different room. When he returned, the laptop was nowhere to be found. He was devastated and wondered how he would come up with enough money to pay for the missing laptop. Then he prayed, ‘God, how can I finish singing to...