What 2018 Taught Me

A post by Dr Alfred Obeng Poku

I saw this piece of paper somewhere in my things which I had used to draft my resolutions for the year 2018. I looked at it and smiled because I didn’t do most of the things on that paper; I’ll try harder next year. Seeing the paper kept me thinking about the year 2018 and all the things the Lord has done for me and plenty other people just like me.

I was on the ward one day doing my “PharmD” things and then I saw this man who had had one leg amputated as a result of peripheral vascular disease. As if that wasn’t enough, the man was also suffering from hemiparesis (muscular weakness in one side of the body) due to an attack of stroke.

When I saw by his bedside a “correct” standing fan and an ice chest filled with drinks, water and ice, I immediately knew this man was from a well to do family. It was disheartening to see him struggling to eat a bowl of “common” Hausa porridge that my former roommate will finish in one gulp (LOL). Someone somewhere is in the best of health but finding it difficult to get even a “quarter square meal” a day.

I remember one day, on my usual afternoon/evening shift at the pharmacy I work at, I was dozing off so I put my head on the counter to prevent any disgrace. I felt someone tapping my shoulder and I raised my head to find this elderly woman waiting on me to serve her. This woman was finding it difficult to sleep and needed drugs to help her sleep. See the irony, I was there fighting to keep my eyes open and this woman needs to take drugs to keep her eyes closed.

I was buying waakye at my favorite waakye joint and I observed this man buying waakye without any meat, fish, egg, “wele”, gari or anything; just waakye. Someone may be saying this guy doesn’t have money to buy “accoutrements” for his waakye but what about the guy who’s always standing behind buyers expecting them to spare him some change.

We need to be thankful for whatever it is that we have. No matter how bad our conditions may be, they are very much likely to be better than some conditions elsewhere.

You may have been expecting something spectacular to happen in your life which didn’t happen, well guess what, somebody had their something spectacular happen and they are currently not alive to enjoy them.

It doesn’t mean you should compare yourself to others and try to feel better than them but truth is, if you should, you’ll know you have a lot to be thankful for.

So long as there is life, there’s hope for the future. The Bible says to give thanks to the Lord in all situations. Count your blessings and name them one by one and you’ll realize that the Lord has been good to you all this while.

God cares for each and every one of us and He makes provisions for us in His own time. At the right time, everything will work out for you but in the meantime, as you keep working towards your desires, thank Him for everything that you have.

The fact that you’re alive at this time of the year and have the opportunity to read this and understand it is enough for you to say, THANK YOU LORD.

Merry Christmas to you and a happy new year in advance.

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