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The Daily Vulnerable by Chude Jideonwo: Both Ways



When someone asks you a favor if your reply is “I sadly don’t have the money. I haven’t even paid for X”, you expect empathy, even sympathy, right?

But when you ask a favor of someone, and the person replies, “I am so sorry, I don’t have the time”, have you caught yourself judging that person – refusing to believe that a rich or powerful or famous or whatever person might actually truly be starved of time?

You don’t have money. They don’t have time. Both of you are lacking something crucial, that needs understanding, patience, wisdom.

Why don’t you give of it the same way you wish to receive of it?

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Jideonwo is a storyteller, using the research and evidence on human flourishing to inspire new narratives about politics, markets, faith, identity and society in Africa. He is a co-founder of RED, which he ran for 13 years before stepping down in December 2017. One of its companies, StateCraft Inc. handled communication for the Muhammadu Buhari campaign in 2015 and has worked in elections in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.