What is Hatred?
What is deceit?
What is falsehood?
What more is subterfuge,
Than proffering the open palm of friendship
Whilst concealing the closed fist of hatred?
These were the wise words to Orunmila
When living amidst unknown, deadly enemies
- Holy Odu OgundaBede
Some people will consume your last morsel, while they hold a stockpile of food nearby. They will feel entitled to take your last dollar, knowing they don't need it, simply to weaken your position. It is tempting to demean these people as wicked and vile creatures. But, at the core of the matter, you must concern yourself with restoration. This begins with acknowledgement of the wound.
When the false friends and selfish lovers steal from you, it hurts you to the core. It is a betrayal of trust and leaves you feeling insecure about who you are and what you're really doing in the world. But know that love is not manmade. It is a gift from Olodumare. So even if you have reason not to trust humanity, do not lose faith in the Sanctuary, the Protector and the Source of all blessings.
Invoke his name in all you do and Olodumare will always tend to you, eniyan (the chosen). Ase!
Obafemi Origunwa, MA | ObafemiO.com
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Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.