Silva and Gold By Chief FAMA A verse of an Odu Ifa says in part: Ti oju o ba ri ohun bi okùn Ki i ri ohun bi ide Difa fun Ofuntola Ti aguntan re o ma fohun bi eniyan…. English If one has not encountered silva One may be unable to identify gold Divined for Ofuntopola Whose ram would speak like a person…. Joy, happiness, contentment—with the three words meaning almost the same thing—signify certain state of equilibrium that we all desire, and that we all wish we can have all the time. Good (!muy bien)! Of course, we should have joy; of course, we should be happy; of course, contentment should be the ceiling of our achieved goals. However, the master designer wants us to toil first, then, reap the rewards of our toil (hard work) later. If we look around us, we will see evidence of these divine orders. For instance, everyone is involved with one thing or the other early mornings: students getting ready for school to toil in classrooms for their futures; workers, business operators, business owners, (and everyone in general regardless of our different callings), preparing and rushing to toil for rewards of our immediate and distant future comforts; immediate reward being pay-checks at the end of the month and distant reward being the foreseeable eventual, comfortable retirement from Odumare's ordained daily survival chores we call work. Ofuntola of mythological era went through the same routine one morning. By the evening, his luck had changed from rocky to greatness. So it is in our real daily life situations as there have been instances of similar occurrences. We probably know of somebody or heard of somebody or read about somebody whose life had been likewise dramatically changed for the best. As humans, we all have the divine luck for greatness; therefore, we should claim the ordained greatness after our daily toils, week after week, month after month, every time, and all the time. In addition to wishing you greatness this morning, may Odumare, via Ifa and the Orisas, crown your efforts with success, ase. Claim the silva and gold, that is the fortune that has been divinely bestowed upon you! A ji ire ni oni o (Good morning). Chief FAMA Ile Orunmila.com. Electronic correspondence may be sent to [email protected].