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Hello Mi Neighbour | Love is in the air

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:00 AM
A man embraces his bride.

Hello, mi neighbour! Valentine’s time is all about love. Songwriters George Young and Harry Vanda put it this way in their 1977 composition, which became a worldwide hit by 1978:

“Love is in the air, everywhere I look around,

Love is in the air, every sight and every sound…”

Then I am tempted to add:

“Love is very old, love is never cold

Love is for the young, love is for the old .”

Love, which is older than time, is perpetually blind to age, class and gender. It engages everyone for a seat at its table, the only place where life’s best experiences become a possibility. According to Holy Writ, eternal life became a possibility through love. Oh, for the power of true love. Check it.

Consciously or unconsciously, at some point in our lives, we experience love! Love is a strong desire to do some good for another, no matter the inconvenience or pain involved. It is said that the deeper the love, the deeper the pain the lover is willing to endure and the greater the sacrifice he/she will make for the object of love.

Love is more than a fabulous feeling, even though its presence creates a good feeling. Love can be expressed without feelings because it is not tied to feelings. If this is sounding confusing, it is because the word ‘love’ itself can be confusing. A smell-good man meets a girl and tells her that he loves her. Her mental condition predisposes her to being captivated by the smell of cologne and sound of the word ‘love’. She believes that apart from caring for his sexual desires, he desires to care for her, shower her with respect, kindness, expensive gifts, cruises, and even marry her.

In time, this victim realises that all her thoughts of grandeur were just a pipe dream.

Without proper counselling and positive reinforcements this female could see love as a thing to shun.

Actually, love is a powerful gift that all humanity should embrace. Lives powered by true love speak no lies. They become more compassionate, more understanding and more willing to go the extra mile if it reduces someone’s pain. In a fairly recent case, a neighbour from Montego Bay was facing some critical challenges and was unable to purchase a refrigerator which she needed badly. Miss Lewis from St Catherine, having read about it in this column, decided to assist the Montego Bay neighbour, but transportation cost posed a problem. There is an adage that says: ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’, but may I modify it to say, ‘Where love is, there is a way’.

So this was what happened, the desire to help the MoBay neighbour which was generated by love, was so strong, that it enabled Miss Lewis to find a way to deliver the refrigerator to a point in St Elizabeth free of cost from where it was picked up and delivered to Montego Bay. Now we understand the rationale behind the command to “love your neighbour as yourself”.

By loving others as ourselves, obstacles become stepping stones along the path to others. As we seek to give from a heart of love, there will be no room for those tormenting fears, for “perfect love casts out all fears.”



- Jennifer, St Catherine, for offering stove to Beverly, St Catherine.

- Pamella and friends, St Catherine, for food items.

- Neighbour, St James, for offering a refrigerator to a neighbour.

- Miss Nelson, for a donation.



- Ann-Marie, St Catherine, asking for the book Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants.

- Miss Jean, St Catherine: grandson is unemployed and needs barbering chair.

- Neighbour asking for a sewing machine.

- Ms Laing, St Andrew, asking for a stove.

- Neighbour, St Catherine, asking for financial help to start a juice business.


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