foul smell

It was a sunny Friday afternoon and I was in a TGIF mood (TGIF mood for me is anticipation of my Friday night’s sleep and the sheer bliss of not having to wake up early the following day 😀 )… So off I went for lunch in a very great mood, India Arie’s “beautiful day” playing in my head… I was strolling along this curb housing some traders selling all sorts from phones to beverages to boli… when this strong sewage stench hit me from nowhere like a well packed fist. I literally staggered and held my breath. But you wanna know the curious thing? The traders looked totally unaffected and carried on with their business cool as cucumber! One of them who spotted me covering my nose and grimacing went: “Aunty, my shop dey smell?” I smiled and walked on without responding to her question and thinking to myself…. These people had become so accustomed to this foul smell that they could not even perceive it anymore… a condition known as olfactory fatigue, smell saturation or odor adaptation. Yeah, you know how sometimes your nose gets conditioned to a smell such that you don’t smell it after a while? It was quite obvious that this smell had become a way of life for the traders… A culture… Albeit a smelly one…

This got me really thinking… You see, often times we have “personal cultures”, habits, if you please, that are totally “smelly” but we are completely unaware of. We may have gotten so entrenched in such attitudes and habits that we have come to see them as normal and acceptable. We have become like those traders living in “blissful ignorance”….

My thought on this is that keeping a personal scorecard and getting feedback from others is very crucial in the journey of self improvement. Self evaluation is good, but you would need to balance it with feedback from others who observe you and interact with you from time to time. Also let’s admit it, often times we may not tell ourselves the truth or we may go easy and choose to stick to half truths we spin about ourselves to ourselves.

You just might need a fresh extra pair of nostrils… yup! A nose job 😀

Now where do we get this extra and fresh pair of nostrils, unbiased and able to detect those nasty smells we may not perceive? The first (and most important source in my own opinion) is from God Almighty, our Creator. I mean, how can you carry out a self examination without seeking God’s opinion using Scripture based truths? That would just be a total waste of time. This divine nostril can sense even the faintest of smells… You should try it. The second nostril is a mentor. The importance of a mentor cannot be overemphasized. If there’s anything you are passionate about, chances are that someone is already more experienced than you in that field. This is a very easy way to learn and succeed because you get to learn from the experiences of the guru. The last nostril I’m going to mention is friends and family who love you and want the best for you. Please take note of my emphasis. Because it is only those that genuinely care about us that would give honest and constructive feedback.

One last thing… Perhaps I should have told that trader the truth… maybe I should have replied: “Madam your shop smells like a poop factory” but I wonder… would she have taken my comment lying down? Or would I have chopped a dirty slap? Hmmm… the latter I suspect… Yes, we should be willing to accept the assessment of a fresh pair of nostrils.

It’s all part of the journey to self improvement…


About Lahmeet

Dots Connector 💫 Lessons Chronicler 👌🏾 I have a penchant for gleaning inspiration from everyday happenings (even the most mundane stuff😁) and I absolutely itch until I share those lessons 😆. Hope you leave inspired... 💜
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33 Responses to NOSE JOB…? ANYONE…?

  1. lulu says:

    On point Lahmeet!


  2. Andrew says:

    Couldn’t have been put better, olfactory fatigue is something to be wary of as it can be challenging to note that what I think is sweet smelling is quite a stinker….but beyond that I need YOU – my extra pair of nostrils- to help me make it… Awesome write, equally awesome read!!!


  3. ruthy says:

    This is simply wonderful, thumbs up!


  4. Dorothy Bawa says:

    I sure do need a nose job!thanks 4 d inspiring piece Lamit,keep up d good work.


  5. Nelly says:

    Wonderful piece once again Anita!


  6. olatunde says:

    Nice one.


  7. gbemisoke says:

    We’ve all got blindspots. It’s important to pay attention to feedback and realize that not everyone who criticizes is a hater. Perhaps they can smell something we’ve become used to.


  8. Oyindamola says:

    Hmmnn , sure getting a nose job as soon as possible. Nice piece


  9. nkechi says:

    Nyc 1 lahmeet…more wisdom 2u gurl.


  10. Ibilola says:

    Am impressed by this write up. Would sure get a nose Job soonest ~ thumbs up Anita


  11. “Scripture based truths”… If possible, some people would carry mirrors around just to ensure they are looking good all the time. Ladies do this. How about the inner beauty, do we check that? The bible is like a mirror and so we need to constantly look into it to check how we look. Are we still as the mirror says or is there a deviation? A nose job is definitely a yes yes for all of Us. Thank you Lahmeet.


  12. lahmeet says:

    You’re very welcome Kenneth 🙂 thanks for sharing too…


  13. Very nice analogy! I like your writing style, always an interesting read… keep up the good work! 😀


  14. Omonike Odi says:

    You are spot on in this post! Feedback is often unwelcome because it’s given at the wrong time by the wrong people. E.g from a critique after you’ve offended and s/he wants to rub it in but from your post we can take control of the process by seeking it ourselves and deciding when and from whom we will be getting this much need character builder. Well written!


  15. beckie says:

    thnks…rily an inspiring piece. Getting my nose job soonest. Gud wrk dear!


  16. Ijeoma says:

    Nice!! Particularly loved the part, family and friends that love you and want the best for you. Cos really, not everyone does..



  17. Amaka says:

    Really relevant article….we need a fresh pair of nostrils….

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