Ojibijibi! I don’t even know if I should cry right now.Please, forgive my manners. For those that haven’t read or heard, I’m the dope Pope with the whole scope. My keyboard already predicts this (LOL). NYSC posting is out as you all know. Do you know how it feels when the topic you thought wouldn’t make exam questions actually does, but you didn’t read it? (hurts). That’s almost similar to what happened to me. I chose Sokoto just for the way it sounds in the mouth when you tell people you chose Sokoto. Guess who is going to check the material on the Seat of the Caliphate? Yes guys, I am the person. It still feels like a conspiracy. How could they send me to my last choice? I thought it was a joke the IT guys were playing on me. I refreshed the page like 5 times to see if it was a glitch.
I thought they’d laugh it off like “Yo guys, come see. This dude freaking chose Sokoto. Haq Haq Haq! He probably didn’t mean it” then give me a closer state with good weather (not the bipolar weather Sokoto has) and good food. I’ve started collecting past questions from people who have been to Sokoto. Anyway, it’s all good. What matters in the end is that we’re alive to do the NYSC. If you call me “King in the North” I’ll answer, but you must be bearing gifts. 🙂
This post might look like it’s for Corp members, but its actually for everyone. Allow me to feel like I’m deep with this lovely quote from Marcus Cicero
“Non nobis solum nati sumus” – Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Part of me wants to say “If you don’t speak Latin, you’re on your own”, but I won’t be writing this if I said that.
That quote simply translates to “Not for ourselves alone are we born”.
Look at the sun shining for every creature to see, the flowers smelling nice for us, bees producing honey other animals, trees producing Oxygen for others. They are all performing a form of service not for themselves, but for others.
It’s a complete coincidence that it is coming up when NYSC batch B stream 1 is preparing to report to camp, but it’s good.
I’m going to go a bit religious here. Back then in the garden of Eden (not Stamford Bridge), God created man for a purpose. Man was meant to just serve God from morning till night. And he got the whole earth as a gift.
That’s just to show you how powerf service is. It’s so sad that today, we’re in a “dog eat dog” world. Nobody wants to help anybody. Everybody wants to get ahead by any means necessary. Even if it means putting a stop to another person’s progress.
Jesus said (I’m not Pope for nothing) “Love your neighbor as yourself”. In other words, do unto others what you want them to do to you. That, today is the Golden rule. Everything good revolves around this single sentence on service. Imagine how peaceful and wonderful it’ll be if everyone was helping everyone.
I realized over time that you don’t need money to help others. It the little things that matter. Some of the people who engage in crimes won’t do so if they had a better option. Something as little as teaching basic ICT skills, how to barb or any other vocational skill can be the better option for many people. Many people are going through extreme poverty.
I heard of a woman who asked for just 4 cups of rice and crayfish so she can celebrate Christmas for her children. So when you see organizations like Charity with art, Give to live and many others go out of their way to provide food and relief materials to people on the streets you’ll appreciate their efforts. It might be a plate of rice to you, but to those people it’s a ray of hope that there will be a tomorrow for them after all.
By tomorrow, Corp members will be reporting to camp like I said earlier on. Just before you go, ask yourself “What kind of corper do I want to be?”. Many Corp members see it as an opportunity to take advantage of naive students or use their position as Corp members to catch rich married men who like corpers.
There are still others who are truly serving the people around them. From renovating the toilets of the schools they were posted to organizing free empowerment trainings for the youths around them.
This helping thing I’m talking about is not just good for the community or the person you’re helping, it’s also good for you.
HOW HELPING OTHERS CAN HELP YOU
- It’ll improve your mood: Do you know how good helping people feels? Have you ever helped a blind person cross the road before? Have you ever bought a bottle of water for a random stranger before? Even down to telling your friend the answer in an exam hall (don’t do it). The feeling is super good.
- It’ll help you live longer: It lowers depression and improves your mental health. If your mind is healthy you’re good to go. The little things (good) you do has its own little way of improving your overall health.
- It’ll help you find meaning to your life: One time I thought this wasn’t possible until I watched THR Media’s interview on the founder of Kindle Africa. Here is the link.
Let us all be the mechanic this world need. We need to service it till it’s glowing with kindness again. Service your neighbor and stay happy.
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