Archive | April 2012


Lookman Oshodi

1 POPULATION, DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING IN LAGOS
The paper examined the trend of population, its organic growth, the proportion of housing requirements and response mechanism by various stakeholders.

1.2.1 POPULATION AND SETTLEMENT CHARACTERISTICS

Lagos State is the smallest state in Nigeria from a land area of 4km2 on the Island, and an estimated population of 28, 518 in 1871 to an area of 62.8km2 and population of 126,108 in 1931. Between 1901 and 1950, population growth rate was at 3.3% per annum while it rose to 18.6% between 1950 and 1963 [George, 2010]. The increment in population is complimented by vibrant economic status which continued to encourage population growth, Therefore, in 1963, the total population increased from 1.4 million to 3.5 million in 1975. In 1978, the population grew from 3.8 million to 4.13 million in 1979 and 5.8 million in 1985. In 1990, the population was 7.7 million, 10.28…

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Humble, Happy, and Smiling All The Time


I was talking with someone who had worked with a tribe in South America. He obviously loved those people and I asked him what made it so. He said, “They’re humble so they’re happy, and they smile all the time”. How profound! Humility knows instinctively that affirming the inherent worth of all people is the path to self-respect. In fact, humble people are more concerned with others and their needs than they are with their own. Humility understands that in caring for others, it will always be well satisfied. Humility is quietly proud and deeply secure in its being. In the quest for happiness, perhaps humility is the way.

CORE VALUES


I love core values. Do you have any? If you don’t, you probably do! Go ahead and study your thoughts, feelings, and actions over the next few days. You’ll come to see what you stand for, and I bet you’ll be pleased. I love teaching about core values, and I think the best instruction is to simply share mine.

“Simplicity” is my first core value. It speaks to the characteristics of honesty, clarity, and a wholehearted commitment to innocent faith. Saying, “Simplicity” out loud feels light, easy, and a little bit playful. I guess that says it all! (And if you want to remember this one just think, “Simple City”. See how that works!)

Excellence” is my second core value. Being committed to my very best in any given moment frees me from artificial standards and judgment. I’m always good enough, and sometimes I’m more! Always remember that you have the freedom to be the very best you that you can be. It’s true!

My third core value is “Transcendence”. For me, transcendence is an actual place where I nurture hopes and dreams that exceed what might seem practical, or even possible! Remember “Simple City”? Yep, that’s where I reside these days, and it’s a magical experience! Special things happen here, if you can just believe. I know, that makes me kind of odd, but thanks for noticing!

Charity” is my fourth core value. It’s a state of the heart that always loves others more than it loves self. Think about it, that’s a standard of care that lives and breathes “simplicity”, “excellence”, and “transcendence”. May we always give more than we take!

My last core value is “Serenity”. In its stillness, the truth speaks quietly. I love the Psalm that says, “Be still, and know”. “Know what?” you ask? Don’t worry, if you become still and stay there long enough, you’ll eventually figure it out. By the way, is “sarcasm” a core value?

Waking Up


Sometimes a lot is said in a brief exchange. This is a true story of an interaction I had with someone who was feeling “down”. Hopefully, reading it will help you to feel “up”! “I just don’t feel like I’m living”. “What does it mean for you to be ‘alive’?” “To ‘Wake up’”. Waking Up Sunday, February 19, 2012 Sometimes a lot is said in a brief exchange. This is a true story of an interaction I had with someone who was feeling “down”. Hopefully, reading it will help you to feel “up”! “I just don’t feel like I’m living”. “What does it mean for you to be ‘alive’?” “To ‘Wake up’”. “Sometimes that’s unpleasant, isn’t it?” “Sure; but it can feel good too!” “That’s about right; it seems to runs both ways.” “I guess I’m living after all.” “Then, ‘Good morning!’. How’s your day looking now”? Folks, life isn’t always easy, but if we give it enough time and the proper perspective, it invariably morphs into something good. Whatever it is that you’re “waking up” to, I hope this Simply Encouraging Story brightens your day. “Sometimes that’s unpleasant, isn’t it?” “Sure; but it can feel good too!” “That’s about right; it seems to runs both ways.” “I guess I’m living after all.” “Then, ‘Good morning!’. How’s your day looking now”? Folks, life isn’t always easy, but if we give it enough time and the proper perspective, it invariably morphs into something good. Whatever it is that you’re “waking up” to, I hope this Simply Encouraging Story brightens your day.

“Thank You” Is a Gift!


 

More than a state of gratitude within oneself, “Thank you” is a statement of deep connection with another. “Thank you” conveys humility, surprise, and perhaps a little bit of awe. After all, it’s always “awesome” when someone delivers on our desires before we’re fully aware of their existence. “Thank you” acknowledges that, “I let go, and your love took hold!” It’s a statement of childlike excitement, celebrating the giver as much as the gift. Yes, I think it’s better to give than receive, but think it through. What better gift is there than “Thank you” expressed from a heart of delight?

Hello, Goodbye, Hope!


I’ve long said, “Life is a series of ‘Hellos’ and ‘Goodbyes’, and the sooner we learn to do it gracefully, the better”. How do you handle the transitions of people coming and going in your life? Is it smooth and easy, hard and bumpy, or an emotional “white-knuckle” express? We tend to think of “Hellos” and “Goodbyes” in absolute terms, but it’s not that black-and-white. We’ve all had those brand-new relationships where the “Goodbye” at night felt like the end of the world, even though we knew the next “Hello” was only hours away in the morning. We say “Hello” and “Goodbye” to the various phases of life, and to the coming and going developmental stages of children as they grow. See how that works? Every “Hello” leads to a “Goodbye”, and I believe that every “Goodbye” leads to a new “Hello”, eventually, and that’s hope! Simple Encouragement is graceful and hopeful as life ebbs and flows. Go ahead and jump in the stream! The water is just fine.