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Sentimental musings to cap a glorious year.

Today, the year takes its final breath.
We say this about every year,
But I’d flog this horse once more.
This year certainly flew by fast.

Words aren’t enough for me
To express gratitude, first to God
For unmerited grace
Then to all my friends,
The ones who contributed to my growth
And the ones who urged me
To keep pushing the things I love.
And then to everybody,
Those that only know of me and I of them,
Fellow wayfarers.

Lessons, on all fronts,
This year they did abound.
Blessings, beyond measure,
Likewise did pile up.

You see,
There’s something about growth
That excites the one
that’s going undergoing it.
You need to see how giddy I get,
How exultant I feel,
In the moments I realize for sure
that strides have been covered.

Next year is going to be a big year
I feel it so strong in my bones
And one major reason is
I didn’t wait till the first day (tomorrow)
before setting in motion
Some of the things I’d like to achieve.
Death to empty resolutions
That take effect only on ‘special days’.

You’ll see more of me
God willing
As the months progress
And I look forward to seeing more of you;
Your conquests, inevitable challenges,
Breakthroughs, and what have you.

I’m indeed grateful for all
Who improved my writing
In some way or the other
In sharing my work, constructively critiquing,
Recommending me to others and providing solid tips for improvement.

Really, I appreciate people who go out of their way to project others when they have nothing to gain for their efforts.
Y’all rock!

I’ve read awesome books this year,
And I’m grateful for the ones who were relentless in getting the lists, and sending the books that made me tick.

I’d go on but I’m sure there’d be a number of stops you’d make in terms of things to read, write, plan, and do as the seconds trickle away, and I’d not want to keep you too long with my sentimental musings.

Some plans didn’t work out,
Some alliances faded away,
Bile somehow found its way down our guts
That’s all done guys.
Let’s do more next year,
And the year after.
Always getting better,
Should be our utmost desire.

Cheers to the impending year
Cheers to conquests in waiting
Cheers to travels and struggles
Cheers to our making; all of us.
I love you all. I sincerely do.

P.S. – Here are some of the better handwritten scribblings I wrote through the course of the year, well, in the last month to be precise. Your acceptance of my musings, as well as the feedback I get from y’all pushes me to always do more. I know you’ve perhaps seen the lot of them, but I thought to put them together anyway.














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Where Were You When Others Were Doing Useful Things.

A father attended his son’s convocation ceremony, and on he watched as a particular student cleared virtually all the prizes rewarded for excellence. Animatedly, son turned to father and tells him how he and the girl used to be reading partners in their early days in school. Fathe turned to his son and said: “Where were you when that girl was being serious with her work and getting all the best results?” His son had nothing to say except to wear a forlon look, visibly despondent.

The ceremony soon ended and Father and son stood by the side of the road, the father repeatedly attempting to flag down people he referred to as ‘long term friends’ in their exotic cars, arms flailing time and again as one ‘friendly’ car after the other disappeared from view, their drivers signalling “we’re on full capacity” everytime. After a while of fruitless endeavor, the boy turned to his dad and with a face devoid of emotions said: “Dad, where were you when your friends were making a respectable living and buying cars for themselves?” Needless to say, the father had no justifiable words to say.

You see, I very well appreciate that calculated hard work and innate intelligence might sometimes not be enough to set you on track for a satisfactory life, yet, possessing these two qualities well boosts the chances you have of being among the best (if not the best). No one likes to be among those that only make up the numbers and have tales to tell of how people that excel were part of their contemporaries while growing up.

Perhaps today, you’re complaining about the low estate you find yourself in, or the less than satisfactory work you’ve done with your life. Where were you when others were doing useful things?

It’s not enough to have epiphanies without doing anything to stem the tide of unfulfillment that plagues you. You know what you do well. Put in the effort and time needed to ‘explode’ to the scene. Life without a feeling of daily progress cannot be a meaningful life. Or can it?

Carpe Diem.


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Nine days ago, I officially marked the beginning of a personal year. My birthdays have over the years brought out the sentimentality in me to think about and write likewise – on those days – the events I think have shaped my year. This year was different though… extraneous circumstances prevented that.

Yet, for a while now, I’ve been immersed in the subject of TIME and what it means to each individual, at least to me. I’ve been wondering which is more important; the past, the present, the future. I found a handful of quotes that predominantly have to do with time. Here they are for your consumption:


There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” 
― Sarah Dessen


 “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” 

– Mother Teresa



“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” 
― George Harrison


“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.” 
― Jarod Kintz


“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” 
― Eric Roth


“I don’t understand people who say they need more “Me Time.” What other time is there? Do these people spend part of their day in someone else’s body?” 
― Jarod Kintz


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March 27, 2014 · 10:14 am