Waaoh! – Nigerian version of Wow!
It’s already twenty five days into the New Year.
Time flies, surely.
When a New Year dawns, we usher it in with pomp and pageantry, our hearts bursting at the seams with the hope that it will bring the joys that were elusive and perhaps right the wrongs that dogged our footsteps the previous year. We nurse great expectations and are very quick to make new resolutions. We hope and pray that we will keep them all, but like our shadows, the old ways of the previous year are usually difficult to shake off. Old habits die hard, it is often said. And indeed, it’s never so easy to carry the trash of the previous year to the dump site and walk away clean. There will be stains on us. Bad eating habits, lack of exercise, prayerlessness, poor money management, laziness and other things we have no control over – they all start to rear their heads sooner than we imagine. And we notice that the current year bears an uncanny resemblance to the previous one. We experience good days – filled with awesome experiences and great people – that intermingle with bad days. Sometimes they overshadow the bad and other times, it is the reverse. We can’t run away from it. It is the journey called life. When we think that there is a physical boundary between the old and New Year, or that the old year is a kind of appendage that we must cut off from ourselves before walking into a blissful New Year, we will get disappointed.
I chose not to make resolutions at the beginning of the year. I’d rather make changes every day and every week and every month that I’m alive, changes that will take me to my desired goals in life. I make them in small-sized, regular bites that are easy to chew and digest; not huge chunks that I’d most likely choke on. I prefer to break these goals into a To-Do list made up of professional, personal and spiritual goals. It is easier for me. It has worked for me. I hope it continues to work for me. Whichever method works for you, please go for it. Follow your heart and the light shinning ahead of you.
This year I pray for God’s blessing and I know it will flow. I pray for positive change in Nigeria and the world at large.
I wish you all a very Happy and blessed New Year.
Written by Vivian Ogbonna, tweets @vivianogbonna8 and blogs at undertheinfluence.wordpress.com