When August Comes

Anytime the calendar hits August 1, a lot of things come into our lives; from the happy new month wishes all over from friends and families, our memories which comes with smiles or tears to breaking news of goodwills and tragedies. But before I tell you what happens when August comes, look through this article to know something special about the month of August. August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. August comes from the Latin word augustus, meaning “consecrated” or “venerable,” which in turn is related to the Latin augur, meaning “consecrated by augury or “auspicious.” In 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, by changing the name of their month “Sextilis” to “Augustus.”

Being the eighth month on the year what is more special about this month is not in the meaning of the name but in the essence of the number 8, its numerology. The meaning of the number 8 is harmony, peace, and balance. It is a symbol that helps you make decisions that are beneficial to you in your life. The number eight in the Bible signifies Resurrection and Regeneration. It is the number of a new beginning. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate new beginning. It is said in The Bible that Jesus rose on the first day of the next week from the day he was crucified.

Personally, when August comes, I smile and cry. I smile for it’s my birth month and I cry because it reminds me of my late junior brother who was born of the first of this month and died in this same month few years later. August is the month of great triumphs and large harvests and the symbol of the month is the gladiolus flower, which generally means beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family.

Now, when August comes, it offers us a good time to pay attention to finer details, particularly if buying or selling a property. One goes over the contract with a magnifying glass to be sure not to skip the fine print. If you have investments, review them during the month of August and if you are considering new investments, be clear about your choices and decisions because this is the month when great financial gains or losses can take place.

The 8 Energy power that comes with August loves prosperity and the appearance of prosperity. The 8th month is the time to take a look at your wardrobe and physical body. If they need some help, August is a perfect time to buy some new clothes and start a new fitness regime. Do what it takes to make yourself more attractive, as this is a time to pamper yourself knowing that August is a time of new beginnings.

When August comes, take a trip – you will feel so much better if you get out of your regular environment.

Try to listen carefully to the advice of others during August. Great truths come from unexpected quarters, as anyone who has spent time with a small child can attest. If you do not listen, you may find, to your surprise and possible dismay, that during this 8 Month you had been warned about a couple of things that went wrong later, and that you were not open enough to heed their warnings.

The 8 Month is also a time to speak up and say what is on your mind—to stand up and be counted. The month of 8 is a time to be proactive and get things done. August is the month to change jobs if that is what you have been wanting to do. Send out your resume now, visit the offices of people you want to work for, accept dinner and conference invitations.

This month you will have a good chance of meeting the people who will help you in your quest.

An 8 month can be the month of the ‘victim’, therefore it is cautionary for people to take extra care during August, especially when driving.  And remember, August is associated with the Karma Spirit- giving and receiving abounds. When August comes, a time of new beginnings come.

Akakpo Elikem Kwabla

Dear 2018

Dear 2018

Like an eagle soaring high

My heart is flying high to have an encounter with you

But be not like passed years

Coming and going with the good, the bad and the ugly

Come with all good,

Give me joy

Bring me smiles

And be beautiful to me

 

Dear 2018

2017 gave us a bit of everything good and bad

Doors were opened for people

Some couldn’t even find keys !!

Some did find the keys but didn’t know the doors !!

Loved ones were lost

And loved ones born !!

Lives shattered

And lives repaired

 

You have to do well

You don’t need to please all

Just try!

When we meet,

You gotta be friendly to the end !

You cannot please everyone

But just be good

And be faithful

 

Dear 2018

Sweet scented as you seemed to be

I again say be good

For to your peaceful days my heart cries for

And your lonely days I wish not to meet

Get up to meet me in a way so juicy and simple

Make my face forever shine with a deep dimple

Dear 2018 please be good.

 

Words by Martha Benyinge and Akakpo Elikem.

An Intimate Letter to God by AlexRepGh

Dear God,

It’s your boy once again. I thought we should talk. Ever since we fought, I’ve been going through hell. Nothing has gone too well. I fill my lungs with smokes, and my belly with hard liquor. My heart is full of hatred, covetousness, and anger, and my brain occupied by thoughts I can barely describe. For instance, whenever I walk down the street and I see a beautiful lady, I only think of how she’d be when she’s without clothes. But when I see half-naked celebrities on TV, I censure them, rain insults at them, and wish evil befall them. At the same time, I wish blessings upon myself and the entire circle around me: family, friends among others, even those who dress just like those people I see on TV. LORD, I’ve been such a hypocrite. Forgive me.

As I write this letter, it’s Sunday but I didn’t go to church. The last time I went to church, I had a nice time. I enjoyed how people danced around, shaking their bum-bums, the youth exhibiting their exuberance, similar to the way people danced when I visited the night club last Saturday. But this time, it’s not at the night club, so it’s fine. And I also witnessed the appeal for funds that went on.

I wish I could describe how I enjoyed it as much as how I didn’t enjoy it. For those who were able to give very large amounts of money, I believe they enjoyed it. Special prayers were said for them, and those who couldn’t give anything were encouraged to do so the next time. But the encouragement was indirectly telling them that it’s very wrong to not give something when you attend church.

The same way that the ‘preacher’ in a public transport would expect you to pay him for telling you to repent from your evil ways. They even expect the ‘trotro mate’ not to charge them for boarding their vehicle. When I want to take something from another person, I would firstly talk about an unrelated issue which would stir the person’s moral feelings. Then being aware of the state of their moral feelings, I would then ask them to give what I really want to ask. Lord guide and guard your children from guilefulness.

Many people pretend to be the lights, but their hearts are filled with darkness. When my heart was filled with darkness, it was your seven stars that shone upon my paths. When I thought I had lost my soul, your word held it, and I found it again. But when I tell the world, they don’t believe it because I do not go to church. Or I do not update my social media pages with words that praise you, words that thank You for saving my life.

But I know YOU know how grateful I’ve been for all the blessings you bestowed upon me, especially throughout the year 2017.
2017 was an amazing year. It started with committing myself to paths I never knew where they’d lead me, but that’s when you told me to have faith. When the road got rough, and everything fell apart, you put my pieces together and made me whole again. In 2018, I don’t wish for a better year, I wish for a year as good as all the other years I’ve lived on this earth. I pray that your wishes come through in the rest of the years of my life.

I will write again.

Yours forever,
AlexRepGh