Destiny: Message from the Morning Man by Kojo Yankson


Destiny: Message from the Morning Man
by Kojo Yankson

18th August 2015

A wise man was walking through a cornfield when a young man walked up to him with a question.

“I can’t tell what my destiny in life must be. How do I figure it out, old man?”

The old man stopped walking and took a look at the young fellow. “What’s that on your finger?”

“That’s my wedding ring”, he replied.

“Give it to me”, the old man commanded.

The young man gave his ring to the wise sage, who promptly threw it into the cornfield.

“Why did you do that?” the bewildered young man screamed. “Now, I have to stop everything to look for my ring”.

“And why do you have to stop everything to look for it?” The old man enquired.

“Because it’s important to me”, the distraught young chap groaned.

The sage grabbed the young man by the shoulders and exclaimed excitedly, “Well, that’s your answer, my son. We define our own destinies by deciding what is important to us”.

My friends, this is a universal fact. The things we choose to spend our limited time and money on, are what will determine our destinies.

If you want to pass your exams and be a doctor, but you spend your time watching telenovellas, then I guess you know what destiny you will achieve.

If you want your business to expand and open branches across the country, and you’re spending your profit on cars, then you know what destiny you’re working towards, don’t you?

The same principle applies to our nation. We are a developing country with limited resources. Let’s ask ourselves: what do we spend our money on? Which of our citizens do we pay the highest salaries to? Which sectors do we spend our scarce resources on first? If we’re buying V8s while children go to school under trees, if we’re paying politicians on time while our teachers go for several months without a salary, if we’re paying members of parliament ex gratia while poor citizens, after contributing to national health insurance, still have to pay for healthcare, then we know what destiny we’re working towards, don’t we?

Our destiny is determined by one thing only: our priorities. So today, ask yourself: what are yours?

My name is Kojo Yankson, and I know what’s important to me, therefore, I already know my destiny.