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Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)
TITLE: Some Blessing Mathematics
By Ifeoma Dennis
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One of those days when I felt the world around me tumbling down, when I felt my calm veil slipping off.
One, I was bored.
Two, I was alone.
Three, no one remembered to call me, especially Julian, which made me think about all the bad things that had happened to me in the past, which led to an overwhelming feeling of melancholy threatening to push me into the pits of another bout of depression.
I knew my problem and no way would I allow this feeling sweep me under. Anymore.
I roused myself up from the bed and went to my room mate’s table where some A4 sheets of paper lay.
I took one.
If there was any solution to my problem, it was writing, so I got down to it.
At first, I had no idea of what I wanted to write, except that I wanted to put a few things down that the A4 sheet of paper would contain. Not more than 750 words.
I sat down at the table and set my pen down. The thoughts came then and my hands moved.
Title was COUNTING MY BLESSINGS.
I continued, in the way The Spirit moved me.
Very Bad – XX = -15
Bad – X = -10
Not So Bad – Y = -5
Not So Good – A = 5
Good – O = 10
Very Good – OO = 15
Negative = Curses
Positive = Blessings
I wrote on.
Born with Rhinitis – X
Those toddler years I wasn’t able to speak, my parents thought I’d be dumb – XX
Finally being able to talk with a slight stammer at about age three – OO
Even sang at the Children’s Choir – OO
Those scary days I practically lived in the hospital, no thanks to rhinitis – XX
Staying with my doctor uncle as a result and having his wife treat me like a leper – XX
Missing my family so badly – XX
Moving over to my grandparents’ house when I was five – O
Discovering hope for my rhinitis – OO
Moving back with my family when I was six – OO
Fainting in school a few weeks later – X
Recovering and going ahead to take the first place in class and winning a lot of competitions – OO
I paused at this point.
The paper was getting filled up and I was just beginning.
Good thing was the melancholy feeling was dissipating.
Excited at the effect of this blessing mathematics on my mood, I got another sheet and continued.
Entering Junior High a year before most of my mates – OO
Falling in love at eleven –
I paused. It was a great feeling then even though it led me to heartbreak.
I firmly put down an O.
I paused again.
I remembered my grandma telling me when I was younger how impossible it was to count God’s blessings and me thinking to myself that I was sure I could count them on my fingertips!
Now, I found out how right she was.
I was not even thinking about the past anymore.
So I skipped to the present… and the recent past.
Entering college at 16 as a medical student – OO
[That was actually two blessings in one]
God providing my parents with the money to pay for my ridiculously expensive fees – OO
Meeting Julian and an end to my heartbreak – OO
God nurturing our relationship – OO
Being on great terms with my family – OO
Narrowly escaping paying fines in my college – OO
The wonderful room mates and course mates I have – OO
I stared at my list.
No need for the mathematics.
The OOs won…. And I haven’t even started.
Thank You God, I muttered.
The melancholy feeling had disappeared. Completely.
Feeling rejuvenated and game for the rest of the day, I wrote down one more sentence.
Becoming a faith writer – OO
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