So I had a whole different post ready for today, but I had to substitute with this. The latest in the line up of tragedies in the world, and Nigeria particularly is depressing.
Last weekend was the case of the students murdered in their sleep in a tertiary institution in Yobe state, before that; over a hundred soldiers killed by terrorists in combat when the soldiers ran out of bullets. Reeling from that, we ‘celebrated’ Nigeria’s 53rd Independence Anniversary; feelings, sentiments, ‘presidential address’ or not. For the first time in my life, I attended an Independence day service, and it wasn’t bad, I felt good having added my little quota of prayers for Nigeria to that of the body of believers. Then on thursday morning an air plane crashed, killing almost all on board, people who hitherto were escorting a body to be buried are now bodies waiting to be buried or battling for their lives.
It’s a horrible way to die, from being shot in your sleep, to dying in a crash; air or road, or in whatever else mishap. In my book, the only good way to die is when you are past Eighty, of sound mind and body, and you go in your sleep. That’s a good way to go, not dying and being labelled ‘victim’ or ‘one of the victims’, collateral damage for a cause for which you probably know nothing about.
Death is inevitable and the reality of it is so real. None of us knows when we will go and in what manner we will go, all we can do is pray for the best. While we do that, we have to live, live right and live well. Do those things you’ve always wanted to do, do not leave till tomorrow what you can do today, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Live life as though this were your last day.
To the dead, I say; Rest in Peace. To the living; Live!
This isn’t a call to misbehaviour and irresponsibility, I’m counting on you having the good sense to discern if that your heart desire is profitable ie what value will it add to your life and that of those around you. Rather it’s a call to say and do positive things, to impact people positively. For in the end; ‘We are remembered by the works we have done.’
Have a pleasant weekend, live life, live good, God bless and keep us all.