Dad, My Leg Is Hurting Me


That was the sentence hurled at me by my 300week old daughter. We were on our daily trip from her school to the house when the bus dropped us at the junction of our final destination. “Daddy, I said my leg is hurting,” she murmured as if I didn’t hear her the first time.

So what do you want me to do about it?
She answered my question by repeating her statement. We would eventually walk the 4-minute-long trip to the house. I felt within me that since a requisition had not been made, I wasn’t obliged to do anything. Usually in time past, I would carry her 25 kg weight on my 65 kg body while happily walking the 55 metre distance to her 6 by 4 ft bed. But on that day, she would cry & grumble while she walked the entire distance.

The next day, after getting down from the same similar bus, she would hurl the exact same sentence at me. "Daddy, my leg is hurting me”. (At this junction, its important to note that nothing is wrong with her legs, she just likes the idea of me carrying her on my back each time we’re approaching the house).

“So what do you want me to do about it?”
She proceeded to speak the words that I wished she had spoken the previous day. “PLEASE CARRY ME“.
I was touched. Almost moved to tears. As I happily carried her on my back for the rest of the mini-marathon back to the house, I thought of how many of us have approached our mentors or God with the complaints of the problem we’re going through instead of asking for the specific HELP that we want.

I thought of the many times that I would complain to God that I was broke instead of asking him for ideas that will make me rich. I thought of my protege that was complaining about too many photographers in Nigeria instead of him to ask for strategies that will make him stand out of the lot. I thought of the many times I complained to God or people about the many wrongs in our great country…..instead of just praying for wisdom and courage to be a solution provider. And then I found myself at the doorstep of where I call HOME.

Dropping Anuoluwapo from my back, I assured her of my love for her. I told her not to be afraid to ask me for whatever she wanted (though I must admit that the requisitions can be sometimes annoying). I told her that its my desire to make sure I do my best to put a smile on her face and fulfillment in her soul. And it was at that moment I could sense God saying the very same words to me.

Once again, this might not be a message for only photographers. However, the message ought to be clear: “Complaining” & "Murmuring” won’t get you far. Start ASKING for the specific HELP you need and start BECOMING a solution provider to your generation.

Ask & you shall receive, seek & you shall find, knock & the door shall be opened unto you…….
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3 comments

  1. MacDanielles Ighedosa · March 17, 2014

    Sir, thank u for this wonderful and insightful write up. As a matter of fact after my last meeting with you in your office a couple of days ago and your clear words that you are not willing to admit anymore intern with financial commentment as most of those who got a scholarship from you in time past, misused the opportunity by not showing enough commitment during there internship programme with. I have not monstered the courage to request for a free internship programme from you as I have looked around for possible source of funds to finance this project/dreams of becoming intern/one of your mentee through this programme. But haven gone through this article, I realized truly that if I do not ask, I might never be able to benefit from being your men tee. Therefore, Sir from the dept of my heart, I am asking you for this big favour, Please give me a scholarship for your internship/mentorship programme and God in His Infinite Mercies will reward you abundantly. Amen
    Thanks for your kind acceptance. And God Bless you.

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    • elophotos · March 17, 2014

      If you can resume at the office by 7:30am tomorrow (march 18), we can talk. 🙂

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  2. odegua Uchendu · May 19, 2014

    wow! out of the mouth of babes comes enlightenment indeed.

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