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The Story of “Good” and “Bad” on the Canvass of Reality

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By Tolulope A. Adegoke

“Good is a path. Also, it is a choice. It is a choice that must be made. Every man is born a “chooser”! Your faithful decisions would determine your fate. Find your “good”; Choose your “good”; Re-unite with your “good”; Stick to your “good”, even when tempted by “bad”! You don’t overcome “bad” by being bad. You can only overcome “bad” by being good, as this is a better barter for better and sweeter conquests in all realms of human endeavours, beyond human comprehensions!” – Tolulope A. Adegoke, Ph.D., MNIM

Your faithful decisions would determine your outcomes. What’s “Good”?

“Good” is simply when crisis works for peace to reign, and I will say it’s all for the better.

“Good” is when positive and negative agree to power energy, and I will say it is all for the better.

“Good” is when “noise” submits to “quietness” for the sake of sanity.

It is when the soul opens up to divinity for the great alignment of our spirit to that which is holy, pure and kind.

“Good” is when “war” submits to lasting “peace”,

It is when someone humbly admits his/her errors and maturely seek for forgiveness.

“Good” is when both “good” and “bad” happens for the benefit (good) of those who love God, and I’ll say it’s all for the better.

What’s “Good”? Good is a rare virtue, one of the most genuine forces that breeds sanity, sanctity, and safety.

“Good” is God steps in the dark, like a lamb among the wolves; light in the darkness; a stream in the wilderness; a force for the fall of the false, for what is true and real to be revealed; and I will say it’s all for good.

“Good” is a pull of faith in fate to fulfilling our destinies.

“Good” may be mocked, but that doesn’t stop the authentic “good” from being good and better.

“Good” may be frustrated out of your abode, but without you, “good” is still good, and would always find a place of abode conveniently, honourably and peaceably accommodated by those that truly value the virtue of its versatility because it is a university that requires sanity, sanctity and maturity to overcome adversities… and I will say it’s all for good.

Let me paint you a picture of a good story on the canvas of reality without any iota of gullibility:

“Bad and “Good” started living under the same roof, but one had to leave for the other to reign, and one thing is constant about “good”. It flows naturally and doesn’t struggle to be heard, to be seen nor to be felt.

Eventually, there was a cold rift between the two forces, but instead of warring, “Good” left for good. After three (3) months, the oil in the lamp that powers the light in the home and environment ran out. They solely relied on the illumination generated by “Good” while it was with them. Ooh, gross darkness emerged as a result of the absence of “Good”, as a result of the absence of light.

The light was obtained from “Good”, because the only thing that “Good” took with it while leaving was the power of light. There was no light, no warmth, no sight, then “Bad” became very ill and grew old in its weak condition. Because of pride, and “Bad” refused to look for good.

Truly, “Bad” was bad, and “Bad” is bad; but “Good” was busy illuminating those that accommodated it after leaving its previous abode.

The good news of “Good” spread abroad, and it became a strong nation; stronger than the greatest. After being battered and beaten by bad, everyone began migrating to secure their destiny and fulfill their purposes. They’d all been raped so badly by “Bad”.

“Good” became HOPE, FAITH, DELIVERANCE; “Good” became HELP, HOPE; “Good” became the last resort for their resolve.

One day, “Good” had to look for “Bad”, and invited “Bad” to a meeting alongside its supporters.

“Good” stood up and asked the congregation: “Why do I live there? Why do you think I am here?” And the supporters screamed: “because you are good, because you are kind, because you are hope, deliverance, and our last resort and resolve.”

And “Good” asked again: “What has “Bad” offered you all so far?” And there was deep silence, the atmosphere became so cold; it was so touching, mournful and sorrowful. People become so broken, because virtually all of them have lost one or two things to being followers of “Bad things, either consciously and unconsciously; either ignorantly, lackadaisically and adamantly.

The “Bad” became so sad, but “Good” further made a good and godly statement: “Everything, both the good and bad, happens for the good of those that love God,” Good continued: “I am a creation with a purpose of illumination, for sanity and sanctity by divine order, while “Bad” is a creation with a purpose of pollution, instigated or permitted by divine order to help understand, reveal, appreciate the course and cause of “Good”. Would any of you present here understand the value of good if there were no bad? If there was no darkness, would there be any need for light to be valued? If there is no blindness, would there be any need for sight? If there is no hunger, would there be any need for food?

Value is understood, respected, honoured, acknowledged properly through lack. Would there be any valuable peace if there were no wars? If there is no noise, would there be any value for quietness or silence? Is there any value in wisdom that comes from good if there is no foolishness?!!If there is no death, would there be any value for life? If there are no illnesses, would there be any value or need for cure or healing?”

Everyone were marveled, yet they were all broken. “Good” further said: “I say to you again, everything, both the good and bad, happens for the good of those that love God.

The most genuine force for healthy living is good; bad is the path to destruction. “Bad became bad; bad became sorrowful; “Bad” became humbled; “Bad” became broken. He had no choice than to renounce itself from being bad.

Everyone applauded and praised him, saying, “Good” is the deliverer for eternity.”

But I have to tell you today, that “Good” is a path. Also, it is a choice. It is a choice that must be made. Every man is born a chooser! Your faithful decisions determines your fate!

Find your “Good”, and then choose your “Good”. Re-unite with your “Good”. Stick to your “Good”, even when tempted by “Bad”!

You don’t overcome “Bad” by being bad. You can only triumph over “Bad” by being good. Your faithful decisions would determine your end. Both “Bad” and “Good” are established and determined by your strong decisions and choices. Both life and death are choices you resolve to make.

Life is good. Death is bad. Death gives room for a fresh life. And when a seed is planted into the earth, it must die. It must decay, and that would give room for a new life, for a NEW DAWN… And I would say, “IT’S ALL FOR GOOD, the better, and the BEST!”

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Glo Celebrates Muslim Faithful on Eid-El-Kabir

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Telecommunications service provider, Globacom, has rejoiced with Muslims all over Nigeria on the celebration of the 2024 Eid-El-Kabir.

In a message of goodwill released in Lagos on Saturday, the company asked the Muslim community to take advantage of the occasion and offer prayers for the nation’s prosperity, unity, and well-being.

The company noted in the statement: “We felicitate with the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria as they celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir festival. We call on them to use the occasion to continue to live up to the tenets of their faith through acts of charity, peaceful co-existence with their neighbours and obedience to the injunctions of the Holy Quran”.

Globacom congratulated Muslims who completed the Hajj this year as part of the Islamic injunctions. It also urged Muslims to emulate the commitment, dedication, and obedience exhibited by Prophet Ibraheem, who demonstrated these qualities by offering his son as a sacrifice to Allah, a move that is commemorated on Eid-El-Kabir.

“It is a season of charity, peacemaking and forgiveness. We must remember to cater for the poor and the needy in line with Allah’s injunction to be our brother’s keeper”, Globacom also noted.

The company sent its best wishes for a joyful Eid-El-Kabir to all Muslims who observe the festival. It also guaranteed its subscribers a seamless communications experience by offering top-notch services during the festival and beyond.

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Inter-Agency Collaboration: FRSC Corps Marshal Visits CDS Musa

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Shehu Mohammed, has paid an official visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, to consolidate existing relationship between the Corps and the nation’s Defence Arms, seek areas of fruitful partnership and achieve considerable mileage in Inter-agency collaborations.

According to a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), during the visit, the Corps Marshal commended the Defence Chief for his leadership qualities and the successes achieved in maintaining national security. He also sought collaboration in the area of human capital development which he believes will help advance the course safety on the nation’s highways.

He intimated the Chief of Defence Staff of the role of the Federal Road Safety Corps in improving national security through intelligence gathering, noting that FRSC is a custodian of critical national infrastructure; the National Vehicle Identification Scheme,a database that has helped in the fight against insecurity in the country.

Reacting, the Chief of Defence Staff congratulated the Corps Marshal on his appointment, emphasizing the critical role the Corps plays in advancing national security. He assured the Corps Marshal of the readiness of his office to assist the Corps in the area of personnel training as well as other veritable areas of interest.

He highlighted the critical role the Corps plays in the fight against insecurity being the Security agency that have greater level of interface with the general public.
He applauded the energy, resilience and steadfastness of FRSC personnel who against all odds are out in their best to make the highways safe.

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Food for Living: Become a Person of Value

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friend,

“Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value” – Albert Einstein

To be valuable is one of the best things that can happen to any person. Whoever has value is the king of the pack, and is well sought after. He is resourceful, and everyone wants to tap into his resourcefulness.

But what does it mean to be a person of value? Note that understanding differs when the word value is mentioned. Value is relative because what’s valuable to one person might not be valuable to another. For example, a lady who has several suitors seeking her hand in marriage has something of interest she admires and dislikes in every suitor, but what will determine who she will marry will be the value she desires in a man. This value might be money, character, academics, loyalty, beauty or skill.

It’s however, sad, when people think that value relates to only money; but value is more than money. It can be skills, academic qualifications or certification, network and networth, spiritual life, social life, physical strength, position, talent among others.

To the world, value means having something to offer; a person’s value is something that can make a positive difference in the lives of others. When one is valuable, it means that they are not just a consumer, but a producer and creator. It means that they are not just followers, but a leaders.

The importance of value cannot be overemphasized. Everyone has a measure of value, but the challenge most people face is the inability to maximize their value.

Your value is a gift to the world. Your value is your talent. People of value are in high demand. People of exceptional value are in higher demand, and are respected and honoured.

Did you know that your value can be used to know your interest? For instance, how you spend your time; what you think; how you invest and spend your money; where you work; causes you support; choice of majors; the books you read; the events you attend and more, all combine to reflect your inherent value. Your value will assist you to know how you can balance work life and career. Your value can be used to showcase your mission and passion for life.

It’s instructive to note that nobody will willingly come to you if you don’t have value. When you position yourself as a pest, beggar, liability, etc., people will begin to see you in that light. Just to let you know how attractive one can be, imagine an ant being attracted to sugar. It is simply because the sugar has what the ant likes. That’s how life works. People will come to you when they see you have what they have.  That simply tells you must add value to yourself. Quit complaining and apportioning blame to people, government and circumstance, take ownership and responsibility of your life.  According to – Marcus T Cicero “You will be of as much value to others as you have been to yourself.”

When you know the value you offer, you won’t need to talk too much. You will have self confidence, you won’t need to announce yourself, rather, people will seek your services or product. According to  Patrick Lencioni, the author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, “he stated the five ways to become a person of value and Influence. According to him, you must find your passion and purpose; Embrace Personal Development, choose a problem you can solve; be authentic.

1. Find your purpose and passion

The great and influential men and women the world has ever known were those who discovered and pursued their purpose and were driven by their passions. When you’re on the path of purpose, it’s easier to add significant value to the lives of others. You’ll hardly be of any significant value to people or influence them when you don’t know where you are going yourself. Purpose ignites passion which keeps you motivated, inspired and focused. You need that to be valuable and influential.

2. Embrace personal development

Becoming a person of value and influence demands embracing a lifelong pursuit of personal development. Personal development is a process of understanding and developing yourself to realize your full potential. The extent to which you’re able to add value and influence others depends on the extent to which you have been able to develop yourself. Every raw material has little or no value. It becomes valuable after it’s been refined. Take time to refine yourself in every area. That could be hard but it’s rewarding. Daily ask yourself, “What do I need to learn or do to become a better person?

3. Choose a problem you can solve for people

To be a person of value and influence, you have to become genuinely interested in people enough to solve a specific problem for them. Think of what you can do to make lives better. The more people you solve problems for, the more valuable and influential you become.

4. Be original and unique

When we live our lives mimicking or imitating others, it steals our originality. Originality is the beauty of life. Guess what? Imitations don’t get much attention, originals do.  You can copy my style, but you can’t imitate my creativity. We’ve all heard that when you imitate someone else, the best you can be is second best. That’s very true. To be a person of influence, don’t be anyone else. Be you.

5. Pursue excellence

Becoming a person of value and influence is not going to be so much about what you do as it is about how well you do it. It’s said that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. Go beyond the usual. Add a touch of class in all you do. That’s what excellence is all about. Mind you it’s not the same as perfection.

6. Encourage and inspire others

Find a way to encourage and inspire others to be all they can be. Empower, share your knowledge and skills with others. Your value and influence is connected to the number of lives that are better because of you.

7. Exude confidence

Self-confidence is one quality that’s very admirable. It’s about knowing what you want and having the courage and boldness to go for it. When you’re self-confident, people are attracted to you. When you don’t have it, the opposite is the case. The reason is simple — what value do you think a person who doesn’t believe in himself offers?

8. Have integrity

It’s true that none of us is perfect but for you to be a person of value and influence you must be able to earn people’s confidence and trust. You should be able to live by certain values that uphold sound moral principles. Integrity means always doing the right thing and, in all circumstances, whether or not it’s convenient. It’s about being sincere and real. It’s about being honest enough to admit when you’re wrong. It’s your “yes” as “yes” and your “no” as “no”. It’s people trusting you not for any other reason but because you have earned their trust.

In conclusion, to be relevant consider being a person of value. Remember, your value depends on what you can offer.

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