This is no news, people who are familiar with me are aware that I love to kiss.
The first time I ever did that was in my first year in the university. I was still young and naive that it took a lecturer to show me how to do it.
In one of the classes, my lecturer asked a question and I answered. After I did, he looked at me straight in the eyes. I quivered.
“What’s your name?” He asked.
“Mfon!” I replied.
“Meet me in my office after this class.” He said while star gazing at me.
“Yes Sir.” I replied in fear, thinking hard if it was right to have answered the question.
After the class, I meandered shyly into his office and it happened.
“Mfon,” he called me, “I know you’re a brilliant girl, I couldn’t help but ask to meet you because I see so much potential in you, but you need to get it done the right way.” He concluded.
“Right way?” I thought to myself. “What could he possibly want with me?” I wondered.
“Hmm… Let me not see what I’ve been hearing of in the ‘tales of a campus girl’ o,” I prayed in my heart.
“Now you’re here, I’ll show you how it’s done.” He finally concluded.
He came closer, passed me a white sheet and right there on his table, we did it.
Yes! I learnt how to kiss.
Ever since that moment, life has been beautiful for me.
Oh, I forgot to tell you,
KISS, to me, means Keep It Short & Simple.
Yes, my lecturer showed me how to make short and simple sentences in French in his office.
“Keep it short and simple, Mfon. Your answer was correct but the expression was way too long, clumsy, and loaded with jargons.” That’s what he told me.
He also said that when a sentence is too long, there is a possibility of it not making sense. This was true.
Since then, I found it easier to construct simple and clear sentences in French.
It got better.
I also apply this rule in life.
“Always do the right thing and avoid excesses.” – Anonymous.
Live simply and enjoy the benefits of life, don’t overstress yourself unnecessarily.
• Stop waiting till the dine minute to rush to get things done.
• Stop going all out to help people to whom you should simple tell ‘sorry’ and pass.
• Stop investing your energy into fruitless relationships with people.
• Stop going overboard for people who are not worth it and would not do same for you.
• Stop searching for love where friendship is needed.
• Stop giving commitment to temporary events.
• Stop stressing yourself monitoring another people’s activities.
• Stop giving in your all where a very little effort is required.
• Stop putting in effort when you should just let it go..
(I can’t list them all).
Just stop it mbok, live a simple life.
Above all, MIND YOUR BUSINESS, you will live longer.
Yet, in all these things, LET YOUR SIMPLICITY BE GUIDED BY DISCIPLINE, and not careless attitude, you will soar..
In life, don’t ever forget the KISS principle, you will need it.
À bon entendeur salut! 👋
PS: With much respect to Dr. S. F. Nzuanke, the most principled lecturer ever.
© Mfon Ekott
Mfon Ekott is a Language consultant, French instructor, A Writer and a great Poet who hail from Akwa-Ibom State. To check more of her works, go to her Facebook Page Mfon Ekott.