HELLO, MI neighbour! 'Let's not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest - if we do not give up'. Those words, spoken by Saint Paul to earlier generations, have not (and will never be) diminished in relevance even at a time when evildoings have become so fashionable. People who through their efforts succeed at making this world a better place are always greatly rewarded.
Unfortunately, some may never taste these rewards, because they contribute far too little or are unwilling to push a little harder for the benefit of society. My advice: whatever you may be doing at this time for the good of others do not give up.
Success never comes easily. The easy street invariably leads to failure. Those who take it rob themselves of one of life's greatest pleasures - taking on and accomplishing difficult tasks. The testimonies of athletes and coaches in recent times underscore my point. Even when they were not up to it at the last Olympics, they pushed themselves knowing that Jamaica was counting on them and that mediocrity does not win gold medals
People who desire a healthy body must ensure that their diet consists of the right mix of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and the like. Some things are bitter, some sweet, some sour, some pungent etc. but they all add up to one thing - good health. A good nutritionist will help you to balance all of these for maximum benefit.
In life, it is a blend of the bitter and the sweet that build character and create strong people - people who make good decisions; people who make great husbands, wives, leaders and neighbours. So the insults and hurts which are hurled at us at times to break our spirits, may be bitter, but properly blended in with other experiences, are like tonic to a soul striving for greatness - let's not hate the perpetrators … . Whenever you are doing well, not everyone will cheer you on. Some will try to undermine and discourage you. But if you are convinced that your actions will bring some good to humanity, plod on with fierce humility.
For almost four years this column has been providing a means by which the lives of many Jamaicans are improved. Cannot say that the task is an easy one - won't get into the nitty gritty though. The fact that a mother can send her child to school, a family can now sleep on a mattress, half-naked children and adults have a good supply of clothing, some families now use gas stoves instead of wood fire etc., is a great reward for our efforts. All this is a result of highlighting people's needs in this column and the willingness of others to assist. Will we ever get tired of doing this good? Not likely.
People who live long and healthy lives are those who live so that others might live. Breathing is to the body what giving is to true living. If we do not give for the benefit of others we are always at risk of living a purposeless life. Give today.
Thanks for helping
1. Sandra, for a pair of black shoes.
2. Cynthia, St Andrew, for offering a bed to Jacklyn (437-8534), St Catherine.
3. Mr & Mrs Rooms, St Andrew, a mattress to a needy neighbour, St Andrew.
4. Suzanne (391-0082), for offering a stove to a neighbour.
Opportunities to help
Neighbour, asking for a wheelchair for an elderly lady.
Annette, Hanover, single mother … struggling with back pain. Needs a bed for family.
Peter, St Andrew, unable to walk - wheelchair, which he uses to travel long distance has been badly damaged. Asking neighbours for a workable one - motorised if possible.
Neighbour, unemployed … partner is unemployed due to Parkinson's disease. Asking neighbours for a stove.
Rose, Kingston, needs a stove.
Marie, St Mary, flooded out by Sandy - in need of a mattress and a stove … sleeps on board presently.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.