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My being observant

. . . has taught me quite a few things. Something I was learning over the year is to be fully present wherever I am. And if I find myself with people and going on my phone, I apologise and explain what it is I need to do at that moment. It’s been a helpful habit that has translated into me being fully aware of what I’m thinking and why I might be feeling the way I am at that moment before anything takes root. So I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learnt and/or observed by living this way.

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I got this while using a somewhat flimsy plastic spoon to make a cup of hot tea. I was initially worried it might melt in that 100°C boiling heat but it didn’t. After doing this a few times, the above line dropped in my heart. And I knew it was GOD as I have since learnt that if I ever get exposed to what I haven’t been prepared for, it will kill or at least injure me. And it’s also GOD’s Love nature not to let us have more than we can bear. Are we so grateful for that? I am. What I have experienced even over the last 5 months of the year has been heavy but GOD knew I was ready for it even though I didn’t think so, and through it, HE has deepened my identity in HIM.

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This one is quite funny for me. I’ll fill the kettle with just enough water to make myself a cup of tea and 10 seconds later, I see myself looking back at the light I saw come on earlier, just to make sure it is working and that I had actually turned the kettle on. Again, happened a few times and the thought came to mind. How long it takes your kettle to whistle its boil indicates how cold it is out there. No, there’s no deep meaning from this. But if you think of one, please feel  free to share in the comments.

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This one came to mind as I strolled past the so-called free lunch that was provided at work made up of all sorts of sugary things, and what the average Nigerian would never class as lunch, aka, cold pizza and sandwiches! I’m working on neutralising my sweet tooth and so I would have gone for a piece but that day, I just walked past. Only for my colleagues to later say the food wasn’t great. Well, I didn’t miss out, did I? I think we can apply this to many areas of life, relationships, jobs, news, even the lies of the enemy. Don’t take it!!

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This one came to me while marking a student’s book. I think at this point I was getting weary and not calculating correctly so I wrongly marked the work but quickly then realised my errors and changed it. I leave you to ruminate on this one. Let me know what you make of it in the comments.

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I am sure you can decode this one by yourself. If not, ask me to explain in the comments section and I’ll do my best to.

(By the way, I don’t get this right all the time, the being fully present that is, but I’m a long way from where I used to be.)

To your being fully present wherever you are present,  . . .

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