Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Motivation: Of Life, Wells And Other Related Things

We grow up learning that some things we were taught were absolutely unnecessary while some others shape our lives positively. Why should we have to go through the rigors of understanding maths if many of us are going to venture into arts and other things that doesn’t need much of mathematics? As I have learnt many times , no knowledge is ever lost, you know pretty much like the lesson in Slumdog Millionaire.

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In elementary school, we were taught that tap water’s the best source of water. Needless to say that didn’t make much sense because I grew up in a place where we got water supply once in a month, no thanks to the unreliable government. This meant we had to source for our own water; so, wells were the solution for us and our neighbors. There were so many of them that were manually dug and drawn from just before the advent of affordable boreholes.  In order to get a good flow of water, one needed to know how to locate a good site for a well. This is very important in order to have a constant flow all through the year. A good spot is one that is not too rocky nor muddy. Many wells were not well sited so there are few months of drought during the dry season, even the well sited ones might not have such a great supply of water during such periods.  Ours served many households during the drought and I’ll tell you why.
My parents had a culture of getting laborers who majored in digging the well deeper while bringing out more earth. The deeper the well got, the more water we had and could spare.

Like I mentioned earlier, there are lots of lessons to be learnt from things that didn’t seem relatable. I have been having a bit of struggle with my time lately. My routine has been pretty messed up. I find it hard to keep track of time. I wake up this minute and the next minute is sleep time. It’s become even hard to write or do other things that would make me feel like I had a productive day.

Thinking about the well and remembering all the hardwork that went into keeping the water flow ministered to me. I have failed to consider all the new factors that got introduced into my life, and adjust accordingly. I have a new child now and a very active toddler. For me to be more fruitful, I have to do so much more. It is no longer enough for me to just be going through my day today activities like I used to. To stay relevant , I need to understand that time has changed and i need to change accordingly. These entails demanding more from myself by working hard and digging deeper.

I already started making some changes and I want to enjoin you to do same. You might feel like you are stuck sometimes and you might almost give up on yourself thinking you are not good enough. Some periods just require for us to dig deeper. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and put in some work.

There is so much water beneath, you just have to dig deeper to find it.

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