I have come across some prophetic saying that a good word is charity; a gift of a date is charity; removing injurious objects from the path is charity; even quenching the thirst of a dog is charity. Where I found most of us getting disappointed and hence unhappy is in our expectations. We think and say ceteris paribus, that we should be somewhere, be someone, and have something at some point or age in our lives, forgetting that all things are never equal in most circumstances for most people. We tend to condition results and accomplishments on efforts, exertion and time; whereas so many other variables and circumstances do alter the results of efforts, exertion and the time we invest. The joy or happiness we should experience ideally is the consciousness that we were not found wanting at the moment demanding our efforts nor idle at time of business, that we have tried our utmost best.

Our happiness and pleasure should be in the knowledge that we have acquired some new experience and skill sets regardless of the measure of reward we gain or loss we incur. This value is usually unquantifiable, though not immediately discernible. It is enduring, priceless. In this regard, we must necessarily get our satisfaction and happiness, not from those who vainly constitute themselves as barriers or as conferrers of privileges on base and sentimental grounds and whose expectations enslave their beneficiaries. That is why we must take our search for Happiness beyond Man and the System. This is not easy because we cannot live outside others and our environment. We cannot be saints. We must still be dependent. But our dependence must be on one that liberates us from needing to depend on others for our happiness even when we have to live and work with them.

Therefore, we will not expect so much from them or get disappointed by their inanities or shenanigans. We will be independent. Very hard? This independence is in the depth of our faith in the Most High. It is in the ease of our access to Him directly. It is in our acknowledgment of His Grace in us and gratitude to Him everyday and in all situations. Which of His blessings can we deny? Were we to name them, they are countless.  In this consciousness, awareness or remembrance is the extent of our happiness. For in being pleased in Him and He being pleased with us can we experience perfect tranquillity and innermost pleasure and happiness in spite of the visible, pervasive turbulence around us.

Of Man, His Ambition and Happiness

By

Abdul-Warees

korewarith@yahoo.com,

08090585723

Abdulwarees is Assistant Director, Strategic Planning & Corporate Development at Voice of Nigeria, Ikoyi Lagos

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15 Responses

  1. fateemah

    well said sir. Ambition should serve as a drive to man. It’s should be that thing that’s a surge to your positive existence.
    Salaudeen Fatimoh Olorunseyi

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  2. Olamide Christianah Adeboye

    This is a great piece sir.
    When I was still a kid I used to say to myself “When I grow up I don’t want to be rich. I would just get married, have kids and live a ‘comfortable’life with my family in a small bungalow. “… That used to be my ambition. I didn’t except more from life. My environment limited my expectations from life. It limited my vision,because most people around me lived a life of mediocrity. Everyone’s concern was to wake up, eat, make money and sleep(no true happiness). However, growing up, I changed my environment and got exposed my mentality changed. I started seeing life differently. I began to aim for more. I began to dream big. I saw people’s needs, I discovered what gives me true happiness. I made a decision to make impact before I take my last swig of breath, to leave my footprints in the sands of time.

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  3. Musa Abimbola

    This is absolutely true, a life without an ambition is like a well without water. It’s better for it to be called a hole than a well. Man needs to be ambitious and also remember to set his mind on his ambition. This is a must read to everyone out there.

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  4. Salaudeen Roheemah

    Well said sir.
    Our ambition is the desire to achieve something or to succeed accompanied with determination and an internal drive.
    Then, the gravity of our happiness is not determined by the amount of money stocked in our account but by the fulfilment of our mission and desire.

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  5. Mubarak Adam

    Nice article sir
    Ambition is a very important aspect of our being successful, without ambition one is likely to remain in an exact position, ambition needs to be fuelled with consistency and intelligence.

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  6. Musbau

    Wow!!!This article is one of,if not the best I’ve ever read.Ambition! Ambition!! Ambition!!!What is the purpose of life without ambition?Just like Sean hapton said:”A dream without ambition is like a car without gas……it’s going nowhere.”
    I love this.

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  7. Adedamola Yahaya

    Ambition is a factor that defines most of a humans life. From the moment we can understand the word and its concept till the day we leave this world. Everyone wants to leave a mark but alot of people don’t realise that you have to have something that drives you.This is very capitivating and detailed.

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  8. Adeyemo Kabir Opeyemi

    Well penned sir. Life of no ambition will be lived in futility and damaging to the wards coming behind us. What is the essence of life lived unguardedly.

    But sir, if the children of Dangotes, Otedolas and the likes develop their own skill and not flamboyantly flaunting their parent’s wealth, their own goal can be achieved. DJ CUPPY, daughter of Otedola is a good example.

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  9. Ozenua Tobi

    Indeed, ambition can truly be called the essence of purpose …Some ambitions seeming greater than the other but all the same ambition sets a man to pursue goals. But how funny ambitions get limited by circumstances while some get driven. .. You just have to say.. Sometimes Ambition is proportional to situation and circumstances but anyways we all have to go beyond limits to reach our goals.

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  10. Arinde Segun

    this part really caught my attention.

    ” any man or woman without ambition aims for nothing, ventures for nothing and so gains nothing. He lives to be exploited by other players in the field of life and consumed by other forces that shape the world. ”

    because in the long run, your ambition coupled with self determination will be your driving force to achieve greatness.

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  11. Adekanmi Oluwatobiloba

    A beautiful piece I must confess. I enjoyed every single part of it. The instances given to enlighten us on the significance of a man’s ambition as well the conceptions surrounding it.
    I believe every man is born with a void – an empty space, a hunger and thirst to satisfy, I believe the pursuit for greatness (man’s ambition) is the link that connects him to this fulfilment.
    As it was said in the excerpt : “…ambition is noble when it is for the edification of humanity…” Ambitions differ but irrespective of which one it may be, it’s pertinent we channel it into humanity because that’s well the real fulfilment lies.

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