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My Life I Make - thought-provoking and inspirational

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2010 | 2:00 AM
  • Title
    : My Life I MakeĀ  (Revisited Spiritual Reflections on Reggae Lyrics)
  • By
    : Lauris Faith Mair and Lauris Faith Publishers
  • Reviewer:
    Alfred Sangster

This little book is an update of an earlier publication and is due to be launched at the Library of the University of the West Indies, Mona, today. The publication, handy for pocket or purse, is full of wise advice and carefully crafted elaborations taken from the songs of many of the artistes who have made reggae a worldwide phenomena.

The book is a collection of 65 thought-provoking inspirational pieces, each inspired by a line from reggae lyrics. They are based on the philosophy that each of us is responsible for the choices we make in life. The items are periodically interspersed with small and delightful prints of Jamaican scenes by the artist Paul Blackwood.

There were a number of important principles that guided the author and which are evident in the writing.

It is unwise to worry over things that we have no way of changing, but rather it is important to recognise the things that can help to make us better people.

We take our chances in life and have to live with the results of the decisions that we take. Life owes us nothing. It's up to us to make the best we can with whatever gifts or trials life puts in our path. We need to be grateful for whatever we have.

A few examples illustrate how the author develops the ideas in the book. Each one has an initial highlighted line followed by commentary (selected) and ending with an action thought.

"I want to disturb my neighbour."
Bad Card
, Bob Marley

The decision to disturb one's neighbour is not usually viewed as a positive act, especially from the neighbour's point of view. We could also think of a disturbance as a wake-up call to view our lives and those of our neighbours from a different perspective. If you can disturb your neighbour into thinking like you in positive terms then that's giving a whole new meaning to the word disturb. Remember, a pearl is created because a grain of sand disturbs an oyster.

"Cause since I've seen the light ..."
Quit Trying
, Bunny Wailer

With light comes hope that its brightness will illuminate all the dark crevasses of our life, and drive away the dark forces that threaten our hopes for the future. Do you think you would appreciate the benefits of light as much, if there were no darkness? Shine light on your darkness.

"So, the harder the battle, you see, the sweeter the victory."
You Can Get it if You Really Want
, Jimmy Cliff

Given the choice, most of us would prefer a life free from discord. Whether we like it or not, no one can go through life, without some sort of confrontation or difference of opinion. You need to believe in some power higher than yourself and be prepared to be a soldier in any army that defends the basic rule of a good life: treat others in the way you would like to be treated. With this kind of commitment, you would be helping to make the world a better place. Fight for what is right, not who is right.

This little book will no doubt be an inspiration to those who take the advice to heart.