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2013: That’s the way the cookie crumbles…

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By ‘Femi Asu

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About this time last year,when I was writing the piece below (which I have tweaked a little), I was at the crossroads. It was not an easy transition, having left my job and looking to get my foot in the door of an organisation where I can harness my journalistic potential. And to think that I was practically broke. That’s the way the cookie crumbles, but I counted my blessings. I focused on working towards achieving what I desired. It was a long, tortuous journey, but mission was eventually accomplished.In spite of challenges, I kept hope alive and persisted. Maybe or not your situation is captured below, I urge you to keep hope alive. This too shall pass!
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It is that time of the year when most of us engage in retrospection. We ask ourselves, ‘what have I achieved this year?’ Some people end up plunged into depression because they feel there is nothing to hold dear.  For some, it is celebration galore because they feel it has been a wonderful year so far. Talk about different strokes for different folks. That’s life.

Just like yesterday,as the colloquialism goes, many of us started 2013 with fantastic resolutions,heart-warming wishes, beautiful plans, lofty dreams and audacious goals to achieve. Some of us built castles in the air, hoping to put the ground structure as the year progresses. But now that the year is as good as gone,what has your experience been? Which of these words readily sprang to mind:good, bad, ugly or beautiful?

How have you fared this year? Do you feel the year has dealt you more blows than the blessings it has delivered to you? Do you feel you have had more than your fair share of challenges and trials? Are you finding it hard to stop worrying about the missed opportunities, the dashed hopes, the unrealised (or yet-to-be-realised)dreams, or your ‘air castles’ that collapsed like a pack of cabin biscuits?

Maybe your many job applications have yet to translate to employment or you lost your job. Or, maybe, like me in 2012, you were so ‘crazy’ that you jettison your job and joined the job-seekers’ lot!  That’s the way the cookie crumbles; count your blessings anyway. Maybe your planned wedding couldn’t hold for some unpalatable reasons. That’s the way the cookie crumbles;count your blessings anyway.

Maybe your fiance or fiancee used a sledgehammer to break your heart into smithereens! That’s the way the cookie crumbles; count your blessings anyway. Maybe you failed an exam that you gave your very best to, maybe your best wasn’t good enough. That’s the way the cookie crumbles; count your blessings anyway. Maybe you had a miscarriage,a still birth, or lost your baby after birth. That’s the way the cookie crumbles; count your blessings anywhere.

Maybe you lost your loved one(s) to Boko Haram bombs, plane crash, road accident, sickness,disease, or whatever it is. That’s the way the cookie crumbles; count your blessings anyway.

Maybe you lost a fortune and now you are almost flat broke. That’s the way the cookie crumbles;count your blessings anyway.  Maybe your friends deserted you when you needed them most. That’s the way the cookie crumbles; count your blessings anyway.

Maybe, in this festive season, you have chosen to be in a pensive mood. Sulking mode activated.  Please take a pause and ponder awhile. Instead of thinking of the few things that make you unhappy in the year, why not relive the wonderful moments? Or, don’t you think you should be thankful for small mercies? You know it could have been worse, don’t you? Would you rather cry over the crumbled cookie or count your blessings?

As the familiar refrain goes, when there is life, there is hope. 2014 is almost upon us. God willing, the end of 2013 will not be the end of life for us. Friend, so long as you are still alive, I urge you to keep hope alive. If I may borrow the words of Barack Obama, “I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.

 

“I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”

 

How prepared are you to pursue your dreams, goals and heart’s desires?  What do you plan to do differently to achieve them in 2014?

NOTE: This piece was originally written and published in December 2012.

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IT TAKES ONE…IN A MILLION

By Adeleke Adeite

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It takes just a fist of faith to fight a million fears.

It takes a simple smile to tame a million tears.

It takes a little light to destroy a million darkness.

It takes a kilo of kindness to sieve a million sadness.

It takes a cart of care to crush a million cruelty.

It take the seed of salvation to impound a million iniquity.

It takes the wind of wisdom to flare a million foolishness,

It takes a fine friend to lose a million loneliness.

It takes radiant rainbow to revive after a million rain.

It takes a pinch of pleasure to prevent a million pain.

It take a hand of help to halt a million helplessness.

It takes the height of hope to lose a million lowliness.

One right step at the right time in the right direction

Brings about the right experience… and  solution.

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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WHEN SONGS CANNOT SAIL

By Adeleke Adeite

When songs cannot sail,

I think he was in 10th place when this was taken.

When flowers fall and fail,

When poetry turns pale,

When tales turn to a tail,

When art’s aura cannot avail,

When the winds start to wail,

When the stars turn stale,

When the rainbows rail,

When the moon turns to mail…

When nature becomes a nail:

There is a hall in our hearts.

When all stops; it starts.

It impacts and… imparts,

It’s an alarm that alerts us

When deceit looms like darts.

It helps us to cruise and cope

When reality looks like a rope,

It drives us like a dope

To the skies of a new scope;

It hails from our heart: HOPE.

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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TAKE YOUR CUE FROM CHELSEA, PLEASE!

By ‘Femi Asu

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What a night for Chelsea!

Last night, Chelsea took down the mighty Barcelona. It was indeed a night of glory for them; it was a night in which fans and foes of the club celebrated their (Chelsea) heroics; a night in which the underdogs defeated the defending champions.

It will be remembered as one of the greatest nights in European history – a memorable night of European soccer. Chelsea’s incredible win remains a talking point all over the world. Everywhere I have been today, I heard Nigerians still chanting “Up Chelsea!” and talking about it.

The eagerly awaited match was spilt over with drama and incident and intrigues. Chelsea entered with all of the momentum and gusto they could muster, but Barcelona pushed to assert their dominance. The action came fast and furious as Barcelona exploded for a 2 – 0 lead, and the match quickly looked all but over.

In fact, not a few people would have felt disappointed and given up on Chelsea for falling behind early. Painfully, they lost their captain, John Terrry, to a red card part way through the first half. There seemed to be no hope for them at that point. The odds were stacked against them.

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world. – Jane Addams

Not for the Chelsea squad, they were resilient and remained resolute on the pitch. They knew it was not over until the final whistle is blown. They did not allow the challenge of having to play with one man down – since Terrry was sent off – to impact negatively on their performance. Instead, they redoubled their efforts and defy the odds. They played without fear.

At last, their determination, courage and commitment paid off. Moments before the end of the first half, they scored a wonderful goal. That must have given them more hope and momentum to carry into the locker room, and then the second half.

But the second half was no less challenging for them as Barcelona controlled the tempo, with impressive tiki-taka, as it is called in Spanish, but they did not do anything with it. Barcelona came on strong at the end, but somehow, someway the Blues did not break.

They emerged victorious in spite of Barca’s much-vaunted attacking fire. They were able to weather the Barca storm and emerged victorious as Fernando Torres found the net in the 90th minute to tie the match at two – putting them into the Champions League final. And the brave Blues enjoyed that night of glory.

Now, the Blues, the so-called underdogs, are advancing to their second ever Champions League final.

 Hope is the heart of life. Courage is the blood it pumps out. When hope sags and cannot longer pump out courage, life ends.

                                                        – Anonymous

Hey friend, stop judging your end by your beginning or by how challenging what you are going through now is. Even if you had a poor showing at the beginning, don’t despair. Even if the odds are stacked against you and it appears the whole world is against you (as it appeared the referee was a Barca fan last night), don’t give up.

Chelsea had a poor showing at the beginning of the match, but their end was a glorious one. They were determined despite the hurdles they faced. They saw hope in the horizon. They refocused and reinforced their strategy and commitment. They rose up to the challenges.

Chelsea players remind me of what Adeleke Adeite said in his poem published yesterday, “Champions or Chickens?” (check it out in our recent posts) : “Champions get charged by challenges/Chickens get chained by it.” To be sure, they proved their championship.

Are you going through a tough time and it seems you are down and out? Take your cue from those Chelsea players. It’s not over until you win that contest, until you achieve that goal…Don’t be discouraged; dare to strive more towards your goal. Defy the odds…and do the impossible – soaring high.

Ultimately, the world will celebrate you, chanting “Up ………!” (Use the comment box below to fill the gap with your name if you believe the world will celebrate you).

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TOUGH TEARS DON’T LAST

By Adeleke Adeite

Many are called to compete

But few are chosen as champions

They have one head just like chicken

But they opt for better options.

They were not born in the sky

But they chose to fly

Because they know where they belong

And never fail to try.                           

Each time you fall,

If you have a fine future,

Get back on your feet,

But if you have no purpose to pursue,

Just remain in your pit.

The man at the top today has been through… terrible times,

That sister who is smiling now has screamed sometimes…

Tough tears don’t last forever

For those who trade tears for treasures.

Tough times bring troubles and

Trials and trophies and triumph.

No flower become fragrant

Except it faces two fierce forces: rainfall and sunshine.

So no soul can succeed without… sorry stories.

If you still have a heart,

You have hope,

So reach for the heights!

If you still have the breath of life,

You can break forth so bright.

Those mighty men were formerly

In the same mess you are today,

You can make it to the hall of honour,

Decide today without delay.

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached atprincepart@yahoo.com

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