“We make a living by what we get;
we make a life by what we give”
~ Winston Churchill
I had never heard of Bankole Taiwo until his death.
His name flooded my social feeds, I had to satisfy my inquisitive appetite.
On discovery, I found that he was a bossom friend to a few persons I know.
Still, I am amazed at how in death his testimony and impact on lives applauds him.
This brings to mind, the proverb, “a good name is better than riches”.
More so, I can’t help but imagine, what people would say of me when I am gone.
How many hearts will break? How many people will be at my funeral? How many of the friends I have now will share their testimony of how I touched and impacted their lives?
I shudder at the thought of my leaving this earth.
I am forced to ask myself, what exactly I am using my life here on earth for, if not impact people as I leave my signature on their hearts forever.
If I can’t while living, of what use will be my death?
“It is not length of life, but depth of life”
Emerson Ralph Waldo
Will people just gather to sigh and hiss while they move on without looking back? Will I be remembered only by my family on the anniversary of my death? Or will I cause the hearts of people to break and lips to quiver caused by tears because a friend, lover, sister, daughter has gone?
Better and more pertinent, will my friends and family after crying, smile again after the hurt, because they are sure that I had Christ, the hope of glory in me.
That though, I am gone, I did not die full of potential and unrealized dreams? That I died empty and dry and that somewhere, somehow I had found peace with man and on earth!
RIP Bankole Taiwo.
RIP to those who have touched the hearts of others one way or the other.
“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”
Ejiro Ariodere, a student of Law at Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria.