Some ladies tend to take the words in the title of this too seriously, but abeg, I ain’t talking about that extreme use-what-you-have-to-get-what-you-want. Abi you bab?
I once read a book that said “In Africa, they say water is Life…” At first I was like “Ah!..What is the author trying to say”. So I read it again, and again, and again. Then it dawned me. In fact, I have used this expression before. Why should I be ‘put off’ because the tone (though it was on a lighter note) in which somebody uses it suggests that certain things which are a basic necessity in their part of the world is like guarded shrine down here.
The book was actually written by one of the CEO’s of one of the world’s largest NGOs. He was actually reporting on some of the projects they have undertaken in Africa and some of the challenges they encounter, including Ghana. He pointed out that despite the rich resources on the continent many people are still thirsty, in the abundance of water.
The point I am driving at is, it’s not good enough to have something without possessing it. It’s not good enough to have a skill without using it. In effect, no matter how good you think you are or can be, you can not be of benefit to anyone, not even yourself, if you don’t work with what you have. Be it your leadership skill, your ability to settle disputes, your ability to teach, or even your ability to encourage. Use what you have and it is only through that you can develop.
My name is Kotey.