THE BECOMING – THE PROCESS

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For the first time in my life, I was able to download Candy Crush on my phone, after I got drilled by loneliness and lack of engagements a few weeks ago. Most of my friends had encouraged me to download it and I never understood why they have been in my ear reminding me to get the game into my phone. I had previously disconnected with a number of darling kids, who’d have used my phone as a whole comfort for recreation and to entertain themselves. And when I let them know that I don’t have any game on my phone, they cringe and left angrily to someone else who is always ready to accommodate them. I felt so sorry about that, but it at times doesn’t change my decision of not having any game stuck in my phone.

On a long journey from Nnewi to Abakaliki sometime ago, I decided to make my fingers around the game and as usual, I began with the first level. I can tell that the level is endless and the more you win each level, you are likely to be welcomed to the next and the next. This was so impressionable and at the same time wheeled me to make a random thought about the winning, the rising, the trying over and over again. In my second and third try, which was a lot easier, I got inundated with the methods and its functionality. The system works in such a way that you would need to win some points and unblock certainly locked cages and have some welcome to the different logs. It seemed nice and it appeared so interesting at each opening of a new game.  

As I make progress, I find it difficult to navigate to the next level and it is a fight anyone would wish to win. I would want to go to another stage, but I have known that before that could happen, I will first finish the boxes and win the points. This was timed with another similar set of numbers, where I was supposed to get before I am out of moves. If finally I got muffled out of the way, I was given an option to give up and try again the process, until I got the level smashed. It is so surprising and with sturdy improvements that I was able to keep moving. There are other competitors who appeared on the screen and they are at some point, the major reasons why I needed not to stop pressing on.

When I had got to the twentieth level, which was not so easy as it was thrilling, I was at every given time made to have bonuses and they helped me to conquer. The same way I tried until I got to this level, probably level twenty-six and I hadn’t been fortunate to navigate. I tried and tried, I will still fail. I used all my intellectual gymnastics and it was at this time, that I would be condemned to make numerous repeats of the process. At any moment of my improvements, I was saddled with a failure, which was so devastating, as I was impatient to quit. If I hadn’t to think about new ways to come through, I would have called off the game and even deleted it. There is however nothing as frustrating as making efforts that yields poor result. It makes the picture of hardwork to be burdened with shallow responsibility.

The Process Philosophers used the concept of ‘Becoming’ a recurring metaphor in early nineteenth-century philosophical writings to describe the notion of Janet Schmalfeldt when she said that it is a belief that explores the idea of form coming into being. This is relatable to every dream we have for this year, as we had promised ourselves that it will be fruitful and prosperous. On November, 13th 2018, six days after my twenty-sixth birthday, Michelle Obama, the wife of former President of America, Barack Obama, announced her book which she titled “Becoming”. In the account of being interviewed, she said that the chronicling of the memoir was a deeply personal experience, which talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. This however is an indication that her process of becoming all these wasn’t just a day work. It was filled with struggles and personal challenges, which was elaborately shared in the book later written by her husband, A Promised Land, which got published on November 17th, 2020.

I will like to link as well the process of becoming with the many inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Martin Cooper, Philip Diehl, Chuck Hill and many others, who had increased their efforts in trying to arrive at the point they are and in taking advantage of what they have invented. For want of more elucidation, I will single out Thomas Alva Edison, who invented the light bulb. He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, How did it feel to fail 1,000 times? Edison said, “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 1,000 ways will not work”.

If your efforts have not yielded fruits, it is likely to be that you are yet to discover the best way for it to work. And for you to arrive at that destination, you need to switch on your thinking antenna to make sure it gets the right network resources to get a beautiful result. Every process of becoming takes time, energy, and suck the mental juice exhaustively. If you have sent multiple cold mails and they all come with negative feedback, it may be necessary for you to review the process and understand the paths you are not taking. At times, the reason for your repeated failures may be because you would always want to use the shortcut and the way to success is not familiar with cutting corners. The business plans which have failed, maybe a result of your inability to meet the right expert who will genuinely open your eyes to factors that you have never thought to consider. To turn an abstract concept into a reality is always filled with quality processes and without giving those steps consideration, you may still be in the journey, yet not reaching your terminal.

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