the practices of looking into

‘Comfort is overrated, being quiet is comfortable, keeping things the way they’ve been is comfortable and all comfort is done is maintain the statusquo. So we have got to get comfortable with being uncomfortable by speaking these hard truths when they are necessary.’ – Luvie Ajayi

The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree

Extracted from Snippet Stories on Sundays, old blog post, written on Aug 23rd, 2015.


Tayo looked up to the fig tree that stood opposite his father’s house and expressed disapproval. He knew what would happen once his father got back from his trip. The tree had disappointed him again. For over three years, this tree had refused to bear any fruits despite it being properly catered for.
Father had asked him for the umpteenth time


if it had started to grow fruits but got a negative response much to his chagrin. He had wanted to entertain his visitors that day.

One Sunday evening, Tayo welcomed his father home and before he could take his bags into his room, his father barked in anger.
” Tayo! Cut that useless tree down!”

In life, when one refuses to bear fruits, one would be cut down because no relevance can be identified. What you make of yourself today tells of who you would be in the future. A lot of people fail to realize their bearing in life. Three of such people are:
People who do not have any bearing and are manifesting uselessness.
Those who have lost their true bearing and bring poor fruits to the table.
Thirdly, those who are yet to or find it hard to discover their bearing.

—  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, YOU WILL END UP SOMEWHERE ELSE

The fig tree ended somewhere else; in the bush, cut and burnt.

Identify your identity. That burning need that births a purpose. What problem aches your heart and what solutions can you provide to that? Who are you and Where do you want to go?  Every great potential has a direction that yielded positive results.

          —     IF YOU DO NOT CREATE WORTH OR VALUE, YOU MAY REMAIN UNFULFILLED.

Despite the pruning and care of life, the fig tree refused to grow while others were blooming and flourishing. What is better than to cut it down? The same applies to anyone that doesn’t maximize his life potentials waiting for the next rainbow to appear.

Napoleon Hill said, ‘There is one quality that one must possess to win and that is the DEFINITENESS OF  PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it. The fig tree had no purpose so it became useless.

Find that purpose, you need to seek within about the things you are naturally good at, the values you can provide.

And the world will see it yield.


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To Be

Will the journey of a thousand mile start within or without?

To discern the workings of time is to be grateful for how far you have come through than to worry about how far you still need to go. Trust your own process. Trust the timing of your life. To do this takes great courage, faith, patience. And one of the things to know first is to understand and accept your own working realities of the time placed before you. The time you are now is your getting ready and it comes with a lot of waiting.


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