It was one of the most horrible experiences of my adult life several years ago when a bitter ex-girlfriend reported me to some people she knew in one of the Armed forces for what I didn’t do. I will save you the details on what actually went down save to say that the matter gave me sleepless nights but eventually the officers at the base saw that it was a vendetta agenda/false accusation and dismissed it immediately. I still shudder at the extent this lady went just because our relationship went sour. However, she later made peace with me before I left that zone.

“…we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.” Martin Luther king Jr.

Several months later while driving through Ojuelegba, (a street in Lagos, Nigeria) guess who I saw? – The lady who falsely accused. I parked the car and called out her name. After exchanging pleasantries, I now reminded her of the incident months back and also gave her a little lecture/advice on how small the world is and why we should always treat each other fairly. Any way, I gave her a ride to where she was going.

Where I am going with all these, is just to let you know that in life you shouldn’t mal-treat people just because you have the power or connections to do so. The evil you do and thought you have escaped will/may catch up with you somehow. You never know who you would meet in a “no man’s land”. You can never tell whose help you will require tomorrow also. On your way out, don’t slam the door or burn the bridge because that may be the only bridge available to you in future.

I recall the story of a company executive who was reported to be very wicked to the staff under his care. Many years after he had retired and left his position his son went for an interview at a particular place. I was told he was at the last stage of the interview when he was asked by one of the interviewers if he was related to a certain family. He answered in the affirmative. The man now told him to go back home and tell his father that he met MR XYZ (name withheld ) and that as long he (MR XYZ) remains an executive in that organisation, the boy will never be employed there. Why, wickedness of the boy’s father to others when he had the power over them. As they say, the chicken has come to roost.

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they cast on the waters comes floating back to them poisoned”- James A Baldwin.

Yes you may not acted the same way if it was you, I agree, but that was what happened. He lost the job opportunity because of something that preceded him. Whatsoever a man sows the same shall he reap is what the Christian Bible tells us. Whether you call it Karma, Retributive Justice etc, any evil you do does not end the day you did it.

Experience has shown me in life that people who were once in authority can become men of zero position. The very rich have become the very poor and the very poor have become extremely rich. No condition is permanent. Life has shown us Landlords who have become tenants to their former tenants even there have been cases of tenants who bought the houses of their former landlord due to economic adversities that came . Great men have fallen from Olympian heights to the grassroots. Treat people fairly. Be merciful to people as one day, you may require mercy too.

I remember another story shared with me by my Hausa gateman called Nasiru. As an okada rider (bike rider) he carried a man of Ibo extraction to a particular location and when the brother disembarked at the agreed destination he told this Hausa boy that he had no money for the fare. Nasiru said he wanted to be angry but when he saw that the brother had a genuine case he decided that the brother should go without paying. Whilst he was waiting for maybe another passenger, he noticed that the Ibo boy did not have the fare to enter ABA motor (a town close to Port Harcourt) and was begging the bus drivers going in that direction but no one listened to him. Nasiru then went back to the brother and asked him if truly he doesn’t have the fare to get out of town. He answered yes. He said he now gave him N150:00 which was the fare required that day and rode his bike away from the place. Several months later, Nasiru said he rode his bike to ABA town to transact some business and as he was returning, he accidentally knocked down a boy who crossed the road without observing the traffic. He said in a few seconds a huge crowd had gathered around him with sticks and stones ready to start lynching him. Guess who was the first person to raise a stick. The passenger he helped few months back. As the huge stick was about to land on his head, their eyes met and the stick froze in the man’s hand. He cried out “aboki na you” ? (Meaning, my friend are you the one I am seeing). “Don’t touch him o”. He warned the crowd. “This is the Hausa man that I told you paid my fare from Port Harcourt several months back when I was stranded” . Nasiru said this was what saved his life. This brother quietened the crowd. Promised the wounded boy that he would pay for his treatment and sat with him (Nasiru on his bike) as he quickly led him out of the accident scene till they got to the outskirts of ABA to ensure he was safe. He later called in the evening to find out if Nasiru was okay and to report that the boy he knocked down was also alright.

Message be good to people. The man you help today may be your solution tomorrow. When Nasiru refused to get angry the day the Ibo boy didn’t pay for the fare and he even went ahead to pay for the Ibo boy’s transport to ABA he didn’t know that he was redeeming his life from instant death that day.

You maybe at the top today. Use that position to build people not pull them down. You never know what tomorrow may bring. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Don’t talk to people any how. That someone is not a big man does not mean he can’t make a positive input into your life. At times, you can even forgo your rights to help another. Kindness is a virtue that we all should imbibe and practice.

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29 Comments

Tunde Akinseye · June 9, 2018 at 5:53 am

Wisdom in practise. I wish as human beings we will realise the importance of treating people well in life. You never know what tomorrow will bring forth. I have experienced good from people I treated well in the past.

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Keep going on Tunde, you are on the right path.

Kay · June 9, 2018 at 5:54 am

Wo! They say ‘one good turn deserves another’ .I always believed in seed time and harvest time. God bless you plenty Sir.

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Thanks Kay, true talk from you.

Esu Reuben · June 9, 2018 at 5:58 am

Wow this is so touchy and I must say that you nailed it. I’ve never thought about giving someone your blog to browse through but this story must be read by many and learn from it.

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I appreciate your kind words @reuben. Please help reshareπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Adekunle Folorunso · June 9, 2018 at 6:36 am

Power us so dangerous! A deadly instrument in the hand of the ungodly. It makes GOD sceptical about empowering man most of the time, believing that it could be misused😈. A great lesson in deed. We must learn that power is transitory…..one may be CEO today, be wise, no one knows tomorrow πŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ŒβœŠπŸ‘Š

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Yes o Pst Mode. Thanks for this solid comment Sir

Melody · June 9, 2018 at 8:11 am

Great piece!
Treating everyone that comes your way well, is a seed sown. The gestation period may not be certain but it will surely be harvested someday.
It could be reaped by you or your generations to come.
It pays to be kind. It makes the world a better place.
Put smiles on as many faces as you can.
Let’s share the love of God.

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Good comment Ma Tsunamee. A lot of people are suffering today who know what they are reaping.

Oladimeji Soji · June 9, 2018 at 9:55 am

Straight from God’s wisdom bank. The wisdom of God (the Holy Bible) instructs ….. owe no man, except love … If we obey this simple instruction, we would fulfil “the law and the prophets”. Let brotherly love continue. Bishop, more anointing.

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks Sir, the only man I know from Uranus😜😜😜😜 Love is all we need

      Akin Soroye · June 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Is this Soji also from Uranus like our Sojelee, Bishop?

        Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        Yes O. Eye meji kii je asa

Ifeanyi Uwaegbu · June 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

A lesson to learn

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    God dey . He sees what we are doing. True talk

Benedicta Saroh · June 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm

The world indeed is a small place
We should treat one another with love and respect

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Benee, well spoken as usual. Our mutual friend is back. I will tell him to call U.

Akin Soroye · June 9, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Another excellent tutorial in the lessons from the School called LIFE. Well done Bishop! It is always good to be good. We do ourselves a world of good when we sow good seeds of human kindness and compassion. The truth is: you will reap whatsoever you sow, it’s only a matter of time.

If we all chip in just a little kindness from time to time, very soon a lot of harvests of good will soon break out upon us all.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece with us. Still loving you, like kilode!!

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Wow, this is so good. “If we all just chip in a little kindness “How I wish we all just do that . Well life… lets just do our part as God gives praise. Thanks Jare Arch. Bishop

FUNMI AJALA · June 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm

Kindness is a worthy virtue, as the saying goes “it is good to be good”

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Yes O my beloved Sis. Thanks for visiting

Regina · June 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm

This world is a small place no matter where you find yourself just be good and kind with everyone around you.

    Ovyay · June 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    True talk Sis Reg

Amreena · June 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

Wow. That was a powerful write up πŸ™Œ

Jemimah · June 10, 2018 at 6:05 am

Such is life, we must be very careful in whatever we do. Nice write up

    Ovyay · June 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks JemimahπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Keji · June 12, 2018 at 4:53 am

You never know when you will need people. Reminds me of almost 23 years ago. l would probably have died in the middle of the night when I had severe chest pain and managed to just get to the door. I fell into the arms of our security man who was always alert and all I remember was him carrying me on his back and rushing me to the hospital closest to the house. If I had been mean to him, he probably wouldn’t have done that. His name is Thank God.

    Ovyay · June 12, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Good comment. Thank God for faithful people. What a prophetic name he has.

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