As we approach this season of fun and festivity, we look with grateful hearts to where we have been in life and how far we have come. It is a time to be thankful for all the blessings we have received in spite of the many challenges we faced. We must not forget the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices made that has helped to move us into a more secured environment where peace and love exist. Your aspiration should be to create opportunities where humanity can co-exist in harmony, peace and friendship.

I know that everyone is looking forward to being with family and friends. We will come in anticipation and expectation because many would be seeing their love ones; celebrating a reunion for the first time in a long while. This should be what this season is all about. However, we cannot ignore the opportunities this gathering presents. It will be a time for completeness, honesty, love and respect.  A time when social and economic barriers are broken down; the wall of neglect frustration and confusion moved out of its place and a new wave of freedom and opportunity is birth.

As simple as it might sound, oppertunity is any exploitable set of circumstances. However, these might not always bring the results perceived. When you encounter opportunity, it requires commitment, exposure and risk.  Don’t use the moment for exploitation! It is a time of uncertainty as a result of change in circumstances. It is a moment when you can be your best; giving back instead of receiving.

The time to be thankful is now. We use this moment every year to share. We can meet the need of those around us rising to the occasion to spread love and kindness remembering those less fortunate. Remember no man is an island we all depend on someone to propel us on to great exploits; we are always grateful for the opportunities that was given us.

We are our brother’s keeper therefore let us look out for each other while lending a hand and giving thanks to God for all of the benefits he has bestowed on us as individuals and as a nation. Let us look to the future with great anticipation as we seize the moment and the opportunity to be a blessing. Have a great season!