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Is change inevitable?

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*All Men Everywhere Have the Innate Capacity to Change Themselves (at least)*
_✅ *Sowemimo Hammid* ✅_

_”Do not seek change in the frenzied energy of overzealous crowds, the echoing chorus of a multitude or the shaky strength of a murderous mob; You will find it- in the beeping confidence of a determined mind, in the unshakeable resolve of one resilient individual, in the striking consciousness of a self-convinced man”_ Onele Peter-Cole

Around 5: 30am in the cold grisly harmattan morning, I walked out of my house, on a walk to nowhere but a mental cleansing voyage. Already the sound of the Christmas song, the church bell and the Muslim call to prayer contented for dominance in the serene air, only for the rhythmic rendition of “Silent Night” to take charge in a nearby church, thus evoking in me a great nostalgia of my childhood where we had aimed driftlessly with a cheerful spirit, when fate, ideals and perception used to mix indiscriminately without ever questioning one belief or the other.

However, this morning, my mind was heavy with the burden of weighty unanswered questions waiting to be answered, and my walk of the mind, was with an aim for the discovery of an answer to settle my niggling doubts and lift the burden.

As I walked down the well-lit alley of my area- I suddenly saw a familiar figure trudging on just ahead of me- A closer look made me see that it was the notorious Area thug who had just been released from another routine of detention walking just ahead of me! Fear gripped me, my confidence bolted and a mental bell began to strike warning tones of how stupid an idea the entire walk had been that morning.

As I contemplated the best escape route before the bully saw me and robbed me, I couldn’t resist the wicked temptation of imagining that his next crime was perhaps only a few steps away- that he was there to rob this festive season or maybe wreak havoc on political opponents of his patron godfathers ahead of the forthcoming elections.

But for the first time in a while, I was entirely wrong- all these conceived notions in my perception did not intend to happen,for as I later remembered when he looked around- his face was sober and they looked pitiable, his walk had lost the limp typical of the area boys, he did not even smell of stale dry gin nor cigarettes, neither did his trousers sag.

At that instant, I was frozen up in cold bewilderment as I saw him walk into that church for morning devotion, an act that I had not witnessed, heard or thought possible from him for the past 10 futile years of his lifetime I knew.

That day, I learnt that judging people by one’s limited perception, is seeing who they were today, but never knowing who they may become someday. That day, I remembered this simple statement that means a whole lot “change is inevitable”.

As I have come to understand, when a man discovers his own burden , it is halfway solved, then it is left for him to discern whether he needs a lending hand or he could possibly solve it all by himself.

Today, it mostly seems that we already know our problems, but we often refuse to tackle them head on because we await soothing words from motive-led motivational speakers to grease our cracked egos, rouse our inner spirit and think positive for clarity of our solution, an approach of which I strongly disagree with.

I believe that our actions, inactions, perception and relationships towards the burden in reality, need to be changed for a desired result. For If we do not, we would only continue to pin endless and pointless blames on our problems to the unseen force, friends, people and circumstances, even God as an unfair creator.

The solution lies in us focusing on the new page of our life, and writing that page anew, with the fresh ink of a burning desire for change. I remember that I also once saw a beautiful yellow “Danfo” bus plying a familiar route for commercial purpose around my Mushin area of Lagos. I had thought it was new until I discovered the man behind the wheel was a well known commercial driver and his buses were always that ‘new-looking’. In his bus it was inscribed that ” Only change makes Bill Gates different from hackers”. There and then, I also concluded that this was not merely an isolated coincidence, for even his bus was different from majority of the buses in Mushin-
He had changed his bus from the general standard of others, making his own more attractive to commuters for commercial use.I therefore couldn’t help but think, If this man, illiterate by this generation’s standards, could change the normal description of a real Danfo ‘pain-dishing’ rickety egine into a brand new comfort-serving bus, then why not you who has sufficient qualification strive for true transformation in this dispensation?

The truth many of us often fail to realize is- change has a differential between the equal beings to the superior being. The moment a poor man changes his small scale business into a bigger one, thus his former self becomes inferior to his superior self and he becomes unequal to those who are still at his former state, characterized by their lack confidence mostly to take the plunge of innovation, and his relationship with customer or merely his change of business/ location transforms his resources forever.

Moreover, ages ago, on a day most men expected anything but change, Jesus Christ changed the mood of the wedding at Galilee, by turning water into wine. This we all know was not merely by his positive mindset towards his relatives but by his own conceived intention to transform the life of that party, society and it’s people for good, and that singular act transcended beyond itself-it was a symbol for the disruption of the old order to come and a caricature for the wave of change on the way. Even the prophet of Islam persuasively transformed the entire war-mongering, disunited Arabian peninsula into a united stable force to reckon with globally. A change made real by the vision of the Prophet, more than the will of the people. That’s the spirit of change-that it is always self will over popular decision.

Although, this might appear a condescending descent into the depths of spirituality, but the truth is that we all, one way or another, turn over our burdens to the higher power to solve them. Even we, truly know the steps we tread wrongly, may be set rightly, or we at least crave this yearning in our soul. That is the spirit of change-that no situation is so great that cannot be affected, neither is there a condition so bad that cannot be corrected.

So that beautiful morning, as I heard the harmony of the Hallelujah chorus renting the Mushin air loudly from that church speaker, upon the arrival of a new repentant, I saw that men are borne to true change only on the wings of self determination, I saw that he was not flown in by the sheer act of fiery angels but by his own innate decision. I saw that he walked to the church on his own accord, that the change didn’t begin from the church or the environment, or around him, but within him.

So I concluded that change never comes to those who stand still and wait, it arrives at the beckoning of those who search on and await. That even if we cannot by an act of cosmic disruption transform the entire universe for good, we have the capacity to transform what we ourselves do and how we treat others, and that with that little-We contribute so much.

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