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Keeping mind and body healthy

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! With your interest at heart, I wish for you a healthy and happy day! Going forward, longevity leading into everlasting life. Will return to this later. As neighbours, let's get into the habit of sharing information which benefits all of us. My Friend, Ken, shared this recently: "Have you noticed that almost every fair-sized home and factory in Jamaica has a black tank atop? Each day, the sun boils the water in these tanks and we use it for domestic purposes. Are toxins and carcinogens from the tanks' plastic or rubber make-up mixing with the water? Someone needs to do a study, URGENTLY. We don't want to hear we have been giving ourselves cancer!" Good observation, Ken.

Erica, who lost a child because of pre-eclampsia, a physical condition which affects some women in the 20th week of pregnancy, doesn't want another mother to suffer a similar fate. As a result, she'll be launching a foundation, through which women will be sensitised to the presence and effects of this disease and how to handle it. We look forward to it.

Back to the top; how does one ensure a healthy day? The air we breathe, the thoughts we think and share, the food we eat and drink, and the activities we engage in all impact us positively or negatively. Living by the mantra, "my health is my business", will restrain our nostrils and taste buds from determining what goes into our bodies. At times, we'll have to "cut our eyes, swallow our spit" and pass those fast-food outlets. Do your homework and make your decision. For a healthy body, we need to stuff ourselves with more roots and fruits and less of the other stuff.

On this long-life matter, it's a gift largely bestowed on those who will reach for it. Exercise, rest, diet and love for self and others are part and parcel of reaching out for this life. The Internet is a great source of information on longevity. Magazines and books are a-plenty for those who have no access to the Internet. Take the action of which you can be proud many years to come.

 

ETERNAL LIFE

 

And what about this thing called eternal life? However long we live, we all die. The longest liver, Methuselah, died at age 969. Our first father, Adam, died at 930. How then can we live forever? To the disgust and displeasure of some, I draw on the first known book to be printed, the Bible. This document outlines the journey of mankind and how we can all live forever. Again, I suggest the reading of this book which guides on how one may live happily forever and ever.

Looking at a world full of hunger, disease, crime, poverty, nakedness, unkindness etc., a metaphor used by some to describe it is HELL. This description is an extrapolation from the biblical description of Hell, a place of eternal torment in the afterlife. Don't go there! From what we have heard of this place, no one wants to go there. Why then do we perpetuate and tolerate semblances of hell in this world when we can change things by loving our neighbours as ourselves 24/7? Think on these things as you help someone from the list below.

 

THANKS TO NEIGHBOURS

 

1. Neighbour, St Andrew, for financial donation

2. Neighbour, St Andrew, for donation of household items

3. Stacy-Ann, St Catherine, for offering a crib to a neighbour

4. Trevour, St Andrew, for donation of clothing

5. Neighbour, St Catherine, for offering a sewing machine to a neighbour

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR HELPING

 

- Karen - Needs assistance to rear chickens to earn an income, also needs building material

- Natalie, St Ann - Badly in need of financial help to go back school

- Valerie - Requesting crochet wool and thread to help earn an income

- Neighbour, St Catherine - Widow having life very rough trying to complete a room to rent. Asking for one bag of cement and $8,000.

- 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. Email helloneighbour@yahoo.com.