I might never have met you, but if you are here, and reading this, I make bold to say it is your time to shine. You are here to shine.
But watch out!
You will agree with me that when certain things are extremely good they could produce bad results.
I know someone who is extremely brilliant; and because of her brilliance, she is being taken and treated as someone who is abnormal.
This does not help her; neither does it help anybody. It is to her detriment.
Look at it! Not that she is sick; but that she just happens to be far too brilliant for the people of her time and community; and, instead of seeing and treating her with high regard, many see her as being abnormal.
From this, I have learned a great lesson: that it is not enough to perform excellently in anything.
I hope you see the point.
Your excellent performance can be the cause of your unmaking.
I know you may ask what we must then do; and if we must stop pursuing excellence.
I will say far from it. Excellence must always be our target. Excellence in academic performance, if we are still in school, excellence in our work, excellence in politics if we are in politics, excellence in the family, in short, excellence here and everywhere. Everywhere we go, and in everything we do we must try to give it a touch of excellence.
Also, we must continue to encourage our children to strive for excellence in everything; to shine, to be outstanding in every way they can.
But at the same time, we must encourage them to know how to manage their brilliance or excellence
They must know how to treat those who are not as brilliant or as smart as they are.
I know some people who have lost their lives because they were outstanding in their work; and because of this, some others became jealous of them and decided to pull them down.
That is a sad truth.
Pulling down people who are up or who are performing brilliantly is a common practice among us humans.
It seems we generally don’t want to see others progress. Though not every body is guilty of this evil disposition, quite many of us are.
However, it is comforting that, as the adage says, children throw stones only at trees that have ripe fruits.
We cannot say this proverb is exactly true, but the point is registered. When you are shining, you get more attention focused on you; more people scrutinize you; and more people criticize you.
Thus, though it is very good to shine; you have to be prudent when you are shining; when you are in the limelight, be it as a leader, a musical or football star, a superstar, a media personality; a community leader, you have to be prudent; be it in business, or in church, you have to be very prudent.
To draw the curtain on this discussion we say you have a right to go for excellence and attain it. In fact, you were born for excellence, but take note that excellent is not always excellent. At times, it pulls people down. You have to learn to manage excellence so that it does not pull you down because if it does, it will be like falling from a mountain top to the bottom.