THE BEST PARENTS I COULD EVER HAVE.

My parents Francis and Ada are some of the greatest people I’ll ever meet in my whole existence, both this life and the lives to come. 

They’ve taught me that life is best lived according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. They haven’t done this by forcing me to accept the gospel. Neither have they done this by forcing me to see things as they do or appreciate everything they appreciate. 

They’ve done this simply by some means making me fall in love with the kind of life they’re living. Making me want to live just like them. 

And here’s the thing, In trying to be like them, I realize that I am being more like the savior and living the gospel of Jesus. 

This as far as I’m concerned is what it means to teach in the Savior’s way. This is why I say they’re the greatest teachers I could ever have and the best set of friends I could ever ask for. And this is the pattern I want to use with my kids and all who I might be privileged to influence. 

I hope to God, no I pray to God, that my children can say the same about me. I pray that yours too can say same about you. 

Dad and mum God bless you for me.

Love, 

Kele.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: I HAVEN’T STOPPED WRITING!

So they say whatever you don’t do for long would leave you eh!? I really wish I could say I’m the special exception to this rule, but it does seem to me like it’s one of those universal principles that are just given you know?

This really worried me when I graduated from secondary school and realized I’d have to wait for virtually a year before I start my university education. 

I thought to myself, “a year without math and the regular calculations?? Would I still be up and doing by the time I start uni?.”

I tell you this was no small concern of mine. The thought actually terrified me. Not to toot my horn but I’ve always been a great student and want to keep it that way. 

My worries weren’t allayed until the day I thought to myself, “come oh, this guy self there’s really no cause for alarm na? Aren’t you the one who’s always reading books, newspaper articles, visiting this blog or the other to read the latest stories? And when I’m not reading I’m writing?, so all of these activities are brain exercises and you’ll be just fine.” 

So for the time being my worries we’re put in a box to the left, under lock and key, never to be opened again. Or so I thought. Because you see recently, after I fell into another unprecedented writing break without warning, it’s like someone’s found the key to the box, made like Pandora and let my demons out. 

This time around I’m prepared though. You see I’ve realized that brain exercise exists in more than one form. Whether it’s solving math, reading books, writing Java code, having intellectually/emotionally stimulating conversations with friends, or simply enjoying a cup of beverage while gazing at nature and thinking, “it’s a wonderful world”

There really is no end to what you can do to keep your self intellectually sharp, set and ready to go. 

This post serves to let you know that I’ve not given up on writing. No dear it’s not happening any time soon. I’ve just been occupied with a lot of equally important stuff as well. It’s hard to find the time but whenever I do make time to write, it’s comforting to know I’ve still got it. 

So let this be a lesson to you all. Don’t let the fact that you’ve left something for a long while discourage you. Like an unfinished book, you can just pick it up and continue from where you stopped! 

Have a great life! 

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SUCCEEDING AGAINST THE ODDS. 

A few thoughts on succeeding against the odds. 

Written April 9, 2016.

I was thinking about life in Nigeria the other day. I realized it’s really hard to do things here (or maybe anywhere else even). Like someone that wants to fail or who isn’t ready to put in all the work has lots of excuses. 

For example, power supply is erratic, transportation to and fro is stressful, communication network/internet connectivity is poor, the infrastructure is lacking. All of which are needed to achieve what one wants. 

And it might not be just in Nigeria. Wherever you are, you would find the challenges peculiar to that place that make it difficult for you to do the things you want, to live your dreams or chase your passions. 

Then I thought to myself, what makes a person great is not succeeding without challenges, it’s succeeding in spite of these challenges! A success story is sweeter not when the odds were always in your favor, but when they weren’t in your favor. 

What I’m trying to drive at is this. 

We are great when we are able to succeed in spite of our challenges, be it emotional, physical, mental, social, national, whatever it might be. 

Like I said, that’s what makes the success story sweet. 
We have all it takes to be great. You have greatness within you, question is are you willing to let it out? 

I used willing for a reason. Cause where there’s a will fam, there’s always a way. 

Do have a great day. 

PEACE BE STILL!

Hello dear friends, I hope you’re having a great Sunday so far. I know I am. 

One thing I did differently was that I decided not to play my regular music today, I played church hymns instead and I feel in many ways I’m reaping the rewards. 

One hymn in particular, “Master, the tempest is raging(105), spoke to me in a profound way today. The hymn is centered on the Saviour’s experience calming the storm which can be found in Mathew 8:23-27. 

The message I want to share is from the chorus of the hymn which goes thus, 

[Chorus]

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will:

Peace, be still.

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea

Or demons or men or whatever it be,

No waters can swallow the ship where lies

The Master of ocean and earth and skies.

They all shall sweetly obey thy will:

Peace, be still; peace, be still.

They all shall sweetly obey thy will:

Peace, peace, be still.

And the thought in my mind why the song was playing was this, “A ship is a vessel not so? It’s so. And from scriptures, I think in psalms and Isaiah 52, I know that we are the vessels of the Lord. So putting two and two together, I can substitute vessel in place of ship in the hymn. 

Then we’d have, 

No water can swallow the vessel where lies the master of ocean and earth and skies. 

And that was when it hit me. 
If I live in such a way that I can have Christ reside in me, then it is assurance that principalities, powers, demons, men, and women, difficult people, challenges, mood swings, disappointments(insert the one that relates to you) etc etc can not overcome me because no water can swallow the vessel where Christ is in. 

I really hope this speaks to you as it did to me. My prayer is that I, as flawed as I am, can live in such a way that I am worthy of Christ’s companionship. It’s my prayer for you to today, knowing fully well that with him we’d always overcome, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen. 

Thank you for reading this far. 

Do have a lovely week. 

Kelechi Ochulo. 

Broken Pieces

This is beautiful.

Ire Toluhi

You stabbed me and then pretended you were the one bleeding.

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But I don’t care about that because I’ve discovered you’re now the one who needs healing
The “‘tourette’s'” your twisted thoughts were inflicted with, forced your arms into self destruct mode.

But unknowingly, we were each other

I thought there was a way to bind up burns till I remembered

You made me fall, but both of us shattered.
Both of us shattered.

Then I alone found a way to turn my bitter self into a garden of roses.
Yes, roses. Thorns and all.

It took me time; you were nowhere to be found. But I was so ready to fix both of  us.
Then I finally saw you!
But when I looked at you, I saw that your gaze was fixed in another direction.
Instead of us.

I knew you were going to build my shell

But as…

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SEEKING FOR VALIDATION FROM SOCIETY? 

   

“Is it cool to get back together with your ex if you guys still love yourselves.”

This was a question for the tl, someone asked via the sub-delivery man and an illustration of one of my many problems with society.

Seeking for validation from people or things other than your inner being. What makes society the judge of what’s right and wrong and what’s acceptable and isn’t?? 

If you ask me society has done a real terrible judge as custodian of the moral compass.

If you want to get back with your ex good and fine! If you dont want that either still good and fine. You are the one that knows what you want in a relationship. No one else is going to enjoy or endure a relationship with you! 

To me Another form of this, what will I call it now, is in the existence of a guy/girl code. I don’t even know what the guy code is and isn’t and you bet money that I can’t be bothered. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking anyone’s living your life with you. You alone are responsible for your actions. You alone will reap the rewards or consequences of your actions. So you might as well start living for yourself.