HHHMMM: A Poem of Grief Addressing the Ailing World.

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The world has issues. A lot of issues. Indeed, our generation is becoming or has become anticlockwise.

For we tend to encourage bad acts and discourage goodness.

Out of this, a poem of grief craftically presented; addresses some of these issues.

Enjoy the poem below:

 

 

 

Hmmm!
I may not be a saint

But that shouldn’t make me admire the ugly paint
I may not be a teacher
But that shouldn’t make me compromise false preachers
I may not be a healer
But that shouldn’t make me inflict on others pain

Hmmmm!
I woke up with grief not for the loss of life or wealth
I woke up with heartaches not from a broken heart but the pain of a distorted future
I woke up with tears not from the beatings of enemies but that of hailing the villain and chastising our heroes

Hmmmm!
I feel hungry not from an empty stomach
But at the starvation the needy goes through while money are wasted on streets
I feel cold not because I have no clothes
But at the sight of sisters sleeping outside on the streets
I feel fear not because am at the mercy of an enemy
But at how we hail monstrosity and applaud barbarism
I feel pain not because I have been victimized
But at the disregard for justice because we aren’t the victim

Hmmmm!
I am dumb not because I don’t know how to read
But because it’s precious to waste money on the street than send me to school
I am a villain not because I was born so
But the structures meant to guide me have become dormant

I am celebrated not because I alleviate pain
But because I live a flashy life regardless of what or who it may cause

Hmmmm!
I live in shame not because I walk naked
But because hard work is no longer celebrated
I live with scars not that of war
But that of mockery because I choose to be decent
I live stranded not because am on a weary desert
But because of hazy dark atmosphere that makes it hard for me to find my way
I live with all these but I still carry hope
For beneath the mud is where we find precious diamonds.

Poem by Hamza Hajj Ayyub. Please don’t forget to comment your opinion.

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TOXIC FRIENDS: People You Must Cut to Progress

Life is an unending challenge that comes with a lot of stress we press to have our rest in our daily lives. Our load of stress comes mostly from our daily activities which include; work, family, school, individual ambition, etc.

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All these are a load of burden on us to accomplish to be able to have the sound mind which will enhance our happiness.

In life, there is a general group of people mixed in our circle of friends who happen to be a retrogress to our progress for many reasons. These are people we can refer to as ‘toxic’ friends.
Friends are those we choose to associate with. Those we believe we can spend time, share ideas and align our visions to reach greatness with. Everyone cannot become our friend. Yes, friendship is a selective process; we need people around us who would be a source of reducing our stress and not increase it.

To do that; there’s the need to recognize certain characteristics of toxic people.
Toxic friends always have holes on their roof yet want to create loopholes on others’ roof. AJ Harbinger commented that “Strange as it might sound, people who aren’t in control of their own lives tend to want to control yours.” and I agree with him. Toxic friends will force you to dance to their dirty tunes. There’s a saying that “mystery loves company”; therefore, don’t be surprised that those who are miserable will create an avenue of unhappiness for others – just to be at par.

Toxic people get close to kill your spirits with their words, which might turn your right thinking to negativity. Everyone is created with a tongue. The tongue is a sharp tool that can be used negatively to ruin the spirit of others or can be used positively to impart goodness into the lives of others. When you encounter those with negative tongues, make it a point to maintain your distance; create a barrier if possible. Regardless of what, don’t be tempted to use your tongue unwisely.

Too, one characteristic of toxic people is that; they keep doing things intentionally to upset you even though it’s obvious they are in the wrong. They cloak those unsavory actions in the name of jokes to insult or go beyond boundaries. They have total disregard for others’ boundaries.

Few days ago, I had an encounter with a friend who wanted to use jokes to mock my private life (for the second time). I made it known to him that what he had done was a deliberate attempt to insult not only me but my family. The decision I made was to cut ties with him. This is not lack of tolerance but actually getting rid of toxicity which could affect my life.

Harbinger advised that “if you’re always telling someone to stop behaving a certain way and they only continue, that person is probably toxic. Respecting the boundaries of others comes naturally to well-adjusted adults. The toxic person thrives on violating them.” Also, most of their conversations are not about sharing ideas for self-improvement but creating stories to mock others as a source of fun.

Furthermore, negative friends think they are always right and infallible. They find ways to be right even when they’re not. They rarely admit or apologize for mistakes. Annoyingly, they end up playing victim.

We will attain massive improvement in our lives if we remove friends with the above characteristics from our circle.

To do that, we need to consider doing the following: Don’t argue with friends who wrong you and do not want to accept their faults;

Let go of their wrongs, else it might take control of your mind and in turn affect the quality of your life; Avoid negative friends totally – cut ties with them and shy from sitting in their midst. However, that should not prevent us from being good to them as and when necessary. That’s a sign of self-respect and positivity and self-respect.

Life is a long, bumpy ride, and so we should be sure to not further complicate our struggles by bringing people’s loads on board. Be humble, be kind, be loving, just be an extrovert, but never allow yourself to be taken for granted. You come first irrespective of what. Remember that!

Have you had an experience with a  toxic friend? How have you managed to deal with him/her? Kindly comment below.

How Mothers Can Raise Good Husbands And Not Just Good Wives

Mothers are jewels. Mothers are homemakers. Mothers are great shapers. It is why they take a chunk of the upbringing business of the home. The mother plays an integral role in the making of better homes and better societies. For years; for so many years, the concentration of their upbringing business has been on making better wives out of the girl-child, which is great. But how about, instead of concentrating on just that, they widen the scope to further concentrate on making better husbands out of the boy-child?

In the Institution of Marriage, the relationship that exists is a networked one. Of the many good things we can do to change the status quo that has long made the woman to be just a servant in marriage but not a partner; is to instill in the boy child that, , if the husband plays his role greatly, it makes it easier for the wife to discharge hers conveniently which then makes a happy home.  We have long overlooked the fact that marriage as an institution which demands a collective input than just one person serving the lot. Just like the way one hand can’t give you a good hand shake, just (only) the effort of the woman cannot make a sound home.

Most often, we ponder which university our boys will go to or career path they will grow to tread on, but rarely do we think of them as somebody’s future spouse. It is even evenly difficult to imagine that they’d grow up to be parents someday, rather unfortunately. The purpose of this piece is to explore ways by which the next generation of our much revered and beloved mothers and/or wives can make the best out of the boy-child to make them better and more responsible.

To start with, understanding of the term “Marriage” and the accompanying role of the man should be made a key component in the education of the boy-child. He should be made to understand that Marriage is the similitude of a Partnership Business – which explains why the husband and wife are referred to as partners. For true happiness and success to prevail in any Marriage, the man must play his role as excellently as the wife should. The work is not for the wife alone to do. The perception that it is the wife that does majority of the work (especially in the house) in Marriage should never be given space to stick in the boy’s head. This will obviously be a hard thing to do, since he [probably] will grow up watching his mum do almost everything at home. Nevertheless, this should be taught to him primarily.

Our generation of mothers should make a conscious effort in raising the male child in a way he will be responsible in every detail of the home. From the kitchen to bed, from the laundry to even bathing of children.

Society and culture in some way have made some jobs look more effeminate just like other jobs look masculine. However it doesn’t underline the fact that of the 90% chores in a home it’s a job that both partners can do. What’s more beautiful when both give their input in making the home a great place where ethics, compassion, affection, responsibility and leadership is reflected?

Of the best chefs in the world are males, of the most effective laundry companies are run by males, of the good home decorators are companies run by males. So what’s the excuse that the male child should fold his hands and watch the dishing, the tidying, the bathing and cooking of meals while he can participate in these chores?

The male-child must be involved in some household chores like doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom or toilet and even cooking. This will go a long way to help him if or when he eventually ends up in a Boarding School before Marriage. And when in marriage, it makes easier to give a helping hand regarding household chores. And doing so, can help ease work load of the wife in the house which will eventually have a positive impact on the relationship

Next, teach him to learn to respect the girl-child. He should never grow up holding a disrespectful or demeaning attitude towards the girl, or woman, for that matter. Also, mothers could consider advising their boy-child that it is necessary to involve women in decision making process in marriages as well as do away with any cultural myth that adds nothing but hinders relationship.

Furthermore, get him doing the baby-sitting business. Sooner or later, he will find himself in a position requiring him to baby-sit his or someone else’s baby, so, our mothers should please make this an essential element of their learning process. The boy-child should not be allowed to climb the ladder of development without learning this important activities, regardless of what.

We believe if these explained points are well implemented by our respected mothers in the upbringing of male children could go a long way to preparing them for the ever-important roles in marriages come tomorrow.

Do you have any point in mind? Do you like article? Please share your thoughts in the comment box.

Written by Kamal Issah, Hamza Hajj Ayub & Lukumanu Iddrisu

10 THINGS WIVES WISH THEY COULD SAY TO THEIR HUSBANDS

In life, there are matters, issues or stuffs that have a very delicate nature. Among these is the issue marriage, which has proven to be a matter of very delicate importance. If you are married, then please quiz yourself this: what am I doing to spice up and sustain my marriage? But if it happens that you are yet to marry, then the question should be: how am I lacing up my boots in preparation? The concentration of this piece is going to be on the wife‘s perspective.

Traditionally, burden of work falls on the man in marriage, for he is the authority (being devoid of over-board Feminism here). He is the authority alright, but every step he takes should have the woman in mind in order for the foundation of the institution to remain firm and rooted. In fact, for the foundation to remain well rooted, it will depend massively on the woman. Women have needs, and a lot. It is in this light that we wish to bring to light [to you] 10 things wives wish they could tell their husbands if they could. So, here we go:

There is a reason I married you, so please don’t take that reason away: Women choose to marry men for numerous reasons. For instance, she might have married you due to the attention you accorded her during courtship, with the hope that you will accord her more of it once you’re married. Or, she did marry you because she felt you could help her accomplish something – her goals and aspirations, maybe. There is always that reason why she chose you as a life partner. Find it and spice it up, for an unhappy woman makes for an unexciting wife.

Intimacy is more important to me than Sex: Men usually mistaken Sex for Intimacy. Women on the other hand make a distinction between Sex and Intimacy, and rightly so. Sex is a subset of Intimacy, thus, Intimacy is a much bigger picture. Sex is an act, and an expression of Intimacy while Intimacy is a never-ending communication. Without Intimacy, Sex is empty. With Intimacy, nothing beats sex. So as a man, you should know that marriage transcends just Sex. Reach out to your wife emotionally and make her feel attached to you and your home is sure to be illuminated.

If you want sex in the evening, start from the morning: One of the persistent complaints of women is that their men do not prepare them for sex. The man should note that the woman is not a machine. She is a [special] person with feelings. If you don’t make her feel good during the day, know that she won’t be ready for sex during the night. In order for both parties to enjoy love-making, the tone should be set for the occasion. Most men usually do not experience the best sex their wives can give them because they’ve never got her into the mood. So make it a point to work on that.

When you come to bed smelling of sweat it turns me off: It’s no secret that the average man doesn’t like taking his bath in the evening and this causes unpleasant circumstances in the bedroom. When a man comes to bed after a hard day’s work smelling of sweat, it puts the wife off. It makes her feel so uncomfortable [in bed] in the event of such behavior. Be sure to give that a careful thought and adjust accordingly.

Please don’t bring your work home: When a man opens the main entrance into the house, his wife expects to have his undivided attention. So if the first thing the man does upon getting home is to pull out his laptop and get to work, the wife feels rejected or neglected. If for some reason you must bring work home, then first make time to chat with your wife and give her as much attention as she wants. When she feels she is of importance to you, she will be understanding enough to give you the space you need to attend to your work.

Stop trying to catch me cheating on you, because if I am really cheating on you, you will never know:  Many wives endure the constant suspicion of their husbands that they are cheating. The men tend to monitor their movements and their phone calls. Interestingly, women find this behavior of men laughable, because if a woman is cheating and does not want her husband to know, there is no way he will know. As a man, trust in your wife and believe the best of her.

When you don’t help me get to my climax before you roll over to sleep, you make me hate love-making with you: Men are narcissists as far as love-making is concerned. It doesn’t take much to satisfy a man, but it is a very different matter when it comes to satisfying a woman. Unfortunately, many women complain that as soon as their men ejaculate, they turn over and go to sleep without bothering whether their wives, too, have reached their climax or not. And when a woman has not reached her climax, it puts her on urge and robs her of sleep, thus making her hate the sexual act.

Please don’t make the children more important than me: It is unfortunate that – in some cultures – a lot of men are better fathers than they are husbands. They tend to give so much importance to their children at the expense of their wives – acting as if the children deserve their love more than their wives do. That situation is unacceptable. Men must always note that the children will eventually grow to depart the home. Focus on being a great husband and the children will see you as a great father.

Accord attention to the children: Most wives complain that their husbands don’t pay much attention to their kids. They leave the upbringing business wholly to the wife. They focus so much on their work and other matters at the detriment of the kids. They hardly play, engage or spend time with them. That is a bad thing to do. Men must not underestimate the extent to which their children yearn for their love, affection and time.

I love your mother, but I hate it when you make me feel that she is more important to you than me: It is an undeniable fact and situation that we all owe so much to our mothers. But once you marry, there should be a balance. Obviously, this is hard and almost impossible to accept, but that is the way it should be. Having said that, that should not in any way alter the obligation you owe your mum.

Those are the 10 things wives wish they could say to their husbands, and when one takes a critical look at them, one will have to agree [candidly] that they constitute the rights of the wife as far as the Institution of Wedlock is concerned. There is a popular saying which is captured earlier in this piece that: for the foundation of the home to stand firm, it depends solely on the woman, and if it is to crumble, it also will depend a lot on her.

Please don’t just marry a good woman and leave her to herself in the house; accord her respect and make the reason why she chose you over the many others count, and the union is sure to blossom infinitely. Thank you.

Do you agree with the points above? Do you have anything to add? Please keep them coming in the comment section below.

This piece is influenced by Uncle Ebo Whyte, as the stated points above emanated from him and written by Kamal Issah and Lukumanu Iddrisu