Life is not unidirectional
Life is not a straight line
Life is not a bed of roses
Sometimes it’s sweet
Sometimes it’s sour
Sometimes it satisfies
Sometimes it sucks
But whatever life presents to you
You could choose gratefulness
You could choose grudginess
Choose joy and you will be lighter
Choose anger and you will be darker
Choose joy and your sight will be clearer
Choose anger and your sight will be dimmer
Choose joy and your character will grow
Choose anger and your character will shrink
Choose joy and you will be inspiring
Choose anger and you will be pitiful
Which G fills your heart?
Grate-full or Grudge-full?
Inspired by the true life story of a man whom I know. After he arrived home from a trip, he was informed that his only car had been stolen during his absence. His surprising reply was, “Thank God!” When prodded further, “Why will you thank God about a disappointment?” He said,”I thank God we have something that people desire enough to steal. I thank God that it is not us who are going about stealing from others.” It was from Him that I learned, “If you have lost anything, be thankful that you haven’t lost everything.”
So, dear friend, what have you lost? What pains have you experienced in recent times? Choose to remain thankful and in the end, God will be glorified. He will turn everything around in your favor.
God’s way is best
God’s time is best
God’s blessing is best
He could appear to take long
Don’t cut corners
Wait for Him
If it makes you sin
If it makes you lower
Your righteous standard
It is not His way
Keep His terms
Stand strong and firm
When He comes through for you
You will realize
He was neither late nor early
He was just on time
Wait patiently for His time
For He makes everything
Beautiful in His time
(c) 2020 Leke Babayomi
“Plant good things in the lives of others
Even if we don’t get anything in return
It must be done with sincerity and purity from the heart.
You can only become truly worthy, not for who you are
But for what others have become because of you.
So, keep on lifting little souls and make them as great as you are.”
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As I gaze at the playground
In the school opposite my home
The squeals of cheery children rent the air
And I long for those times
When all that mattered in life
Were play, food and loving parents
My eyes follow the two kids
One chasing the other
Engrossed in play and laughter
They have no worries
No cares, nor concerns
As they relish the chase
The adult life ain’t so naive
It’s a series of chases
An endless string of goals
Following in fleet succession
Sometimes it gets tiring
And all one craves is a break
The chase could be fun
When you are crowned
With success and accolades
After a grueling season of self-denial
And work so tiring
The chase could be cold
When all you get
In return for the cruel
Sacrifice and self-inflicted pain
Is a blunt rejection
A forthright statement
That after all you’ve done
You’re not good enough!
Despite all you face
While you chase the mace
Whether it’s fun or nasty
Remember to play and be nice
And like a little child
Learn to laugh and cheer
In all phases of the chase
(c) Leke Babayomi
By Leke Babayomi
Life is a race
We are left in a maze
In our quest for the ace
Alas! We forget
Non has DNA like us fashioned
You are the best version of you formed
Look up at the stars
All shining at different strengths
Yet each one is a glowing light, a star
You were born a star
But will be unstarred
Unless you burn as a star
Get lit up by your passion
Get on fire pursuing one purpose
That makes your heart palpitate
Stars socialize in a constellation
Your unique strength is your consolation
To fraternize with those who have consummation
When you see someone else shine
Don’t your light hide in a shroud
In a fit of shamefacedness
Within you lies a treasure mine
That only gets better with time as wine
So, walk tall and shine your shine!
(c) Leke Babayomi 2018
You’re due for another job when you usually find yourself checking Facebook without caring whether the work is done or not.
You’re due for another job when your friends think you’re on vacation because you post selfies on instagram during working hours.
You’re due for another job when you usually have a fever on Sunday night.
You’re due for another job when time always moves so slowly during working hours.
You’re due for another job when you’re convinced that your job is boring.
You’re due for another job when your motivation to show up at work is to secure your month-end pay
You’re due for another job when your boss always reminds you about simple tasks you’re yet to complete.
You’re due for another job when everyone now thinks you’re stupid and incompetent.
You’re due for another job when you do not see the value it is adding to your future.
You’re due for another job when you’re repeatedly consoling yourself that your present position pays the bills.
You’re due for another job when your juniors become your bosses.
You’re due for another job when you lack interesting office experiences to share with your spouse or friends.
You’re due for another job when all you can say about your 9hrs at work is ‘my day was ok.’
You’re due for another job when your work makes you a stranger to your spouse and children.
You’re due for another job when you can no longer make time for family and friends.
You’re due for another job when your work lacks fresh challenges.
You’re due for another job when your happiest moment in the week is Friday evening and your worst moment is Sunday night or Monday morning.
You’re due for another job when it takes eternity to figure out the solution to easy problems.
You’re due for another job when you find yourself saying or thinking , ‘I hate this job’.
You’re due for another job when you’re stuck at the same earning level for several years running.
You’re due for another job when you can no longer plan your expenses because you’re being owed several months salaries.
You’re due for another job when your spouse suggests it several times.
You’re due for another job when you cannot apply the skills from the present job elsewhere.
You’re due for another job when your lifestyle is bigger than your boss’ own.
You’re due for another job when most of your colleagues are disgruntled. Why remain with a bunch of unhappy people?
You’re due for another job when you seem to be the smartest one around. It’s obvious you’re among the wrong set of people and you might soon begin to over-estimate your capability.
You’re due for another job when you’re the only superstar that hardly ever gets challenged by any other person.
You’re due for another job or position when your boss’ job is under threat because of your competence.
You’re due for another job when at least five of the situations described fit your circumstances. Please don’t continue to endure your present job in the hope that it will improve. A change is what can rescue you. You may change your responsibilities within the present organization or make a move to get hired by another employer that fits your career goals. However, if you have reached a point of abhorrence for working to make other companies rich, you may opt to start your own business. But the bottom line is DO SOMETHING!
Do you know other signs that indicate that a person is due for another job? Feel free to add them to the comments :).
Leke Babayomi blogs at lekebabayomi.wordpress.com
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Brace yourself to purchase a copy of his soon-to-be-released book: “The Silent Killer.”
Here’s a funny poem that made me laugh. Enjoy it.
When I born, I black
When I grow up, I black
When I go in Sun, I black
When I scared, I black
When I sick, I black
And when I die, I still black
And you white fellow
When you born, you pink
When you grow up, you white
When you go in sun, you red
When you cold, you blue
When you scared, you yellow
When you sick, you green
And when you die, you gray
And you calling me colored??
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( This poem was nominated by UN as the best poem of 2006 , Written
by an African Kid)