“Words of the wise are seldom said twice.”
This particular story has been making the rounds online for quite some time. It has been sent and resent so many times that it mau have lost its original text. Nonetheless, the underlying lesson has remained unchanged
“A young lady was waiting for her flight in the
boarding room of a big airport. As she would
need to wait many hours, she decided to buy
a book to spend her time. She also bought a
packet of cookies.
She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room
of the airport, to rest and read in peace.
Beside the armchair where the packet of
cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat,
opened his magazine and started reading.
When she took out the first cookie, the man
took one also. She felt irritated but said
nothing. She just thought: “What a nerve! If I
was in the mood I would punch him for
For each cookie she took, the man took one
This was infuriating her but she didn’t
want to cause a scene. When only one cookie
remained, she thought: “ah… What has this
abusive man done now?” Then, the man, taking
the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her
Ah! That was too much! She was much too
angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her
things and stormed to the boarding place.
When she sat down in her seat, inside the
plane, she looked into her purse to take her
eyeglasses, and to her surprise, her packet of
cookies was there, untouched, unopened!
She felt so ashamed! She realized that she
was wrong… She had forgotten that her
cookies were kept in her purse. The man had
divided his cookies with her, without feeling
angered or bitter.
“While she had been very angry, thinking that
she was dividing her cookies with him. And
now there was no chance to explain herself,
nor to apologize.”
* * * * * *
There are 4 things that you cannot
The stone… after the throw.
The word…after it’s said.
The occasion…after the loss.
The time…after it’s gone.
I used to make decisions for you. Even when you didn’t need me to. As always,I was convinced I was doing what was best.I kept secrets because I wanted to protect you from their evil. I defended you in front of others without realizing I made you seem helpless.
I thought I treated you as my equal but deep down I was protecting you like a child. I worried too much about you. My life wasn’t interesting without you. Your mood always affected mine and of course this birthed a lot of bickering. Needless fights that left us both exhausted. I blamed myself for all the insults hurled at you. Your smile lifted me out of my worst moods. Your eyes gave me a glimpse of sincerity.
We went through a lot together but we survived with lessons for scars. An enviable bond we formed. We sorted out our differences as soon as we could. Our unique likeness defied the laws of physics. Each day,I see more of me in you. I can’t be happy if you are not.Things always come up to set us apart but we wind around them.
One day, I decided not to be protective for I realized I did not own you. I only had a duty, to help you be the best in every facet of your life. It always hurt to see you sad but lying to you to make you happy is not an option. I saw also that my overbearing presence was caging you.I set out to be more open than ever. I wish you could see that all I do to you is for you. It was hard to tell you the truth but being frank helps a lot. Sometimes we hurt the people we love to make them better people. It hurt me to do that but it was necessary. I try not to think that the look I saw on your face was a reflection of what was in your heart because when I say “I’m in”, I mean it.
This unedited piece is straight from me to you.
This was the theme of the 44th edition of the Knowledge Builder Course organized by Deen Communications Limited, a forerunner in Islamic piblishing.
The four-day programme wound up today and it was an illuminating experience. Held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque,Alausa,Ikeja, the programme centred on the Dua(supplications) and all a Muslim needs to know about it.
For those who couldn’t be at the venue, please check http://www.dclng.wordpress.com to download the lectures.
Miss Tolulope Fatokun, pupil of St. Louis Girls School,Akure,Ondo State emerged the best in West African Examinations Council in Nigeria.
She had nine distinctions and has already been admitted to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife to study Law.
This is a laudable achievement that goes to show that academic success depends on a student’s determination and not totally on the amount of money spent educating the child.
It is hoped that other Nigerian pupils pay more attention to their studies and write their names in gold just as Tolulope has done.
“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
Hope is a cool spring
Washes your heart till it gleams
Worry is a fiery ring
That consumes all your dreams