Mind Your Mind Series, #1: Envy – the Killer Dose

Bravearts Africa's HEARTITIA® Segment Columnist Dr. Ayodeji Alade, introduces you our cherished readers to a new article series beginning today under his insprational column that treats emotional health matters, Hearts & Stethoscopes. The post series is tagged "Mind Your Mind" and will be coming up every fortnight Saturdays. Kindly look forward to Dr. Alade's Mind Your Mind Series in his Hearts & Stethoscopes column - a regular column under our heart inspirational writings segment HEARTITIA®. As a new fortnight post series beginning in Dr. Alade's column presently then, we are delighted to say... Enjoy today's.


A lot of times, people fail to realize how we engage our minds to work out situations against the natural course. It might seem an act of bravery to swim against the current yet is wiser to follow it and have a smooth ride into a new world of discovery. And so is your mind.


• Ayodeji Alade, MD

We may be tempted to forget how to forge and develop our mind into a formidable one by being envious with other people’s achievements. The outflow of another’s man’s dexterity does not have the capacity of disabling ingenuity’s seed that is on the inside of you. Envying thoughts and defiant actions will only distract you on your pathway to becoming on the outside who you really are on the inside. Blowing out a neighbour’s candle can never make yours last any longer; it only drains the strength out of the little you have.

You know, the natural line of the mind is to give health to the body that possesses it. Proverbs chapter 17 and verse 22 of the Bible reveals this.

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired (The Message Bible).

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones (Ampified Bible).

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (King James Version).

Nothing works perfectly in the body if the mind is gone awry. A lot of people are facing several health challenges just because their body is playing out the implosion of mind-aches from several pressures. Those pressures were perhaps built up by self in attempts to downplay other people’s uniqueness and they culminate in personality disorders and identity quagmire.

You actually don’t need this. You are bigger than going as low as allowing a complex in and has it dictate for you and deprive you of the healthy relationship you truly need in ascending the stairs of healthy living. This does not only plunge the victim into suboptimal attainment of wellbeing but it also opens the gateways of the mind to temptations.

Do yourself a favour, friend. Give yourself another chance to regrow, to flourish one more time. To explore the world with the free mind of a child and master it’s diversity with the wisdom of ages. Appreciating the good in others opens up pathways for inimitable manifestations.

He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind (Isaiah 40: 29-31).

You’ve been denied of smile for so long. It is time to break up with hatred, malice, envy, strife, and even excuses. Let them be carried away by the bliss of the new life you’ve now chosen to live. A life that helps others mould theirs into a brighter future. A life that chooses to stay positive come what may. And looking for a way to enjoy every bit of what life has to offer you.

—Ayodeji Alade

Ayodeji Paul ALADE is a Medical Doctor who trained at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife. While on campus, he was Editor-in-Chief of JEANS Magazine, the most widely read Chrstian magazine on Obafemi Awolowo University campus. He later wasalso the former Vice President (Administrations) of Redeemed Christian Fellowship, OAU campus chapter. Ayodeji is a poet and entrepreneur who loves to infuse dynamism into his writeups to convey impactful messages and with an air of simplicity and originality.

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