Time For Justice! (Review)

Success sometimes feels like drugs; whether it's getting a standing ovation at the end of a good speech or bringing in a fat account or carrying out a said impossible surgery or discovering the key to your company’s bottleneck, when we come into a season of success we tend to feel invincible, indispensable and omnipotent much like Danny in the short story, time for justice.

Success brings out the best and the worst in us, it’s a magnifier that amplifies who we really are and unearths the buried character we’ve managed to keep hidden. If we are nice, success makes us angelic and if we are inherently bad, success makes us the devil.

Who we are when we experience success is more important than the success itself. We must figure out who we wish to be and what we want to stand for before we attain a level of success, so that we don’t get trapped in the snare that destroys the unprepared successful.    

Life can be a cruel Judge like Danny got to find out, and it would condemn us with the same measure we magistrate it.

Here are a few things we can learn from Danny’s experience:

Actions have consequences: actions are seeds, and eventually you get to harvest the outcomes of what you sow, one way or the other. Some call it sowing and reaping, others call it karma, but whatever it is, you get to receive from life what you gave it. The good book says ‘if you want to have friends, be friendly.’ Simple wisdom right? Well it works for every other thing too. Want love? Then love. Want mercy? Show kindness and so on. Danny felt that letting criminals off the hook was a great thing as long as he was safe, but we are never safe. I am not condemning criminal lawyers in any way, please don’t get me wrong, we desperately need them, but my point it is, before you do anything ask yourself “if it was the other way around, what will I want done?”.

Rules apply to everyone: Some successful people tend to feel that rules don’t apply to them. The truth is that rules are universal, they may not always appear the same, but when broken down they originate from the same principles that apply on every on every level of human society. Don’t ever believe you have become so successful you can flaunt laws, ask the war criminals and dictators that once had the power of life and death, but end up facing justice at the world’s criminal courts, and are sentenced to cruel punishments.

Company matters: I can’t stand people who enjoy running others down, and I’m surprised at others who enjoy such company. My first reaction to these people is, “that’s the same way you’ll run me down to the next customer”. It is myopic to believe you are special, get real, once the circumstances change, these people will turn on you in a flash.  Danny although he knew the character of Mr Jazz, thought he was so special that Jazz will always be there for him. Leopards don’t change their spots, they won’t change for you.

Establish your values: the view is always different from the top, so choose the values you wish to live by early and stick to them no matter how successful you get. Also, figure out what is important to you and make sure your quest for success does not threaten your values. Danny should have known that the company he kept was dangerous for his daughter, one way or the other. If you value your family, make time for them; don’t live in the office and enthrone your work, then wonder why your 18-year old son does not confide in you.

Life is all about the decisions you make. Not just the big life altering ones, but also the everyday seemingly-flimsy ones. Altogether your decisions produce the life you have, so make every decision wisely.     

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Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.

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