Everyday Saviors

"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly look, always doing the smallest right and doing it all for the sake of love"
St. Theresa de Lisieux.

I pass a particular route to the office every day; problem is I think everyone else does too. To make matters worse,
there are three high schools and the gate to a university along that stretch of road. You can imagine parents hustling for school runs, workers trying to get to the office, hyper active teenagers from three different schools all trying to personalize the road to serve their own purpose, adding the commercial bus drivers, God bless their possessed souls, who unleash hell with horns blaring and conductors screaming, run into the oncoming traffic and make certain there is no hope for anyone to go anywhere. The result is that traffic on the road moves as fast as a pregnant snail. Whenever I am caught in that traffic, no matter how early I leave the house, I shall surely be late.

On this faithful day however, as I get to the road, ready to pay the required dues, I discover the traffic is moving at a steady sane pace. I quickly join the moving line and pray that whatever miracle keeping the line moving will be sustained till I get past. As I approach the junction where the entire traffic stems from, I see a man, dressed in neat well made traditional attire, controlling the traffic. It’s not 9:30am yet, and he is sweating profusely, the job he has undertaken is not an easy one. As I pass on, I wave him a ‘God bless you’ which he barely acknowledges as a crazy bus driver tries to jump the line.

"The best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service of others"
Mahatma Gandhi.

From that day on, he became a regular sight on that junction, no one stops to shake his hands, or to tell him what an awesome job he is doing; how he has saved families from starving (because some people would have lost their jobs as they get late to work constantly, because of the traffic), or how he has positively affected the lives of hundreds of people, thousands, if you add all the commuters in the commercial buses, that pass along that road every morning. By standing and controlling traffic for two to three hours every morning, this man that I don’t know his name or age has affected my life, the life of my staff and colleagues (hence I now come to work in  better moods than before).

"Life is for service"
 The world is kept spinning on the shoulders of saviors; men and women who give themselves to the service of humanity. Whether they are rewarded like soldiers on peace keeping missions, or not, like my friend on the junction or a mother Theresa catering for the poor. The truth is you have not made an impact on the world until you do something for which you cannot be paid. It does not have to be on a large scale or a million dollar philanthropic donation to world health organization. Everyday opportunities are given to you to make someone’s life a little better, a little easier, but you tell yourself ; it won’t make a difference, it’s not my problem, let someone else do it, why me? When I make a little more money….

We all have something to give, something to add. If you became willing, you will see it, but while you wait, just know that someone’s life is miserable because you refuse to do anything. True reward comes when you allow eternity be the one to pay you for something you did that the receiver could never pay for, while true satisfaction comes from the gratitude of someone who cannot offer you anything in return for a simple favor done to them.

"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others " 
Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery 

It is more a mindset than a resource issue; it could be giving a ride to someone stranded or helping a lady carry a heavy bag to the car, just be sensitive to something you can do to make someone’s day easier and you would thus give back to life for your life. From today, make sure that before your day ends, you make someone give thanks because of you, not for what you would receive, but for what you could give. Be a savior today. 

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Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a writer, entrepreneur, blogger, public speaker and an all-round knowledge junkie who likes to view life from different angles.


  1. Well said Kanayo!

  2. Indeed @Uloaku. I like the sincerity in the simplicity of your words. Tnx for this.

  3. Thank you. Won't forget in a hurry from now on.

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  5. Hello Nadia!
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  6. Amazing and life-changing article.God bless you.