Thankful: September 2013

What a month it has been! I’m thanking God for a good month and year so far, in particular:

  1. I’m thankful to all the readers who reach out, in their comments or through emails, to provide me with encouragement with regards to waiting for love. I can’t wait to share good news on that front one day!
  2. I thank God that my cousin in Nigeria received admission to school where we live. Now we’re praying that she will receive her visa as well.
  3. I’m thankful for the people who have offered their assistance during the Nigerian Blog Awards with no strings attached: Loy Okezie, Michael Olafusi, and my dear friend Ves.
  4. Last Wednesday, a tragedy occurred in the part of the city that I live in: a bus ran into a train. The driver of the bus and five other people died in a horrifying way, and more than 30 people had to go to the hospital for treatment, some for serious surgery. What was an ordinary day for so many ended in devastation. I’m still shaken by it a week later and I’m heartbroken for those who lost their lives, and for their families. The majority of the funerals are taking place today.

    I’m incredibly thankful that I was not on the bus, especially because given the time and the bus’s location, I could have been. Taking the bus has been a part of my life for over 20 years so this tragedy touches me. And of course things like this serve to remind us that life is short and we cannot afford to waste time because we don’t know how much time we have on earth.

I hate to end on a somber note so let’s use this as a reminder to live the best lives that we can. Let’s not waste time in complacency or complaints; instead let’s strive to leave a legacy of positivity.

What are you thankful for this month?

9 thoughts on “Thankful: September 2013

  1. A lot to be thankful for! Life, life and life. As one grows older one appreciates more the need to appreciate every second!
    I am thankful you were not on the bus. May the families of the deceased find comfort even at this time.

  2. Thanks for including me in the list of people you considered helpful! I’m thankful for that!

    Sad about the tragedy.
    Unfortunately, I hear (and occasionally see) auto accidents in Lagos, involving buses I could have been in or people in a bus-stop I could have been standing at.

    It drives me to work hard at my dreams, the things I truly care about. In fact, my most popular poem is the one I wrote abut the crazy lives we live in Lagos.


  3. I shudder at the thought of “If today were your last…” mostly because I’ve still got so much to accomplish. Yet sometimes I wish I could make that day come sooner because just when I think mankind couldn’t be that bad something worse always happens. God help us! Yeah, I’m thankful too!

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