'We all need each other'
HELLO, MI neighbour! The shorter of the two ladies I observed walking together in Liguanea plaza recently was not only wearing pink, but appeared to be in the pink of her professional career. To be 'in the pink' means to be doing very well in a specific sphere. We often speak of being in the 'pink of health' when speaking of good health.
From observation (diction and body language, etc), this neighbour in pink could be easily read as an independent woman who needs little or no assistance from anyone to get by. Despite this observation, in reality, she was clearly dependent on someone else, as her physical challenge was too much a burden for her alone, and that was where the lady who walked with her came in.
What I saw on that Monday afternoon was a true act of neighbourliness. The lady in pink, who walked with a stick and seemed to be recovering from a motor vehicle accident, truly needed someone to help her around. On display were patience, care and understanding at its best from her assistant. The walk was slow, with a sense of reassurance that she was in good hands and there was no need for any anxiety.
A lesson from that scenario is that it doesn't matter who we are - be it president, priest or peasant. We are all people living on this planet, where pain and misfortune show little or no partiality to any. It means, therefore, that our lifelong disposition should be one of unselfishness. We should always be ready to stretch a helping hand to a fellow human being, as we never know when we'll need an outstretched hand ourselves.
If you are a regular reader of this column, you would understand by now that our passion is to encourage people to help one another in whatever way they can. Not only is helping others our primary duty as earthlings, it helps to give meaning, satisfaction and balance to life. The greater the sacrifice one makes for the benefit of a needy person, the greater the satisfaction one receives in return. Most times, this satisfaction is not measured in terms of dollars, cents and other perishables, but in terms of inner peace which is immeasurable and priceless - experienced only by those who 'love their neighbours as themselves' and are willing to 'do unto others as they would have others do unto them'. Those who give to someone from the list below this week will get a taste of this experience.
THANKS TO NEIGHBOURS
1. Michelle, St Ann, for offering children's clothing to neighbour in Manchester.
2. Ms Richards, St Andrew, for offering a day bed to Nicole, St Ann.
3. Lisa, St James, for offering clothing to neighbours.
4. Mrs Clatoday, St Andrew, for clothing.
OPPORTUNITIES TO BE NEIGHBOURLY
- Neighbour, asking for stove.
- Angella, Clarendon, asking neighbours for bed.
- Tanya, parents are unemployed. Asking for a stove for a family.
- Neighbour, UTech graduate unable to find a job. Willing to assist primary-school children with homework for small fee - Independence City, Portmore
- Tash, St Elizabeth, asking neighbours for second-hand television.
- Neighbour, unemployed mother of two asking neighbours for dresser and food.
- Neighbour, St Mary, asking neighbours for stove and $3,000 to purchase books for children.
- Del, Clarendon, living in someone's house with mother - told to leave, nowhere to live.
- Neighbour, asking for double bed and bed linen.
- Neighbour, asking for stove for her mother - wood fire is affecting her eyes.
- Sandy, St Thomas, asking for clothing for newly born and travelling bag.
- Annmarie, St Andrew, living in desperate situation and needs a small second-hand washing machine.
- Neighbour, Clarendon, asking for clothing for girls ages two, 18 & 19 and boy 12. Also asking for bed linen.
- Laski, Adelphi, asking neighbours for a bed, television.
- Angela, asking neighbours for a stove with an oven to start a little baking business.
- 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.