By Akorede Ajibade


What is soul?

Junior my sharp son, curious and always insisting on everyone answering his question, came to his grandpa and asked:

“Grandpa, What is soul”?

I laughed hard, and wondered what mut have crossed the mind of an eight year old boy to ask such question. Then I stood back to ear drop.

Grandpa told him a story that he heard a long time ago from his own grandpa;

“It is said that there are three ‘I’s’ in a human, which support and guide him through his whole life. The first ‘I’; is the coldest. It is seen by every person around. The second ‘I’; is the warmest. It is only seen by the closest people to you. The first and the second always argue for power over the man, and their conflict stirs doubt and fear in us. And only the third ‘I’ can reconcile and find a settlement between the first two. No one can see it. Sometimes we are unaware of its existence, but it is always with us.

Junior responded; “I never heard about it”.

Grandpa smiled and answered;

“The first ‘I’, is the Mind. If it takes over the second one, the person becomes calculative and cold. The second ‘I’, is Heart. If it wins, we become childlike. Then it is easy to hurt and deceive us. The third one, is the Soul. Only it can restore the balance in us.


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