Changing the toxic narratives

A post by Ebenezer Agbey Quist

The other day, I took a car on a 3-hour journey. There was a woman with two young daughters. She couldn’t carry both, and couldn’t afford to pay for an additional seat either.

Before I could even start to imagine what the solution would be, two passengers volunteered to carry one child for her. It was touching to see that especially in this day when selfishness and evil are said to be so rife.

I also took a car some months ago with another lady who paid the mate double of her fare. The mate asked why and she recalled weeks ago when she took the same car but wasn’t charged. Again, that was so touching to see.

There was another time when a car I took got to a police barrier. The police officer carefully scanned our car and called the driver out. We all just knew it was time to take some “coins” but we were so wrong.

They came to the front of the car where I was, he pointed the driver to a faulty object and asked him to fix it. He didn’t ask or take anything, but simply left to attend to another car.

Then our driver, who after trying to fix the problem with his bare hands and wasn’t successful, came back to look for some tools and continued until it he was done. It look him about 15 good minutes to finish. And all along, the police man had left and was not going to return to inspect the work. I was impressed and touched again.

The Lesson

These stories are not so rare. Our country may have gone so bad, but there’s still a lot of good people out there. Why are we so good at telling negative stories that keep painting us so black? Why don’t we share the experiences we get with outstanding police officers, kind passengers, caring drivers, industrious nurses and responsive fire service stations?

We are a better country and continent than we think of ourselves. And if we start don’t start telling the positive stories that would condition us to believe in ourselves, trust in and treat one another better; we would always see ourselves as our own enemies, accord the respect we deserve of ourselves to foreigners, and we would keep spiralling downwards in development.

I urge you to today to start sharing the positive narratives. I would do so too. We need to tell of our problems to seek redress to them. Fair enough. But if telling the positive stories is going to be what would move us forward even just a little, let us do it. We need to do it. We have to do it.

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