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Three-way balance - The Green effect

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
Floyd Green, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, talks to grade-six students at Clan Carthy Primary School during a visit to the school.

American writer Thomas Merton once said, "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." Nothing rings truer than this for minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, member of parliament for South West St Elizabeth and Restaurant Week ambassador, Floyd Green.

Green has always prided himself on being the king of balance, and shared with Flair Magazine three ways he has had to execute this equilibrium down to an art form.




In his formative years attending high school, education was of the utmost importance. But Green spent a lot of his time during his years there showcasing his talent. Despite his small stature back then, he was able to pack a mighty punch in his vocals, assimilating one of the greatest reggae artistes and reciting just about every one of his songs, note for note. It was there that he developed the nickname Buju.

By the time he arrived at university, he traded in his deejay hat for another style of entertainment: that of a disc jockey. Several sound clashes later, he was the talk of the University of the West Indies campuses, both Mona and Cave Hill, as he studied law. "You know it was a big deal when I was playing for pay," Green added. He even gave them an insight into his former life while in politics, taking over the sound and surprising everyone with his skills. "I enjoy music. I'm a firm believer in the power of music, because music can create, set and enhance the mood," he revealed.




Green set out a five-year plan when he made the decision to enter politics. One of his biggest achievements - starting a family. He explained that having a busy schedule and finding quality time to spend with family can be very difficult, but he tries to incorporate them in his life as much as he possibly can. "My son has been on my campaign trail and he enjoyed the experience. My family means everything to me, so while they are able to accompany me on my professional journey, I still have to ensure that I have some dedicated personal time set aside, just for them. And in doing so, that forces me to maximise on quality and consequently makes it even more meaningful."




Normally, when one has to decide between the two, law and politics, he or she would run with one or the other, giving it their complete attention. Green, on the other hand, couldn't choose so he married law and politics. Law provided a good training ground for politics as they both take up long hours and are time-consuming. "You're able to interact with different people and develop interpersonal skills and service. Having the legal mindset helps with presenting and passing legislation in Parliament so the balance is a win-win," he added

Opening a private practice both in Kingston and St Elizabeth while being the MP for South West St Elizabeth and a minister of state is no easy feat, but his love for service carries him through. "It can be challenging and taxing, but very fulfilling. Having associates that I work with, at the law firms and in St Elizabeth, have helped to make everything work. But I'm happy that on all scales, I'm able to change people's lives for the better, whether with a client or the community."