The ‘Rona* has been in town (at least Nigeria) since February. While it has been advised that it is a good time to dig a well, kill a cow and have a small wedding, it has been a time of reflection and learning for me. These lessons are not deep or new, but they’ve just been relearned and I’ve had a fresh appreciation for them. Some of them are:
1. Family is important.
Whether ‘family’ for you is biological, or its friends that have become “closer than a brother”, your support system cannot be replaced. They continue to be a source of laughter, truth, joy and safety.
2. Write things down. I’m sure I have said this before and I tell my friends all the time. Write, write, write. Write how you feel, what you’re thinking, little successes, big ones, write your ideas, goals, visions, dreams, everything. I know you have a great memory and you will remember, but I have found that mental notes cannot be compared to pen and paper or e-notes. I write down what God says to me, impressions I have, ideas, even really sweet words that are prayed over me on my birthdays. I take screenshots and email them to myself. Words are gold and gold never gets old. I keep a journal as well, and I encourage you to try it too. Write down dates and the events that happen, especially when its something you really enjoyed- a first date, the day you got a bright idea, or figured out a knotty concept at work, the day you met an old friend, or went out with a mentor, a beautiful experience at church, or a movie that resonated with you. When you write, you are recording history and providing precedents that you can refer to in the future. How cool is that? You can start a blog to contain your thoughts, use the Penzu app, open a new email account solely for your words, write in a journal, etc.
3. Share. Nothing is too little or too big to share. Share information, share knowledge, share insights, share opportunities. The things that seem so basic to you could be so big to someone else. The things we take for granted because we are so accustomed to it may be a light bulb moment for someone else. I typically would join the Hallelujah Challenge when it starts, and sometimes post it on my Instagram or Whatsapp. I assumed everyone knew about it, but I’d still post it anyway. The most recent Challenge ended on May 23rd and someone sent me a message, thanking me for sharing, because that was how this person became aware of it. If you don’t know about the Hallelujah challenge, find out more here.
4. Give. I can almost hear someone say, Ife has come again, how much is my salary that I will give out of it? Hear me out 🙂 Money is one thing on the list of many things you can give. You can also give your time to listen to someone; your talent to help out with something that comes naturally to you; your skill to do something you would typically be paid for. If you want to give, you’ll find ways to do it. You can support your friends’ businesses too- post their products/services on your social media. Recommend them. That’s a way to give without money.
5. Rest. After all is said and done, your body needs to have a time of rest. Your diet, sleep and exercise should be carefully monitored to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself. Take days off when you can, or at least hours off. Maximize your weekends to rest and recoup. On the days your body is in overdrive and you cannot sleep, play a game, eat a fruit salad or garri/milk/sugar and groundnut (whatever works for you), soak in a warm bath, treat yourself to something nice. Your body deserves it!
Do you have any old tricks that have become new to you recently? What have you been up to? Any new lessons on doing old things? Please share in the comments.
Until my next post, stay safe and please wear a mask.
With clean hands,