Gratitude Challenge Week #5: Something Someone Gave Me

The focus for the 5th week (Jan. 31 – Feb. 06) of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge was:

Something Someone Gave Me

Generosity is a lesson on giving what you have. Most people think that generosity only has to do with money. Hence some tend to ask questions like “How can I be generous when I have no money?” Or say things like like “I cannot be generous because I am not yet rich!”.

Learn From Your Own Life

Oh ye of little faith; you couldn’t be any more wrong! But I do not completely blame you because I once thought so too, until I realized a fact from my own life.

I consider my life to be interesting because I have learned so much from just paying attention to my life. Years ago, I started becoming aware of my answer to a question that people often asked me. The question usually goes something like this: nice [so and so], how much did you buy it? Or they would ask… I like your [so and so], where did you get it from?

What was my answer? Well after a while, I realized that my answer was usually “oh this? I didn’t buy it” or “well it was a gift”. My answer was usually between those lines.

Could generosity be the key to abundance?

Add Value First

That was when it hit me! About 30% to 50% of the things I own, are gifts! And people give me stuff because I give them my time, support, effort, ideas and company. I realized that I was generous, with everything else I had. I am not rich nor do I have so much money to spend on myself. But there are so many other ways I have been generous. Could generosity be the key to abundance?

In the Bible, it says “give, and it will be give to you” and those who live in abundance know the importance of giving. Many successful people advice that before you take, you must first give. This was the principle I put to practice sometime last year, and the result was overwhelming. Since then, that became my policy… add value first!

The Greatest Gift

I have given much, but I have been given much more, in return. I have received things that became my only possession of its kind. I have also received more of the things I already have. All these things make life beautiful, because I can always look to an object and remember who gifted that to me. When I remember the gift and the story behind it, it could make my day or even make my week.

Yet, we cannot enjoy or appreciate all these things if we were never born. I know this is an irrational fear, but my greatest fear is the fear of never being born. I know, it is unreasonable, but the thought of never being born just scared the hell out of me!

That is why life, to me, is the greatest gift of all. The privilege to partake in this thing we call life, is invaluable. I know that some people have seen the worst parts of life, that some would wish they were never born. But most forget, like the old saying, that “this too will pass”. Or as we like to say in Nigeria “no condition is permanent”.


But if I am to be grateful this week, for something someone gave me, that thing would be Kito, my car.


In November of 2015, I went to Warri for Elohor’s wedding, and I drove all through. It was also the weekend of my secondary school’s reunion for my graduating set. So I had to drive between Ekpan and DSC at least once every day, for 3 days. In one day, I had to drive that route (either going or coming) 3 times!

My parents did not want me to drive because they were afraid of all that could go wrong. But as for me, I was excited and positive about all that could go right! After the wedding and reunion, I thought about how much having Kito with me that period meant. It would have been difficult, if not impossible, for me to cover all that distance in the time I did. I probably would have been stuck at one location, one day at a time!

Kito came to me like an unexpected baby, and I have been adjusting to caring for him as a new addition to the family. But life would have been much different without Kito, and so I am grateful for this gift that is my car!

What object or possession has meant so much for you lately?

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7 things was grateful for during the 5th week of this 52 weeks of gratitude challenge:

  1. GgffI know it’s not very healthy to eat beef all the time, but you have to admit that kilishi tastes very good. So yes, let us thank God for Kilishi
  2. Things are very rough for me right now, but I am hopeful; I have not lost hope. So I am grateful for hope, especially during rough patches
  3. I’m grateful for the fruits we grow in our compound, like papaya and mangoes, and also the avocado pear that drops into our compound from the neighbor’s tree lol
  4. One good thing about me is that I can sleep without a pillow. But I’m thankful for the invention that is the pillow
  5. I know I will die someday, everyone will. But the privilege to have been born, remains the greatest gift of all, to me. So today, I am grateful for the gift of life!
  6. The fact that we’re free, autonomous beings started to fascinate me from a very young age. I wondered how we can all act independently of one another, not as if someone or something was controlling us, or that we must act one person at a time. I’m grateful for freewill, even though we often abused it
  7. Thank God that daddy returned home safely from the village, plus I’m grateful for the opportunity to invest in my future through today’s seed sowing service

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Gratitude Challenge Week #4: A Family Member

The focus for the 4th week (Jan. 24 – Jan. 30) of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge was:

A Family Member

I bet you had a childhood hero when you were growing up. A good number of us did: maybe a superhero, a superstar or someone of that nature. But until the focus of this week’s gratitude challenge, I ever thought I had a superhero.

The Realization

I know this article is about a family member who I am grateful for. Yes, but as I thought about my family members, I discovered my childhood hero! Continue reading Gratitude Challenge Week #4: A Family Member

Gratitude Challenge Week #3: Family

The focus for the 3rd week (Jan. 17 – Jan. 23) of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge was:


Over the years, I have come to understand that “family” means more than just blood relatives. I was an introvert growing up, so I often stayed away from people, including my family. If you know me, and the rest of my siblings, you will understand that I am different from the most of them. As a result, I was not that close to them as such. Continue reading Gratitude Challenge Week #3: Family

5 Things I Learned in 2015

The year 2015 was a great year for me (see photos here). There were good times and bad time, up and downs, which made it all the more exciting and a year to appreciate.

2013 was more eventful than 2014, and 2014 was likewise more eventful than 2015. But I consider both 2013 and 2014 as warm ups to 2016, because I realized the kind of life that I want to live henceforth. Actually, the 9 years I spent in Cyprus was a glimpse of the kind of life that I want for myself. Continue reading 5 Things I Learned in 2015

Gratitude Challenge Week #2: Spouse / Significant Other

The focus for the 2nd week (Jan. 10 – Jan. 16) of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge was:

Spouse / Significant Other

It is the end of the second week of the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge, and the focus was on our spouse or significant other. While I am still very single (if there’s any such thing as “very” in being single), I thought much about the various people in my life. Each time I tried to come up with who I can call my significant other, one name will pop into my mind: Sommie! Continue reading Gratitude Challenge Week #2: Spouse / Significant Other

My 2016 Bucket List

For at about 3 to 4 years now, I have frowned at new years resolutions. While a lot of people still uphold this “useless” tradition, I have come to realize that most of us (yes, that includes you and I) have a huge misconception or misundertanding of the whole “New Year’s Resolutions” thingy.

We call them by several different names… resolutions, to-accomplish lists, goals, to-do lists, missions, tasks, and so on. Whatever name you choose to go by Continue reading My 2016 Bucket List

Gratitude Challenge Week #1: Why Start this Challenge?

I took my first gratitude challenge back in the year 2012. The challenge was to write down 3 things I was grateful for daily, for 30 days. In the end, I should have listed 90 things I was grateful for. But unfortunately, I only made it to 69 things I’m grateful for. Continue reading Gratitude Challenge Week #1: Why Start this Challenge?

365 Colors of Gratitude

I have always know the power that an attitude of gratitude has on one’s life. We always say that there are so many reasons to thank God, and yet not many of those who say so, can’t actually name a hundred. 365 Colors of Gratitude was a journey for me, naming and documenting one new thing to be grateful for, every day of the year 2015. Indeed it has been a journey Continue reading 365 Colors of Gratitude

Free Business Lessons from the Game Two Dots

Whenever I play the game of Two Dots, I am reminded of how much there is in common between playing Two Dots and running a business. If you have not tried the game out, I suggest that you do sometime soon.

When playing the game, you will find the following business lessons:

  1. Do Not Overestimate Your Skills/Strengths
  2. Every Problem Has a Solution
  3. You Cannot Win All The Time
  4. It is Okay to Fail
  5. You Only Need to be Right Once
  6. Focus on Your Goal
  7. Know When to Quit
  8. You Don’t Always Need Help
  9. Know What Kind of Kelp You Need
  10. Have Fun!

Read the details article on LinkedIn Pulse: 10 Business Lessons from the Game Two Dots

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