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After you've done all you can; what next?


As a PhD student, I share an office space with fellow PhD colleagues. There are about 5-6 of us in the current space I'm in. Truth is, sometimes I feel intimidated by these colleagues of mine. The reason is this, I usually get to the office by noon and while I'm trying to get administrative stuffs done as I find it hard to study until it gets to around evening time, these people are busy studying hard; typing away on their computers as if they would complete their thesis in a week. In my own little corner, I'd be wondering, hope I am not being lazy or lukewarm? How come its hard to get stuffs 'upstairs' when these guys are firing away! lol

Guess what though? By the time it's around 4-5pm and they are all gone, my brain settles. I sometimes would need a few minutes nap before this time. As soon as I settle in, I fire on as well till almost midnight or whenever my train time calls. I recently realized,  time plays a major role in the events of our lives. Thing is; I am not a diurnal student like them. I am  usually more active at night. What would take me 3hours to achieve during the day, I 'd likely spend just about an hour on it at night. That's just how it works for me over the years and now.

Are you trying to work by another man's clock? Feeling left out because things are happening for others and not you? Others are getting married and your boyfriend is yet to propose and you're sad. Your university mates seem way ahead into their postgraduate studies and money is a barrier to starting one for you?

Listen beloved, time plays an inevitable role in the life of every man. When it is your time, things will happen. When it is not, no matter how hard you try to make them happen, they either won't or you'll end up getting it wrong. I agree, we have to make some things happen. If we don't act, they wont happen. However, there are some events in our lives we just have to wait for our turn. After you have done all you can, then wait for your timing. I repeat, after you've done all you can! Don't measure your life by how far your friends have gone or by what the media says should be happening at your age. If you do, you will take actions that would eventually lead to a huge regret. After you have done all you can, WAIT for your time.

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Back to where I was coming from...


Do you know why there are 12 months in a year?
Ever wondered why we have a leap year once every four years?
Do you know why the start of every new week is Sunday?
Ever thought about where there are new semesters and sessions at school?

Perhaps you have never thought about these questions before now. I have an answer for you though. But before I tell you the answer to these questions, quickly ponder on this statement I came across sometime ago, "There is hope for a tree when it is cut down. It will sprout again. Its shoots will not stop sprouting".  

Have you noticed whenever a tree is cut down (that is, not taken out from the roots), a few days later, it grows again? The nature of a tree cut down is the answer to the questions above. Beloved, those questions are to remind you again that, there can be many starts for you so long as you are still alive.

I was driving the other day and I headed towards a motorway I thought would lead me to my intended destination. To my surprise, I started seeing trees, farms along the way pointing to me that I was on my way out of the city. As soon as I realised this, I decided to make a U-turn. I went back to where I was coming from - right where I started. This time, I took notice of every signboard on my way. I was careful not to miss any of them. I finally discovered where I missed the road. In no time, I was on the way to the exact place I intended to go. I got to my destination safely. 

Many of us are too shy or scared to make a U-turn. We care so much about what people will say; how people will judge us; the cost of starting all over again. When you go back to where you started from, you have the advantage of seeing where and how you missed it. It is never too late for a man that still has breathe in his nostrils. Every event in life points to the fact that there can be many starts to a thing; an opportunity to begin again. Don't be a coward! BEGIN AGAIN!

No matter how bad things are for you, there is always an opportunity to begin again. Peradventure you have strayed away from the very path of purpose and fulfilment and you are wondering if its too late. It is never too late to begin again my friend. Are you reading this and you've always wanted to do something in your life and you have this thing suggesting to you that you've gone past that now and its no longer possible. Reply that voice within and say to it, "I can always begin again!" Is your home beginning to look like you don't recognise where it's going anymore; call your spouse and go back to your courting days - begin again together! Are your grades in academics becoming embarrassing? It's high time you got back to the serious student you once were - Yes, you can do it again! I've seen a man who got his PhD at 84. Listen, there's no end, except that which is decided by death or yourself. While death hasn't come, why not begin again???

- Le Dynamique Professeur

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