Kindness can turn a bad day around
HELLO MI neighbour! Tricia's sacrificial act of kindness has not only ignited joy in the life of her neighbour, Michelle from St Catherine, but has left her beaming with even more joy than she ignited. I, therefore, invite you to join the millions whose present reward for helping others is unspeakable joy.
If you are stressed, depressed or distressed, instead of sitting in a corner and mope, sit in the same corner and hope, ask yourself, "What can I do to lighten the burden of someone else?" The outcome could be staggering.
A few weeks ago, we published a case from Michelle, a mother of four who needed a sewing machine to help earn additional income. Her two-day-per-week income was inadequate to meet her demands. Tricia from St Thomas responded to the request and the link-up was made. However, there was a logistics issue - Michelle in the west and Tricia in the east. But where there is a will, there is a way.
'Quick o'clock', they worked out a plan: Kingston was the meeting place. Before the handover however, Tricia, at her own expense, took the sewing machine to Kingston for minor repairs. A big plus. Of the two happy people, by the end of the day, Tricia beamed more brightly, being the beneficiary of "it's more blessed to give than to receive".
Tricia, who grew up in a Christian home, lives by the principle of giving, not just to receive in return, but to ease the pain of others. And, for sure, she knows what pain is, having met in six motor vehicle crashes. I'd like to believe that her spirit of generosity has been helping with her recovery. We give her our love as we send up prayers on her behalf.
One of the greatest forms of giving is to perform simple acts of kindness. These are pillars on which great neighbourhoods and societies are built. Acts of kindness break down barriers and build friendships. And how much does it cost to be kind? Simone tells me that in her absence, her neighbour would often pick up her clothes if it's raining and hand them over to her nicely folded upon her return. How sweet! I hear that in some neighbourhoods, whenever people pick up other people's clothing from the line - rain or shine - dem tek it fi demself. That's cold! Why dem don't tek weh demself?
So we conclude that bad days can become good days by simple acts of neighbourliness in the community and everywhere else. Since life has become more challenging for all, we must pool our moral, social, spiritual and other resources to cope. Even as we speak, someone's looking for a shoulder to lean on, someone's seeking a listening ear, and someone needs a hand to hold. Remember, though you may have the Midas touch, there's nothing like the human touch. No man is an island; no man stands alone.
Help someone from the list below. It could change your life forever.
Thanks to neighbours
1. Tamara, Kingston, for offering a DVD player to Marjorie.
2. Sabrina, for clothing for babies.
3. Tina, for offering a stove to neighbour.
4. Faith, for shoes and books for children.
5. Ms Brown, Clarendon, for offering a single mattress to a neighbour.
1. Neighbour, seeking a juice extractor and blender to start a business - unemployed.
2. Neighbour, Clarendon, unemployed - schizophrenic son needs to do a brain scan at a cost of $19,500.
3. Amoy, St Catherine, fire victim - asking for a stove.
4. Sharon, eight-year-old granddaughter lost eye due to cancer. Asking for neighbour's help to purchase glasses - $40,000.
5. Kay, asking neighbours to help her with $26,000 to do biopsy on breast.
6. Ms Brown, St Ann, asking neighbours for second-hand TV.
7. Neighbour, St Catherine, asking for a wheelchair.
8. Sister Rose, elderly, St Catherine - glasses got des-troyed on Sunday, desperately in need of a new one.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.