Miniature Gratitude: The things before Me

By Oludara Ogunbowale

When I see the colours of melons, and taste the spicy ginger in my cup of pineapple smoothie, I know without a doubt that there is a force higher than we humans can ever know. Being a foodie makes me wonder in awe as I pass by beautiful heaps of different colours in the market place; the imagery of experiencing every cut, bite or tear of what has been provided for the entirety of the human race even before we were, is sometimes too much for me.

On my way out to places, I stop to look at every single face I come across and how no one ever looks like the other in every way; how each person is unique in the trillions of people who have passed and would still pass the surface of the earth. How can one’s face never be repeated in the scheme of things? There just has to be a force higher.

At times when I am sad and overwhelmed with the challenges that are thrown at me by Mr. Life, I stop to listen to songs like ‘Hero’ ‘Life for rent’ ‘I hope you dance’, and I thank the higher force for impressing upon the hearts of these women and inspiring them at that time to bless us at this time. I am grateful for the Arts for without it life would be unliveable , far from beautiful, and probably, hopeless. Even more, I am thankful for the fresh air that ‘Simi’ and ‘Adekunle Gold’ have brought on the scene. It is refreshing; almost indescribable.

Reading the biographies of our own Olusegun Obasanjo and Nelson Mandela, makes me grateful for freedom; Everyone who has the free will to do, to move, to say, and to be, has one of the greatest blessings on earth. And I am thankful that most people around me have the wisdom to know the extent to which they are free.


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Have you ever gone through a very hot and stressful day, and you get home, get into the bathroom, and have water run all over you? There is no better time to agree with Fela when he sang that ‘Water no get enemy’; the adjectives that qualify what water is have probably not been created or are hiding somewhere in the newest editions of the Longman and Oxford Dictionaries! Water’s relaxing abilities are to me, very therapeutic. Usually, we do not know the value of something or someone that seems readily available and present with us. I am thankful for water when I drink it after being thirsty for a while but more than these, I am amazed at the sight of the rush of it; the Ijesha or Niagra water falls are simply beautiful. I cannot wait to visit such places.

The pain that comes with betrayal makes us appreciate true friendships that we are a part of; knowing that someone has your back, loves you for who you are and is readily available to support you through anything at all, is one of the greatest blessings we can ever know.

Money, houses, children and positions are great and I’d be very thankful for each one as they come but now and always, I would be thankful for these too.


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Dara is a woman whose very core values are God, Continuous Improvement and service to humanity. She is a Communications strategist and writer who also loves shopping, reading, travel and movies. You can read more of her works on



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