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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Key Person Number Two

No. 33 
Her name is Frances.
Do you believe in coincidences? I prefer divine orchestration.  
The same school brought my brother and her cousin together. Before I met Frances, I had read her novel. My brother who brought the book, challenged me if I could write like her.

I read it, and I wrote. This time around, I didn’t tear up the story. It wasn’t an ending to a novel whose ending I wasn’t satisfied with. It was me, from the beginning. Since then, I haven’t stopped writing.

Either my first or second published Thrills and Booms novella – when I worked at Hints magazine back in the days – was dedicated to her.

I probably wouldn’t have been motivated to take my passion for writing seriously, if I hadn’t read Frances’ book when I did. She influenced something good in me. I pray with the little I do, I can influence something good in somebody, pushing them further down the path they belong, on their way to their destination.
Thank you, Frances.
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Monday, June 01, 2020

Key Person Number One

No. 34

It was my dad; God rest his soul. He pointed me in the direction my future will ultimately take without realising it.

He loved books. And at an early age, I too fell in love with books; story books especially. I was exposed to different kinds of books. Foreign story books, Nigerian story books, Pacesetters, African Writers series and some that I was warned not to read because they weren’t for children. Well, your guess is as good as mine.

If I read a novel and was unsatisfied with the conclusion, I took pen to paper to create my own conclusion. It was fun doing those. I would create an ending to my satisfaction, tear it up and trash it. I didn’t know those playful tasks were preparation. I thought nothing of them. Then, in my late teens, my path crossed with Key Player Number Two.  
#40DaysChallenge #SupernaturalHelp #Guidance #Gratitude #Strength #NewLevel #PersonalDiary #ThisIsAllAboutMe #IAmZayzee 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Right People, Right Place

No. 36

Jentezen Franklin; I have probably come across his name or show many times which didn’t register until the one he taught about Right People, Right Place, Right Plan. I connected with the sermon. Meeting the Right People, by being in the Right Place has been my testimony. The Right Plan is continuous.

Crossing paths with the bag in my friend’s house, which eventually took me to her church, wasn’t a coincidence. He Knows!

I would eventually meet one of the Right People just by planting myself in this Right Place and the Right Plan finally began to form.

In my season of gratitude, I mustn’t fail to acknowledge these people who have been instrumental in getting me to where I am today. Without these relationships, I would have been on a different path.

I have learnt to just trust that His plans are perfect and whatever He sets to do, He accomplishes.

So, I am excited about the new Right Place, I’m been led to.

#40DaysChallenge #SupernaturalHelp #Guidance #Gratitude #Strength #NewLevel #PersonalDiary #ThisIsAllAboutMe #IAmZayzee 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Ordinary Paper Bag

No. 37

Be careful of your likes and who you put in the know … you just might get trapped with that thing you like.

Once upon a time, I was a collector of paper bags. I loved them. One day in February, 2008, I saw one in my friend’s house. It was love at first sight.

“I am not giving it to you,” she said.
I had only commented on its beauty and didn’t ask for it. She was ahead of herself.
“If you want one, follow me to church,” she continued.

That sort of ended it. I never honour any invitation to any church. I was barely attending the one I belonged to.

But Sunday came and I actually followed her to her church. Because I wanted that blue paper bag. When first timers were asked to show a hand, I was first. Just give me the welcome pack already. It was what I came for.

I got the bag. My life sang Amazing Grace. With the bag, I received a compass, so I wouldn’t ever get lost again. It was a defining period in my life.
#40DaysChallenge #SupernaturalHelp #Guidance #Gratitude #Strength #NewLevel #PersonalDiary #ThisIsAllAboutMe #IAmZayzee 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

I Was Given

No. 38

…this dream. Yes, I was. Not today. My dad set the ball rolling many, many years ago when I was just a child. When I realised it, I didn’t understand its purpose, but it felt dope to tell anyone who cared to listen, “Hey, this is what I am….” and “I am going to be …”

My motivation for “this is what I am” and what “I am going to be …” were wrong though.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

My Strength in Chaos

No. 39

In every sense of the word, I’m an indoor person. I don’t like to go out. I am not a crowd person but different events have ensured adaptation. Now, in my old age, I am getting better at being in the midst of people. Since leaving paid employment, my dining table, laptop, and phones have been my trusted office.