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Life is full of contradictions and there is nothing that is wholly good or wholly bad. In everything, there is both good and bad and this is buttressed in the scripture where it says, all things work for good. The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought about unprecedented sufferings as well as unimaginable number of deaths across the globe. This indeed is pathetic and unfortunate. However, while we have spent so much time bemoaning the death of our loved ones and the unmitigated sufferings that this evil plunged us into, little did we realize the need for us to ponder on solutions to the problem. It is important to understand that discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought, and to this end, we are just more or less what we have fixed our gaze on which has the tendency of keeping us perpetually stagnated without any progress in view. It is now time to learn important lessons that will help us to make informed decisions on how to forge ahead with our lives, putting the past in proper perspective and using our present situation as a platform to jump start a new beginning.
Noteworthy is the fact that once the mind is streched with new ideas it will never return again to the same size. First and foremost, the COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed the witnesses of all, including both the advanced and the devolping countries of the world, great leaders of thoughts both in the secular and the spirtual spears of life and this exposure has taught us a lesson that we are all limited in one way or the other and that no one country or individual no matter how much or less strong he or she had been rated is totally independent and self sufficient. Another important lesson learned is in regard to attitudes which to a large extent help us to understand that life is an endurance race and not a sprint as well as that 10% is what happens to us and 90% is how we react to it. This understanding also prepares us for the inevetible and unexpected blows of life which must be handled as challenges and not as crisis if we must maximize our potential as individuals and nations. On a final note, we should bear in mind that the truly educated never graduates and the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has enormous advantage with little competition. Wisdom is profitable to direct and in the words of Abraham Lincoln: "If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would just spend 6 hours sharpening my axe". "If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct" Eccl. 10:10. Truth is always exacting but life is dull without it, a ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are made for. What does tomorrow hold? Nobody knows, but we know HE who holds tomorrow and with HIM our destiny is more than secure.
By: Samuel Adeyanju