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A blog about the life of an alien in a little town in Ireland…

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Epiphanies

via Daily Prompt: Realize

6- The year you realize you are funny and that there is power in the ability to make someone laugh.

10- The age you realize books are an acceptable and fun way of escape. You devour everything, from Enid Blyton to M&Bs to Encyclopedia Britannicas.

13- The moment you realize your body is changing and you are powerless to stop it.

15- The moment you fall in love and realize what longing truly is.

17- The time you realize your parents do not know everything and can make mistakes.

18- The year you left home and realized you knew nothing.

19- The year you sunk so low into depression you did not think you’d come out of it. You realize how much your family’s presence had contributed to your positive mental health.

25- The moment you realize it’s never too late to go home.

25- The year you realize you can’t do it alone and found God. Everything changed.

30- The birthday where you realized you had to leave.

33- That time you realized you had a voice and that you were okay with who you’d become.

35- When you realize you married the right person.

39- That moment you realize you have a lot to say and are ready to say it.

To be continued…epiphany-word-nerd-definition-via-lawhimsy

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My Head

via Daily Prompt: Breakthrough

I’m still waiting for my breakthroughori

It hasn’t happened yet but i’m hopeful

Six years and six days…true i’m counting

Down for a change of destiny

As I argue my case with sighing and groaning

Pleading with my ori* to balance things out

Consulting and praying for violence

The violent force that pushes through

Yes, I’m waiting for my breakthrough

 

*Ori which means ‘head’ is one’s spiritual intuition and destiny*
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Value and Yoruba Wisdom

via Daily Prompt: Value

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Yoruba Copper mask for King Obalufon, Ife, Nigeria c. 1300 C.E.

The Yorubas have quite a few things to say about value (Iye). Yoruba proverbs often provide a record of the distinct voice of the people on various subjects.

A k fi ran ikn gbn ti gbnrn n. This translates to:
One does not brush off antelope meat for squirrel meat
Meaning, never prefer something of little value to something of great value.

In Yoruba culture, antelope meat is definitely superior to squirrel meat (bear with me my vegetarian friends). Invariably it is advised that one learns the value of a thing and pursue it, crave it and desire it. At the same time, placing value on trifles is akin to foolishness and a suspicion of imbecility.

K ni w nn-u kt mta dnrn?
What is there to wear in a pair of trousers bought at three for three hundred cowries, or three a penny?
(Making) Much ado about a worthless thing.

What do the Yorubas value? In summary, what we value above all are relationships. This is reflected in the values we place on Marriage, Parenthood, and Elder respect. We  also value Education/Wisdom/Knowledge, the Arts/Beauty and Philosophy.

But what do I value?

In no particular order; Family, God, and love.

That’s it. Nothing else matters.

Experience has taught me that I can live without most things even if having those things make life a little more pleasant. Money is great to have but does not bring happiness where those three things are missing. Friends are great to have but can never be a substitute for family and so on.

Now saying you value something will not always be evident in the way you live your life. Someone says he values his family but spends 80% of his awake time at work and with friends. Also sometimes what you value can be at odds with what your culture or community values as a whole. This can be a source of tension (push/pull) in life as you struggle to balance your values with those of the world.

Your actions will show what you really value in life. I hope mine reflects those three things I’ve said I do value. Often times we must be vigilant so our actions and life reflect the core values of our heart.

What do you value?

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Daily Prompt: Jump

via Daily Prompt: Jump

Jump

In

With both feet

Don’t delay

Don’t hesitate

Don’t overthink it

So the water is cold. So it’s uncomfortable. So it makes your teeth chatter.

So what?

Live a little. Live a lot.

Comfort is overrated anyway.

Jump

In

With both feet.

Daily Prompt: Hike. Or Nah?

via Daily Prompt: Hike

I have friends who like to go hiking but the very thought of it makes my bones ache and my lungs shrink back in terror.

About 5 years ago I went for a hike in Bray. My co-workers had been talking about it for months and how enjoyable it was. I decided to join in the 1.5 hour hike up the mountains from Bray to Greystones. I almost died. True story.bray-dublin

First of all we had to take the easier route because 2 mins into our very vertical hike up the mountain, I couldn’t breathe (asthma situation). How embarrassing! Then by the time we made it to Greystones, all I wanted was to curl up in a tank full of hot water and die slowly. That would have been heaven. Instead I had to sit through an hour of trying to eat chicken food at an organic vegetarian restaurant when all I wanted was a steak.

Lucky for me we took the train back to Dublin city instead of hiking and I never looked back again. I think there was an unspoken agreement between the organiser (fitness freak that he is) never to invite me ever again. We both remain very happy with the decision.the-happy-pear-greystones

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