Who says you’re too old? Are you?

If you think you are too old to be bothering about making a difference in your community, I disagree with you.

If you say you are too old to make a difference in your country, I disagree with you.

If you say you are too old to make a difference in the world, I disagree with you.

Ask me why!

The reason is as you read this people older than you are impacting their communities.

People who are older than you are impacting their countries.

People who are older than you are impacting the world.

I do not know how many times it can be said before some people understand that it is never too late for one to do something great with their life.

It is never too late to start a new project from the bottom and take it up to the top.

I hope you are not among those senior citizens who consider life to be over because they are senior citizens?

I want to state categorically that life is not over unless you decide that its over.

This may just be the time that if you put in some good effort, you will be surprised by what you can do..

I don’t support anybody thinking or feeling it is over for them just because they are on retirement.

Many people do their best work when they are on retirement. At that time, they are free to do what they enjoy doing not what duty obliges them to do.

When you are on retirement, there is nobody to put unnecessary pressure on you. You can sit, plan, execute, and relax at your pace. Freedom has amazing power.

I know you may be thinking like some people that if you didn’t do it during more than three decades of working life is it now that you will make it?

I say in this world of ours, every minute counts. Make no mistake!

I know so many people who became senior citizens without a car, without a house, without having finished educating their children, but in their retirement, they got right to the top.

That makes life thrilling, doesn’t it? It is much fun making achievements on your retirement that many didn’t expect you to do.

I don’t need to cite the names of people I know who made it big on retirement but there are galore. I guess you know some.

I have read about people who wrote their best book while already on retirement. There are others who got higher degrees on retirement; others who built mansions on retirement; and others who got to the highest office in their country on retirement.

You don’t need to go too far to find them. Turn on your TV and look at the two fellows running for the White House this year. Who between them is younger than you? If they were cardinals, they would have been on retirement already. The two fellows are above 70 years each.

I don’t like it when I see people with potential for greatness wasting it under the pretext of retirement.

If you like me to tell you, I will do: my best work is ahead.

Haven’t we been told that the years between 60 and 80 are usually every human person’s most creative years?

This is the time for you to do your best work.

The only wedge that can stop you is the belief that it’s over for you already; that it’s too late.

What you should tell them is such are discouraging messages. Those are the messages we call dream-killers.

They do, indeed, kill dreams. It’s not too late.

What you should do is you don’t bother to go for very big projects. Such might leave you discouraged. Of course, if you feel called to do something big, you go ahead. If you aim high, that’s excellent!

But if it’s something new you are starting, my advice is start small and then climb to the last rung of the ladder. It isn’t meant only for others.

There are little things you can do to make a difference in your community. In this era of communication technology, nothing is impossible. We no longer talk of the sky being your limit. Now, we say the sky is your springboard.

You can find your influence going worldwide in a week. All is to be determined, and to put on your thinking cap. Allow age to rest. Don’t even think of it.

You may not believe if I tell you I was computer illiterate a few months to my retirement. Then I got the young people who came on internship to tech me between programs and during break.

Do you know what? I am doing things on the web. A few weeks ago I did an online course on graphics design. It was mind blowing.

If there are two people who believe in fighting to the end, I am one. We must fight till the very last minute of our breathe to make a difference.

And one can make a huge difference even at the last minute. It’s real.

Let me tell you about a certain friend of mine in a WhatsApp forum. This man’s popularity grows by leaps and bounds daily. Can you guess what he does? He writes lovely posts that hardly go beyond ten sentences daily. Readers adore them and so he’s making a name for himself. Less than ten sentences; but he captures minds and hearts. He gets people hooked. That is an example of a little thing in an extraordinary way.

I see people spending time on social media but do not think it necessary to offer useful content that can make a difference. They chat away their precious time. I don’t understand.

We can make social media a vehicle for service that will impact the world. It’s being done.

One thing I very strongly believe in is God did not create us to trot across the stage making no impact. God created us for great things. His plan for each one of us is far greater than our plan for our own selves.

Some people make it big during their working life; but some take much longer. They get into retirement before they make it.

Now, if you have already made it (I know many who have), God has bigger plans for you. He granted you the grace to make it big early so that you can go further, not for you to fold your arms.

I have been wondering if the Bible gives an age for retirement. To me, if we retire, it is to give our place to younger people because jobs are scarce. I see retirement as stopping work in a government office, a company or under somebody to work on our own projects.

Our brains haven’t gone any where yet. They are still very active. Let’s use to them! There’s still so much waiting for us to do.

I believe deep down in you, there is something you have always wanted to do. This is the time to do it.

What I can advise is think of some service that you can render; that thing you have always wanted to do. You can carry the light of your faith in your community. You can be the best neighbour to your neighbours. You can be someone who encourages young people in your community. You can put smiles on the faces of others and be the best of friends on Facebook or other social media.

There is a tool which we under use or many of us use wrongly whereas it can do so much for us and others; and it doesn’t cost anything. That is words. Why not take up talking to people as your. main thing for your remaining days? On a daily basis, you can lift people’s spirits, encourage, motivate, inspire them. With this, you will find yourself taking some people from where they are to where God intends them to be.

There is something I almost forgot. When you are on retirement and spend time aimlessly, you grow old fast. When you stand with your mates, you will look like their older one. And your days will be counted. When you are active doing constructive work, you will ever look young and your life span will increase. Experts actually say those who go on retirement but have a dream they are pursuing live longer than those who do not.

You will hear people say retirement is meant to rest not bother themselves. I totally agree. You have take enough rest; but also keep body and brain active. Don’t neglect that!

But beware of taking on activities that expose you to stress, be it physical, mental or emotional or put your life at risk. You are no longer a young person to withstand some kinds if stresses.

Do you know why I wrote this? If you are a senior citizen, I am a senior citizen like you and its best at this time when we hold hands and walk down the street together.

The ball is on your court.

At what age should you bury your dreams?

I haven’t met anybody with a normal mind, who doesn’t like to be great.

Greatness is the aspiration of everybody.

People differ in the degree of greatness they desire, but all is they want to be great.

The desire for greatness is universal.

Of course, not everyone achieves their dream to be great.

A good many people do, though, but the majority never get to the threshold of greatness.

Don’t say it’s because God created some people to be great and created others not to be great. God has not done any such thing. God does not discriminate. He doesn’t favour anybody.

God who has created us all keeps the door open to everyone to get through to where they want to go in life.

It is true that if he doesn’t want it, it cannot happen. He is the architect of all the good that happens in the world.

But we have to choose our destination and bring him on board as a Senior Partner.

That is when he will provide the necessary help for us to get the results that we want .

The issue becomes difficult when we do not know what we want; do not decide what we want; are not determined enough to get it, above all do not bring God in as our Senior Partner; and do not stay long enough on it for the fruits to get ripe for harvesting.

People give up too early and miss the wonderful blessings which would have been theirs.

Time is a big determining factor in achievement. You can start and expect to climb to the top of the ladder the same day.

Anyway, this could happen as an exception to the rule, otherwise you always have to give time for your plans to mature; or your efforts to bear fruit.

Waiting time is not wasted time. Waiting is a necessary knot on the success chain. There is a time to plant and a time to harvest the crops; a time to work and a time to stay and wait. We must give time to the plants to bear fruit and mature.

Every success story has an introduction, the body and the conclusion. The body is usually the longest part. If you make the body one paragraph as the introduction and conclusion, you will fail.

There are many people who have gone on retirement and have produced their best work.

What if they had gone and packed their bags home with their dreams in them?

Of course, the dreams would have died.

The question arises: at what age should one bury ones dreams?

My answer is at no age.

If you are already looking at it to be too late, I stand to say it is not. All the chances are available to you to make your mark.

No one can argue the fact that you may not be as energetic as you were when you were much younger, but you definitely have other abilities waiting to be tapped.

Hence, whatever your age, define what you want; define the best way you know to get there, resolve to get there and set out for it.

We can confidently assert that even on retirement as you may be , the sky remains your springboard. That is definitely mine. No doubt about that.

If this belief doesn’t produce the expected results, it would at least have made me feel better, which in reality, is what actually matters.

Prayer 69 for a successful retirement for our Archbishop Emeritus, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua

O God, our heavenly Father,
We thank you from our hearts,
For a successful retirement
For our Archbishop Emeritus, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua;
He was a special gift
To many of us;
And our entire Archdiocese;
Thank you immensely
For giving him to the Church,
First, as a Diocesan priest,
Then as the Bishop of Kumbo;
Finally, as our Archbishop;
The Archbishop of Bamenda;
Thank you for his health,
Whenever he faced challenges
With his health and work,
You always stepped in
To take care;
Thank you for his energy;
His strength;
And his wisdom;
You equipped him and led him
To do his work
As the Chief Shepherd
Of our Archdiocese
For 14 active, good years,
After so many successful years
As the Bishop of Kumbo;
He loved his work,
Which he did diligently
And with total dedication;
He has spent more than half his life in your vineyard
As Priest, Bishop
And Archbishop;
All his life since childhood
When he was a Mass boy,
His focus has been you, Lord;
He championed the growth
Of the Faith
Wherever he worked;
And has left the Church stronger
Than he found it;
We pray O Lord,
That may you kindly reward
This faithful servant,
With a calm, peaceful, prayerful and joyful retirement,
Free of any worries.
Continue to protect him
As you have always done;
May he enjoy an excellent relationship
With his successor,
All the Priests and Religious with whom he worked,
And with whom he will live,
As well as the lay faithful
Whom he worked so hard to lead to heaven;
Though retired,
Make him not to be tired,
So that by his example
Of living the faith
On his retirement,
He will continue to nourish
Our own faith,
As a great source
Of inspiration to us.
Bless him now and throughout his retirement;
We make our prayer
Through Christ our Lord, Amen!

Time to retire

It is time to retire;
For when you have worked,
You are due a rest;
You take your leave;
When you have served
Your country,
And the world, for years,
And your energy level
Has dropped,
And you cannot deliver
As you used to do,
It is best you retire;
You take a rest;
And enjoy some good time.
But you can also retire
After the days activities;
That is what, I am doing.