Chinonso Writes! A NINE DAYS’ WONDER

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have bothered. I’d have continued my reading, uninterrupted. But, somehow, I took a pause to survey the idiom staring at me from the book I was reading. Within a few minutes, I had fallen in love with it. I sensed there was something weighty in the idiom; and since my inquisitive instinct wouldn’t allow me be, I decided to uncover what that was. And then I did. In 1553, Lady Jane Grey became the queen of England. Unfortunately, nine days after her enthronement, she was dethroned. Accused of treason, she was beheaded a year later. It was from that incident, the idiom, a nine days’ wonder, was coined—meaning, in brief, ‘something that makes people excited for only a short while.’

What an apt way to encapsulate the error of this present age. Regrettably, many of us are ridding on the delusive wheels of various nine days’ wonder. From the street folks that take in marijuana, to the urban ones in the offices that inflate a little here and a little there of project costs. From the youths that postpone the call to responsibility, to the adults that explain away such call. From the business owners that hoodwink unsuspecting clients, to the employees that bring no value to the table but get a paycheck in return. From a flash in a pan to the out of the frying pan into the fire, the syndrome of the nine days’ wonder is now trendy, leaving many people intoxicated and tainted through the pathway of life.

 The truth is that, in life, we all face the ploy of various nine days’ wonder. There are times when we get blindfolded by the short-range razzmatazz of our desires or actions that we fail to project into the future to see the bridge that it holds. We hit the home run of life and then we ride non-stop on such wonder, thinking that that’s where the game ends. And by the time the whole hoopla is over, we realize that it doesn’t last after all. So what’s the point? Well, the point is very simple, loud and as plain as the nose on your face: Don’t be a victim of a nine days’ wonder. You shouldn’t be in the league of people who get overwhelmed or distracted by the immediate or short-term gratification of their desires, decisions, or actions. Rather, see beyond the now, project into the future, and stick to what truly lasts. Because if truth be told, when all is said and done, a nine days’ wonder isn’t wonderful after all.

– Chinonso Ogbogu is a business trainer, success coach, highly sought-after motivational speaker, gifted writer, adept blogger, and a radio personality. He is the radio host of popular radio programme known as SuccessMatters™ and the author of the powerful book known as ‘THE VOICES’. Follow him on Facebook: or 

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