Me: Oni bread! Oni bread!! Oni bread!!!(bread seller). Give me 400 naira bread * hands her a thousand naira* (don’t ask me why I’m eating that much).
Her: I don’t have change o. Let me go and find change.
Me: okay, I’ll be waiting.
Her: Aunty mii ri change o ( I didn’t find change)
Me: Ahh( in my mind- problem tie niyen o sha wa change mi fun mi meaning that’s your own problem sha give me my change)
After a long staring contest I finally asked-
Me: How much do you have?
Her: 550, o Ku 50 KO fi pe ( meaning remaining just 50 naira to complete it)
Me: Kilo ma wa se le bayi ( what’s gonna happen?)will you go and search for further and return to give me change?
Her: Yes I will
Me: Are you sure you’d come back?
Her: Beeni, maa pada wa. Mo man gba ibibayi daada (Definitely, I do pass this street all the time. I’ll bring the change for you as soon as I get it)
Me: okay no problem. When you return ask for Tomisin if you can’t remember my face or drop it with Aunty Anu (the hairdresser’s shop we were directly in front).
Her: ESE ma( thank you).
4 weeks down the line and I’m still waiting for my change.
That brings us to our topic of discussion today. PROMISES.
As funny as the above story might be, it hurt me. I say to myself, why do people say what they do not mean? Why do they promise when they do not intend keeping it? I believe as humans, we already know what we want to do but we still say this things in the hope that just maybe, we might change our stance in the future. Yes I know some may actually intend fulfilling their promises but probably along the line, life happened. But that doesn’t stop you from owning up to your wrongs and say things like ” yes I know I promised to do this, but I’m not capable of doing so at the moment but I’ll still try my best to do it”. No one is going to kill you for being honest (unless in an action movie scenario but that isn’t the focus right now). No matter how small it may seem to you, it actually means a whole lot to someone else. My 50 naira change isn’t what affected me but the fact that I felt cheated on. Now if you know you can’t do without saying what you don’t mean, pray about it then work on yourself. People loose their trust easily. You see that bread seller, I can’t trust her enough to purchase bread from her again. Now imagine a different scenario, more like in the cooperate world or business sector. One could loose business deals, lots of clients and might even prevent promotion.
So guys, please let us always be watchful of what we say, especially to people. YEYETOMISIN CARES.
Hi there, did you enjoy today’s post? Tell us how you feel in the comment section. And if you have been a victim of failed promises, if possible share this link with the person (give them a food for thought). Till next post lovelies?