Rewrite The Story

                                                                                    Favour Chidumebi Ononiwu

(Singing) Now it’s different, Yes it’s O so different now….. I was full of joy and life as I walked towards the hostel. The sister walking with me suddenly nudged me and whispered look and then I turned to see that all eyes were on me as I walked along the path. At first I became concerned but nothing could stop that joy that I felt and as they could not fathom the reason for my happiness at this point, I did not mind and continued singing.

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Double D Last Episode

Chapter 4

Is Repair Beyond Reach?

Before meeting Dream, Decision rehearsed his speech over and over again so as not to spurn the opportunity he has been given. As he walked to the cafeteria where they both decided to meet, Decision offered a silent prayer to God for his friend.

At the cafeteria, Decision looked at Dream who sat across him with pity. He is face was drawn and haggard. He could hardly recognize him, the aura and brightness that once radiated around him was now replaced by a dim palled look.

After exchanging pleasantries, Decision was about to begin with the speech he has spent the day rehearsing when he noticed that Dream was just there in the body but he has wandered. After calling him for the third (3rd) time, he tapped him to get his attention. Dream felt a nudge as he jerked back to reality. His friend was staring at him. “Oga you don travel far o, wetin you dey think?” Decision said. Dream was speechless as tears rolled down his eyes.

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Double D 3

Chapter 3

The Downward Trend

Decision asked someone beside him to please check the result for the name he pointed to because it was unclear whose result it was. The person confirmed what he saw. His friend made a GP of 4.5, bringing his CGPA to 4.83. He was so excited, and he could not wait to share the good news with his friend.

As he was about to make the call, he stopped dead in his track when a thought came to him. He turned and walked away, unsure of what to do. He was happy for his friend but had this feeling of uncertainty about what the future held for his friend who might decide to continue. Deep down, he offered a quick prayer to God to change his friend.

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Double D 2

Chapter 2

Maintaining High Standard

Four (4) weeks into the new semester, Decision was still to resume. Throughout this period, the two friends kept in touch and were anticipating their reunion. Things were about to become different.

Dream had earlier acquired accommodation for both of them alongside some others. But due to his delay in coming, the hall administrator decided to give the bed space to another student. This was the beginning of a strained relationship between the two friends.

Slothful was Dream’s new roommate and unlike Decision was lazy and procrastinated. He skipped classes, always found lounging in the common room. Whenever he attended lectures, he would disturb and sometimes sleep off. He paid others to do assignments for him. This was disturbing particularly for Dream as there was no one to encourage him.

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Double D

Two friends find themselves in a foriegn land, where they are free to do what they want. They however decides to chase Destiny and were on track till something happened.
Find out in this short exciting, instructive and inspiring story.

Chapter 1  

Stars In New Environment

Like every other new session, Freshers or Jambites as they are popularly known always get admitted to various schools of higher learning. This particular summer, two young guys Decision and Dream were admitted like other students into the Freedom University.

They were both admitted to pursue after destiny. Like every fresher, these young men were happy to be away from home, free to an extent from checks by parents. Having joined seniors and colleagues in Freedom Square, they were soon integrated into the school.

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Positive Strides In Adversities

No matter who you are or heights you have attained in life, there are days when you are faced with challenges and problems. Sometimes too big and it seems the whole weight of the world rest upon you but what makes you is how you respond to them. Zig Ziglar said and I quote “tough times never last but tough people do.” Handle your adversity well and you live to tell your story to inspire others. I leave you with this story to meditate on.

A farmer owned a mule and after a while it got old and fell into the well. After assessing the situation, the farmer decided that neither the well nor the mule was worth the trouble saving. He therefore called his neighbors together and asked them to help haul dirt on the mule this was after telling them what happened.

At first the mule was disturbed and panicked but as the farmer and neighbors continued to shovel dirt on his back, a thought struck him. He suddenly dawned on him that every dirt shoved on his back was one he could shake off and step up.

So he shook and stepped. Before long, the tired and battered mule stepped out triumphantly over the well. What seemed like adversity that could bury him actually made him stronger and triumphant.

Don’t give up yet, SHAKE and STEP UP!!!!

 

Partnership Works

 Stumbled upon this real life story about two brothers and decided to share. I hope it inspires you as it has done to me.

In the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, Germany, there was a family with eighteen children. (Eighteen same as the Wesley’s! that’s a lot and I wonder how they got to feed and live)…  But In order to provide for his kids, Albrecht Dürer the Elder the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked eighteen hours a day at his trade and got himself engaged in any other job that pay in the neighborhood.

Despite the bleak future, two of Albrecht the Elder’s children had a dream. They were skillful and both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but knew it was almost pipe dream fully aware that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.

Various discussions were held between them often at night in their crowded bed. The two boys finally worked out a pact. They agreed to toss a coin through which they would determine who will attend the academy. The loser would work in the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. After which the brother who won the toss will take turn to assist the other  either by artwork sales or working in the mines if necessary.

One fateful Sunday morning after church, the coin was tossed and Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to study at the academy. Albert worked in the dangerous mines and for the next four years, financed his brother, whose work at the academy was immediate sensation. Albrecht’s etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was earning considerable fees for his commissioned works.

On his return to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht’s successful completion. After the long celebration, Albrecht rose from his honored position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfill his ambition. As he ended his speech, he said  “And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you.”

Everyone turned in expectation to where Albert was sitting but where shocked to see tears streaming down his face, his head bowed and was sobbing repeatedly saying “No…no..no..no….”

After much persuasion, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. Looking at all, he said softly, “No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother … for me it is too late.”

One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer drew his brother’s scarred hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply “Hands,” but the world on hearing the story opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love “The Praying Hands.” Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer, 1508. - Corel Professional Photos CD-ROM/Public Domain

 

More than 4 and the half centuries after, great museums in the world today all have hundreds of Albrecht Durer’s masterful portraits, pen and silver-point sketches, watercolors, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hanging on their walls.

But even when you not a collector of art works, I’m very certain you are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer’s works which is the praying hands.

The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look. Let it be your reminder, if you still need one, THAT NO ONE EVER MAKES IT ALONE.