Another wonderful day and you better believe I have things to be thankful for!
- The bus strike is over!
The strike officially ended last Friday, on day 51. However the buses will not start running until February 7, which would actually be day 59. And the buses won’t actually be running during those peak periods, which is when I’d need it to get to work so really, the strike still lingers. But a return to full service is in sight! and that is what I am thankful for today!
- The kindness of strangers
I have a business idea up my sleeve (way up my sleeve sha; I have no idea if it’ll appear in 2009 sef) and I have been emailing people who are doing similar things and doing it well for some pointers and guess what? They have been so helpful! It’s really great to talk to people who are not afraid to say “This is what helped me and I will share it with you!”. In the past I have encountered people who are so afraid that you’ll become “the competition” that they don’t want to help you out. In fact, dare I say some Nigerians in particular have this mindset (my own specific example to come)? What people with that mindset don’t realize is that there is enough business for everyone! And each business owner handles things differently, which means that different people will be drawn to you anyway. If you have expertise to share, don’t be afraid to share it and use it to help others. You will be richly rewarded!
- My job
Although I fantasize regularly about not having to work, I am very grateful for my employed status. Having a job has allowed me to do lots of wonderful things, the most exciting of which is purchase a wee place for myself! I’m pretty excited about my upcoming move and having this job has certainly played a huge role in making this happen.
- My mother
This woman is amazing. I really cannot praise or lift her high enough. I would honestly do anything for her, even maintain my single status forever, if that is what is required for her to live to the ripe old age of 100 (or beyond!) in good health. She has some fairly serious health challenges, but you would not know it to look at her. I literally tear up any time I think of what she goes through every day without complaint. In fact the family friend we have been driving to work because of the bus strike told me last week that she had no idea my mom was dealing with one particular serious condition. I am continually amazed by her strength and please, if you are a praying person, pray for her continued health and strength. You have prayed before and I really appreciate it. This woman is amazing and deserves only good things to happen to her.
- Olamild‘s parable. It starts here and the conclusion is here. I am guilty of forcing myself out of bed for work at the early hour of 7am but when it comes to waking up for church at 9am, I can’t seem to do it consistently. Where are my priorities? I really encourage you to read both parts of this message from Olamild and examine your priorities.
I am grateful to God for these blessings and more, and hope that you have many things in your own life to give thanks to God for.