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Thursday, 28 September 2017

ABOUT LIFE AND WORK - WHERE DOES 'PROFESSIONAL DIGNITY' START AND STOP?


I grew up hearing that there is dignity in labour. Whatever a man does for a living is to be respected as long as it is honest, decent and does not violate the good laws of the land ( yes, there are bad laws but let's save that discussion for another day perhaps). How can a person's job lose its 'dignity of labour?'
Sam (not real name) says that as a pioneer creative person in a particular company, part of his numerous duties included taking a snap shot of the men's restroom when someone did the 'number two', and left the place in a mess. Yes, he would be asked to take a picture of the 'number two' at the 'scene of the crime'. To what end, I am not sure he ever knew.
What would you have done if you had been in his shoes? I guess it was something that he could live with and so he continued to do so as and when requested. What with the popular jingle that there are no jobs out there and that you were created to take 'workplace crap' because you have no other options. What about that clause in your appointment letter that says “…your job also includes any other duty assigned to you”. Yes, you appended your signature to that letter. What about that?
My sentiments are, you would have to draw the line concerning this 'other duty' assigned to you. My argument is, that you have appended your signature to the clause, does not mean that you have to accept 'every other duty' that is way out of your scope of work . That you would not sweep the office parking lot of the big company where you work for instance, if you were the cost accountant, does not mean, that you would not possibly sweep your parking lot back at home if you had one. A creative person taking snapshots of poop in the men's rest room? Now, that is totally messed up in my own opinion.
How do we deal with this, I am a cleaner and I work in a big fashion company but nobody gives me respect because I do not occupy a 'big' position or I am not as educated as the 'others'. All they do is talk down to me, and my take home pay is measly as well. I also have no other benefits from being a staff of the company. While I am an advocate of continuous education in order to better our lot in life, I really would like to say that all working class people should imagine what seven days (and that's taking it far) would be like without a cleaner or cleaners at the office. I suppose that we might want to try taking up the cleaning temporarily as it concerns the 'any other duty' clause that we signed to in our appointment letters. So, you see, everybody is important in the company as long as they have been employed and are performing their duties adequately.
I once got into a conversation with a marketing executive who was planning a program towards product sales with a particular company whose patronage I believe they sought at the time. He spoke of the refreshment segment and clearly stated that the lesser cadre of staff would not be catered for. If my memory serves me right, the lower cadre of staff here was either the gateman or driver. I clearly let him know that the gateman or driver might by far be one of the most important person or persons he might require to get to the 'big boss'. Ignore them and you might be surprised that one day, when you go knocking at Mr big boss's gate 'Mr not so important gateman' might be the one to tell you that oga (the big boss) is not available even when oga is actually available to see you!!! Mr gateman is not doing the right thing in this case, but really, these things do happen.
What happens to the work dignity of the web designer who works in a law firm and can not get that sense of belonging in his work place because he is not a learned colleague. If he is not important perhaps, he should not have been employed in the first place. How do we treat others? It is simply important and should never be downplayed by our own sense of importance and by the belief that we are up here and they are down there. Time and chance happen to men and we are not always in the positions that we are in because we worked harder than others. Sometimes, time and chance happen, so we should be thankful for where we are and not disdainful of others even in the inner recesses of our minds. You may not say it, but at times people can sense what you have not said. We should treat people with great respect regardless of their perceived status, high or low. This can not be overstated and it is something that gives me great concern.
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." - (Ecclesiastes Chapter 9, Verse 11)
At this point, I rest my case and hope that I have been able to convince you that we should uphold the dignity in our neighbour's labour.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

He is waiting...


GOD IS WAITING TO TAKE YOU BACK
There is the story of the prodigal son (also known as the lost son) in Luke 15:11-32 . That son became prodigal because he decided he was going to run his life his own way. He threw away everything a good father could offer a son and chose a direction that was only bound to end in destruction. In the beginning, when God created us, He did it in His image and after His likeness (Gen 1:26). God didn't see us as a mere creation. That's why in 1 Pet 2:9, we are called a chosen people, royal priesthood and God’s special possession. We are indeed a generation of God carefully and wonderfully made to fulfill God's purpose here on earth and in heaven. However like the prodigal son, mankind through Adam and Eve abandoned the wealth and comfort of the garden of Eden and the love of a heavenly father and instead chose to follow after lust, preferring to surrender to the deceit of the devil despite the clear consequences of such disobedience to the instructions of God. Whereas the prodigal son acknowledged he had sinned after man and after God, (not worthy to be called a son anymore), man after that fall in the garden of Eden is still groping in the dark to find God. We thank God however, for the sacrifice paid by the release of God’s only begotten son; to die for us and to be reconnected back to Him. The bible in John 15:13 calls it the "GREATEST LOVE"- The unconditional love of God for us His children even in our state of sin and rebellion.

Jesus died that we may have life and have it abundantly. That is the life we lost in the garden of Eden but which through His death and the gift of salvation, He has promised to bring us into again. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). If anyone will receive and believe in Him, they will become sons of God again and will not die but have everlasting life.  This is God's invitation to reign with Him in eternity. If we reject Him, we reject life and risk eternal damnation and condemnation to hell fire. A life without Christ, lived in sin can only end up in one place - HELL.

 I believe everyone that desires life will make a decision like the prodigal son, that is, go back to the father in repentance. If you are willing to turn from your old ways no matter how far you have travelled the wrong path; and to accept Jesus today, then He will accept you and present you to His father who is in heaven.You can say this simple prayer today: “ Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and I believe you died for my sins. I confess that God raised you from the dead and I accept you as my Lord and Savior.”

Congratulations, you are now born again. Kindly find a Bible believing church where you can learn more about God and worship Him. GOD BLESS YOU - Dare Ojo Bello

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

JACK OF MANY TRADES MASTER OF WHAT?

Here is an article that I featured on linked in. I would really appreciate your views on it. Thanks.




Yes, I have heard it said that if Jack has a whole lot to trade in, then, he shall have too many things to grapple with. He will likely not be perfect in any of the things he does because he cannot spend enough time on each one to perfect the skills required for him to be a master. In order words, if he has to grapple with so many things at the same time, how on earth would he be focused to achieve greatness?
I daresay that at times, you find that one who is a master in one trade or area has to accept that he does not know as much in other areas outside his field. For instance, a Professor in Art Education is a Professor only in that field, (unless he chooses to study another area of specialization) thereby, he can claim a mastery of knowledge in his area of specialization which is Art Education. We can say that the Professor is focused, we can also say that he or she is dedicated; these of course, are good qualities to possess. However, what do we do with a 'Lucy of many talents' or a 'Harry of multiple income businesses'? Can we rightly say that they are master of none?

This earnestly brings to my mind the Parable of the Talents,
            15'And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability;'

I have different abilities and likewise you probably do as well. What do we do with all these abilities? We definitely cannot use Jack (who was said to have mastered none of his trades) as our moral justification to ignore our own numerous abilities. It is important to know that life is really about multi-tasking and that is the truth! A baby suckling his mother is feeding but at the same time may be grasping something, his mother's soft skin, her clothing or he may even be playing with his toes. A young child is crying and at the same time tugging at his mother for attention or holding out his arms to be carried.

In life, we are likely to discover that we might be multi-talented and like the Parable of the Talents says, we have abilities in different specifications. Of course, it also makes mention of the individual who had just one talent to master. The point really is not how many talents we have, but what we do with all of it that we have. The more we use the gifts that we have, the better and more impactful they become. Suffice it is to say, that having many skills or talents is not a disadvantage but really an advantage.  

Multitasking! Why on earth, did we have to take all of those courses we took back at school in the same term? Why, oh why? It is because life is about multitasking. We cannot be successful in life if we do not learn the art or I might also say the science of multitasking. This is because there will always only be twenty-four hours in a day to practice our trades. Actually, we are all Jacks running around with our 'trades' and permit me to say talents. It is left to us to gradually and systematically master all that we can in the time that we have!

In Nigeria where I come from, it is becoming glaring that one needs to possess other skills in order to make it relatively well in life. There are numerous graduates roaming the streets jobless and I dare say that a higher institution graduate who applies and adapts his skills creatively to the outside world will not end up hungry and jobless because in reality, Jack may need different trades to support himself in life. When Jack cannot secure employment in spite of his educational qualifications , he can make use of his singing skills to perform at events and get paid for doing so. He can decide to anchor events if he has a great voice and the charisma to hold an audience spell bound! My native tongue has an adage that says that one road only, does not lead to the market. In other words you have to be innovative in your quest to achieve your goals or reach your destination. In this present economy, I make bold to say that Jack needs many 'trades'. He also needs to multitask in order to make his 'trades' successful. Here I am writing, I studied Visual Arts in school for crying out loud (fortunately, I was also exposed to singing, music and theatre arts there). Let's face it, when we begin to tap into our many abilities, it feels wonderful and worthwhile (and I am not saying I am yet a master, but I believe that I am stepping out in the right direction).

Not practicing our 'trade', leads to the depreciation of our skills. It's important to keep doing what we do and seek for ways to get better, otherwise, the law of diminishing returns sets in. The singer finds she begins to tire out after just a bit of singing unlike before, or she cannot pitch as high as she used to. The Parable of the Talents sums it up this way,

                29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.

The late Dr. Myles Munroe said that one of the richest places in the world is the grave yard and by now, you might know why. It is because lots of dreams, visions, and potentials lay dead and buried. Some Jacks never invested time and energy in their trades or perhaps they never even started their trades in the first place. Let us wake up people, it is time to discover and use our giftings, talents and abilities so that they can get sharper, bring rewards, enrich lives and fulfill destinies. Let us work them relentlessly!


 *Reference: Matthew 25:14-30

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

HELLO PEOPLE

Hmm...I hope you have enjoyed reading the story of Ruth so far. At this point, I shall put the story on hold (me thinks nobody is really following it anymore). I understand it might be quite burdensome reading and trying to locate where you stopped the last time. That's why I did try to number each page boldly. The page number also serves as part of the heading for each part of the story. You could easily find any page number by typing it in the search box at the bottom of the page. I also have not got many comments on the story from many viewers so...I might try to put it in an e-book form sooner or later. Meanwhile, I will continue to post other things of interest. Thank you.