Honestly, I enjoy quotes because these short words tell succinctly, lessons that an entire book may be unable to tell. Thank you Chape for inviting me for a round of 3 quote challenge.
Events of the past couple of days have made me dwell so much more on thoughts of unity and prayer, because as we know very well that, in unity we stand, but in division we fall.
I remember when we were much younger and would get into squabbles with each other, my mother was the constant peace broker and she would use simple demonstrations to teach us certain things. Let me share one of them with you.
We had several old woven baskets which were used for storing spices or herbs in the house and she would fetch two of these baskets which were special handiwork of Nsukka tribeswomen – it’s weaving was not so intricate yet effective.
She loosened a bit of the frond at one end and asked each of us to pull at a strand, and the basket unraveled.
‘‘Can one palm frond make a basket?” She inquired.
”NO, Ma!” We answered in unison.
Comparing the unraveled basket and the one that stood intact, she asked us which one was useful in its state and we pointed at the one which was still intact.
”You are one when you stand together and you would be of good use.” ”When you choose to unravel and stand alone, you serve no purpose to anyone and you are weakened because your frond can be bent and broken, while the fronds that are intact cannot be broken together.” She intoned.
Let us remember to band together in prayers, in wisdom, in strength and in positivity to be of good use.
On that note, I will leave you with these African proverbs:
”If you wish to go quickly you go alone, but if you wish to go far, you go together.”
”When trees stand together they make a forest.”
”When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”
”Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper.”
I would like to invite these awesome bloggers to participate in the quote challenge:
Dr Meg Sorick
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha