Today I am standing here physically, we are sitting here physically, but who knows where our minds are. In everybody’s conscious right now, you are struggling with something, something is haunting you and you think, maybe I am not gonna survive this. As I am talking to you, my heart is out there on the road looking at a twelve year old boy carrying his ten year old brother on an old borrowed bicycle, struggling with the height side to side to pedal, why? They are going for kilometers to their grandy or uncle for food-they got no father and their mother is sick. I am walking by a maize farm and I hear the sound of metal hitting ground, a mother bends down to weed so her kids can eat, however small she gets. I’m walking in the streets and that one child with a unique tattered uniform passes by, he is happy and determined to go to school despite the taunting and laughs, all these people have the same thing in common. They wanna make a change in their lives and that of others.
Brothers and sisters, most a time we find ourselves sandwiched between the devil and a hard rock. Obviously we want to get out because at this moment the worst feeling is not knowing what to do, but remember, whenever life hits hard and you think you can do something, you are right, or maybe you think you cannot do something, you’re still right. Either way you have to try, coz those who move mountains start with small stones. Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
Amazingly some people are comfortable with their problems blaming those who are successful. Get out of that weird comfort zone, the secret of getting ahead is getting started. You as a person have a reason to live, so don’t just live, live better. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why you were born. Nobody is born to suffer, it is we who chose to suffer when we can change that. If that boy can hop on a bike and straddle a hundred kilometres for food, why not you? Take a chance at life, lift high your bow, stretch it, aim and release faster.
You see, most of us give up easily when we are that close. You are at the finish line and you decide to walk instead of continuing to run. However close it may be, walking will take you ten times the time you would have used if you kept running. Giving up is for the disbelievers, people who don’t own hope. A people to whom tomorrow is just as dark as yesterday, a people to whom life is meaningless, a people who live because they were born, not that they have a purpose, so stop. Stop being that person, you have a purpose, you have a role, you have a niche in the ecosystem. Pick yourself up, dust yourself. Now whenever you win the battle against hopelessness, remember to scrub your neighbors’ floors too lest you fall next time you walk into their houses. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. A lot of people are gonna talk behind your back, they will diss you, sing you wry in the streets but just know the leader of an orchestra turns his back on the audience. Ignore them and move on. You friends, family, neighbors are part of the pillars of your well-being, if one crumbles, the weight shifts and gravity adds to the pain. They have a problem, help them, they are sad, console them. are they broken, mend them up. Be of value, behave like a gold coin. When it falls it doesn’t make that much sound but it is valuable to the one who picks it up, People will forget what you said and it is okay, people will forget what you did and it is also fine for no one ought to remember you that long, but people will never forget how you made them feel. So make them feel better, raise them up give them high five and make them laugh. Just remember to do all these from your heart for if If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader.