Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. ~ Zechariah 4:10
Consider a great oak tree that started off small but becomes great, mighty and big over time. It could take 20 years to grow a tree big. How long does it take to establish a brand and get a reputation in a business, project or cause? It is for a reason that we cannot fly before we can run, and we cannot run before we can walk, and we cannot walk before we can stand, and we cannot stand before we can crawl, and we cannot crawl until we have been birthed and separated from our mother’s womb. All things start off small usually in seed form so must learn to appreciate our humble beginnings.
I was inspired to pen this appreciation after Okolo Oteri Eme inquired about a previous article that “left an impression”. Incidentally, I had earlier posted a short video of appreciation to the ladies that have supported cmonionline. Now let me put down some words for posterity.
Of course, I know that some of us don’t want publicity when we give for varying reasons. Some may be shy, others may just be practising what the holy book instructs while some wouldn’t want people to say. I used to be a mix of all but not anymore. I am at that age where I consider 2 things in this kind of situation.
If you want to achieve your objectives you have to learn to ignore the noise, welcome objective criticism and appreciate every support. And this is the essence of my short post. So please pardon me if you are mentioned.
I want to thank some of the amazing amazons that make our creative journey beautiful. Winnie Oyigah has a heart of gold and has been a pillar from day one. Uche Ugwu is a thoroughbred lady that inspires in all she does, her reliability index is above 100. Nneka Aniagoh, Nwa Gbuo Efi is a wonderful soul, ever willing to lend her support. Uju Okeke is my personal person, highly cerebral and a dependable ally to have by your side. Nneka Obiekwe Nwogu; Ijele global! She unknowingly kindled this latent idea some years ago.
Kachi Ohiaeri, is a trusted friend and a passionate worker who delivers always. Nneoma Wokemba; an angel who doesn’t seem to know how to say no. Chi Chi Ugomma; my erudite doctor of philosophy, my one and only Prof that I want to be like when I grow up. Emma Edwards; more like a sister, actually sowed this seed with a profound question in a North London flat back in 2011. It took time to germinate but no time is late.
Pamela Odera Nwansoh; is a great example of beauty, brains and benevolence. Such a kind soul. Okolo Oteri Eme; is a lady I respect so much for her poise and aptitude. These two amazons proved to me that you don’t have to physically meet people to impact positively on their lives. And I will not forget that Ada Gbulu Efi kicked off the essay competition in style with the first donation even before we received our first entry. Anekwu ekwu aneme eme!
These ladies not only do thorough jobs in assessing the essays and giving useful feedback but they have also devoted scarce financial resources of their own volition. Left to me I’ll just hand over the administration of Nigeria to them.
We cannot thank them enough so we will continue to pray for them.