HELLO MI neighbour! In my last article, I told you how singing saved someone from suicide. Today, I tell you how that article rescued someone else from suicide.
Perplexed by huge bills, complex family matters and unemployment, a Manchester neighbour felt it was time to make an illegal exit from this life.
Before making that plunge, however, by providence, he bumped into my article of Friday, August 30, 2013 (titled 'Save someone from suicide'), and was inspired to change his mind. The vicissitudes of life took away his interest in longevity. He lost the ability to cope with life's demands. His family neglected him, and there were no friends. For him, there couldn't have been a better motivation to commit suicide.
No one in his or her right mind should ever consider suicide as a problem-solving tool - even if the entire world is turning against him or her. Two proverbs remind us - 'once there is life there is hope' and 'where there is a will there is a way'. People who commit suicide are trying to do the impossible: recalibrate life all by him or herself.
Life is never without challenges - some self made and some, a matter of course. But thank heavens that the spirit of neighbourliness is active among us. Where one person fails to help you, another will pitch in. There is always a Good Samaritan to help bind wounds and mend broken hearts. Just open up and share what's bugging you.
And I know that some people are very private, but it is more sensible to open up to even a blabber mouth than to remain closed to one's own detriment! If many of those suicide victims had waited a while longer or shared their problems with a neighbour, counsellor or pastor etc., there would be less grief in our society! And the world could have been richer from their talents. How sad.
Back to the gentleman from Manchester, the very day he made the decision to end his life was the very day he bumped into the article mentioned above. As he read, something shifted in his heart. He surmised that the Higher Powers, which orchestrated the rescue of another would-be suicide victim (through the singing of a group of Christians) the week before, was using the article he was reading to dissuade him from committing such a silly, selfish act. Phew!
Happy to report that that gentleman is now receiving counselling. Another superb act of neighbourliness? Yes it is!
And I leave you with a line from the song which inspired hope in the could-have-been suicide victim.
"I speak life, you're gonna live oh my brother ...
I speak life, don't give up the fight for your life ..."
Thanks for helping:
1. Judith, St Andrew, for offering size 14 khaki to neighbour.
2. Mr Harley, for offering a dresser to Sonia, Clarendon.
3. Neighbour, for offering khaki for back-to-school.
4. Oddeth, St Elizabeth, for helping another neighbour, St Elizabeth who can neither work nor walk, with back-to-school supplies.
5. Natoya, St Andrew, for offering computer, English and literature books to a needy student.
6. Everybody's Pharmacy for acts of neighbourliness.
Opportunity to help:
Jethro, blind - needs diapers for his 93-year-old wife who is bed ridden.
Sharlaine, St Ann, mother of four needs a dresser.
Neighbour, asking for an igloo to do road-side selling.
Karen, Clarendon, single mother, needs $3,000.
Elderly neighbour, Clarendon, asking for a door and a little paint ... also needs a size 11 shoes for church.
Saviena, needs clothing for six-month-old baby.
Neighbour, unemployed, mother of four needs a sewing machine and a mattress.
Shanieka, needs a twin stroller and walker for young children.
Beverly, Clarendon, brother was killed recently and she has no money to bury him - asking for neighbours' help.
Neighbour, 70 years old and out of a job ... needs help to rear chickens for a living.
To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, 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 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.