The Wisdom of the Elders

Few years ago, when traveled with my family to spend the Christmas holiday, I found myself immersed in a spirited discussion amongst my peers and the village elsders that would forever changed my perspective on life.


It was a hot day, and we all met under a big mango tree in the middle of our village. The elders sat on wooden benches, their old faces shining in the sunlight coming through the leaves. We young ones listened carefully to what they had to say.

The topic of discussion that day was the meaning of success and fulfillment. I had always believed that success was measured by material wealth and status, but as the elders began to share their insights, I realized there was more to life than material possessions.

One of the elders, Baba Olumide, a wise man , spoke first. "Success is not about how much money you have or how many cars you own," he said, his voice carrying the weight of years of experience. "True success lies in the impact you make on others and the legacy you leave behind."

His words resonated with me, stirring something deep within my soul. I had never considered the idea that success could be measured by the lives we touch and the positive change we bring about in the world.

As the discussion continued, other elders shared their own perspectives on success and fulfillment. Mama Adesuwa, a formidable woman with a commanding presence, spoke passionately about the importance of living with purpose and integrity. "Success is not just about what you achieve for yourself," she declared, "but also about how you contribute to the greater good."

Her words struck a chord with me, igniting a fire within me to strive for something greater than personal gain.

As the sun began to dip below the horizon and the sky turned a fiery orange, I felt a sense of clarity and purpose wash over me. The spirited discussion had opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of life, one rooted in compassion, service, and connection.

From that day on, I embraced a new perspective on success, one that was not defined by material wealth or status, but by the impact I could make on the world and the lives of those around me. Inspired by the wisdom of the elders, I set out on a journey to live with purpose and integrity, knowing that true fulfillment could only be found in serving others and making a positive difference in the world. And as I walked away from the mango tree that day, surrounded by the voices of my peers and the wisdom of the elders, I felt a renewed sense of hope and determination to live a life filled with meaning and purpose.

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