A post by Ebenezer Agbey Quist
My white shirt was missing. I searched everywhere and couldn’t find it. This got me raged.
I was in form one in senior high school by then. If you went to a school like mine, you’d know that our white shirt meant the world to us.
So whenever it happened that someone stole yours, you got really mad about it.
Luckily, I had made a hidden mark on mine before it got missing. I was infuriated and determined to find the culprit that very evening using the mark.
I made a mind-list of all the suspects I could think of and started to trim down the number based on evidence I saw.
Finally, I settled on a guy named Bentley. We both were built the same way. That night, even from afar, I could see myself in the shirt he was wearing.
I made up my mind to apprehend this guy once we get back from evening studies (prep).
While on our way back, I spotted Bentley far ahead of me, pacing extremely fast to reach the hostel before me and change quickly.
But I wouldn’t let that happen. I rushed and got ahead of him.
Upon reaching the hostel, I stood akimbo, right on the compound in the glaring light to catch him once he pops up.
My plan was to first show him the hidden mark I made on the shirt, strip him and warn him never to repeat that act.
Finally, he showed up. Immediately he stepped on the compound and saw me, he turned right back and walked off.
“Where does he think he can go to? He thinks he’s smart,” I said to myself.
I resolved to wait until he gets tired and returns.
Minutes later, he came back. I marched closer to him, checked the spot I’d made my trademark on the shirt and saw nothing.
A closer look at the shirt also made it clear to me that I was totally wrong. But the whole scenario was confusing to me.
Why was he rushing unusually to the hostel? Why did he turn back when he saw me?
It turns out, Bentley had no idea he was walking really fast.
Also, just when he was entering the hostel, Bentley remembered drying his clothes on the wall adjacent to our hostel. And that’s what he went to check on.
Several clean counts of evidence I got against the young man but he was still innocent.
That very moment, I told Bentley, “you have taught me a lesson I’ll never forget”.
He was shocked and sought to know more but I refused to tell him.
Sometimes, in life, what we see is determined by what we expect to see.
No matter how much evidence you have against something or someone, be open-minded and prepared to be surprised.
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