Lessons-LearnedI first wrote on life lessons earlier, This is an addition to the same many lessons I have learnt in life. Yes, life is a good teacher. When I go through tough times, I always pray to God to not let me miss the lesson. Here goes:-

  1. Appreciate life as it comes. Most of us have learnt to be happy when things are fine, but we rarely find happiness when times are tough. Life is defined by a combination of everything that comes your way. So enjoy each moment, even the ones that make you cry. If it made you cry its because it counts.
  2. Value the relationships in life. Those who love us will fuss about us. They will want to be there when we are experiencing happy hours, they will want to be there when we are experiencing sad hours. They will want to hang around until you want to scream at them”please go away”. They will want to ask about each and every detail of your life. They want to know you in and out. Others are for bad intentions. Many of those who care just ant to show you they care in their own unique ways, that sometimes irk you. Thank God because you have someone fussing about your life, fussing to the point of irritation. Some days you will wish you had just someone to call and ask you how you are doing. When all is said, and all seems to be lost, whatever will matter in life will be the relationships (Purpose Driven Life). Did we hurt them as we chased the unimportant?
  3. When did we stop caring? Can we start that all over again? Did we just ex that aspect out of the window? We are created naturally as loving creatures, and it is true, our life ends when we stop caring. We wont value much about caring until you are in so much trouble and you scroll down your phone and in it there is no name you can conjure your courage to call, because all we did when we were okay was tramp them, avoid them like a plague and wish them away as fast as possible when they insisted on meeting us up. Or we were so busy with our gadgets, we met, drank tea, chatted on our phones and left. We never really got to talk, we never really got to know the whys of meeting. We ignored each other the whole time. We left sadder than when we met, because we do not care any more. It wont hit you until you are in an emergency and you cannot even talk to your next door neighbor, but wait, do we even have neighbors anymore? Do we have their phone numbers? Can we randomly call them to watch over our kids because the school bus dropped them and the house girl vamoosed in the morning? Do we even know their names? What happened to the African in me who would always say hello to that person next door, or seated by the roadside, or shake an old mans hand with respect. When did we stop caring?When did we loose it?can we find ourselves again or is it too late?
  4. Dependability:- One day I receive a call from one of my relations. The sister is unwell, being rushed to hospital, can I rush there and be there when she gets in and wait until the mum arrives? No, I say, but I will find someone. My caller number four responded and was there when she arrived to hospital, and stayed with her for a while. How dependable are we as friends? How much are we willing to sacrifice that which seems to matter most to us for the sake of those we love? What does friendship really mean to us and how much can we apply that daily in our lives? I know Christ was a busy man, but on the occasions that he was directly approached to do something, to heal, to visit, to be there for his flock, never did he say I am busy. What if God said I am busy to our prayers? And what is this that we are busy doing that cannot be postponed if only for a few hours? Where do our principle commitments lie? My work principle is, I can be replaced in a mater of seconds in my work place but those whom I love will always be there. Thats me. Life has taught me not to make my work my priority…
  5. Whoever said we should not pray to God to remove the storms in our lives but to grant us the graces to sing and dance in the storm did not lie. We can indeed sing and dance in the storm and when it is over and you look back, you can see God all over in it, walking with you. When you wonder how you made it through, remember, there is a God who promised to always be there till the end of time. and He does keep His promises…

MGM

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