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Am I your mate? Angry, that is the question one of my teachers asked my class a decade ago.
Am I your mate? Fuming, this is the question a neighbour loudly asked his wife a few months ago.
Am I your mate? Annoyed, the referee echoed it to the ears of the disrespectful football players.
Am I your mate? Furious, the colleague questioned the authoritative statement of her line manager.
What does this phrase mean to you? “Am I Your Mate”
What this question means at different situation differ. Why people ask this question differ.
Everyone likes to be respected and held in high esteem. It is a worthy and lofty desire.
Any time we don’t get the respect we desire, our haughty reactions gently kick in.
There must be some advantages to be born earlier than others; age is very precious to many people and several cultures.
Being the boss or CEO comes with some aura. Your employee ought to respect you. You aren’t their mate…Ahahah…
The government has authority and if you disrespect her, you will live to share the ugly tale–not your mate.
Okay, we have class mates, office mates, bed mates, age mates and so on. The definitions aren’t all encompassing.
For example, class mates may not be age mates, bed mates may not be class mates.
The most important thing is that there is a level at which all of us connect. We must nurture that parallel.
So, who are your mates? Are they your colleagues at work? After all, you spend 8+ hours together daily.
Who are your mates? Are they your allies in the brotherhood?
Who are your mates? Are they the folks in your circle of influence or friends in church groups?
Who are your mates? Perhaps, someone you can bare your heart out to?
The struggle to define this appropriately has led to successful suicide missions. It has wrecked homes; it has helped unbearable friction to creep into great organizations.
Technically, nobody is your mate. Yeah. We all have just 1 mate. That person is YOU. That mate was born the same day, hour and second. It has the same capacity, gift and skills.
Your mate has the same experience as you, eats the same meal and has the same voice and heart. The only mate has the same eyeball, equal DNA. Same thought pattern with identical blood vessels.
The day you understand this, you will enter into the limelight of achieving great strides. Rather than struggle to outshine a colleague, you will understand how beautiful winning together can be.
Have you heard of OPPOSITION parties in political discussions? They aren’t mates, right?
Have you heard of COMPETITORS in business circles? We talk them down to look good before clients.
The way my friend Jake Okechukwu puts it in his piece “My People” >> ‘You can blame another tribe for your downfall, be foolish or you can suck it up and improve on yourself, be better! …and I am not your problem, you are who you are and I am who I am.’
Friends, in the true sense of it, you are in competition with no man. Live out your UNIQUENESS.
Who Are Your Mates? Only YOU!
P.S: Thanks for joining me on String 14 of #Think2Riches, a 50-week project that will drive you into right living through wise thinking. Keep tabs every Wednesday.
© Fasoranti Damilola.
Life Strategist…helping you to transform your limitless potentials into maximum benefits.