This is a compelling story that made me laugh as much as it made me think a lot. There’s a smart question at the end of this story. I still don’t know the answer to the question so maybe you’ll help me by answering it after reading this story
My featured guest writer this week is; Ewenla Olabanji.
BIO – Living a purposeful life and maximizing life’s gifts is the major thing that drives Ewenla Olabanji and everything he does.
He believes our world would be a much better place if more people are living in their purpose – doing what they are meant to do with their lives and also maximizing everything life has got to offer.
This is his core purpose – to help people develop the right mindset so they can utilize their potentials, maximize life’s gifts and fulfill their life’s purpose.
He is a budding entrepreneur, a life coach in training & a musician.
You can message him
On Instagram – @eolabanjisamuel
Facebook – Olabanji Ewenla
Here’s what Olabanji says;
So am just going to briefly share a long story that may be all you need to face this year.
I remember vividly that Sunday on the 27th of August 2017, it was a Sunday like every other Sunday; I had gone to church early in the morning, did my duties on the piano keyboard as a musician and gone back home to rest. However one thing was different, I was going to be attending a business meeting that evening for the first time in my life at one of the best hostels in Lagos (Sheraton Hotel & Towers)
Interestingly, I didn’t even know why I was been invited but I decided to attend, majorly because it would be my first time in Sheraton Hotel. winks*
I was nervous and at the same time excited like a young man going out on a first date with his first love.
The friend who invited me was a lady so I guess that was probably another reason why I was nervous & excited.
I don’t know if you’ve experienced that strong feeling of excitement born out of curiosity because you didn’t know what was going to happen or what to expect? That was the feeling I felt.
Fast forward some hours later, I arrived at the Hotel a little bit late and the meeting was about to get started; I couldn’t meet my friend who invited me, neither could I even enjoy the breathtaking interiors of the hotel; I just rushed into the hall as i was directed to, got myself a seat somewhere in the middle as the presentation was about to begin.
To cut the long story short, the 3hrs of that evening on 27th of August 2017 brought me into another phase of my life – when I got home later that night after the meeting I couldn’t really sleep.
Today Monday, 17th of January, 2020 makes it about 28 months after that whole evening experience.
I look back at the past 2years and i am amazed by how much my life has changed from that one event of 3hrs; only people who knew me before that Sunday may be able to share the tremendous transformation that has occurred in my life.
Looking forward, as we are all prepping to live life in 2020 and the next decade, one of the things we can do for ourselves is to be open to surprises life will launch at us – either good or bad; everything that can change your life for good or for bad can happen in just few hours, few minutes or even few seconds.
In most cases, you won’t recognize the changes as at the time they are occurring until months or even years later.
A lot of things will happen this year and over the next decade; be open minded to opportunities and challenges; be sensitive to changes; be mindful of times and seasons; be careful in dealing with people; watch and pray.
If you are open to surprises whether good or bad, you will grow through the experience of whatever it is.
It may not be easy, it may not make sense initially, it won’t be logical – your mind might not comprehend the situation; however because you are open you will give yourself the privilege to grow from the experience.
This is my testimony from that Sunday evening on the 27th of August, 2017. I have grown a whole lot from that experience; I am becoming a better person, I have met incredibly amazing people like Chika Jonah, I have made more money, I have done things I never imagined before then I could do, I have been to places I never imagine I could be.
Has it been easy … NO!
Has it been worth it … DEFINITELY YES!!!
And am eternally grateful to God for giving me the privilege of the experience.
PS: I wish I could share with you the whole experience but time and space would not permit me to.
However, if there is one thing you should know at this point is that: the lady is now married and I am partially single. *laughs*
Please permit me to ask this question, if you are open minded you’ll get the answer easily.
The short story I shared in the post, do you think its a love story, an heartbreak story, a business story, a life story or a story I just made up?
Please I would really love to hear your responses
Thank you very much.