Deadman, Alive!

Suddenly I lost control of myself and was being manhandled by a strong force that took me high up regardless of my body position and crushed me down with great force on the surface. I finally lost my reasoning. Everything became dark and all I could see was nothing. I tried getting on my feet, only to realise there was nothing beneath, then the thoughts came running, where am I?

My hands touched nothing and my feet felt loose, my eyes could not see and my nose could not breathe.

At this point my mind was blank and helpless, rendering my entire being clueless. Then slowly, I began to lose hold of the grasp of air in my lungs and as well the firm grab of my nose and mouth. Water started gushing in slowly until I could hold no more. It gradually filled my throat and nostrils, and I was struggling vigorously to catch some breath or get above the surface.

During the struggle all I could see were images of those I hate and think hate me, ones that always brought me pain and suffering. Ones that never support even when I grief for help, and ones all my life have brought pain and hatred, the bad times and the terrible moments. As I continued struggling my limbs got fatigued and I struggled less with my lungs being filled halfway with water, I realized my strength was gone and I could fight no more.

I did not give up but my strength was gone…

Immediately I was sober and sodden in regret and sorrow. I could not hold on any longer. My senses were all dead and I could do nothing for myself. I was so exhausted and couldn’t even afford to blink if I had the chance. Then I decided to give up. But just before I was gone, in a split second, all the memories of great moments I had with loved ones and friends came embracing before I departed.

I saw the face of my mum and dad when I was a kid, I recalled wonderful moments I never would have if I was normal. I saw the faces of each person I love, my family laughing and sharing experiences, my friends misbehaving and quarreling, classmates teasing and sharing ideas; the children on the field, then joy in church. All these beautiful things were bidding farewell right in my face and I was ready to go a happy man, everything went dark and I knew it was time, suddenly I saw her face, clearer than all the other memories and faces I had seen…she was the love of my life. She said nothing and did nothing but just kept smiling.

I really missed her.

But suddenly she had a sad look and I knew it was because I was leaving.

I wanted to right my wrongs,

I wanted to apologise,

I wanted to say goodbye,

Just what I needed, an Iorta of Hope,

The beneath my feet never felt and the pillar that was missing in the vacuum my swinging arms didn’t grab…

I breathed heavily with my last strength and I pushed hard only to feel a warm arm holding me and dragging me towards a very bright light, the light was brighter than day and warmer. All the water in my lungs came running out and my chest was loose,

My first breath was cooler

My limbs felt free and I was alive

I opened my eyes and I saw the skies. It was more beautiful than I ever saw it…

I saw the people around me and they were much more fascinating than I thought they were…

I felt myself again and I appreciated it…

I was a dead man and I’m now alive!

The feeling of a just delivered child we never remember or know.

I was saved by the beautiful people and times I had,

I was saved by love.

 

Life is beautiful, it’s where you belong!

Words by Nana Kofi Tego

Keep Going

The life others have lived will not determine how ours will turn out to be. It is true that people do things and fail. The fact that a person did something and could not go through or finish it does not mean the same thing will happen to us if we do a similar thing.

The methods people use will be different from ours. We may have people who will tell us that they tried, or their parents or friends tried and could not do it. What these people will do is put fear in us when they find out that our goals are beyond their imaginations.  The fact that a person did something and failed and gave up does not mean the same thing will happen to us. There are some things we are the only people who are meant to start them.

Also, we are not them, that is, their strengths and weaknesses are not the same as ours. We are all different, so the things they cannot do we can. When we allow people to limit us, it reduces our confidence and belief we have in ourselves. Negative and visionless people will tend to put fear in us by what they see and how they live their lives.

All that we can do is to stay away from them. A lot of people like to sit on the bench and not take any risk. If all the major breakthroughs and inventions had been ignored because of fear; where would we be? Starting something no one or a few people have done is risky and scary. All sorts of things rush into our heads and the negative monster of possible failure will stick its head out.

Nonetheless, we feel powerful and reenergised when the thought of our idea runs in our head, knowing it’ll bring a bright light into our world. That thought and feeling should take away any fear from us. We should learn to spend less time with people who tell us our goals are impossible. As we focus on what we want to accomplish, better people will come our way. These people will push us toward our goals. They will show us ways to accomplish them; because they know how it feels to have a goal and have the desire to pursue it no matter what. They will be our source of inspiration where we can draw our strength from when we feel weak.

People and Lessons

People we meet in life can be compared to the food we take in. Some will have to stay temporarily and not even get to become nutrients, others stay in our blood stream to provide us nutrition. We meet all kinds of people in life; some may leave us when they have finished with the roles they perform in our lives. Others will stay with us till the end. The people who stay and leave are all important. As already hinted, when we take in food or water, some enter our blood stream and others leave the body through our digestive system.

3d rendered illustration – painful stomach

The food that is egested is important but not so important to stay in the body after digestion process is complete. They have to come out; when these substances stay in the body, they become poisonous. That is how people who enter would have to leave when they have finished with the task or the role they played in our lives. When they stay longer, they will deprive us or hinder our progress. The others who happen to stay with us temporarily come to teach us lessons. These lessons are there to shape and strengthen us but these lessons should be learnt in a very short time.  These people come into our lives when the lessons are meant to be taught and leave as soon as they finish their work.

The food products that enter our blood stream stay and form blood which serve as energy our bodies need to survive.  These are the permanent people who will stay with us like digested food that enters the blood stream and works on our bones and other parts of the body. These people reduce in number as we grow. They stay with us and may not be seen as making much contributions in our lives, but they stay no matter what the situation is.

We should learn to identify these people; those who are staying and people who will leave. They are all needed for the journey we are taking. Some will have to leave eventually but all these people are important in development and growth. We all need each other to survive. Some will be with us for a short time but they are needed others that is a few will stay with us for life. At the end of the day, it is the shaped life and how it turns out to be that is important. These lessons from temporary people are like short courses offered in schools. They are brief but they stay with us throughout our lives.  At the end of our lives, a few friends and family members will stay and be faithful till the end.

Maturity

As humans, our first reaction toward a negative comment or criticism about us is defence. This is the easiest; that is brushing off our mistakes or weak points. I won’t say it is totally bad because, dwelling on our weaknesses diminishes our confidence and makes us feel not enough and incapable even when we are capable. It is normal to get defensive upon hearing a bad or negative comment about ourselves however, pondering on these negative comments and criticisms and wondering how they can benefit us rather than brushing them off all the time sometimes determines how mature a person can be.

The body as it stands loves to be satisfied all the time no matter what. Just like the id and the ego, the body is primitive in nature; picking up fights, arguing, yelling at someone who has wronged you, eating food that tastes good in the mouth but harmful to the body all feel good at the moment they are being done when we are satisfying the needs of the body.

To be mature people, we have to learn how to tone down all these unnecessary demands of the body which will do nothing but ruin and destroy our integrity and respect we have spent years building for ourselves. The fact that a person wrongs or offends us shouldn’t make us destroy all the reputation and respect we have built for ourselves over the years by acting in a way that the body dictates to us to act since it feels right to burst out in rage or fury. A person can offend us but we should not let that same person take away our good emotions and respect as well. No matter what a person does; it will never be okay to trade our emotions when a person criticism.

A person can be good to us all their lives but might make a mistake or offend us and this will make us judge and treat this person who has been good to us all our lives as if he/she is our enemy. This is just like a very small stain in a white shirt; we notice it immediately and concentrate on that rather than all the other parts of the shirt which is white. This is the same way we treat criticisms and negative comments about ourselves.

Things are not bad in themselves till we define them as bad our negative so no comment about us is meant to destroy us even though that could be the intention of the critic; we should look at it from the point of view that, that comment is meant to make us better, an opportunity to learn something new about ourselves. Though not every comment we hear about ourselves is true, some of them are; and we have to ponder on them and find out how that comment can improve our lives.

Most of the time, there is a lesson we have to learn out of these comments or there should be some changes we have to make in our lives and these criticisms are there to guide us. When we avoid these criticisms they will appear in different forms and cause us to take a good look at our lives and make the necessary changes. We should be cautious of the people we consider their criticism; some people will complain about every little thing we do and will never appreciate our efforts.

Most comments from these people should be ignored. We do not have to change our entire lives to either please them or stop them from talking about us. Instead, when a person corrects us or makes a comment about our actions and we know in our hearts that it is true, we should take it and make the best out of that comment or criticism.

Not Because People Are Watching

People are surprised when they hear that a person they think they know very well has
committed a crime. There is something called “persona” that is a mask every human
being puts on. This mask is put on especially when people are watching; we are the
kindest, most faithful and always at our best. We do things to please people but deep
within us we know we are opposite what we portray to be.

This makes people put their trust in us only for them to be disappointed. What we do not realise is that; whatever has been covered by the mask will be revealed no matter what. There is no point in living a double life; we have to be at our best even when people are not watching. If we decide to live lives that are going to please people we realise we are the only people who are unhappy because; we pretend to be something or people we are not, and will never be, and can never be. We all have to live lives of excellence. It is not an option but a requirement.

We should be people who our colleagues at work or in school look up to and
emulate. When a new student or a new person is employed in the company or
institution we work in, we should be selected as their mentors. Not because we have
pretended to be but deep within ourselves, we know we are truly what we exhibit in
public for everyone to see and we do that while we are alone as well. I personally
believe we should all strive for excellence and not perfection. Excellence is when you do
the right thing when no one is watching and you know very well that is the right thing to
do.

People of excellence have positive attitudes. They do think and think about things that
are good and helpful to humanity, and they are selfless too. They live a stress-free life
knowing they do not have to be someone they can never be in the presence of their
family, colleagues at school, home or workplaces in order to be accepted by anyone. We
should not pretend to like our bosses and be so respectful and kind to them while all the
employees and the boss himself or herself is around; and turn round to gossip and insult
the boss right after he or she or our colleagues leave our presence.

We find out that we receive the same treatment we give out to people. When we
pretend, we meet people who also pretend and fake their love for us. That is how this
world is. Our true attitudes are reflected in other people’s behaviour towards us. Life is
short to live a pretentious life. This means we should not only dress up and keep our
houses and environs in place because we will be expecting visitors; rather we should do
it because, we know the right thing and the right thing should be done always. We
should let everything we do count because we do not know where our attitudes will
lead us to.

Goals… Adwoa Owusuaa Writes on the Importance of Setting Goals

Life is waking up, going to sleep, going to work or school, visiting friends and other things. We all experience this. What makes a life different from another is setting goals. A life which is directed by goals is different because that life has a purpose and something to pursue which is more that waking up, few activities and going back to bed; It is a life that it building something or leaving a legacy.

Goals are things we reach or achieve that are important in our lives. In order for our lives to move to a particular direction, we should direct it in a particular path. We have to shape how our lives will turn out to be in the future. Our lives is like water or any liquid which has no shape but takes the shape of any container that is poured into. When we pour water in the floor it flows to any direction when it is not directed in a particular direction. That is what our lives will turn out to be when we do not set goals for ourselves.

When we set goals for ourselves, we know the direction our lives are going. A goal seeks to
explain what our lives will turn out to be in the long term. The things we do now in order to
get to what we want to be in the long term are tasks. It is building a mansion; we lay bricks, build structures and then we get the mansion. When we set goals, we know the end product is a mansion and not just laying bricks or building structures.

The goal will help us stay focused on what we expect at the end. There may be few changes or major changes. This is normal when it comes to what we want or the things we want to achieve. The most important to have set goals so we know what our lives are going to be.

Without goals, life is boring. Life becomes waking up going to work and going back to bed.
That is the routine of every person but people who are enthused about life are people who
have goals and have broken them down in parts to achieve them
We have to ask ourselves; what makes us happy or what do we want to do with our lives?
These are some of the questions we should ask ourselves frequently. We should learn to
examine ourselves and our lives by asking where we are; whether we have made progress or not, and make changes where necessary. Life will not be perfect once we have goals rather, it will have a purpose and we will be reenergised whenever we wake up.

Words by Adwoa Owusuaa

Solomon Ennin, the Young Ghanaian in the U.S Army Making the Country Proud Through Music and Philanthropy

The saying that “it is only the child that has never travelled that says her mom is the best cook” is very true and evident. Until we make explorations about our own story and worth, we will never discover who we are and what we have. An article recently found on a blog site in the States in profiling the top five young Ghanaians making Ghana proud featured a young Ghanaian in the US Army as number one.  Born in Ghana to Mr. Emmanuel Ennin and Mrs. Comfort Afrane Yeboah, young Solomon Ennin is now a Ghanaian US soldier who doubles as a musician. Solomon Ennin is an inspirational speaker, a song writer, a philanthropist and a musician based in the United States of America. We might have seen his likes but not his type because it is so hard and rare to come across a young Ghanaian who doubles as a musician and a soldier in the States.

Solomon was born at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana. He attended the Columbus State Community College and the Ohio School for Phlebotomy. Solomon started music at a very tender age and his first song was a thanksgiving song which came to him one day as he was thinking on what he wants to do in life. Poverty which has shattered so many dreams in our country and the African continent nearly laid its hands on the dreams of Solomon as he went through some financial constraints and lack of good guidance that he had to endure.

After writing twenty five songs but could not record it then due to some financial constraints and guidance, Mr. Ennin started doing two different jobs at a time in other to save up some money to follow his dreams and aspirations. And like the stories of almost all upcoming musicians, Solomon lost his first chance to record after the studio said he couldn’t proceed with no legit reason, he then lost his appointment and the money paid wasn’t refunded back to him. God being so graceful, he recorded his first and second albums which were launched in August 2016. He has to his credit two music albums and a music video with the song titled “Higher” being his favourite of all. His album titled “Nsenku” was widely sold during and after the launch of the album and this got his fame to continue growing over the whole of US.

Stream “Nsenku” on iTunes

Mr. Ennin who is also known as Rhema Blessed is industrious and passionate about transforming lives and making impact through his ministry; the Rhema Ministry. The Rhema Blessed Ministries is geared toward “impacting the world with good, quality and Spirit-filled songs” which America is already witnessing. Having joined the US Army last year, Solomon hopes to extend more help to the less privileged in his home country through his ministry and through his partnership with Marcus Anafu “The Youngest CEO and Philanthropist in Ghana”.

Solomon is on a course to reach out to people in rural areas, peri-urban and the less privileged ones in Ghana through his “WE CAN” campaign.  Rhema Blessed believes that a simple act of kindness can cause a great impact and change in people’s lives. A young military man who is making waves in music in United States of America being a Ghanaian is in fact a blessing and a pride for Ghana as a country. Ghana has indeed found a young and talented young man who will carry up the mantle and change the face of music and ministry in Ghana and in other parts of the world. He is indeed our new artist and our new discovery.

Written by Akakpo Elikem Kwabla