Yesterday in the organization where I work, we had a verification exercise for staff. We piled up in the conference room and were given numbers; in the order in which we came.

But then I began noticing some strange things. People were jumping the queue, using other people’s times to get their verification done. As usual they thought they were been smart.

I noticed one of my senior colleague’s shunting and I called him out on it, people around were surprised. If you want to be respected, then you should behave worthy of respect.

That was how last weekend, I was by an ATM and the queue was very long; not only was the queue long but the sun we were standing under was very hot.

While I was still in the queue, a man whose turn it was to withdraw cash was taking too much time. Another man decided to help him out, “or so we thought”. Everyone thought he was going to help him, “the helper” approached the ATM and used the opportunity to withdraw money for himself, while still leaving the confused man by himself.

At first, I thought it was smart, but other people at the queue frowned at the guy’s behavior. Someone said, “What he did was wrong”. Do we still expect this country to be good? If an opportunity comes for us to do the right thing and we seek out means to cut corners.

As I was thinking about it, it occurred to me that what that man (the one who thought he was smart) did was very wrong. He took advantage of a golden opportunity to help someone who needed direction to satisfy his selfishness.

Some years back, I and my friends were having a discussion (can’t really remember what it was about now) and I remember telling them, “The leadership of our country is a reflection of the type of people that we are”. Click to Tweet. They were laughing at me, but I stood my ground because I knew what I was saying. If we say our leaders are corrupt, it’s because we as a people are corrupt; after all, it is from the people a leader emerges. “Our leaders are a true reflection of who we are as a people”.

We complain so many times of how government officials use their offices/position for their own selfish interests; yet in our own little corners, we aren’t any different.

Simple things like joining a queue, not shunting, respectfully waiting for your turn are the things that say so much about our character as a person and as a people. Anyone who can shunt a queue will definitely embezzle money if given the opportunity Click to Tweet.

If someone we buy something from gives us change which is more than the real amount, return the excess. If someone mistakenly sends money into our account, please return it. As a student, don’t cheat in an exam; if you can cheat in an exam, you will end up been a corrupt leader. We have to be the change we want to see in our country.

If you in your own little corner is not doing things right, then don’t criticize leaders who you term corrupt, because you’re just like them. Like the Bible says in Matthew 7:5 (NKJV), “Hypocrite! First,remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”.

We have to be the change we want to see in our country, in our organization, in our families, and in our jobs. If we want Nigeria (or any country you live in) to change for the better, then every opportunity we have to do things right, we must utilize that opportunity and do the right thing.

Let’s stop complaining about what someone else is not doing right and make sure we ourselves are doing the right things. Talk is cheap, what we want now is action. Be the Change you want to see in the World.

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