...Always On Point

Thursday, September 17, 2020

[SO INSPIRING] WEEKLY TONICS: MY LIFE, MY CHOICE! - By Marvelous Oyediran

JANE : (enters the room, feeling tired ๐Ÿ˜ด) Good afternoon babes, hope you enjoyed your day?(receives no response) why is everywhere silent? Joy, hope all is well๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️?

JOY: Uhmmn... I can't even explain how I'm feeling right now, our chemistry lecturer spoilt my mood today๐Ÿ˜ž.




JANE: How๐Ÿค”? Do you care to share?

JOY: No, I'm too tired to gist, in fact, I'm down already, I need some rest๐Ÿ˜ด, my brain is too hot to answer any question.

JANE: Peace, what about you๐Ÿคท? Why are you guys cold this afternoon๐Ÿ˜Ÿ.

PEACE: Our thoughts are totally different.

JANE: What are you thinking about ๐Ÿค”?

PEACE: (sighs) I'm offering one tough course this semester, that course is so bulky and wide๐Ÿ˜”. We will write the test for the course tomorrow, I've not been attending that man's class and I don't know where to start my reading from๐Ÿ™†‍♀️. I don't want to carry the course over, I'm really bothered on what to do๐Ÿ˜”.




JANE:(smiles๐Ÿ˜) You? I can't believe you are bothered on a test. Babe, I know you will not read. You have been deeply intimated with ease and pleasure and always avoiding any attachment to stress.

PEACE: Jane๐Ÿ˜„... You'll never change.

JANE: Abeg, don't give me that look๐Ÿ˜„, just do the usual๐Ÿ˜‰.

PEACE: You're right dear, I've been thinking about that ๐Ÿค”, but I don't know if the man will accept the usual.

JANE: you see, those cool lecturers are the baddest, just try your luck baby. I don't need to teach you this๐Ÿ˜‰...

PEACE: Sure! I am the boss now๐Ÿ˜ (she chuckles).

JANE: I trust you dear๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ.

PEACE: Thanks so much Jane, you just solved my problem๐Ÿ˜„.

JANE: Anytime dear. A problem shared is half solved. Why don't you share it with Joy before my arrival๐Ÿ˜Š?

PEACE: (looks at her, then they both laugh ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚) you know our sister in the Lord won't support me in any way. She came from a different world entirely ๐Ÿคฃ.

JANE: I know right๐Ÿ˜„, just pulling your legs๐Ÿ˜.

PEACE: Alright dear☺. Let's get dressed, we are going out.

JANE: to where dear๐Ÿค”?

PEACE: You mean you don't know where we're going ๐Ÿ˜ฎ?

JANE: Oohh... Oohh... We need to get the outfit for tomorrow, right?

*PEACE*: Yes of course. I need to look good to that man's office๐Ÿ˜‰, or what do you think?

*JANE*: Perfect idea๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป.

*PEACE*: Yes dear. So let's dress up.

*JANE*: Babe, please let's branch chicken republic on our way to the boutique, it's been long I ate chicken๐Ÿ˜Œ.

*PEACE*: Jane... You like freebies too much.

*JANE*: uhnnnn... Please now.

*PEACE*: Okay, okay... bills on me.

*JANE*:(excited) yeahhhh๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„...that's my correct padi, any other friend is a counterfeit ๐Ÿ˜„.

*PEACE*: Na so๐Ÿ˜„, let's go๐Ÿ‘ญ.

*JANE*: OK babe ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ.

(they both left to a boutique in town. Few hours later, they came back with new clothes ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ›, chicken๐Ÿ—, snacks๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ• , and some other foodstuffs).

*PEACE*: (opens the door) Joy... You're awake.

*JOY*: Yes dear, welcome back๐Ÿ˜Š.

*PEACE*: Thank you. We would have gone together but you were asleep then.

*JOY*: No worries, dear.

*PEACE*: Alright babe.

*JOY*: How was the outing? It looks like you guys really enjoyed yourselves๐Ÿ˜Š.

*PEACE*: Not really ๐Ÿฅฑ...we just have to get some things ๐Ÿ‘—and then we bought some foodstuffs ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒฐ too, since our foodstuffs are almost finished.

*JOY*: Ohhhh! that's so thoughtful of you dear๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. Well-done and thanks for all you do. May God replenish your pocket๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป.

*PEACE*: Amen, thank you too, mummy G. O.☺️.

*JANE*: Joy what's up, haven't you cooked? I'm feeling hungry, the chicken we bought cannot satisfy me๐Ÿ˜‰.

*JOY*: I've prepared rice and stew๐Ÿš, it's in the kitchen.

*PEACE*: F. F. O! Jane, you too like food, that's why you're getting fatter day by day.

*JANE*: Abeg, let me eat o. Are you guys ready to eat? (they both answered yes)
OK. Let me serve your food, I'll be right back.

*JOY*: Okay, thank you Jane.

*JANE*: You're always welcome ๐Ÿค—.

*JOY*: Peace... I overheard your discussion with Jane the other time.

*PEACE*: Ohh... Really? I thought you were asleep๐Ÿค”.

 *JOY*: Not really though... I just need to relax my brain then. 

 *PEACE*: Okay☺️.

 *JOY*: Yeah...Do you think that plan is a good one? 

 *JANE*: (walks in with the food) Here is the food ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ.

 *PEACE*: thank you Jane.

 *JANE*: Don't mention, that's the least I can do for you ladies ๐Ÿค—. 

 *PEACE*: (smiles) Back to your question Joy... I think that's the available solution for now๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️, so I'm going with that.

 *JOY*: (in sobriety) Peace...  That's a bad idea, what if the man doesn't accept your offer๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท???

*PEACE*: Uhnn? ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ He must! In fact, he will. 

 *JOY*: (nods) Peace... Peace...  When will you stop this rough lifestyle of yours๐Ÿ˜ž?

 *JANE*: (cuts in) Madam Joy, this food will get cold. 

 *JOY*: it's not about the food.

 *JANE*: Then, it's about what๐Ÿค”?

 *JOY*: It's about our lives. This lifestyle of yours will do you more bad, than good. We must learn to live our lives rightly and remember our body is the temple of God, we must...

 *PEACE*: Enough! That's enough! Please let's eat. 

 *JOY*: Okay, if u insist.

(they all ate together, after a while, Jane fell asleep, Joy was busy with her books and Peace was unable to sleep) 

 *JOY*: (noticed Peace for some time, then she decided to break the silence after a while) Peace, why are you not sleeping? 

 *PEACE*: I can't sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด.

 *JOY*:Why๐Ÿคท?

 *PEACE*: I don't have peace of mind. 

 *JOY*: How come? What's bothering your mind? 

 *PEACE*:  You! Your words are bothering my mind. You are the reason behind my sleepless night ๐Ÿ˜ .

 *JOY*: Ohhh No! I didn't mean to do that, I just have to let you know the truth. 

 PEACE: which truth? 

 JOY: The truth about this lifestyle of yours. The kind of life you're living is not good. 

 PEACE: What is not good about the lifestyle I'm living on campus ๐Ÿคท???

 JOY: You've not been attending classes ๐Ÿซ and you don't bother to read๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š, all you do is to go out with friends and party ๐ŸŽ‰. You're sent to the campus to read to pass, and not to lobby to pass. You need to change this lifestyle and turn a new leaf. 

 PEACE: Can the truth seize one's peace of mind๐Ÿค”? 

 JOY: (sighs) Take a deep breath and calm down๐Ÿง˜‍♀️. God is peace, when you know God, you know peace.

 PEACE: This is not about God!  This is about my test tomorrow. The test is 40 marks, I just need a possible solution to this ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ.

 JOY: Then do the needful! 

 PEACE: And what is the needful? 

 JOY: Read your books ๐Ÿ“š, and trust God for the rest. 

 PEACE: How is that possible ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️? 

 JOY: Peace, you ought to have start reading before now, but since you've not been doing that, I suggest you start now and believe in God's mercy for the success of your test. God may touch the heart of your lecturer to postpone the test just because of you, you never can tell.  Leave everything in God's hands and you'll see God's hands in everything including your test! Trust him, he won't disappoint you.

 PEACE: I know you don't have solution to my worries, you're just wasting my precious time. How do you expect me to start reading this bulky course this night and pass tomorrow's test ๐Ÿคท? Does that make sense to you? 

 JOY: But that's the only solution on ground, since you failed to start at the right time, you can start now, it's better than just lieing down on bed. You can also collect summary of notes from your course mates very early tomorrow. 

 PEACE: Course mates?? I don't talk to any of them. How do you expect me to walk up to one of them now that I need their help, it's not possible and I'm not ready to be embarrassed. 

 JOY: You need to build connection with the right people, don't isolate yourself, mingle with others, don't be proud. You can also influence one another positively.

 PEACE: I only have party friends and after the party, we are done!

 JOY: Build the right relationship now, forsake the wrong ones. "Evil communication corrupt good manners."

PEACE: Enough of your fruitless talk, if you know you don't have any solution to my problem, just keep your mouth shut๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜.

 JOY: ๐Ÿ˜ž but that's the available solution I can suggest for now. 

 PEACE: Okay, thank you. 
 
 JOY: Please consider my words and make the right decision.

 PEACE: Okay. 

 JOY: Alright dear, I wish you a sound sleep.

 PEACE: Goodnight! 

(Joy turn off the light and they both slept. The next morning, Joy and Peace are getting ready for class, while Jane is still on bed) 

 JOY: Good morning Peace. 

 PEACE: Good morning, how was your night? 

 JOY: It was good, what about yours? 

 PEACE: It was fine.

 JANE: (wakes up and yawn) Uhnn...(in deep voice) you guys are awake... Good morning to  you o. 

 PEACE: Uhn-uhn, we're still sleeping. Do you think everyone is jobless like you? Early to bed, late to rise, miss Jonah of our time. 

 JANE: (hisses) today is a lecture free day for me, so what do you expect ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️? 
Joy what's up, good morning jare. 

 JOY: Morning dear.

 JANE: Do you have 8 o clock lecture today? 

 JOY : Yes. 

 JANE: what about you, Peace? 

 PEACE:(nods her head) what a pity! The chicken you ate yesterday have flushed your memory. 

 JANE: stop that jhor. I can remember you have a test by 2 o clock .

 PEACE: Thank God your memory is back. 

 JANE: Mtchewww (she hissed) silly girl...  How come you're dressing up so early? 

 PEACE: I need to go to the man's office as early as possible before we start the test. 

 JANE: I thought you'll be going after the test. 

 PEACE: see,  let me go now and know my fate. 

 JANE: Okay dear, good luck. 

 PEACE: Amen. 

JOY: I'm off to class. 

 JANE: ah ah...  So fast??  This is 7:20am

 JOY: Yeah, I don't like sitting at the back seat, so I need to go early to get seat ๐Ÿ’บ at the front. 

 JANE: Alright...  No problem madam, take care. 

 JOY: Yeah, thank you... Peace dear, I wish you success in your test, and don't forget to make the right decision. 

 PEACE: Amen, thank you. 

 JOY: You're welcome dear. Alright, Bye ladies, till evening (she step out of the room and close the door)

 JANE: What does she mean by making the right decision๐Ÿค”?

 PEACE: You were asleep last night, when she started her sermons as usual. She told me to start reading and trust God for mercy over my test.

 JANE: like seriously? ๐Ÿ˜ณThat girl can never change☺️... Trust God, Read... At what hour?? 

 PEACE: oh oh...  I asked her o,  she said I ought to have started reading before now, she even told me to collect summary of notes from my course mates. 

 JANE: This girl is so funny. Anyways, that's not new, just ignore her. 

 PEACE: Before nko? See,  I'm getting late,  I need to be on my way now. 

 JANE: Won't you cook before you go? 

 PEACE: ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, you're too lazy Jane, I pity your husband! I told you I have an important meeting this morning and you are lieing down there, expecting me to cook for you. 

 JANE: So you won't eat to class ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ‍♀️

 PEACE: I've eaten noddles ๐Ÿ, you can prepare yours too. 

 JANE: Okay now, thank you. 

 PEACE: Alright, later.

 JANE: Bye dear. 

 PEACE: Bye ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿ‘‹. 

(Peace came back in the evening, dejected, dispirited and in sorrow๐Ÿ˜”.  She sat on her bed crying ๐Ÿ˜ข. After a while, Jane came out of the bathroom very surprised! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) 

 JANE: Peace...  What happened to you? ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Why are you crying? 

 PEACE:(sobs profusely) ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

 JANE: Please, Talk to me, what's wrong with you? 

 PEACE: mtcheww (she hissed) Please leave me alone! I need a break. 

 JANE: A break?๐Ÿคท What for? ...(sighs) this attitude of yours is making me feel bad ๐Ÿ˜” ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ.

 PEACE: Excuse me please! ๐Ÿ˜ก.

 JANE: Oookayy...(she muttered) Just calm down, okay? we'll talk about it later, I need to go to the market, I'll be right back.


(At the market, Jane saw Joy coming back from the fruit seller.) 

 *JANE*: Joy... Joy... (she shouted ๐Ÿ”Š) .

 *JOY*: Jane... (she come close to her) what's up?

 *JANE*: I'm fine ๐Ÿ˜ž.

 *JOY*: You look a bit depressed  and so worried via your countenance, what happened to you? What are you here to buy? 

 *JANE*: I want to get some plaintain. What about you? 

 *JOY*: I'm just coming from church, so I decided to branch here to buy some fruits. 

 *JANE*: Okay, that's good. Please wait for me, let me quickly buy the plantain so we can go back to the hostel together. 

 *JOY*: Ok... Don't stay long. 

 *JANE*: Alright, I won't. 

(Jane came back after some minutes) 

 *JOY*: Where is the plantain?

 *JANE*: There's no more plantain, let's just go back to the hostel ๐Ÿ˜ž... 

 *JOY*:  You are not looking nice, what's wrong with you? 

 *JANE*: Nothing really... It's just that, Peace attitude got me worried ๐Ÿ˜ž. 

 *JOY*: What's wrong with her ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ? 

 *JANE*: I don't know, I just saw her crying when she came back from class ๐Ÿ˜ข. 

 *JOY*: Really? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” something might have gone wrong with her...maybe with her test or something... 

 *JANE*: That's true though... (they reach their room entrance) 

 *JOY*: Let's go inside. 

 *JANE*: Okay. 

 *JOY*: Hello... We're back. 

 *JANE*: what's up Peace.

 *PEACE*: (sit up from the bed). Joy, you are welcome .

 *JOY*: Thank you dear. (she sit close to her and place her hand on her shoulder). How are you doing? How was your test? 

 *PEACE*: Joy...๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ™†‍♀️๐Ÿ™†‍♀️ had it been I knew it will turn out this way, I would have listened to you (she sobs ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

 *JOY*: Please tell me what happened ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ.

 *PEACE*: OK ๐Ÿ˜ข... After I left the hostel this morning, I went to the man's office as planned, then I offered myself to him. 

 *JOY*: Peace... ๐Ÿ˜ž.  After all my admonitions... You went ahead with the wrong plan... ๐Ÿ˜” ๐Ÿ˜” You really disappoint me... 

 *PEACE*: (sobs profusely) ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜“

 *JOY*: Why are you now crying when the deed has been done ๐Ÿคท?

 *PEACE*: (in tears๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข) the man turned me down, yelled at me, and told me to get out of his office. 

 *JOY*: Ehyah...  Sorry dear. 

 *PEACE*: As if that was not enough ๐Ÿ˜ข. When it's time to write his test, he called me out to the front of the class. 

 *JOY*: For what๐Ÿคท?

 *PEACE*: He told the class everything that happened in his office.

 *JOY*: OMG!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ that's a big embarrassment 

 *PEACE*: ...and shame! It's as if I should enter the ground or just disappear ๐Ÿ˜ข. 

 *JOY*: Sorry dear... Hope you were able to write the test? 

 *PEACE*:  Which test? (she hissed ๐Ÿ˜’) He sent me out of the class and told me I will carry the course over. He said that's my punishment and it will teach students like me a lesson.. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ... Ahh๐Ÿ™†‍♀️ Had I know... 

 *JOY*: Don't cry anymore, it's okay. 

 *PEACE*: (sobs profusely๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ) I should have listened to you Ooooo 

 *JOY*: Sorry dear... You can collect the test questions later and read for exam. 

 *PEACE*: That's the most annoying part of the story! He gave them open test. He said the test serve as bonus because he understand the course is somehow tough and wide. 

 *JOY*: Like seriously ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฎ? This is so unfortunate!

 *PEACE*: (stand up and grab Jane's cloth ๐Ÿ˜ก) see what you've caused! Ehnnn...  You've been a bad influence on me since I met you, I hate you with passion! I hate you๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

 *JOY*: Please, leave her cloth๐Ÿ˜ง... (she tries to separate them) please don't fight... Please ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

 *PEACE*: That girl is bad!  I regret staying with her as roommates. 

 *JOY*: It's okay Peace.

 *JANE*: I'm so sorry Peace, I don't know it will turn out this way ๐Ÿ˜ข. 

 *JOY*: It's alright Jane... It's fine...  Will you guys hear me out? 

 *PEACE*: Speak on Joy!

 *JOY*: Both of you are at fault. 

 *PEACE*: How is it my fault ๐Ÿคท? She was the one that advised me to carry out the plan. 

 *JOY*: But she didn't force you to do it. She only brought her own idea and you accepted it. Remember I tabled my idea too but you turned me down. 

 *PEACE*: Well...  That was because I didn't knew she was a bad friend. 

 *JOY*: Everyone has will power to do whatsoever they desire, it's just that she was a bad influence on you. For the fact that the plan doesn't work for you this time around doesn't mean she's a bad friend, you chose to listen to her! 

 *JANE*: Peace... I'm so sorry. I'm deeply sorry... It's not as if I'm a bad person, it's my greediness and covetousness that led me into this. 

 *JOY*: In what way? 

 *JANE*: I think it's high time I confessed my sins ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜”.

 *JOY*: Your sins๐Ÿค”?

 *JANE*: Yes, since it's no longer covered again.
When we started living together as roommates, I noticed Peace came from a rich family, I also observed she doesn't like to listen to the truth. So, for me to become her favorite, I decided to accept anything she says and deceive her with lies (feeling remorseful ๐Ÿ˜ž). Sincerely speaking, I don't practice most of the things I do advise her to do, I just deceive her with vain words so I can get money and some other things from her.

 *PEACE*: (jumps on her) You're evil ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ , you are... You are... 

 *JOY*: Peace, calm down...calm down. (she turn to Jane) Jane! This is unbelievable. I don't know you can actually do something like this, what you did was very wrong, that was a selfish  act! Common... It shouldn't be you ๐Ÿ˜ ! 

 *JANE*: I'm sorry... I'm so sorry, please forgive me.

 *PEACE*: She's evil! She's the real devil! She destroyed my life. 

 *JOY*: No! You destroyed your own life. 

 *PEACE*: Meeeeee?? 

 *JOY*: Yes, you!
You chose to listen to her. Two options were given unto you, but you chose the path to destruction and neglect the path of wisdom. 

 *PEACE*: (sobs) ๐Ÿ˜ญ What a fool I am! I've been foolish all these while...  Now, it is too late! 

 *JOY*: It's not too late my dear, you can choose the right path by turning a new leaf. There's no excuse for your failure, you're responsible for every action you take. 

 *JANE*: I'm so sorry Peace... I didn't mean to do you bad, please forgive me. 

 *PEACE*: What else can I do when the deed has been done... Not forgiving you cannot change anything that happened in the past. Right now, I'm angry with myself ๐Ÿ˜ž. I was so foolish and blind folded by youthful pleasure... What a shame! 

 *JOY*: It's okay Peace. Choices we made whether good or bad, affect our lives in one way or the other. "You are not the victim of this world, rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determines your destiny" 

 *PEACE*: How I wish I've heard these words aforetime. Thank you so much for everything, I really appreciate your advice. 

 *JANE*: Thank you very much Joy, you've been a source of light to us in this room, you've shed light to our dark paths, thanks for everything dear. 

 *JOY*: All glory to God. "Let your light ๐Ÿ’ก so shine before men ๐Ÿ‘ฌ, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven". We're meant to be the light in this darkness world. 

 *PEACE*: That's true... But peer influence, foolishness and stupidity have affected my life๐Ÿ™†‍♀️๐Ÿ™†‍♀️... It's only God that can remold my life. 

 *JOY*: Don't dwell in your mistakes, admit them and take a step forward. Don't waste your time complaining about your past mistakes. 

 *JANE*: I regret all my past actions, please forgive me. 

 *JOY*: You're forgiven dear. Peace, you have to forgive her wholeheartedly, so that peace will reign amidst us.

 *PEACE*: Although this is hard, but...๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป‍♀️๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป‍♀️ I don't have a choice... I forgive you Jane...  May God forgive me too. 

 *JOY*: Amen. God will forgive us all. 

 *JANE*: Thanks so much Peace... Joy, thanks a lot... 

 *JOY*: We thank God. Always remember that "the past cannot be changed, some of our poor choices are irreversible, it is left to us to change course and get back on the right track"

 *PEACE*: Uhmmn ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”... This is so true.

 *JANE*: Thank you for your comforting words, our appreciation to you is of no bound!

 *PEACE* : Yeah... You put smile on our faces and gave us a hope of tomorrow. 

 *JOY* : All glory to God, it's the Lord's doing, I'm just a vessel in his vineyard. Thanks to God ๐Ÿค— 

 ©️ Marvelous Oyediran

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