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This isn’t exactly front-page news right now, but I haven’t been able to say much or anything about it. News made waves a few months ago in Lagos, Nigeria about how some desperate “would-be millionaires” actually stooped so low for some stacks of cold cash, unarguably the thing that wields a great deal of power in our world today.

It was rumored that some able-bodied young men found their way to a “babalawo” (native doctor) in the Ojodu-Berger area, a suburb of the metropolis of Lagos, in search of a cash-earning charm that would make them filthy rich. However, the other side of the coin was that they had to go crazy for 3 days before the spell could be effective. I know exactly what you’re thinking, believe me!

So what did these young people do? They selected the hunks among their friends who could tie them up to prevent them from wandering. For three days, they were locked up somewhere with their hands and feet bound in chains… all for money.

Now, I have to ask. Assuming that after all that, the ‘baba’ couldn’t somehow restore them to sanity, would it have been worth it? Then there’s the question my mom asked me. If they had to go crazy to get the money, what would they have to do to keep it?

I don’t know the kind of so-called ‘dilemma’ some people claim to be in that would make them grieve like that. What I do know, however, is that anything that needs to be secured in such extreme conditions can only have dire consequences. In other words, it’s just not worth it. Talk about the love of money being the root of all evil at work right there, in case you were wondering! Yes, I know the Bible also says that ‘money answers all things’ but the Bible itself recognizes God as our source, the owner of the Earth and everything on it! So do you want to read your Bible some more? It is not like this? *wink

I write this with a big smile on my face. First of all, today has been a great day for me (a thriller, in fact). I had the opportunity to hang out with a friend and I’m amazed at how much I learned in one day of playing and joking around. I guess what they say about pleasure being business is true after all. In fact, we work when we play, but let’s not fool you.

In summary, today we started with a visit to the lake and we saw a bridge that in English is known as ‘The Bridge of Love’. What I found amusing and strange at the same time was the fact that certain couples, after getting married, write their names on padlocks, lock them and throw them off the bridge overboard or leave them on the bridge! weird huh? That is a story for another day.

We left the lake and headed to a mall where we went bowling and shooting. I had a lot of fun, to put it mildly, and in fact, I didn’t want to leave! The moral of the story? Relax a bit, I’m almost there!

There were times while bowling off course, when I hit the perfect hit and there were also times when I couldn’t even knock down one of those funny looking little things. I yelled with joy from time to time and other times I made a sad face because even though I had calculated my move or should I say attack (or I think I did!) it didn’t go as planned. The same thing happened when we shot at targets.

You see, what I’m trying to say is that at different times in our lives, we face different kinds of challenges. Look at them like those things we try to knock down at the bowling alley. The approach we use to confront them, let us like the rolling ball. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don’t. That doesn’t mean we didn’t plan to become champions and when we fail, it doesn’t mean we won’t do better next time. So it’s just ridiculous to give up! Do you understand what I’m trying to say?

Taking this thing off, we watched a group of skaters at the rink while we were still at the mall. There were so many of them, the pros, the average, and the beginners. However, as I watched, I came to the conclusion that even the most skilled skater on the rink today started out as the cute kid who kept on falling. That if that guy kept at it and didn’t give up, he might even in a couple of years ‘WOW’ us a lot more than the braggart I couldn’t help but look at (and now I’m blushing).

It makes a lot of sense, you know, we’re not perfect. No one is but we must strive to be. Practice makes perfect and it is applicable in virtually all aspects of life.

I am very happy to have left today and I owe it all to my friend who did me the honor… I leave you with something he said. He said keep it up… because he can only get better! Capise?