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Kadesh: Surulere

       On this dirt road, I had been on for some time.  There was shrubbery along its side, but something within me knew this wasn't my resting place. The climate was hot and dry. I wasn't to settle here. I remembered a saying that if you didn't meet success on the way, return to where you started from. As I walked determined and ready for what may come, an old lady appeared. 
       Determined to get home, I asked "Ma, can you please tell me how to get to Surulere?" 
       I woke up from that dream a bit frightened and curious. How was it that home was Surulere? Surulere is an actual place in Nigeria, but my family is not from there. Later on, I opened up to a mother I admire and as the word Surulere fell from my mouth, everything became clear. Surulere in yoruba means Patience is a Virture
      2013 definitely wasn't my favorite year. The first thing that comes to mind is I lost A Gentleman and another dear friend. I thank God because both of these remarkable men didn't leave without making an impact. 2013 was definitely a tough year. 
      Then I think about my family and my whole countenance lightens. The Barbie still smiles and everyone has beat the odds of a lot of challenges. There were goals I didn't meet and others that I surpassed; mountains that God brought me over and others I willingly circled. God fulfilled numerous promises and strengthened my faith by making me wait for others. 
More things than I can share happened in 2013 and I'm glad that the journey still continues. 

     When it comes to self evaluation, the greatest thing I am proud of this year is definitely that I never gave up on myself. Despite the oppositions, I have continued to PUSH; just like in the dream. I am not yet where I would like to be but I am not where I was. Cliche innit? But there's soo much truth in it. I'm not settling for here. I am more encouraged than ever to actively and persistently wait to get there. I'm not in a rush to be the 100% perfect Ola that I have envisioned for years. This may seem funny because I write and I have others write on here about Power In The Process and Not Stressing but there's a big difference between knowing something and living it. The latter, I'm finally doing. I've given myself some breathing space, a lil room to dance over my victories no matter how small and some time to recuperate after my mistakes before getting up and trying again. That's my end of the year reward to myself. And I Love It. 
So I'm going into 2014 with my head held high, draped in His Love, Mercy and Grace, with joy in my belly and this year I will enjoy the process. No matter what it brings. Like the song goes:
Ara san,
Ategun fe,
Iji ja ko gbe wa lo!
Oye ka dupe.

Thunder struck,
The wind blew,
The hurricane bellowed, but it didn't take us away!
We ought to be grateful!

And at the end of it all, that I extremely am.

Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait I say on the Lord.

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