Oh That’s Why!
David knew how problems were blessings, they built backbone. His parents died early and he was raised as a house servant moving from one place to another till the age of fourteen when he was sent out to the city in a home where they treated him as a son instead of a slave, for his relentless hard-work and a ready smile. There he started school and graduated a first class civil engineer. But when I met him he was not yet able to explain why freewill permitted the use of only human intelligence, the weakest of man’s natural strengths, which continues to make one man so different from any other man at heart.
When I first led David to meet Joe, he could not believe that on this planet there could be a religion teaching man how to become like God. He learned from Joe how human intellect was imbued with the quality of creating its own problems through reason and analysis, and making itself miserable by trying to solve it. Luckily, even this was a gift of the intellect at the bottom of human capacity for change. David solved the riddle in subsequent meetings with Joe, how intellect in each person must first resolve man’s natural dilemma that every weakness is a silent strength, every disappointment is a blessing, before it’s open to accept how this life was really about a tribute to Mother.
As a mum brings and nurtures every child into life, so the Holy Spirit brings and nurtures you into every 24-hour cycle. How to use and enjoy sleep, hunger, illness and poverty as springboards instead of crutches are the areas where David’s upbringing has him firmly applying personal experience in mentoring youth to learn that the more you give to life as a mum does, the more you will get back from life. Whatever your parents can give to you is exactly what you deserve, David now teaches, what will turn you around in life is what you can give to yourself to be rid of the victim mindset and be a leader again and again.
I asked David, ‘explain what you mean by: be a leader again and again?’
‘A leader is anyone with the patience of a saint, the wisdom of a sage and the full love of God in the heart. It’s about self-responsibility, presence of mind and trust in God everyday. When I was sent from one relative’s home to another as a child, I had not learned why when one door of opportunity closes we are so slow to notice where the next door is opening because we spend all of our resources trying to wish or force open the closed door. But life is so dynamic and the new door might be shut against us when we are acting as a victim, a stubborn one at that’, he replied.
‘So often’, David continued, ‘the door of opportunity closes not so much because the fruits may be drying up. Human intellect is such a zombie that it enjoys only what it likes. One day it announces a fact of one man’s meat here and then, once in a while, tomorrow it denounces the same fact elsewhere. Eventually it becomes complacent or acrimonious seeking to entertain itself on a self-made throne at the expense of its sense of new adventure to deepen its purpose in life. The distraction can take the form of food or technology gadgets lowering level of discipline about life, law and order. Life takes care of itself by coming again and again to shake you out of a comfort zone, restoring urgency for survival through renewed adventure that you have so easily given away. Law and order are as helpless as human intellect often becomes, because its letters exist on pages instead of human heart.’
Perhaps David’s best page of his road to self-leadership was discovered within himself at the age of fourteen. Going to sleep without food was no longer a problem at the time but on the night he was told of being shipped out to the city, he also went to sleep crying long and hard for the memory of his lost parents. The pain brought him a great gift and it changed his life because as he slept, his father appeared in his dream for the very first time. Dad coaxed him out from tears with more than a promise that from then on he would never again be in need beyond his own means anywhere on earth. They would begin regular meetings to teach David how to make every day like a happy birthday through hard-work and a ready, hearty smile no matter what.
‘Oh’, David said, ‘that’s why we are designed to sleep daily, to be able to drive through the tasks and the turns of each new 24-hour day without being distracted by the tripping wires mined on every route to catch our attention with dribbling interest.’ What David was not forthcoming to share, was the secret of how to meet his father whenever he needed to do so without tears. He believed it to be his personal secret. Only Joe could convince him that he had to teach all of the several dozen youth he was mentoring through different phases of learning why life often appears so hard. Then as soon as he was feeling on higher ground and willing to give, he created this idea of The 24 Hour Template for everyone to learn about it. More to follow!
Tony Nwadialo, author: The Three Freedoms, Vol 1 @ www.createspace.com/3860724