The Things That Happen To You!

28/09/2014 ~ SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

Things That Happen To You
Things That Happen To You

Life as we have come to realize is filled with a lot of unexpected happenings, sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes terrible things happen even to good people and when these things happen we are almost tempted to ask God why?

I once had the priviledge to hear a teenager tell me his life story and I was shocked at how humans can be so wicked to each other. This young man who is the eldest of 3 lost his mother quite early in life and was left with the father who could barely provide their needs but had his own house in the village where he lived with the three children.

Not so many months after this boy got out of secondary school, they lost the dad to sickness and this boy was saddled with the responsibility of fending for himself and the two siblings. While he was still trying to get his head around this unhappy life, the eldest member of the father’s family sold the father’s house and threw them out into the street to go look for somewhere to stay because he believes he now owns the property.

I listened with great pain as this young man narrated how life has turned his dreams upside down. Where would he go? How can he make something good out of life? How can he still ever amount to something great in life? These were the questions that ran through my mind while he shared his tale.

Maya Angelou said “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”.

Our stories are quite different and so are our challenges but our stories would be told only by the way we decide to respond to the happenings of life. Do we decide to sit still and wet our pillows with tears? Or do we get up and work hard to have a better story or do we leave it all to faith and just hope that maybe, just maybe things would change for the good? These are the choices we are faced with.

I have learnt to become a sticker for the adage that says “Good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them”.

Whatever you decide to do, do not allow the things that happen to you reduce the man you were born to be…chase your dreams while you still can.

I honour you.

Nicholas Akomire

Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE


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