True happiness comes from within. It’s the precept upon which the joy of living exists!
It is who you are and how you approach life.
How you see people around you with their thinking and wishes for you. The environment, things you are exposed to and your disposition about the behaviour of others toward you.
Literally speaking, the word happiness is deep, mightier and stronger than the naïve, literally meaning, in practical terms “no one can give you happiness except yourself”.
Imagine the joy you had when you first met the love of your life. I mean the agape love not the sexual lust that is common nowadays.
Even Adam (The first human being) had to sing a true and joyous song in the Garden of Eden. The first time he saw Eve (This is the bone of my bone, the flesh of my flesh and she shall be called a woman).
What true happiness and relief, the sight of seeing a woman of his dreams in a lonely world filled with animals? He even chose to eat the forbidden fruit without minding the consequences.
There is no such innocent songs in reality today, what we have is a myriad of abominable acts that tends to divide the human soul and bring out the beast and ugly intentions rather than the true happiness hoped for.
As pages turn in my life, my expectations of true happiness increase, I decided, I have a responsibility of doing good, more so, doing the right things became very crucial and relevant to me not only because I am from a Christian background, but because I fear God and I’ve seen his true manifestation in my life.
It’s my own personal experience and conviction and there is no coincidence with our Maker, believe it or not God exist.
Let me tell you a little story!
I was coming back from school one day, when I saw two gangs of boys trying to beat up a young girl and trying to force her into derelict building with the intention to rape her.
People around were scared and confused to go near as these guys were shouting at the top of their voices ‘Where is our money you stole’ and they had knives in their hands.
As a Good Samaritan I began to walk towards them because they seemed around my age group, I had nothing to fear coupled with the fact that I had experience of how boys behave during school days especially during inter-house sport, so I knew the guys had no good intentions.
Not minding whether they had knives or not, all I could see was a helpless girl with people around too scared to help her.
As I marched forward, One of the guys said in pidgin language “ Oh you no they fear “ Na only you get chest, so na only you dey waka come. Bouncing forward towards me.
I quickly jumped into action, like an Area Boy, I took off my shirt and quickly grabbed a nearby wooden stick and ran towards him, when he saw the determination on my face he ran back.
I began to bounce like the late Mohammed Ali with the wooden stick towards them. The first guy came, tried to jab me in my face, I dodged it, before he could recover his balance I jabbed him with the wooden stick, he staggered forward, I had enough space so I hit him at the back of the neck with the wooden stick.
The knife in his hand fell and he slumped on the floor.
The second guy came swiftly from the back, and cut me slightly with the knife
I immediately turned not minding what he has done. Like a wounded lion I punched him a deadly upper cut, all I could hear was a crack, blood gushed out from his nostril. I then finished him with the stick.
That was when people had the courage to come forward and the girl was saved from possible rape.
As I reflect back to those days I feel proud of myself for doing what I did. The question is what about if she had been my sister or somebody very close to my family. She would have been a victim of Area Boys cruelty, which could have denied her happiness for the rest of her life.
The trauma and shame of been raped could possibly have a lasting wound in her life and she too may have had reasons to cause pain and sorrow to another innocent life in the future.
Doing good always breeds happiness!
By : Sunday Olorunshola
Sunday Olorunshola is a writer, a qualified teacher and the publisher of Mytrinity Magazine based in UK.
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