Monday, August 13, 2012

Dance...

I have restless feet,
I want to go somewhere
Eager to hear music play
I want to sway to a lovesong
I really want to dance.
Someday, soon not alone
For now I will dance
Even if I hear no music.


Tola

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Women

I attended a women's program recently. During one of the sessions, we were told to hold hands, two by two and look into the eyes of the person whose hands you were holding. I have issues maintaining eye contact with people. Take a glance and look away. That is what I do. I remember the much older woman whose hands I was holding telling me it was not so difficult. With time I would get used to it. After a while we prayed for each other. The words just flowed in prayer. It felt good.

As a woman, if you saw me ( a fellow woman) for the first time, would you judge me without even speaking to me? Do I get a tag because of what I have on or the fact that I do not look a certain way on the day you laid eyes on me? Would I use the challenge you are passing through to describe you?
Would I ask my fellow married sisters to be wary of you because of the word "single".

As a young woman, would you be willing to learn from an older woman?  Do you know it all? Can you be corrected?

Can women be together in one room and really be what we are...women- womb carriers, midwives, helpers?


Tola











Monday, December 5, 2011

F O R G I V E , . .

I do not have an issue with Forgivness.
Or so I thought.

Little did I know that I had  simply not loved enough
Or probably not been really hurt by someone dear.

Now I need to consider that word and simply act it out.
On a scale, the hurt weighs so much...more.

But..for this hurt,
I will forgive.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What surrounds you?

It is common knowledge that the people you surround yourself with often reflects in the way you see and live your life. I have understood that better in the past few years.

I have friends. I think I have made more friends in the past few years.I have some major influences in my life.There is a special friend  who tells me the truth, even though it hurts me and we probably will not exchange words for a few days till I cool off! There is one who knows my dream and gives me the opportunity to express it even if she has to come to me to do that! Some make me smile. Others make me think. Some make me go on my knees. Some make me work. Some just want to talk! A senior friend has taught me how important physical presentation is. I know I started dressing up better after I met her.She also hates mediocrity. I appreciate what I have because of some. I have taken a leap of faith with some.

I hear lifting words week after week where I worship. These days I see things differently. I have a green mentality. I now know what is important. Very different from what is urgent. I now view serving differently. Now, I am glad to go to God's house. I am also answerable to certain people there.I do not like it sometimes but it puts me in check!

This is me. What surrounds you?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life.....this week

I have experienced different kinds of emotions this week.
It is just Wednesday and so much has happened.
I remember looking at pictures of the earthquake in 
New Zealand on Monday and thinking... are things ever
going to be the same in the world?

Whenever you hear that a person has passed on,
what comes to your mind? The loved ones left behinde?
The emptiness of the space the person once occupied?
For that person, a chapter has ended.
Another has began.

Its so easy to get carried away with self.
Pause for a moment and catch up with the lives of others.
Help the other in what ever way you can.Conquer greed.
Share your blessings. Certain things will not matter after now.
This is life this week.




 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is This Me?

  • I stylishly drop an item of trash on the floor.
  • I cannot resist a glance at my reflection in a glass.
  • I daydream during church sermons.
  • I meet someone for the first time and I do a quick scan;clothes, bags, shoes.Check!
  • I constantly imagine myself sitting in my boss's chair.
  • I pay my tithes after deducting my expenses.
  • I know its over... but I do not want to move on.
  • I do not feel beautiful.
  • I look at someone's spouse and "wish you were mine"
  • I am haunted by babies I wish I had.
  • I always look at the clock.
  • I am not making eternal investments.
  • I think it is too late.
  • I never take a risk.
  • I am living a false life. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Madam Mariama

The woman greeted me on the phone in the native yoruba language.
It was a strange number and I did not know w ho it was.
Then she introduced herself. I had her number on my other phone.
Some weeks ago, the workers in my church had gone on evangelism
close to our church vicinity.
I had spoken to a woman who was washing clothes by a tap. She told
me she washed clothes for money. She did not understand English and
was a moslem. Hmmm...How do I preach to a moslem and in the yoruba
language? I remember that not knowing what to do, I asked her if there
was anything she wanted me to pray about. She requested that I pray for
her children. I prayed . In yoruba language. Truth is I stumbled most times as
I do not think I have ever had to pray in yoruba.
We exchanged numbers as I saved my telephone numbers on her phone
and promised to give her a call from time to time. I called her a week later.
It was a pleasant call.

I was having a "not so good" day. One of those days when you feel so
overwhelmed and just wish someone would understand you and not
really say much...just be there.
Madam Mariama's call that day to know how I was doing reminded me
of seeds of care we sow into the lives of people. These seeds give birth.
Whenever, a face or name comes to your mind, to try reach out. It could be
through a call, a text, mail or a silent word of prayer. Somewhere, you will
be putting a smile on someone' face.

tola