‘Icho ime ife, ime e ya ofuma.’
These wise words echoes in my ears as I write this post and it translates to mean ‘ anything worth doing, is what doing well.’
I remember growing up and having to go to our farm with my parents to till the ground for planting maize, cassava, potatoes, pumpkin and any other crop that was due to be planted. Back then we grew most of our food.
With my hoe, I would make what I considered a nice mound of red earth and when my dad comes round for inspection, he would call me by his pet name for me and in his gentle way, he would say: ‘you’ve done well, but it would be better if the mound was just a little higher’ and would complete his correction with that sentence up above.
This was repeatedly applied in so many ordinary things that we did, from our house chores of sweeping with the broom, washing plates, clothes, weeding the compound to our studies.
Thus it became embedded in my mind, that if you choose to do something, give it your best shot.
If you choose to love someone, love them without placing the conditions that they must fulfill to become worthy of your love.
If you are working for someone, do it wholeheartedly because some day, someone will probably turn around to work for you. As my people would say ‘when you respect the King, Kingship will also come to you.’
In everything that one does, they should do it to the best of their ability. Not for the sake of eye service, but for the sake of self-service.
Sow and Water and leave the bountiful harvest to providence. It always pays in heaps and spades.
Let me leave these three extra farming proverbs for you to mull over with your cup of coffee:
‘Good gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.’
‘As the farm grows, so does the farmer.’
‘If you tickle your earth hard enough, she will laugh for you with bountiful harvest.’
I would like to thank Maria Jansson for her generous invitation to participate in the quotes challenge and would like to extend the invitation to these lovely bloggers.
P.S. No hard rules to participate.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha