Death O Death!

Tribute to Elder (CSP) Abang Philip

Death O death by Philip Abang2

Where does one begin to unpack the debilitating feeling of loss, grief and disorientation.

‘Dad has passed!!’ Said the subbing voice on the phone. I could hear choruses of mourners in the background… My biggest fear has just sucker punched me.

As the news spread, the clouds got wind and it opened its gates. The clouds rained thunderous tears. A king is gone; a kind, peaceful, loving, caring, funny and compassionate being has left us. My hero, my role model, my biggest idol, and greatest inspiration has departed.

DEATH, why do you play such cruel jokes?! You have stolen a great man away from his people and community.

“God puts kings in a place for a season and reason” Denzel once said.

Dad’s season was too short, he was too young, besides, we had unfinished business. Loads of promises unfulfilled.

Death, you poked me hard. You hurt me badly. No pity, no sympathy or compassion. You may have taken away my beloved father, but you are not taking away his legacy, his virtue, and the ocean of memories he has left behind. Dad made his mark. He created an impact and he created me. The engravings of his works, his love, and benevolence will forever be etched in our hearts.

O Death, you thought you had won, but the joke is on you.

Lest I forgot, Dad, I pleaded to God to send you to be my guardian angel, then I realized you had given so much on earth. With a single candle you lit up so many people’s worlds. I plead God to give you rest as His army of Angels will take charge. My salutations to you for designing my life, and my gratitude to God for choosing you as my dad.

Adieu Papa till we meet again.
Love you for life.

Philip Abang

 

He who has a why

He who has a why _Friedrich Nietzsche
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how”. _Friedrich Nietzsche
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how”. _Friedrich Nietzsche

The power of purpose, resilience, will power and optimism.

I will highly recommend a TED talk that blew me away one morning. I often wonder how people deal with grief, daunting circumstances, life’s unscripted manual. I failed miserably when dealing with grief, especially losing a young one so close to the heart some years back. I remember feeling like the ground should open its mouth and gulp down my entire being, living no hair strand behind. Sad that there isn’t a manual for grief. This is a topic for another day.

The talk was about Mark Pollock who was the first blind person to race the South Pole and human rights lawyer Simone George. Together they “explore the tension between acceptance and hope in times of grief. The compelling and unforgettable talk is mind-blowing. I heard the quote above from the talk.

It is worth watching this gripping talk  ‘A love letter to realism in a time of grief’ as they share the ordeals of life’s toughest challenge about grief and “groundbreaking work they’re undertaking to cure paralysis”.

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