LOOK BACK WITH GRATITUDE

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“So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
“Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
Luke 17:17-18 (NKJV)

Compliments of the season.

This should be the last piece on this blog for this year. And I want to talk about gratitude. It sure won’t interfere much with your merriment. But before I go on, I’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has made my blogging experience this year a fabulous one.

This is that time of year when people take stock and restock. You don’t need to be a boy-genius before you notice that crimes, atrocities and all forms of recklessness are on the increase during this period. In my opinion, I think this can be explained from the disparity that a lot of people notice from what they hoped at the beginning of the year that they would have achieved at the end of the year and what they actually have achieved at the end of the year. The difference is a very wide gulf. People, thus resort to all manners in a bid to close the gap. Books need to be closed and accounts must balance.

I, for one, think that the conclusions that people reach is borne out of myopic reasoning. The fact that you didn’t meet your goals by year-end doesn’t mean you won’t ever meet the goals. Time is continuous, the calendar is just there to break time into periods, period! The fact that a woman conceives this year doesn’t mean she necessarily must deliver the child this year. Her pregnancy doesn’t terminate at end of year.

Its only a matter of perspectives. If we look with the right eyes we will see that we are actually closer to our dreams than we thought. Its only when we look with the eye of gratitude that we appreciate the tiny steps we have taken.

Gratitude opens the door for abundance. It puts our perspective in order. One of the biggest miracles of Jesus in the Bible was that recorded in Matthew 15:32-38 where He fed over four thousand men with just seven loaves and few fishes. The Bible records that Jesus gave thanks and then the miraculous followed. We need to learn to give thanks for the baby-steps we take today because they are the forerunners of the giant leaps of tomorrow.

Sometime this year I was reading about stonecutting. Now, that’s one helluva job. It demands hard work, patience and persistence. Stones aren’t usually cut with just one hit of the mallet, that will rather be pebble crushing. Everyday, the stonecutter goes about the arduous labour of hitting the stone. For most part of the job, the eyes cannot see the progress made but a wise stonecutter knows he’s making progress, then one day and with one hit, the stone splits. If you were at the scene at the very moment the stone splits you might be tempted to think one hit did the job, no! The several hits before played their parts. The stonecutter doesn’t go home murmuring because the stone isn’t split yet, he’s grateful he has health to make progress with the work. You see, one day of complaint might rob him of his sweat and then he would abandon the work and he might just be one hit away from the split.

Permit me to share a story with you. It was my first year in the university. I had been invited by a friend to join one of the news boards in the faculty of law. I had always wanted to write so I accepted the invitation. I had a clear mental picture of my writing adventure. I wanted to have a column where I would discuss politics and a few other things. I had an article ready before my first meeting with the board people. There I met Sagay, the same popular humour merchant on twitter, he was one of the ogas then. After a brief discussion with the ogas I realised that they weren’t ready to give me a column. To start with, they needed me to do some “boy boy” jobs like buying cardboards from Sports market, keeping pins and pasting of other people’s articles. I didn’t want to have any of those, I just wanted to write my own articles! After a few weeks I called it quits.

I never got back to writing until my last year in the university. You know why? I despised the baby-steps. Today, I realise what fine writer I would have become if I had humbly taken those tutelage years. I have since found the truth in a Yoruba folk saying that ‘eni ti o le se bi alaru l’Oyingbo ko le se bi Adegboro l’oja oba’ meaning if you cannot endure as a cart pusher in the famed market of Oyingbo, you may never become Adegboro in the king’s market. The little steps matter,  and it is gratitude that sustains us during the days of those little, killing and seemingly insignificant days.

Most times in life, our preparation ground has no similitude with our throne of glory. Its just like a person who wants to become a surgeon, he must first learn to dissect mice and cadavers. No medical school will give you humans to dissect without you first dissecting mice.

If your perspective is right you’d be able to see that today is your mice-dissecting day, the big day is around the corner. Look back with gratitude and you’d realise its been a great year.

Happy new year in advance.

I am @seunalade

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13 Responses to LOOK BACK WITH GRATITUDE

  1. Bode says:

    Good write up.. If one cant remember, he certainly wont b able to give thanks…… Just a moment of remembrance may just lit up thanks in us.. More Grace bro

  2. Michael says:

    And a happy new year to you too (in advance).

    You’re very right about the need for baby-steps. They are usually the most crucial steps too.

    Thanks for this reflective post. Got me thinking back too.

  3. dora says:

    As usual am so flattered by ur write up. The baby step is d crucial step in the making of champions but unfortunatly, our generation are no longer patient to take that route. Looking back is important and one appreciating where you are per- time is another, We must always learn to appreciate God for where we are per time cos so many people desire to be alive today but they are no more!! I, as a person want to say am grateful to God for all His numerouse doings in my life in 2013, I may not be where I want to be but am definately not where I used to be! .I give thanks to GoD for His inumerAble benefits…Thank you @ Seun for dat wonderful piece, happy New year!!!

  4. nosakhare says:

    Nice one seun. Never belittle d days of small beginning.

  5. relan says:

    Same here to you , Happy new year in advance. The flow of blessings via your writings have been regular, just as the in-flow of each posts. With just the typing from ur key pads (not even vocal), u still continue to impart and touch lives.
    THANKS for this piece sir! Trust u’ll keep this coming again and again…….. GOD BLESS.

  6. Phillips Ademola says:

    Oluwaseun,that was a WOW piece…you got me glued and thinking…This piece is indeed a sniper’s bullet to the heart that refuses to show gratitude.
    Compliments of the season

  7. abimbola says:

    Nice piece. Stayed glued till d end .
    A cause for reflection, and d ignition of a heart of gratitude.
    Impactful!

  8. Agbejimi Babatunde says:

    This is commendable. A heart of ‘Gratitude’ will remain merry forever. May the Lord of Mercy continue to grant us such a heart. Cheers and see you in the massive enlargement new year 2014! AGT

  9. Adetola says:

    2013 has been a glorious year,thanks for this lovely piece,just exactly what I was thinking today.

    • omotolani says:

      And your analogies rock!….Deep yet simple, you passed (a) message/messages as usual. God bless you S.A…Cheers to a greater 2014!

  10. Imisi says:

    Thanx so very much for this profound piece, Seun!

    Sometimes, forward-thinkers that we are, we tend to get carried away by the strictness of our targets. We refuse ourselves any slack and dismiss anything short of our expectations as total failure. But, it’s hardly ever that dire.

    The important thing is that we NEVER stand still. Even if we’re not there yet, we can take the little progress as motivation to keep going.

    There’s really no better outlook on life than one of gratitude. So much we can be grateful for: successes, life itself – even the transient nature of apparent failures!

    Here’s to an amazing #2014

    !.!.!

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