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Reflections: On Gratitude

Updated: Feb 14, 2022


“But, for all the heat, it’s still Christmas in Lagos and the city let’s you know as much.”

From where I sit on this side of the road, I watch the people go by.  It is hot today, and the air conditioning is barely keeping up. In the safety net of a car I don’t own, I thank God for friends. I watch as the heat waves spiral over the hoods of the cars parked around ours. Languid, tired and sore, people move along. No one walks fast on a hot day, nothing is that important.  But, for all the heat, it’s still Christmas in Lagos and the city let’s you know as much.  In their tired states, people lug around their purchases, and the decorations hanging from street signs remind me that there is something to celebrate.

“The end of the year calls for a particular kind of reflection and that’s alright. It means that I am trying.”

As the year winds down, Comparison tries to sneak into my home. What have I accomplished this year? From career to work to relationships, what are my losses and my wins? It can be overwhelming. The end of the year calls for a particular kind of reflection and that’s alright. It means that I am trying.

I’ve found that the trick is to place myself today with myself from a year ago. And the results are bound to be encouraging.


On reflecting, In the areas where I slipped, I am grateful that it wasn’t in anyway detrimental to my goals overall.

I’m grateful that this time I can, we can, and we must pick up where we left off. Only, this time, with more experience.

I’ve found that the trick is to place myself today, with myself from a year ago. And the results are bound to be encouraging.”

WORDS BY Danielle Nickaf



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