Bridge Builder

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Let me share this story, I am sure it will bless someone.
In the little town where I now work, though its a state capital but in the real sense it not as active as many local government areas where I had lived.
Farming is the major occupation, and I hope to start my big farm one day. 

I got to know two brothers who lived on adjoining farms, big farms l tell you, each will be like 10 hectares.
One of the brothers is my friend, this means i get fruits always. 

One day he fell into conflict with his elder brother, It was the first serious fight since they have been farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

 There long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words. 

One morning, after we ate breakfast (Masa and fish vegetable soup)  masa is a dish in the northan Nigeria made with rice. You can call it rice cake.  

There was a knock on Ibrahim’s. His wife opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox.

 “I’m looking for work,” he said.
“Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there.

 Could I help you?”
“Yes,” said Ibrahim from the dining table. “I do have a job for you. 

Look across the river at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my brothers. 

Last week there was a fight between us and he took his bulldozer to the river  and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll get at him.

See that pile of wood by the barn? I want you to build me a fence – an 8-foot fence – so I won’t need to see his place anymore.  

The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the exact location so that I will be able to do a job that pleases you.”
The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. 

About sunset when myself and Ibrahim returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. Our eyes opened wide,  jaw dropped. 

There was no fence there at all. 

It was a bridge… a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work handrails and all.

You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” My friend told the old Carpenter.


To cut the long story short:

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand.  

I was glad these two are back together, not because of the plenty fruits and food crops I get at harvest, and not for the fact that I will soon be investing in agriculture.  

But they did not know I called the old Carpenter to help settle the rift between them. 

I am happy i am a bridge builder, you too can be a bridge builder. 
Like me, if you cannot build the bridge yourself get someone, people you think are filled with wisdom, maturity, who will be willing to help. 

Bridge builders are people with a big heart they love to see others happy. 

 They encourage others and help them achieve more.
So many times we fall short of how to help people, but we know who can help. 

Well, if you have the qualities below, you might consider yourself a bridge builder. Rather if you are looking for one, you can check out this qualities in them.

  • A bridge builder listens. 
  • They provide opportunities. They help others to learn.
  • They are good communicators.
  • A bridge builder is patient.
  • They encourage you, help you.
  • They are always happy with your achievements.

When we see people in difficult situations, in pain, some made big mistakes don’t laff at them, like we do these days on social media. 

Reach out to help, console them, advice them and encourage them, point them to someone that can help.

You are building the bridge gradually.

Share these article with your friends and discuss on building bridges, that is one step to raise bridge builders.

Remain happy.

What I Told The Pencil

There are 5 things you need to know,” about the pencil. 

Before you continue to read, remember, to get ahead in this world we live in, Self Discipline is the key.

The ability to ask yourself honest questions and answer correctly and then follow them with actions will make you happy. 

PENCIL STORY CONT…

Always remember these principles and never forget, and you will become the best you can be. 

I TOLD THE PENCIL 5 THINGS

One: “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.”

Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.” 

Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.” 

Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.” 

And Five: “On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.” 

There is a price to pay for success. If you look at your lifestyle, if you look at your bank account, if you look at your marriage, if you look at your job. To become better you must put in efforts. Won’t you rather pay and be happy.

PENCIL STORY CONT…

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be. 

One: “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.”

Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.” 

Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.” 

Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.” 

And Five: “On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.” 

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

To become someone you have never been before, you must start doing something you have never done before.

Remain Happy.

Dealing With Adversity.

Ehi, was dealing with adversity complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.

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She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

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Ehi sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a mug. Turning to her he asked, “Daring, what do you see?” she replied: “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,”

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. She humbly asked. “What does it mean, Father?”

He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed to the water.

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“Which are you?” he asked his daughter.
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“When adversity knocks on your door, when that marriage seem unworkable, when living right looks impossible, when searching for jobs is fruitless, when life challenges come knocking, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
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The Chronicles Of Sam- Find The Confidence In You

One day Jake, a once successful business executive is now deep in debt and could see no way out.

His Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payments. His mortgage house will soon be gone all he has worked for will sink.

Jake sat on the bench in front of his garden, head in hands, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy, how will his parent take this. His wife always believed in his wisdom.

While in how thoughts an old man walking by, stopped before him. “I can see that something is troubling you,” he said.

After listening to Jakes woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you.”

He asked Jake his name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time.”

Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.

Jake  saw in his hand a check for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!

“I can erase my money worries in an instant!” he realized. But instead, Jake decided to put the uncashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought.

With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money once again.

Exactly one year later, he returned to the same spot with the uncashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.

“I’m so glad I caught him!” she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller.”

And she led the old man away by the arm.

The astonished Jake just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him.

Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.

All you need to turn your situation around is in you. You can do it. Do it.