INSPIRATION, UNITY AND GLOBAL NETWORKING
This is not your place-fly, eagle fly
By W.B.K Safo
Let’s go Eagles, Let’s go…
Dr. James Kwegyir Aggrey
May you have the courage to thread, and the ability to do what others may fear to do and succeed where others fail. Always remember that each of us has a seed of greatness, but it is only when we seize opportunities that we can become great. Never fear to fail. If you fear failure like many capable people have done, opportunities will pass you by, now and in the years ahead.
Like the riding of a bicycle, you are bound to feel awkward and insecure in the beginning as you try to lead yourself to success. Even if you are clumsy it is better to make mistakes. Nothing worthwhile can be achieved without hard work.
Keep your goals before you each day and you will be surprised how soon they will become a reality. Too often too many people just throw their hands in the air believing that they have reached their end and can’t do anything.
If you want to be an achiever or continue being one, it is only death that must stop you; frustrations must give you a short break to know what to do next. Never let them block you.
Several great leaders have left examples for us to follow. Dr. Aggrey, an illustrious son of Africa, was beautifully captured in the Great Epic Newsletter Vol., No.5, May 1998 as having led an exemplary life that all leaders must emulate.
“Whilst a youngster, Dr Aggrey at the age of nine, has already articulated his vision…I will be a spokesman for my entire country, Africa”. He led such a good life that when he died on July 30th, 1927 and on August 1,thousands gathered at Mount Zion Church to pay tribute to him,Dr Anson Phelps Stokes Canon of Washington Cathedral and President of the Phelp Stokes Fund had this to say in a eulogy:
“In my long acquaintance with Dr. Aggrey, I have never heard him say an impure thing, nor have known him act from anything except the purest motives. He was a clean life and an unsullied purpose”
I believe that the service he has rendered to the Dark Continent in removing scales from the eyes of the Native and bringing about better understanding between Africans and Europeans can be compared with what Booker Washington did in a similar way in the United States.
Can the same be said about you? Can the same be said about me? A father in the good Book says it is possible if it has not been already said about us. In advice to his son, he said: “Keep your heart with all diligence, my son, for out of it springs the issues of life. (Prov. 4:22-23).
Dr. Redford Williams of Duke University Research Centre confirms that the heart can indeed be very dangerous. He also says we must watch our hearts with all diligence because it can either make or unmake us. A hostile heart, he emphasized if not controlled will certainly unmake you.
According to him, these are the indicators of a hostile hearts. Impatience with delays, mistrust of coworkers, annoyance with the habits of family members or friends and persistent need to have the last word in arguments or even when wronged. To the contrary, a good heart is full of love. Dr. Aggrey sacrificed a lot to have a good heart which he guarded, hence his achievements. He was a man who was burdened with people achieving greatness. May his clarion call continue to ring in our ears and propel us to discover ourselves so that we can live very purposeful lives.
“My people of Africa, we were created in the image of God, but men have made us think that we are chickens, and we still think we are; but we are Eagles. Stretch forth your wings and fly. Don’t be content with the food of chickens”
Let’s go; let’s go, Eagles, let’s go.