This post got me thinking🤔
A re-union of old School Mates was planned.
I was sceptical to attend.
It was 10 years after University.
What could i point to?
I have read on some of my classmates that were now made men and women.
I made up my mind not to attend.
I did not want pity or to be the subject of gossip.
Another class mate called me and encouraged me. “Guy, Come along, you might meet classmates that might assist you”.
On that note i attended.
The colleague picked me up.
At the re-union, plenty of back slaps, excitement and joy.
I felt inadequate when people shared their current status, as i sat in a lonely corner.
What would I share? What success? What growth? Luckily, I was not called upon.
The re-union ended. No one asked for my number.
Many just glanced over me.
I left feeling more dejected.
Some months after, I got employed and also went into business.
Luck shined on me and i prospered.
Got married and sponsored few candidates for further education.
I became a man of influence.
It was 20 years. Time for another re-union.
I got my best car out.
Wore one of my most expensive attires.
I desired to go and impress, to tell my story because now i have something to say.
Then wisdom dawned on me when my wife advised otherwise.
What was i going to get?
Acclaims and applause.
I decided i would not attend.
I would look for five of my classmates still struggling, then assist them to loftier heights.
To make it more adequate, it would be discreet.
So i did.
I selected and supported them.
Despite not attending, i was applauded for my contribution.
Last time i was there, and nobody "saw" me.
In my absence, my success spoke. They all noticed i did not come.
I shook my head sadly.
I have learnt a lesson.
My friends would remain those that cared when i was in need, not those that were friends with my cars and affluence.
Please, let's reach out to our Mates who have not made it up the ladder and assist them.
An Igbo adage says; "?k?k? ad?gh? echefu ?nye fobulu ya ?d? na udu mmiri"
One lesson learnt during this Lockdown was that nothing else matters but our relationship with God and people.
Our achievements lies in the number of lives we touched positively.
Please, Let us adjust our life style, and embrace positive thinking.
Udo d?r? onye ? b?la n'ime Chineke.🙏
Ekene kwam unu🙋??