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Hello Mi Neighbour: Greet your neighbours with a smile and a 'hello'

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Just imagine everyone you meet today as a good neighbour and greet him/her with a warm 'hello' complemented with a broad smile. This could revolutionise our world for good. And it gets even better: introduce yourself to a few of them and new worlds could open up for you.

It's as simple as "Hi neighbour! I'm Silton. So happy to meet you today - have a great one!' Invariably, there'll be positive and negative responses. Not to worry though, the positives usually outweigh the negatives.

This exercise could unlock opportunities that you've longed for. You could meet someone who'll be a lifetime friend, could become a confidant, or even a spouse. You could even be meeting a blood brother or sister for the first time. You could be meeting a master plumber, an electrician or a mechanic, etc. Man o' man, the possibilities are endless. Wow! Let's try it!

And yes, we could meet some undesirables, but we'll know how to ease them off. Most of us are geniuses. I once heard about an unmarried gentleman who picked up a beautiful girl and took her to a party. Shortly thereafter, he discovered that he had picked up trouble. In managing that crisis, he told her that his wife was in the vicinity and he had to make a quick getaway. That was that where that was concerned. Only thing I'd recommend is that we speak the truth at all times. Yes, we can be creative and truthful at the same time.

My other recommendation is that these self-introductions are kept pure and clean. Ulterior motives could work against us, thus defeating the purpose. Carried out from a heart of sincerity and purity, this exercise could make somebody's day and even add days to his/her life. As you know, most of us face very serious challenges on a daily basis. And we never can tell which of the many trials our neighbours could be undergoing.

As we introduce ourselves to one another, let's remember that we are not meeting dead strangers. We are members of one human family. Our Creator expects us to love others as much as ourselves and to do unto others the good that we'd like to have them do unto us.

Finally, the intro should be kept light and simple. No need to touch, hug, or shake hands at the outset. If the 'introducee' extends a hand, then you may want to accommodate. And please remember that you have the clenched fist option as a way of making body contact.

Good to meet you, happy meeting and have a great day! Your day could even be greater by helping someone from the list below.


Thanks to neighbours


1. Dianne, for offering clothing for the entire family

2. Claudette, for offering children's clothing and bed linen to needy neighbours.

3. Neighbour, for offering a sewing machine to a needy neighbour.

4. Everybody's Pharmacy for acts of neighbourliness.

5. Audrey, USA, for acts of neighbourliness.

6. JAMINCO Import Export for deeds of kindness.


Opportunities to be neighbourly


- Sashana, Manchester, needs financial assistance for surgery - $300,000.

- Neighbour, St Catherine, facing serious housing crisis. Asking neighbours for second hand doors, windows, cement etc to build a room.

- Evadney, St James, asking neighbours for dining table, stove, dresser.

- Neighbour, asking neighbours for financial assistance to start a little phone card business - unemployed with children attending school.

- Neighbour, St James, with tears in eyes, asking for a second-hand sewing machine to help generate an income.

- Student, about to leave school because her mother cannot afford to pay fees etc. Asking for help.

- Kerryann, Kingston, unemployed and asking for $10,000 to start a business. Also asking for size 32 male pants.

- Kim, St Catherine, asking neighbours for a mattress.

- Neighbour, St Andrew, eyes being affected by smoke from wood fire. Asking neighbours for a stove

- Neighbour, about to move out of abusive relationship - asking for household items and clothing.

- 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.