Two Lessons I've Learned In Two Weeks At OAU'S Awo Hall
 

Two lessons i've learned in two weeks at oau's awo hall

Posted in Gist | August 20, 2016 | Obafemi Awolowo University (oau) | by Oakley

1- Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.

This is a quote by the Wesley Snipes in the 1998 Fantasy/Thriller movie "Blade". I should confess, it's been some time since I first heard him say it, and I've never believed it, or that it could very well apply in real life situations.

I'm not sure I understand those words the same way I do now but it's alright that way even. You need friends, as many or as few as suits you. But very importantly, learn to be close enough even to people who aren't exactly brandishing olive branches. Firstly, you need as few enemies as possible, if you can't have none.

Surely you can't please everyone, but at least be on friendly terms with most. You never know who may have what you need, and who may be in position to help someday.


2- Value the little things

I've never been so water-conscious in my life. In these last few days water has been a scarce commodity around here, so much that people are as protective of their buckets and kegs of water as a mother hen with her chicks.

Someone told me about viral video of this little girl, I haven't seen it, where she is asked what natural resources she knows. She quickly spurt out "Water, air, trees, soil, electricity"... All these things are seen as "normal" by most people, and they're not really taken seriously, because there like everywhere. But like they say, you don't value what you have until you don't have it anymore. Those little things matter a lot, and we need to be grateful for them, and carefully use them.

By the way, there is something odd in the girl's list of natural resources, did you notice that? What is it? Electricity isn't so normal around this part of the world, but it gives you a peep into what this girl considers normal. What if she travels to Nigeria? Don't you think her orientation about electricity will change.


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