SAVED BY CLARITY

SAVED BY CLARITY – By Josephat

 

I sat on an armed plastic chair, a few metres from the bed. My heart was heavily burdened as I stared at Obi who lay supinely outstretched on the bed, snoring heavily at about 11:05 am. I was disgusted at his recent behaviour. I wondered how I would approach someone who took time to the gallows and often tied a tourniquet on the carotids of time. Throughout the holiday he had been spending so much time on his mobile devices. Mom had complained several times about his attitude, but he thought himself an Aristotle and had become mercury to the waters of aged guidance. Yet he believed that he would have a promising future where the golden rays of profound success would, at dawn, illuminate a garden coloured with the beautiful rosy petals of achievement exuding the sweet fragrance of fulfillment. But from what I had seen over the weeks, the way he had spent so much time on social media platforms chatting and watching videos deep into the night only to wake up almost at mid day, I felt his actions foreshadowed an imminent total eclipse; a long night of despair and bitter sighs that sting the ears. He had lost the keen focus of a sniper which he once had and had now ventured into the sea of life like a Sparrow without a compass.

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These thoughts were on the rampage in my mind when he finally woke up. He stretched extensively, yawned and got down from the bed.

‘Good morning,’ he said.

I replied in a low tone, ‘good morning.’

He went into the bathroom to brush his teeth. It was time to act but my mind was unsettled. As I heard him grunting and spitting in the bathroom, a signal that he was almost getting done, my heartbeat increased. Surprisingly, the increased heartbeat perfused me with courage and I regained confidence.

When he came out I teased him a bit to lighten the atmosphere.

‘Guy you dey snore like generator!’ I said.

He laughed boisterously as he sat by the bedside facing me.

‘Yesterday was really stressful for me,’ he said and sighed.

‘On top of movies!’ I retorted jokingly.

‘I know I watch movies oo but there is a lot I am working on now!’

I grinned and leaned forward resting my forearms on my laps with my fingers clasped. I began to tell him my observation. I poured out my heart down to the dregs. My words flowed slowly and steadily to the banks of an attentive ear. He smiled at me when I finished speaking and said: ‘you have truly noticed a lot but it’s just that…I don’t know,’ he sighed looking a bit worried.

‘You are free to tell me anything,’ I said.

Immediately he began to break the bread of his travails. He explained that the reason he was spending so much time online was that he was creating an app and he was also undergoing an online course on app designing. He had been working on it tirelessly for weeks and he felt he was running out of time as school was about to resume. Once school resumed he would not have sufficient time to work on it. His words sailed calmly to dock at my ears. I realized that the seemingly untainted observation of mine was the tip of the iceberg of efforts hidden in the sea of his travails.

The heart to heart gave me a deeper understanding of the situation and a greater sense of admiration for him played host to his gratitude.

 

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SAVED BY CLARITY

By Josephat

I sat on an armed plastic chair, a few metres from the bed. My heart was heavily burdened as I stared at Obi who lay supinely outstretched on the bed, snoring heavily at about 11:05 am. I was disgusted at his recent behaviour. I wondered how I would approach someone who took time to the gallows and often tied a tourniquet on the carotids of time. Throughout the holiday he had been spending so much time on his mobile devices. Mom had complained several times about his attitude, but he thought himself

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