FALLACY OF THE NURSERY RHYME – WRITTEN BY ADEDAYO ADEMOKOYA
FALLACY OF THE NURSERY RHYME
WRITTEN BY ADEDAYO ADEMOKOYA
Most of us born in the ‘90s will not deny the fact that nursery school was enjoyable. From the plays to food to the rhymes. Some of us still remember the echo of “2*1=2”; the recitation made the mornings fun. Another prominent rhyme was always sung at break time, “some have food but cannot eat. Some can eat but have no food…” I love that song with passion because it is the only time food can be consumed without fear (especially for someone who likes food like me).
I grew up enjoying the rhyme at dinner time with my family. The rhyme has gained more popularity with the younger generations as several and posh versions have been released.
Over the years, change happened and other things caught my fancy but the happenings these past few months have caused meto reflect on the rhyme, leaving questions hanging on the walls of my mind. The interesting part I noticed is we have to compare our lives with others to be grateful.
This is not about criticism as people of faith, it is about dealingwith the stereotypical manner of praying. It is not a Christian or Muslim thing, it has been there right from our upbringing to our habits. For instance, a religious person saying his/her prayer will most likely say, “God (or Allah), thank you for protecting and guiding me. Some of my mates are in the mortuary, some are dead, some are in the prison yard, some are...” I always wonderif in the absence of comparisons, are there no reasons at all to be thankful? We often forget that sometimes it’s not that we are good, we’re just very lucky (or it’s just grace as my brethren in faith would say).
A friend wrote on Facebook recently imploring people not to compare themselves with others in unfortunate situations before they give thanks. After reading and re-reading that particularpost, I re–evaluated myself and vowed to restructure how I pray. Imagine having someone with you passing through a horrid time and you start ranting about how God let misfortune fly over you, wouldn’t it seems as if you are mocking the other person? Be empathetic, put yourself in their shoes and you would realise it is not easy to be at the other side.
Are you always finding yourself in similar situations as mine? Or do you feel you don’t have a reason to give thanks about yourself, family members, loved ones or people around you without comparing your life with others?
Learn to be grateful of who you are, of what you are without comparisons because it helps to validate who you are, to see how things have been going on well for you without using others as yardstick for your achievements, growth, life and many other good things that have come your way.
You wanna appreciate the Supreme Being? Don’t ever compare, find a reason within!
Written By Adedayo Ademokoya
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