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Humility is an amazing virtue: A true-life story

Humility is an amazing virtue: A true-life story

Introduction

Humility comes in different sizes and shapes. Some are naturally humble, while some get humbled by circumstances. Life is like a stage and on the beautiful stage are several actors and actresses. We get to come across some people who have achieved some measure of success in life, and you can perceive the air of arrogance and pride from a mile afar. On the other hand, some are so down to earth and simple despite their huge investment and accomplishment, that you would hardly know if they are influential or not.

This brings me back to a true-life story I read online some years back, It is a story that has some bitter lessons for everyone. It is a story about how we should imbibe the virtue of humility and never allow little achievements becloud our sense of reasoning.

True Life Story

We had not seen it for over 20 years. God had been kind to me. When I saw him at the hotel lobby, he was looking simple. He wore a faded t-shirt. I felt touched. I caught up with him and we later exchanged contact details. He called for his car. The car looked a bit old.

I thought about dropping him off in my brand new Range Rover. I invited him to lunch at my home. Part of me wanted him to see my success. Another part of me yearned to discuss business opportunities.

We drove to my home at Parkview. He looked impressed with my home. I had taken a heavy mortgage from my bank. I was heavily leveraged. We had lunch and I asked how I could help. “I am fine,” He said with a broad smile.

“Hopefully, I will be inviting you over to my home soon” His old car came for him. In my innermost thoughts, I realized there were genuine reasons for me to be grateful. All fingers are not equal. I was damn lucky. Two weeks later, we went to see him at his home in Ikeja. We saw the estate. We asked for directions to his home. They spoke his name with reference.

It was a lovely, simple, and elegant home. I saw cars parked outside, and we entered. Simply elegant with a taste of class. Lunch was well served. During lunch, he asked about my Managing Director. He said they were friends.

I saw a company gift on his table. That company owned 35% shares where I worked. I enquired, and he smiled. He told me he owned the company. He also owned the estate where his home was built.

I didn’t know when I called him Sir. I had learned a very big lesson in humility. Appearance can be deceptive. He noticed my discomfort. During my ride back home, I was quiet. “I looked at myself “. Living on Loan’s life!

…Ademola H.  Adigun 

Moral Lesson

A bitter lesson we all get to learn as we journey through life is the need to stay grounded no matter the level of success we have attained in life. Humility is key to accessing countless opportunities, and we shouldn’t allow pride to stop such opportunities. People may appear simple outwardly, but we may never know their true worth until we get to know them better. Humility keeps us from the danger of losing focus as we pursue our dreams and goals in life!

prayers

Some funny prayers can still receive urgent answers

Prayers are usually our ways of expressing our heart feeling to the creator in times of appreciation or need. And so it was some years ago on a cold windy Saturday night. I joined the youths for a rally within the small sleepy town called Mereje. It was time to go home and we all walked home happily after a successful rally. In the company was my best friend Tonia. An amazing friend she was to me. Black, beautiful and gracious in beauty and character.

As we made our way home, she called me aside and slipped a small parcel into my hands. It was a touch of class and love. I could barely resist the temptation of opening the parcel before I got home, but I had to stop myself from doing that knowing the fact that others were watching. It was the longest 30 minutes of my entire life.

Finally got home and as soon as I got into my room, I tore the parcel open and wrapped within the parcel was a beautifully designed wristwatch and an envelope. I gently tore the envelope and folded inside was a pink hand-made card. It was so beautiful that my heart raced a degree high as I opened it.

Written in the most elegant handwriting were the loving thoughts of my friend Tonia. I sat on my bed and read line after line. It was like she was sitting next to me. The message within the card echoed through my small room.

‘Hi Clement

Treasures are hard to find

But they are worth the pain

True friends are rare to come across

They not only bring joy, happiness, and fulfillment

But also inspire us to greatness

More than a treasure you are to me, and like a true friend, you have been one of the reasons why I wake up daily.

Added sunshine to my life and have shown me through your simple, humble, and loving affection that there are still good people out there.

I love your warm and gentle spirit

Tonia.

It took me a while to get myself together, before looking at the beautiful wristwatch she wrapped inside the package. It was a silver wristwatch that came with a unique alarm system. The alarm sound was that of a rooster crowing.

The following weekend, we had a camp meeting and I took my precious wristwatch along with me. Unfortunately, I set the alarm wrongly. Rather than set it at 6 am, I mistakenly set it at 1 am. We had all fallen asleep when suddenly in the middle of the night, a mysterious sound pierced the serene atmosphere. It was the sound of a rooster crowing, and the sound was coming from a bag in one of the tents.

Rachel, one of the most pious sisters in our midst burst in prayers. She prayed with all her strength against any evil attack and demonic powers. I had woken up and listened quietly to the prayers. I knew what the sound was all about because it was coming from my wristwatch.

Two minutes after Rachel prayers had gathered momentum, the rooster stopped crowing. She started thanking God for answers to her prayers and others around joined her. I was engrossed in secret laughter, as I was wondering how it would sound telling them it was not Rachel’s prayers that stopped the rooster from crowing. It would be a blow to her inspired spirit if I had told her it was my wristwatch alarm system that triggered the strange sound.

All I could remember was that she was happy to see her prayers answered, and I happy to see her funny prayers receive instant answers. It was a lesson I’ll never forget in a hurry. We all look at life differently, depending on which side of the divide we stand. There are things we take for granted, but others hold on to them because their dreams and goals depend largely on them

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