What would you be remembered for after you leave that office or place? Will anyone desire to see your face again where it all matters?
When billionaire Femi Otedola in a telephone interview, was asked by the radio presenter, “Sir what can you remember made you a happiest man in life?”
“I have gone through four stages of happiness in life and finally I understood the meaning of true happiness.”
The first stage was to accumulate wealth and means. But at this stage I did not get the happiness I wanted.
Then came the second stage of collecting valuables and items. But I realized that the effect of this thing is also temporary and the luster of valuable things does not last long.
Then came the third stage of getting big projects. That was when I was holding 95% of diesel supply in Nigeria and Africa. I was also the largest vessel owner in Africa and Asia. But even here I did not get the happiness I had imagined.
The fourth stage was the time a friend of mine asked me to buy wheelchair for some disabled children. Just about 200 kids.
At the friend’s request, I immediately bought the wheelchairs.
But the friend insisted that I go with him and hand over the wheelchairs to the children. I got ready and went with him.
Real happiness is by making others happy.
There I gave these wheel chairs to these children with my own hands. I saw the strange glow of happiness on the faces of these children. I saw them all sitting on the wheelchairs, moving around and having fun.
It was as if they had arrived at a picnic spot where they are sharing a jackpot wining.
I felt REAL joy inside me. When I decided to leave one of the kids grabbed my legs. I tried to free my legs gently but the child stared at my face and held my legs tightly.
I bent down and asked the child: Do you need something else?
The answer this child gave me not only made me happy but also changed my attitude to life completely. This child said:
“I want to remember your face so that when I meet you in heaven, I will be able to recognize you and thank you once again”
What would you be remembered for after you leave that office or place?
Will anyone desire to see your face again where it all matters?
Little things matter.
I remember some colleagues in my former place of work that said they miss me but more especially, ” They miss my early morning tea and bread l always share with them”
This act happened for like 4 years l worked in that school. I did not see it as anything. But little did l know that they loved it. Till today, anytime they call me, they will remind me how much they have missed my “common” 🍞 bread and Tea😀.
Same thing happened at this my new place of work. My school/work place has a big speaker which tutors use for their reaching and it is immovable.
But Tutors love a smaller speaker that is mobile. Yes we complained and they later got our desired speakers for us. But before they got it, l Have already bought mine and was bringing it to school.
Lo and behold, my speaker became “all rounder” 😃. . Almost all Tutors borrow from me.
Later, l got sick and took 2 weeks sick leave. Everybody started missing my speaker not even me, 😀
They will call me not actually to know how l was doing, but to know when l will resume to bring back the speaker. You see the power of sharing/giving
This got me thinking. I pray it does same to you.
Please endeavour to make positive impact in the lives of people you come across on this planet earth,.
Remember, whatever you possess could have been given to you as a test. Use it wisely and to the glory of God.