Hello and welcome to WhatsApp Wednesday. This is a weekly column where we share stories and lessons which were sent to us via WhatsApp. Today’s post is a simple lesson in contentment. Envy is always counterproductive and this shows us the futility of wanting another person’s life. If you missed last week’s post read it here.
The African Dream
Dr Ubani works in one of Houston’s biggest cardiology centers. His wife heads over 200 people in an IT firm in Texas too. Living above average they have one dream for which they save religiously. The dream to someday go back home to Umuahia in Abia state and set up their own businesses. Meanwhile……Martins and his wife who both run successful businesses in Umuahia have not missed their “prayer point” in the last 4yrs. “Lord this dream must come thru, we must relocate to America.
Uche watches through the window of his high rise Zenith bank office everyday. Admiring independent business men. Hating his cage. Sorry his job I mean and wishing to be an unemployable entrepreneur someday. Meanwhile…Mike walks pass that same Zenith bank building everyday. His CV in his hand and sweat on his forehead. Asking God “when”. When would I say “I work for Zenith Bank. That is my office up there”.
The Rich Man’s Wife
Mrs Aisha Bello, wife of a multi billionaire wishes she could turn back time and re-pick her husband. Can’t believe how hellish it is and wishes for singleness. Meanwhile, Funke who works for her would give anything to be Mr Bello’s wife. 4th wife is ok sef. “See fine man with cash. Kai some women are lucky” she says .
The power of contentment
The stupidity that is inherent in envy and comparisons of lives is the kind that needs exorcism to expel. Given the shoes of the man with the life you want may be all that you need to cure you of your inordinate longing. The saying :the grass is always greener on the other side” means you see only the glamour and not the pain. That’s what I call looking with your eyes wide shut….SELAH! ~ P Jerry Eze