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Our natural survival kits

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! As I collected my thoughts to write this article while waiting on my mechanic a few days ago, my eyes caught an unusual sight: a dog eating a cardboard box.

As it ripped, chewed and swallowed pieces of the box, I thought that it must have been very hungry. This practice, according to the mechanic, was not unusual for that dog. Interesting! Oh, I see - its hunger-management instinct had kicked in. All animals seem to have an inbuilt survival mechanism. No wonder they don't seem to complain about anything. Hint, hint.

Like the animals, we are fitted with survival kits (instincts). This inbuilt mechanism energises and motivates us to fight for our lives - to get up and go, make ends meet ... win battles! Note, though, that these instincts were designed to get us out of difficulties - not into difficulties. If not wisely managed, they could do more harm than good.

Some persons use their survival kit to rob, steal con and scam etc., thus making life unpleasant for others. Our survival kit is not a permit to enjoy life at the expense of others. This kit should motivate us to become more creative and find honest means by which to survive. Our hunger for food, clothing and shelter should not be a motivation to beg or steal, but to work hard at honing skills by which we can contribute to the betterment of all.

The adage 'survival is for the fittest' is misleading. Fit and unfit have a right to the good life. We can all survive. There is always enough for all - the weak and the strong - but the strong are more adept at accessing theirs. This simply means that the more adept should help others to develop their adeptness so that they can be less burdensome to society.

And here is wisdom: we should never think that our survival is dependent on handouts from others. The weakest among us can survive if they honestly try. A physical handicap should not hinder success. Those who beg, because they have only one eye, one leg or one hand need to know that some of the most successful people around have some physical handicap. Nicholas James Vujicic (Nick), an outstanding international speaker, has neither legs nor hands. What is the difference between this guy and the millions of losers who are able- bodied? He uses his survival instinct in a positive way - this is a gift given to all of us by the Creator. Let's use it.

Meanwhile, as you encounter neighbours who need your help, don't be reluctant to assist if you can - it's all about survival. Above are a few of them. Please help.

Great opportunities to help

Margaret, Clarendon, needs wheelchair for mother who is paralysed in one side.

Neighbour, mother of six needs a bed and a stove.

Neighbour, teachers' college fee is overdue ... very nervous about being de-registered ... help!

Ms McBean, St Andrew, needs a sewing machine to help combat financial problems.

Neighbour, St Catherine, husband moved out leaving them on the floor - needs help!

Carla, St Catherine, needs bedlinen and curtains.

Tameca, mother needs chairs for dining table and grandmother needs a stove.

Morris, St Andrew, needs a stove.

Ms Christopher, St James, Pathway Basic School needs a filing cabinet, stove.

Patricia, daughter needs uniforms and hardcover exercise books.

Ms Spencer, son was attacked at age 14. Now two years later is crippled and needs to do surgery $560,000.

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