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BETTER TO BE EDUCATED THAN TO BE A THIEF

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Life Stories with Chioma Magnus-Egwim

There was this robbery, the robber shouted to everyone: “All don’t move, money belongs to the state, life belongs to you”.

Everyone in the bank laid down quietly.

This is called “Mind Changing Concept — Changing the conventional way of thinking”.

One lady lay on the table provocatively, the robber shouted at her “Please be civilised! This is a robbery and not a rape!”

This is called “Being Professional — Focusing only on what you are trained to do!”

When the robbers got back, the younger robber (MBA trained) told the older robber (who is only primary school educated), “Big bro, let’s count how much we got”, the older robber rebutted and said, “You very stupid, so much money, how to count, tonight TV will tell us how much we robbed from the bank!”

This is called “Experience — nowadays experience is more important than paper qualifications! “

After the robbers left, the bank manager told the bank supervisor to call the police quickly. The supervisor says “Wait, wait, wait, let’s put the 5 million Naira we embezzled into the amount the robbers robbed”.

This is called “Swimming with the tide” — converting an unfavourable situation to your advantage!”

The supervisor says “It will be good if there is a robbery every month”. This is called “Killing Boredom — Happiness is most important.”

The next day, TV news reported that 100 million Naira was taken from the bank. The robbers counted and counted and counted, but they could only count 20 million Naira. The robbers were very angry and complained “We risked our lives and only took 20 million Naira, the bank manager took 80 million Naira with a snap of his fingers.

They both shouted this as if it was a memory verse they were told to recite :- “IT LOOKS LIKE ITS BETTER TO BE  EDUCATED THAN TO BE A THIEF………CHAI” !!!

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CHIEDUMAGA

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Life Stories with Chioma Magnus-EgwimIt may sound ridiculous but the names we bear, the names we give to our off-springs has a lot to do in their individual lives. While some give names because others have given their children those names, just a few knows that the essence of given their wards the right names.

Some where in Africa;There lived a woman called Theresa who is of blessed memory now, who had four sons and four daughters, amidst her lovely kids was one very dear to her heart; who she named “Chiedumaga” though in agreement with her lovely husband. Chiedumaga grew up with the fear of God in him.

He was nurtured, though with a wooden spoon because his parents were peasant, his education career was a pain in the ass, as there was little or no money to send him to his dream citadel of higher learning. His mum on one of the occasions had to sell one of the two wrappers she had and treasured most. All these things happened in the very eyes of the lovely Chiedumaga who vowed to make his parents proud.

He chose to be a clergy, along the line because he has always loved the things of God; it was however sad to note that Chiedumaga’s Mum passed on a year before his ordination as a clergy. His dad however didn’t help matters as he joined his wife shortly after a few years, they didn’t wait to reap the fruit of their labour.

Chiedumaga because he was determined to succeed, persevered and accomplished his dream as the priest he anticipated to be.

That however was with trials, temptations, tranquilities, Chiedumaga kept up his fate but there are three things that happened to this son of the soil that made me come to terms really with the “Igbo saying that “Aha onye na edu ya”

First was a robbery attack in the vineyard where he was so many years back, he was said to have been called up from his sleep by a substle voice probably his guardian angel; who said “Chiedumaga,rise and leave your room for your life”. He rose from his bed, took up his rosary and his bible and left through his back door. Less than 10mins after he left his humble and quiet abode,  came gun shots raining all over, with gun pellets here and there.

The hoodlums headed for his room, calling his name to open his doors, but when he wasn’t forth coming, they broke open his garage; siphoned the fuel from his lovely car then and used it to set the building ablaze thinking he was in there.

After which they left unfulfilled. He came out from the thick bush where he sought refuge only to see his house in rubbles; it was then it doned on him that “CHIEDUYAAGA REALLY” He couldn’t but bow down in awe to God for sparing his life because  he actually escaped death by whiskers.

Two years after the mayhem, he suffered partial stroke, which couldn’t be traced to any health defect of his. People came up with illusions that it was caused by ill fated people but he dismissed all that probably because he is a clergy. This said illness defiled all medical attentions and expertise, such that his siblings and kinsmen gave up on his recuperating fully from that ill health.

After spending a month in the hospital, a beautiful day came when on his sick bed, a strange nurse came in told him that he will be fine shortly, she left after giving him some drugs to take immediately and a few others to take for a few more days. Chiedumaga pondered over who she was and where she has been all these while he has been bed-ridden; because he just kept getting better and better per hour, to the amazement of his siblings, Drs, Nurses, & Clergies who know how sick he was. When he narrated how his healing started after the visit of the nurse, efforts to trace the identity of the said nurse proved abortive as that was another arch-angel on a rescue mission.

Eventually he was discharged from the hospital in less than a week after the angel’s visit. He went home happily with no traces of the stroke he suffered; to the glory of God.

Finally recently he suffered another life threatening illment per say that left him in coma for weeks, he was under a life support machine battling with life after his meal was said to be poisoned by a devil’s advocate on a mission in the vineyard. He went into coma after the meal but was salvaged by the effort of his neighbor who rushed him to the hospital. All his vital organs failed because they were weakened by the effect of the poison. After a month plus in one of the specialist hospitals around his vicinity  another mind blowing miracle happened. His late mother appeared in a trance to one of the Chiedumaga’s siblings and adviced her to just get to the hospital where his brother was, and just make sure that, that his name CHIEDUMAGA is been called holding his hands reminding him too that he hasn’t completed his mission on earth. Though in coma, and speechless  CHIEDUMAGA stirred into their eyes each time his miraculous name was mentioned.

Friends, his healing came from just that, his name became the PANACEA to his failed organs, and his detoriated state of health. He is hale & hearty now, waxing very strong in the Lord’s vineyard.

One thing is certain here,Onye chi ya na egbughi,ô dighi ihe mmadú ô búla ga eme ya”.

 

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Emptying the Sea

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Life Stories with Chioma Magnus-EgwimOnce two partridges, a husband and wife, were going on a trip. Before they left, the wife laid some eggs near the ocean. Then the husband said to the sea, “We are going on a sea voyage. You must take care of these eggs for us. if we don’t find the eggs when we return, we’ll empty you.”

The sea agreed to take care of the eggs, and it kept them safe. A few days later the two partridges came back, but they couldn’t find the eggs. They screamed at the sea. The sea wanted to give them the eggs, but it couldn’t find them. The birds cursed the sea; they began taking out a drop of water at a time and throwing it on the land.

“We are going to empty you,” they said to the sea.

Some little birds saw all this and they asked, “What are you doing?”

The partridges replied, “We are punishing the sea because it didn’t keep its promise to look after our eggs.”

The little birds thought it was a noble task and they joined the partridges. After a while some big birds took up their cause. They also started taking out water drop by drop. This went on for weeks.

One day, Garuda (a divine bird who carries the great cosmic god Lord Vishnu) came and asked, “What are you doing?”

The birds said, “Can’t you see? We are emptying the sea. ”

Garuda said, “You fools, how long will this take? You will never be able to do it. The sea is vast, infinite.”

But the birds answered, “No, we have determination and perseverance.”

Garuda was very surprised and said, “Let me show them Compassion. I’ll ask Lord Vishnu to help them. if Vishnu helps, then certainly they will be able to find their eggs. if the eggs are still in good condition, Vishnu will be able to return them. But if they are destroyed, he can do nothing for them.”

He went to Vishnu. “Vishnu, I have never seen fools like these. If you really care for fools, then will you do them a favor?” Garuda then told him the whole story.

Vishnu said, “No, they are not fools. They are showing the spirit of patience and perseverance. This is how human beings must try to empty the ignorance-sea, drop by drop. it is what seekers must and should do. The ignorance-sea is vast. If sincere seekers want to empty it and replace it with knowledge-light, then they must do it the same way, drop by drop. I am very pleased with these birds. I will command the sea to return the eggs.”

Garuda said, “The sea wanted to give them the eggs but it misplaced them and believes they are destroyed.”

Vishnu said, “I will use my psychic power to show the sea where they are.”

He used his psychic power and the sea immediately found the eggs and returned them to the partridges. Then Vishnu said to the birds, “Perseverance, patience and self-giving all are of paramount importance to fulfill one’s divine task. ”

I offered to help and likewise Vishinu with its psychic powers because of the persevering nature and the team spirit you birds exhibited said the Garuda.The birds thanked the garuda for standing by them through their trying moments.

 

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Too busy to care

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Life Stories with Chioma Magnus-EgwimThis is just a short reminder to all of us working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us; those close to our hearts. Let’s all do remember to share that 50 dollar worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5-year old son waiting for her at the door.

SON: ‘Mummy, may I ask you a question?’

MUM: ‘Yeah sure, what is it?’ replied the woman.

SON: ‘Mummy, how much do you make an hour?’

MUM: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the woman said angrily.

SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much…

do you make an hour?’

MUM: ‘If you must know, I make 50 dollars an hour.’

SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: ‘Mummy, may I please borrow 25 dollars?’

 

The mother was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other non sense,

then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed.

Think about why you are being so selfish.

I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolity.’

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door..

The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down , and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that 25 dollars and he really doesn’t ask for money very often.

The woman went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

‘Are you asleep, son?’ She asked.

‘No Mummy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy.

‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the woman. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the 25 dollars you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you Mummy!’ he yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother.

‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the mother grumbled.

‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.

‘Mummy, I have 50 dollars now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.’

The mother was crushed. She put his arms around her little son, and she begged for his forgiveness. From that day onwards she closes from work early despite her numerous engagements and busy schedules just to come and take care of her immediate family.

 

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