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Friday, 23 May 2014

The Final Straw..............

What represents the sole snowflake that tips your avalanche over? The proverbial "final straw" comes in various forms. No matter the things we are faced with daily or people even, it often takes the one thing to make us realize we are done with staying in the shadows of mediocrity when we can do far better than we currently are.

Now I'm talking about really being pushed to the wall unfairly and not merely out of intolerance or impatience. These things could be in forms of emotions being toyed with, standards not being met at work or in the society, overbearing relatives, etc (you get my drift). I am a firm believer in standing up for what is right and enforcing it. I can't condone injustice in any form and if we had more people averse to injustice and more receptive to giving and receiving love, trust me, we would be better off as earthlings for it.

For me, the final straw that birthed my online awareness campaign tagged #AllHeartsAlways was the sight of a young boy hawking wares under the scorching sun that fateful day, shortly after i relocated to Nigeria. My heart broke that day. I was in an air-conditioned car and still felt the blazing sun, how much more this young lad hustling hard to get 'small money'. I beckoned to him and handed him a some cash and when he tried to give me something off his wares, I stopped him and asked him to go and get a very cold drink. The expression on his face was indescribable. You'd have thought i had either sprouted horns or huge wings and a halo. If the situation was not so pathetic, it could have been funny. Then he burst into tears, tears of relief and appreciation at being appreciated I would presume.

Sigh. Sadly I couldn't engage him further because it was right in the middle of a busy road fraught with traffic and hoodlums. Alas, he is just one of hundreds of thousands of needy people struggling to survive. He was my final straw and the wake up call I needed to go all out for others as always and encourage/re-orientate others to being caring and concerned for other people as well.

The need to show love and care for the needy around us cannot be overemphasized. I hereby encourage you, yes you reading and sharing this post, to be #AllHeartsAlways.

What will represent the sole snowflake that tips your avalanche over?

14 comments:

  1. so many of them. I am more willing to contribute in a pool pulling them one after the other out of such scenarios

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    1. We cannot change the World all at once, but a little is much when we all make a firm resolve to be #AllHeartsAlways.

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    2. A little is much if we all make a firm resolve to be #AllheartsAlways.

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  2. Indeed the need nay the call to be allheart always is a duty we all must obey as we are who we are only by privilege and God's mercy.we didn't work for it and we sure are not more deserving of it than the next person on the street.this we must all bear in mind.I am simply a product of God's favour. Thanks buki for the wake up call.

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    1. Very true Chile. Privileges must never be taken for granted, rather it should spur us to spread to the less privileged.

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  3. From @uwandulu

    Thanks buki for sharing this thought cos I believe many have gotten to that tipping point and still lost as to where to begin making the changes they want to see. You sharing this helps one know that no matter how small that change is, it goes a long way to contributing to the greater and bigger good. Thanks again for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome. We must all chip in for the turnaround we desire.

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  4. The final straw. Are we talking final straw in relationships.

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    1. We are speaking generally, could be that too. :)

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  5. Hmmm, had my "final straw" moment a couple of years ago. Was seated in a bus holding a half empty sachet of water. A woman walked up to me and with tears in her eyes, she asked me for the water. I was shocked!! Gave her #500 and she ran after the bus for about 20 metres saying thank you and praying for me.

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    1. Can't believe I missed this comment. This got me all teary just now. Wow, bless your heart. I hope she's in a far better place financially now. We must keep being #AllHeartsAlways.

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