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Nurturing the human spirit

Published:Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! A few mornings ago, I overheard a neighbour telling her co-worker in the elevator that her workload is so heavy these days that she cannot even find time to drink water. My unsolicited advice to this dehydrated lady is that she must drink or she'll shrink! Logic says that if a job consumes someone to the point where he or she cannot consume something as vital as water, it's just a matter of time before such individual is consumed by ailments which neither job nor water can cure. That's that for now.

Later that morning, I heard a news item about an English doctor who was planning a trip to West Africa to assist with the Ebola crisis. Not sure if friends and relatives successfully dissuaded her, but based on the tone of the interview with a reporter, they might not have succeeded. We pray for all.

The spirit of this doctor is similar to what drove a little girl to risk her life to save another little girl from drowning recently. These acts of gallantry tell us that it's part of the human spirit for people to risk their lives to save others. Those who might not take such great risks, due to fears or other limitations, would still attempt some extraordinary feats to preserve the lives of others. At 90, my ailing father was ready to take my mother out of the hospital to care for her at home. May their souls rest in peace.

The real human spirit given to each of us by the Creator is a caring one. We were also made with the power of choice. We can either give expression to that spirit or suppress it. The longer we suppress this spirit, the more callous and uncaring we become. Callous and uncaring individuals are capable of committing the most heinous crimes - be he or she a doctor, lawyer, beggar man, chief ... .

But don't throw up the hands yet. There is hope for all! There is help for the disturbed youth who borrows a gun and shoots his classmates. The misguided suicide bombers and the hardened criminals who stop at nothing to satisfy their thirst for blood can also find redemption and become helpful and caring neighbours. How many times have we heard of once-notorious gunmen who have turned their weapons into 'pruning hooks and plowing shears?' In other words, they 'study war no more'.

For complete restoration of the good spirit, get in touch with your Maker, who will put you in touch with your best you - no life is beyond repair despite the magnitude of the wreckage.

Let's go for it and enjoy the good life!

As popular recording artiste Leroy Sibbles recorded:

We've got to live some life

before we're old

We've got to live some life

before we're cold

Time is short, so hear me man, come on

Let's live the life the best we can.

Thanks for helping:

1. Charmaine, for offering to assist student who needs to pay exam fees.

2. Yvette, St Andrew, for offering literature books to student.

3. Marcia, St Catherine, for offering a stove to neighbour.

4. Yvonne, for offering to assist student who needs to pay exam fees.

Opportunities for helping:

Kerryann, Kingston, asking neighbours for a mattress and sponsorship for Bible school.

Javon, St Thomas, volunteering as a basic school teacher. Needs clothing. Waist - 30.

Neighbour, mentally ill son living in bathroom - making it inconvenient for everyone. Asking for help to make a little structure for him.

Neighbour, single mother, asking for dining table and chairs for sitting area.

Neighbour, unemployed single mother. Asking for a sewing machine.

Richard, St Catherine, asking for a folding bed and small dining table.

Eva, not in a position to purchase mattress and refrigerator - asking for neighbour's help.

Cherry, St Thomas, asking for board and zinc.

Neighbour, asking for a dresser and a second-hand freezer to start a little business.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; email