Useless Musings

I spent a considerable amount of time observing my two new co-tenants. They have been busy all morning , trying to put in shape their new apartment. A couple had moved out of it a week earlier . We hadn’t spoken to each other. I pretended they were none of my business. Truth is I didn’t want to disturb them. The woman was the one fixing ‘things’ as the man fetched the materials.

At their pace, and judging from the quantum of work required to make their apartment habitable, a casual observer could tell they had a long way to go. I felt their pain silently. There wasn’t much I could do anyway. What was sure however, was the determination and resilience in their eyes. It was clear they knew what they were about. They had a vision and they were going to build that nest one twig at a time. Long, torturous journey. Yet one step, one flight, one leaf at a time, these doves were creating their home where my prepaid electricity metre used to be.

So, driving down to town, I’ve been playing back in my mind, the activities of these birds. Then it dawned on me, in a couple of days, Ghana will be 58 years old ; more than half a century; in darkness.

If only someone had learnt the trick of my new neighbours, the doves. Well, it may just be a useless dove mentality.

My new neighbours

My new neighbours

4 comments

  1. Jojo Damalie

    Another good piece, Chris! A journey of a thousand miles, they say, begins with a step. It appears to me that the greatest obstacle to reaching any destination is the decision or indecision to take that first step from ones comfort or uncomfortable zone. Nice one.

    • ChrisWE
      Author

      Dr. Damalie, contrary to popular thinking, I believe that a journey of a thousand miles, begins with a desire to travel. Therein lies our biggest bane. We haven’t had a critical mass of leadership of this country, since independence, who have demonstrated enough zeal or desire to travel.

      Until we’re able to garner that hundredth monkey in leadership, we’ll just pretend to be building this nation. I wrote an article 4 years ago when Ghana turned 54. You can check it out on this blog, “54 years of nationhood. …” Not much has changed since.

      Jojo, thanks for coming through all the time. I’m encouraged.

    • ChrisWE
      Author

      Dr. Damalie, contrary to popular thinking, I believe that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a desire to travel. Therein lies our biggest bane as a nation. Sadly, since independence, we did not seem to have had a critical mass of people in leadership who have demonstrated enough desire to travel. All these while, we have been pretending to be building this country.

      So Jojo, until we’re able to raise that hundredth monkey in leadership, I’m afraid we’re going to be toddling for a very long time to come.

      Check what wrote 4 years ago when we turned 54. “54 years of nationhood. …” Not much has changed, really.

  2. Paul Edem Kuenyefu

    Succinct, yet tells a lot and as well compelling. Exhibition of that passion, drive and tenacity to accomplish set goals get the work already half done. Accompanying actions must also be swift. Thank you ChrisWE.

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