There is no compound with mud walls in whose chinks and cracks that lizards do not inhabit.
On the second day of my visit to my parents back in July, Dad and I decided to have our haircut at his barber’s salon. As we drove to the place, I started a conversation about the poor state of some of the roads in our area. What baffled me was the quick breakdown of the roads after they had been ‘repaired’ some months ago. Dad, in his critical way of addressing societal issues, replied, “A well-constructed road is like steel; it lasts for a very long time. On the other hand, a poorly constructed road is like a rusty piece of metal; it wears away with each passing day. That aside, do you remember we had an argument about these roads? You were of the view that they would endure just because the companies contracted to do the repairs were working on the failed spots.”
I didn’t counter what he said. It was obvious to me now that I failed to see what was actually going on.
As I nosed the car into the street where the barber’s salon was situated, my father used the road—which was recently work on, but now filled with many more potholes—as an example of how a sub-standard work could further worsen the state of a road. He concluded by saying, “Covering a road with laterite is definitely not the final stage of road repair or construction.”
Nothing good comes easy; there is always a price to pay or a sacrifice to make.
Take the road to the barber’s place for instance. Because the standard of repair was compromised, the result — a few months afterwards — was a heavily potholed road.
In a grocery store, it’s the mark of quality that differentiates stocks that serve the same purpose. A similar thing could be said about genuine accomplishment; there is no shortcut to success.
So, how does the sketch of your life chart look like? Have you been able to face the challenges of life the best way you can? Or have you at some point decided to settle for less because you have a low opinion about yourself? Well, I believe that everyone is born with the potential to succeed. It’s just a matter of digging deep. It’s a matter of trying to better who we were yesterday. To build on this each day. To claim our lives and be in control. Always.