A New Purse and the Power of Expressed Thought

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Somehow, I’ve managed to be both a deep sleeper and one who wakes up on up to four occasions before dawn to use the restroom. It doesn’t matter if I go to bed by 2 am and will have to be awake in four hours. My body has my bathroom routine on lockdown. Maybe it’s its way of making sure that I don’t drift from slumber to the other side of the divide. Of course, I’ll take multiple interruptions over never waking up.

On this night, I think to check what time it is after I return from one of my infamous pee runs and so I have to reach for my phone. It’s 2.30am and I also notice some unread messages and despite my internal compass trying to point me away from opening them, I do the exact opposite. One is a message from Fiks, sent at the ungodly hour of 1.20am. It reads, Hey dear. What’s your office address? I want to send you something. Umm…at 1.20am? Anyway, she’s piqued my interest already especially since sending stuff to and fro isn’t exactly the MO of this friendship, I send it anyway and easily find my way back into a deep sleep.

The next day at work, I receive a parcel from her and open it to find a gorgeous faux snakeskin purse. Talk about random. I melted into all shades of mushiness. The unexpectedness. The crispness of a new fashion item. The thoughtfulness of it all. I was having a drab day but this changed the frequency of the energy for me. The power of expressed thought.

Here’s the thing! Fiks and I are pretty good friends. We used to be closer when we worked together but these days, we find ourselves separated by tides of months at a stretch before cherished phone calls which are the closest thing to having a rendezvous in over a year. I’m not even sure the last one counts since it was at a mutual friend’s wedding and we didn’t invite each other or anything. Plus, apart from one or two occasions, we just never really have explored getting each other gifts, especially at random. You can understand why it meant a great deal.

In my usual manner of infusing perhaps far too much thought into experiences, it dawned on me how powerful expressed thought is. For the purpose of this conversation, we’ll use thought in a constructive context. Like many of the grand thoughts we have – of benevolence, creativity, repentance, inspiration – Fiks may have chosen (intentionally or not) to put this away without acting on it. A lot of times, I think this is the case because we either discount the impact of our thoughts when expressed or do not even realize the extent of the impact that little actions can make.

Would she have guessed right that I’d have a drab day in need of salvaging?

Would she have known that it’d be a learning point for me so much so that I’d be pounding at my keyboard by 5 am two weeks later in the bid to share this with others?

Would she have known that she’d inspire in me the decision to begin to do thoughtful things for people as much as I can, whenever the thoughts occur to me?

Would she have known that she was spreading the will to turn the latent power of outward thought into good deeds and positive impact?

All the thoughts, especially recurring inspiration for work or benevolence, that remain stifled interrupt a flow of energy that should keep the world in balance and light. It’s beyond you, as are a lot of other simple yet vital things we fail to understand are.

There are things that matter more than your fear, doubts, forgetfulness, and self-interest. These are the things that should fuel expression and until you define and uphold them, you may find the fullness of your life eluding you.

9 Responses

  1. Fiks

    So I get back home from work, just scrolling through unread messages then I see that I’m tagged in a blogpost. I’m like okay, this looks interesting. Reading the title, it didn’t even cross my mind that the post is about THAT purse. Then I keep reading and I see the message I sent that night. I became so teary-eyed, excited, confused, honoured, all sorts of emotions rushed through me all at once. I didn’t realise such a small gesture would mean this much, to the extent of writing A WHOLE post! The unexpectedness of it all! Plus I don’t even know how to act anymore now that I’m famous 🙂 LOL. P.S The world should know that you got me the most delish cupcakes for my birthday!

    On a more serious note, I love how you’ve used such a simple occurence to write a thought-provoking masterpiece that I’ve learned so much from. I’ve been inspired to be more intentional about being thoughtful in my relationships (if that makes sense) especially because stifling thoughtfulness would ‘disrupt the flow of energy that should keep the world in balance and light’.

    Girl, you are a star! Don’t ever stop writing. You definitely have a way with words.


    • Nma

      Awesome Ugo! With a lot of people committing to imbibing this, I look forward to the shift in energy within/across our circles of influence.

    • Nma

      Haha… I guess in some way, it is what it is. Thanks for indulging me.

  2. Chinedu

    What caught my interest ..
    “to do thoughtful things for people as much as I can, whenever the thoughts occur to me?”.
    I believe that captures the essence of the article.
    I received a packet of 50 copies of INCUBATION , a daily devotional. Immediately the thought of a sister with whom I have no regular contact came into my mind, to send her a copy. I contacted her on Facebook as I did not have her number and asked for her address. She called two days later, with great excitement! She had watched an online broad cast the week before and said oh Lord I wish I can get a copy of this devotional!
    Whatever time of.the day when the thought comes to you, Just do it!

    • Nma

      Hey Doc! This is so amazing. This story warmed my heart. The energy we carry and should exude is really beyond us. It’s such a basic idea yet so powerful in its potential. “Just do it!” truly is the right attitude.

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