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Hello Mi Neighbour | Do to others what you want them to do to you

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! I could tell that my morning was earmarked for an unforgettable experience. The JMMB building where I went to transact business brought welcomed relief from the scorching heat on the outside, while the interplay between two sets of customers in the same building refreshed my faith in the generosity of our people.

Yes, the building was cool but the acts of kindness 'staged' in two scenes before my eyes were even cooler. A customer left his seat for a cup of hot beverage. Another customer who entered shortly thereafter headed towards that (only) vacant seat. Sensing that it belonged to the one who was preparing his tea, he smiled and pulled back with a sense of satisfaction that he did the sensible and courteous thing. Nice.

In scene two, a mother and daughter walked into the facility and desired to sit together but that was not convenient as there were no two vacant seats beside each other. On reading their body language, a sensitive customer quickly changed her seat to allow the couple the pleasure of sitting together.

I couldn't resist a smile and the thought that I would share these moments with my readers in the hope that they would feel what I felt, though vicariously, and be inspired to display generosity everywhere and every day.

So as I savoured those moments, I thought that kindness was NOT so difficult after all. All it takes is an alert mind and an ounce of wisdom. That combination can work wonders in society.

An alert mind helps to see a problem and the ounce of wisdom helps with fixing it without any fanfare. As a matter of fact, it is part of our nature and responsibiIity to add value to the lives of others. Those who do otherwise are living in denial. Of course!




This is a brawta. As the audience enjoyed an evening of classical music recently, there was a sudden shift of focus from the stage to an elderly member of the audience who had fainted. Several persons could no longer enjoy the music because another human being was hurting. It was not until she was revived before the performers regained the full attention of the audience. And what does that tell us? We are interconnected and whatever affects one, tends to affect all.

Our interconnectivity can affect us even more deeply if it is elevated from the subconscious to the conscious, as in the case of a lover, a spouse, a child, etc. At that level, whenever someone is affected negatively, the effect on others can be devastating.

Football fans who consciously connected themselves to teams like Brazil, Germany and Argentina, etc., in the FIFA World Cup Competition would suffer severe distress as a result of their favourite team's disappointment. But such is the game of life - win some, lose some.

If, as we continue in this game of life, we obey the golden rule summarised in the words: do to others what you want them to do to you, we'll often experience win-win outcomes.

And as you help someone from the list below, remember that for every ounce of kindness displayed, there's a pound of satisfaction heading your way. So, be generous with your kindness and enjoy your day.




- Neighbour, St Andrew - for clothing

- Neighbour, St Catherine - for clothing, etc.

- Neighbour - for offering two beds to her neighbour




- Miss Carmen, St Catherine - asking neighbours for size 12 female clothing

- Neighbour, St Thomas - asking neighbours for a refrigerator

- Unemployed mother - asking for a sewing machine

- Neighbour - asking for a bed for self and young child

- Neighbour, St Catherine - needs a sewing machine

To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 334-8165, 884-3866, 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; Paypal/credit card: email: Or contact email Mr Townsend exclusively manages the collections and distributions mentioned in this column and is neither an employee nor agent of The Gleaner.