What do you bring out of the night? The people of greatness stay awake for some part of the night to design the features of their futures. The people of wisdom stay up to crack into mysteries of their existence. The people of knowledge stay awake to read and learn new things. Those of devotion keep the vigil of worship, praise and supplication to the Creator. Others use the night to embrace their spouse in pleasure and to sow seeds of procreation, while some others surrender themselves to the warm arms of sleep so as to conserve enough energy to set forth at dawn. Thus, the night is synonymous with rest, restoration, growth and gestation, while the dawn represents the birth of a new day, rise of a new sun, start of a new life.

Nevertheless, the length of the night and day is neither determined nor controlled by us, and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it! But Nature will always have its way: it only gives us the palm tree; to make palm oil is up to us. The earth is peopled with human beings; to choose good companions that will motivate you to success is up to you. You were born with the ability to laugh; what is funny will be up to you. You are forced to witness another day; you either make your day a continuation of your nightmares or a reality of your sweet dreams.

If you find yourself somewhere amidst your fears and qualms, you need to stop and listen to the voice inside your head as it cries out – ENOUGH! Enough fighting, crying, or struggling to hold on to the night that lingers on only in your mind. Enough of living a life of lies, insatiable greed, indiscipline, self-pity and wanton nostalgia. After all, what is the star still doing in the sky when the morning sun is already up?

If you feel beaten by the fight with the night just observe how your innate yearning for a new day, a new life, and a new normal, grips your conscience with a fist. And, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, as you blink back your tears. And through a mantle of your wet lashes you should begin to look at yourself, your nation and the world through new eyes. Remember that “someday” is not a day of the week, and as at yesterday, today was referred to as the tomorrow we hoped for. Get real with your life! This is your awakening, your new day.…..