Be Content: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Opinion

Not too long ago, I visited an older friend of mine in his office. After eating and catching up on gist,  it was time to leave and then he asked his driver to take me home. As I sat in the car,  the driver pulled out his mobile phone and dialled a number. I couldn’t…

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Not too long ago, I visited an older friend of mine in his office. After eating and catching up on gist,  it was time to leave and then he asked his driver to take me home.

As I sat in the car,  the driver pulled out his mobile phone and dialled a number. I couldn’t hear what the other person said very well,  but from the high pitched tone of the person’s voice, I knew it was a woman. The conversation was something similar to this.

“Hello. How are you. You no even bother to check on me.” This was the driver speaking.

I’m sure the person at the other end of the phone made an appropriate response to his greetings because she immediately asked him where he was.

“I’m driving. I want to quickly go and relax somewhere”, he said in reply to her question.

“I’ll send you recharge card when I park”, he said as he ended the call.

Where I sat,  I didn’t know whether to burst into tears or to start laughing. I mean here was someone who was telling a lie so confidently. I don’t think he even remembered I was in the car as he talked. It was perplexing. I wondered what he did with the car when he was alone, if he could do that when someone was with him.

Now,  when I got home, I narrated this story to a friend and the first thing she said was “And someone out there will be envious of this guy, thinking he owns a car.” I saw sense in her statement.

“That’s true o. Only God knows the lies he tells his neighbours. I wonder where they think he works”, I responded as I also thought about it.

The thing is many times, we beat ourselves up over inconsequential things. We want what Titi has,  we want Timothy’s shoes. We want Chioma’s apartment. Has it ever occurred to you that not everything that glitters is gold? How do you know the car is John’s or the Brazilian hair is really Jennifer’s?

How do you know that that marriage is really perfect or that person’s life is better than yours? How do you know the other person has it more better and easier than you do?

The key is contentment. The time you spend envying,  grumbling, blaspheming and even plotting evil to get what someone else has can be spent in other fruitful areas. The thoughts Your maker has for you are for good and not of evil, to bring you to your desired end.

Believe and hold on firmly to your faith and in so short a while,  it will happen.

P. S: I did not snitch on the driver, but I know one day he will get caught. Isn’t everyday for the thief and one day for the owner?

Responses

  1. Jo!
    Snitch on him that what exactly? Am I missing something?
    He said he was driving, was he not driving? Maybe he was going to relax somewhere after he drops you and drops the car? So? And who knows whether the babe already knows he’s a driver?
    I don’t know where in his sentence he insinuated that he owns the car.
    1. Everest
      Very objective comment boss. The author never said he owned the car, so he(the driver) is innocent until proven otherwise!!!
    2. Anonymous
      Thanks for spelling this out. I was confused when I said the P.S
      Imagine the author reporting and the owner of the car says “yes, the driver relaxes somewhere when he is free instead of loitering around the office.
  2. Big Blood
    Though it really does seem like a bit ambiguous. I do get your point. Drivers do lots of things when their owners are not around. Let’s try to see it from the writer’s perspective.
    I think you wrote a nice piece.

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