Monthly Archives: August 2014

HAPPINESS ISN’T A DESTINATION

I’ve come to find that happiness as we know it is not a destination.

In itself, it is the journey.

Happiness is a condition, just like hunger.

Sometimes you’re hungry, other times, you’re not.

So it’s okay to be sad, it’s okay to worry sometimes. It’s okay not to have everything figured out sometimes

Afterall, these are the things that make us human.

No matter how much you chase position(s) and wealth and all, there still will be both ‘aha’ and ‘hurrah’ moments

Being happy is a decision you have to make. It also is a mood you have to accept changes with your prevailing conditions.

Happiness is not a destination

In itself, it is the journey.

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TINY MOMENTS

Ever wondered how tiny moments change the course of our lives?

The moment you met “THE ONE”, That life changing interview you heard about and attended that got you your present money-spinning job

What if?…

What if you were a couple of seconds late and couldn’t meet that person you boastfully claim to be THE ONE?

What then?

The truth is you’d probably proceed with life without really knowing any better. “THE ONE” will take the shape of another fellow, your working sojourn will take a different course altogether.

Opportunities missed in a blink. Tiny moments! Just a fraction of a second!

There’s the course you nearly didn’t take in school that has gotten you to your present level of proficiency today

There’s the training you did probably just to pass the time that has taken you to heights before unimagined.

We miss a ton of opportunities during a lifetime and the truth is we are totally oblivious to the fact that we miss these opportunities.

It isn’t sad that we miss the opportunities we know nothing about. What is sad is the fact that there are opportunities we recognize and yet let slip.

I know you’ve heard times without number how the only person you should be competing with is yourself.

Yet, I stress it again mainly because most times, while engaging in inappropriate comparism, we miss the opportunities that are specific to us.

The truth of the matter is that there’ll always be times when you feel intimidated by the achievements and feats of people you think should be at least at the same level as you.

Times when undoubtedly, you’ll feel like ditching your dwarf-like dreams for the aspirations of another.

Don’t!

Opportunities that suit your strengths and abilities will always come as long as you’re willing to open your eyes and as long as you’re mighty sensitive as each moment and event passes you by.

Don’t make the mistake of living a life that belongs to another

Always do your best. No more, no less.

Carpe Diem!

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A LEAF FROM MY SCRABBLE MEMOIRS

I started playing professional scrabble sometime in 2012, and that same year, I went on to represent my state at the national sports festival in Lagos.

Even though I could not place respectably in the final standings, it was a tournament I thoroughly enjoyed, one that heralded my induction into the scrabble family.

From 2012 till date, I’ve been a scrabble enthusiast, partaking in a handful of such events and even though I haven’t quite won a prize yet, it has become part of my life; something I spend respectable money and time on for two reasons:

1. The healthy competition it provides.
2. My bid for mastery

At the just concluded Ibadan Scrabble Opens (16th and 17th August), there were a few observations I made. Some of these observations are already familiar to you, some others; you probably don’t pay a lot of attention to. Whatever the case may be, I thought to share ‘em as they are applicable even beyond the confines of scrabble. They are applicable to/in a host of endeavors and life in general:

1. There will always be different levels as far as proficiency is concerned (scrabble has the Opens (rookies), Intermediate and Masters categories) and you always have a choice to strive to be the best even as far as your ‘level’ is concerned.

2. Attaining mastery in scrabble takes time and effort. It isn’t automatic. There are players who have spent years honing their skills, experiencing different scenarios on the board and their years of experience comes in handy especially when tackling precocious talent. YOU CAN NEVER PUT AWAY THE EFFECT OF EXETENDED DEVOTED TIME in any endeavor.

3. There are different kinds of players. Some take it as “simply a game” and come only to enjoy themselves. Some take it as a do or die affair and come up with any means just to win. Some take it as an art and learn to be better with each game. For some, it is what they eat and sleep and live on. It behooves on any individual to accord it the effort required as far as its importance is to him.

4. In the scrabble rating system, there are points allocated to each player per win or loss or draw that add up to determine his placement, whether he falls in the Opens (rookie), Intermediate or Masters categories. Players who know they probably aren’t good enough yet to progress to the next “difficulty level” sometimes throw some of their games in order to remain in their present category and win something or at least be part of the best before they move on to the next. Well, there are two sides to this. Either the player that does this is lazy and unwilling to stand up to the challenge of beefing up his game as a result of his ascension up the scrabble rungs or the player knows he doesn’t stand a chance at the next level yet and as such “humbles himself” as it were. In my case, I wouldn’t purposefully throw any game. I don’t know about you.

Guys, I reckon I should chill with the attempt at dishing out nuggets. Just thought I should share a few lines from my book of scrabble memoirs.

Do have a smashing day.

Ciao.

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