Saturday, February 09, 2008

Lesson from an ATM Machine- Just One More Push!

I slotted my card into the ATM machine, and heard 'please enter your secret number', i did this and punched in the amount i wanted. I waited, and all of a sudden it flashed, 'financial institution not available'. I removed my card, pissed at my bank, 'damn! that always happens when you need money desperately'. I had been through this same road so many times, it was like dejavu, this always happens! There was a particular day i tried my card in several machines throughout the whole day and i got no cash, i mean ZILCH.

I turned back and was going to leave the bank, then it occured to me to try the card again, it was immediately, i argued with myself that the financial institution would still be unavailable but decided to give it the benfit of doubt, i slotted it in, and repeated the procedure i knew too well, i heard the sound of the macine bringing out money and almost couldn't believe it. It gave me CASH! Thank God, i whispered as i retrieved my cash and card.

I walked out of the bank feeling good and then i heard within me, 'hope you learnt a lesson there' and i thought what lesson. It then occured to me there have been several times i've given up too soon on things i should have done because they were not working out the way i thought they should. I would try and once i thought whatever it was i was doing wasn't working, subconsciously i dropped it.

I had memories of times i had tried to do things and it looked like i failed and i had allowed such memories to hinder me sometimes in persevering in other things till i got what i wanted. As i saw the message 'financial institution not available', i remembered the so many times i had inserted my atm card and got that message over and over all day and that almost stopped me from trying one more time. Sometimes, it's just the one more time that's needed to get us to our desire or goal but we give up too soon.

It occured to me i had to wipe out of my brain or choose not to remember the different times things have not worked out. I have to be willing to persevere for whatever i want and always try the one more push which sometimes makes a difference between a woman giving birth through CS and a woman doing natural birth. Sometimes, it's just the willingness to push one more time that makes the difference!


Arewa said...

Will u be my Madam
Nice post...Its amazing how applying outcomes of little incidents to the bigger picture of life make so much sense.
Hope u and hubby are doing great. Stay blessed x x x x

Anonymous said...

Very true. Its amazing how much can be achieved with a little extra effort!

Great piece, WF... btw, in the spirit of trying harder, how is going with your book?

Nyemoni said...

Hmmm, nice post....thanks for the's good we have you to remind us to just keep trying...have a nice week!

rethots said...

Whoa! came the sound from my agaped mouth on reading this.
Just once more, why i give up (without the little extra effort)?

Haha, eventually, He might have granted us so much we requested for only, we chose not to accept ('cos, weren't willing to.....just once more).

Nice one, a call not to give it up. Cheers.

Allied said...

Nice.. sometimes we just give up to soon. I will try to remember that ..

olamild said...

If at first you dont succeed
dust yourself up and try again.

Anonymous said...

preach it sister..u right

aloted said...

well said!

chioma said...

true talk...we should never give up early,/ God bless u

Afrobabe said...

Errrrmmm,is she back?

Anonymous said...

Update oh...

great to know work is under way on the book. Does that mean i will be able to get a copy when i come home?

In my head and around me said...

True, true!

Nyemoni said...

It's official, writefreak has gotto update! How are you?

Anonymous said...

Powerful girl!

Allied said...

aunty.. update now

30+ said...


darkelcee said...

Pick ur self up and try again is the word.

Beautiful piece

Writefreak said...

@ arewa
yes my love..i'll be your madam a fee o! Thanks, mr and i are very well!

yes o thank God..i've finished editing and manuscript is being looked at by professional eyes..the vision will be accomplished! Yes you will get a copy..just bring loads of money.:-)

thanks for the's just me being broody in recent times..

never giving up is the word!

thanks for always stopping by and reading..means a lot

was beginning to wonder where you were..yes o!.we will never give up

now i feel like a

thanks my true talk

@chioma..thanks for stopping by, God bless you too

well..she didn't go

thanks for stopping by!

@nyemoni, allied and fumosh
honestly i'll update soon..i promise

thanks for stopping by..

thanks for stopping by..i'm glad i could write it.:-)

thanks for stopping by..and for the compliment

UndaCovaSista said...

Nice analogy, nice post...

Aijay said...

Hi WF, Very insightful post.
How have u been?
Missed u.
Oya pls update ur blog.


Perseverance is key. And this perseverance will also help you, Madam "No Defeat! No Surrender!" Olamild, to update her blog, forthwith!

felix said...

One more time neva hurt anyone... one of my secrets to success is taking each slap of failure with enthusiasm. nice post