LOUD WHISPERS: As The Year Draws To An End

When I started Above Whispers in February 2016, I made a commitment to write a Loud Whispers article every week. I knew there was no way I could commit to posting something daily on the website, and I did not want something sporadic, so I decided on a weekly column. Even though I love writing, sometimes having to stick to a schedule, even a weekly one, can be a bit of a challenge. By far my greatest difficulty has been creating time to get my article in on schedule every Sunday evening. My staff at Above Whispers tease me that there are two things they are sure of on a Sunday – going to church and receiving Loud Whispers. I have written my column in cars, on planes, at airports and at all times of the day and night. When Funmi Ajala, the Managing Editor of Above Whispers did not get my article yesterday, she called this morning to check if I was okay. Even when I came down with malaria in August, I managed to send Loud Whispers in. I assured her I was alright. I simply gave up trying to do it all. I have been at our country home in Isan-Ekiti, Ekiti State with my husband for Christmas, hosting  at least a thousand people over three days, supervising the distribution of gifts, receiving community leaders and paying visits to elderly relatives.

I decided to take some of the advice I have often given other people – you do not have to do it all. You can permit yourself to do enough to make you sleep comfortably at night with a clear conscience. If you stress yourself out trying to do everything all at once you will find yourself not being able to do anything at all. I smiled to myself when it dawned on me that this is my very last article of the year and it is the only one that came in late. Surely, that is not a coincidence? I don’t think it is. Perhaps this is my own way of winding down for the year and reminding myself that I do not run on batteries. As we all wind down for the year, I would like to remind us of some of the lessons of life that we are all familiar with, but often do not pay enough attention to.

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 Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and Writer. She is the Founder of Abovewhispers.com, an online community for women. She can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com




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7 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: As The Year Draws To An End

  1. Timi December 29, 2016 at 8:57 am

    What an amazing year 2016 was. Ups and Downs, Smiles and frowns. Thank God we don’t look like what we’ve been through. We all came out strong.
    For me, it was not all that perfect but a year to pass through – I am getting better and leading a more meaningful life. With Abovewhispers making it a fantastic one. Glory to God.
    God bless your work Ma, May the Lord perfect everything that pertains to you.

    Long live Abovewhispers.
    Happy New Year in advance Whispers…..

  2. L'Oreal December 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Great tips on leading a great life. Right from having good diets, cultivating good characters, being respectful, doing what we’d like being done to us – t’o others…. Giving – This opens doors of blessings – it’s the secret of so many Rich folks out there. Down to being thankful to God . He is the giver of Life. For him, through him and onto him are all things…..

    Great article Mum, God Bless you always. And keep Renewing your strength…. In Jesus name (Amen)

    God bless Abovewhispers

  3. George Papi December 30, 2016 at 12:46 am

    My Best Loud Whispers so far.

  4. Femi Diipo December 30, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Looking back, I can certainly say that above whisper has been one of my numerous blessings in 2016. I’ve learnt, been motivated and challenged alot and I’m grateful for your various articles on various subjects. May the new year bring new strength and more blessings for us all

  5. D'apoet December 30, 2016 at 7:19 am

    This is great as usual and your effort to write and post every week is really commendable. May your well of wisdom never dry but continue to flow for years to come. We appreciate you ma’am.

  6. Olakunle Olajide December 30, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    This is so wonderful. Happy new year in advance to everybody at abovewhispers. And thank you for the tips ma, really appreciate the effort and work you put into “Loud whispers”. I pray 2017 will be more glorious and enlightening.

  7. Bamisebi Toluwalope January 2, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Jst Had time to read this lovely piece.. What a beautiful way to rap up year…. Great Tips to begin my 2017 with… Am so going to put them into practice…. GOD bless you for always nourishing us with your refreshing articles and I pray that the Lord continues to renew your strength like that of an eagle ijn…
    Abovewhispers.com is one of the best gift and platform o enjoyed in 2016 and I pray that 2017 will be more glorious with abovewhispers.com always delivering….
    Longlive abovewhispers.com
    God bless you ma
    Happy new year to everyone and to abovewhispers.com


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