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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: WHAT DO YOU WORK FOR ?
By Tiwatope Fakayode
07/31/06


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Segun was very busy at his table when his phone rang. He looked at the name and then picked it up.
"Mayowa, hi. What's up?" he said while still trying to look through the form in front of him.
"Lots up," Mayowa replied. "There's a picnic coming up this weekend. I called to find out whether you will be able to make it."
"I don't think so," Segun said slowly. "I'm going to be busy this weekend."
"What are you doing?"
" I have to travel to Abuja and see a client."
"Can't it wait until Monday?"
"I don't want to miss out on what's happening at the office during the week."
"Na wa for you oh?" Mayowa said. "Work will never end. Remember that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," Mayowa paused and then added softly "or a dead boy."
"I won't die yet, don't worry. Thanks for the call. I'll get back to you later."
"Alright. Bye"
After he had hung up, Segun thought briefly about Mayowa. Mayowa seemed to have a lot of time on his hands to relax. He wondered how he did it. He didn't think too long before going back to his work. It was late before he went home.
Two weeks later Segun branched at Mayowa's office. They had agreed to meet for lunch.
"How can you be so relaxed and so healthy while making so much money?" Segun asked Mayowa.
"I make sure I balance my time. Work will never finish so I make sure that I do the most important things first. I also make sure that I allocate time for leisure and my time with God."
"It's been long since I made it for a midweek service. There just seems to be no time. At times I even miss Sunday service. I'm just too tired."
"You have to make time for God. He gave us his son and we have to learn to give him our time and talents. There are so many projects in the church that God has helped me to support. I've also been able to support a few underpriviledged people. Even with my schedule I make sure that I work regularly as an usher. It's been good serving God.'
"I don't know how you do it. I've just got too much work to do."
The two friends talked for a few more minutes and then Segun had to leave.
Three months later Segun received a call from Mayowa.
"Segun, hi," Mayowa said. I'm sorry you weren't able to get through to me. I traveled out on an all expense paid holiday for my leave."
"How did you do it? Where did you get the money from?" Segun asked surprised.
"It was a gift from a collegue whom I had encouraged when he was feeling down. Like I told you before. I work for a giving, not a living."


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Marilyn Schnepp 08/05/06
First of all I would suggest spacing between paragraphs; then perhaps it wouldn't have been so difficult to know which one was talking; Perhaps I'm the only one confused here, but I also didn't get the meaning of "branching"; but I believe there's a good point here - and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
Virginia Gorg08/05/06
I see a good story here, but it seemed to be too much, too quick. Good thoughts and a good message.
Folakemi Emem-Akpan08/09/06
In Nigeria, the English Language has evolved and now has some elements of Nigerianism. Branch means 'stop over'.
I know it's a fellow Nigerian who submitted this entry. It would be better if you eliminate all types of Nigerian English as it is not internationally acceptable. Also, space your paragraph for better reading. Keep on writing.