'If wishes were horses, beggars would ride'
HELLO MI neighbour! I wish you happiness, prosperity, peace and joy for 2015.
Does that sound like a clichÈ? Sure! Other popular clichÈs include, 'may all your dreams come true', and 'may you live to see many more', etc.
A clichÈ is an expression which has lost its effectiveness from overuse. This description posits that pleasantries like 'all the best' or 'happy birthday', for the most part, doesn't touch the heart.
It's more meaningful, however, whenever these sentiments are shared among enemies.
With all seriousness, can you imagine the outcomes if these expressions were given serious thought and truly spoken from the heart?
Wishing one another 'all the best' would commit us to help make such wish a reality. Buju Banton's line, 'Action, not a bag a mouth', would become the order of Jamaica.
At this time of well-wishing, let's give meaning to this expression by adding work to wishes. A wish is a hope, or desire, for something meaningful. Without some pain or sacrifice, that desire may not be realised. According to a 16th-century English proverb,
If wishes were horses
Beggars would ride
All dreams and desires would ride alongside
Worries and troubles would fall off behind
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
Deep down, we all have wishes but by, merely wishing that crime and violence will subside puts us in a stupor where we forget that this is a responsibility for all.
Wishing for more housing solutions for the homeless is a true source of frustration. How will that happen? And, oh, how we all wish that the road fatalities would swing low. Wake up! Truth be told, wishes mostly come true in fairy tales.
Sandy is now wishing that she could live her life all over. Her four children, fathered by four men, have no food to eat, no clothes to wear and seldom attend school. How can wishing that she had remained chaste help her situation now? The children are here and must be cared for!
Then have you been following the Bill Cosby unfortunate saga? Wish it never happened. And I am pretty sure that (if those allegations are true) he is now wishing that he did not sexually assault those women in his heyday.
Bottom line is, the world is a tough place and, without the application of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, many will drown in the wishing well. Wish it weren't so?
Until next time. Remember, with love in our hearts for the neighbour, and hard work as our watchword, our wishes can become our reality in 2015.
1. Coleen, for offering clothing for male and female.
2. Vivienne, St Catherine, for offering male/female clothing.
3. Ms Lucille, St Andrew, for financial donation to neigbours.
4. Mrs Mosely, St Andrew, for books and clothing.
5. Neighbour for donating a second-hand tablet to a neighbour.
6. Neighbour, overseas, for donation of clothing and other items.
p Hyacinth, Clarendon, asking neighbours for a wheelchair and a dresser.
p Neighbour, single mother with small children. Seeking a freezer to sell bag juice etc.
p Ms Gardner, Portland, asking for food and clothing for children. One attends high school. The other attending primary school.
p Marvin, Clarendon, asking for a laptop for school.
p Nadra, St Andrew, 30-year-old, homeless Christian, needs a bed.
p Shanay, St Ann, asking neighbours for a double-bed mattress and a dresser.
p Suzette, Westmoreland, asking for a stove.
p Neighbour, Clarendon, was abused and had to run out of relationship. Asking for a bed and a whatnot.
p Donaleen, mother of three facing health challenges. Asking for help with building material for bathroom.
p Shana, St Catherine, unemployed - asking for second-hand bed and dresser.
p Marie, Kingston, mother of three, asking neighbours to assist with two nights' dinner and clothing for children.
p Neighbour, unemployed, single mother of three asking for a stove and linoleum.
p Neighbour, single mother, needs a divan bed and a stove.
n To help, please call 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; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.