Published on January 15th, 2012 | by Akinlabi7
Back To The Future
Phinc! (v) : To build images of the future in ones mind such that it begins to feel like a past experience.
The last few weeks have been very re-defining for me as i believe it has been for so many other Nigerians. However, i will not assume that it has yielded the same results “in” all of us. As a man of thought, more activity seemed to ensue inside of me than it did on the outside. I have been reminded about what is important, what is not and as a result, where my energies should be focused on. I am now even more certain that 2012 will birth a greater me.
Permit me to share one of my experiences with you.
I woke up at 8am on the second day of the strike with an ache in my back. I was not sure if it was because of how i had slept or because i had been lying down for such a long time. I got up and decided to take a walk in the hope that by the time i got back i would be ache-less. I got out of my house and saw so many people on the street. 40% of them were playing football, 20% were watching others play football, 10% were drinking, 20% manned road blocks discussing the fuel subsidy removal issue, 5% were playing board games and the last 5% either riding bicycles or taking a walk like me. As i walked passed the different clutters of people a thought hit my mind. These people are all out on the street because they know in clear terms what they do not want but do they know also in clear/articulated terms what they want?
Anger is the birth place of change but it doesn’t guarantee the type of change you will get. Without being able to articulate and define a desired end result, you will most often end up with a mediocre one.
This particular phinc! post is a little different. Today I would like us to phinc! together and participate in a visualization exercise.
Close your eyes and imagine that you were in the year 2020. Everything is as you had hoped for during the January 2012 protests and strike. See the things around you. Touch the people you see in your minds eyes. Feel the air blowing on your skin.
Open your eyes and tell us the definite things that you see that make you draw the conclusion that we have reached that place you had once hoped for.
As we proceed further into 2012, let us journey back to the future we painted on this day. I hope this exercise will get you to PHINC!