HELLO MI neighbour! Our problems are usually bigger than what we can manage because it was not the Creator's intention for us to manage them alone!
John'smind was in turmoil as he stood at the garage recently. He needed to get to the tax office before 3 p.m. His wife was on a flight and must be picked up. If the light and water bills were not paid that morning, he would be in trouble. And what an embarrassment that would be for these outstanding people in the community! But his motor car developed a mechanical problem and had to be dealt with urgently. Phew! John needed help!
Barryis facing a crisis. News just came that his mother was involved in a motor-vehicle crash and was taken to hospital. Rushing to the hospital to see her, a speed trap caught him. While pleading with the police personnel for clemency in light of his plight, his next door neighbour called to inform him that the utility company was at his gate to disconnect his electricity, and if he could get there with his payment receipt within an hour, he could be spared the inconvenience. Barry needs help!
Distressing experiences are common to human beings. But what do they do when they feel overwhelmed and hemmed in by life's circumstances? Some scream, some blow a fuse, while others will call for backup, etc. Yes, the wise thing to do when your back is against the wall is to call for help. Someone will respond. These 20th century lyrics are instructive:
No man is an island,
No man stands alone,
Each man's joy is joy to me,
Each man's grief is my own.
We need one another,
So I will defend,
Each man as my brother,
Each man as my friend.
Sooner or later, whether young or old, circumstances will dictate that we hand over the keys of our lives, including our private spaces, to someone else to manage it for us. A suh it set! And the quicker we grasp this fact, the better prepared we'll be for those days when (not if) they come.
Switching to another thought, the many Jamaicans, here and abroad, who have been supporting their neighbours through this column, are certainly living fulfilled lives.
For human beings to be truly fulfilled, they must spend some of their time and resources on helping others to become fulfilled.
I stopped by to see a long-time friend recently to see how he was doing. He feels a little pain here and there like myself, but he is in very good spirits. He spends a lot of his time and resources on helping people to solve their problems. Our motto is similar - 'If I can help somebody as I pass along, my living shall not be in vain' - an excellent recipe for happiness!
Let's adhere to the divine imperatives to 'love our neighbours as ourselves and do unto others as we would have them do unto us.' No one is expected to manage life on his/her own. Share.
Thanks for helping:
1. Ayoke, for offering a stove to her neighbour.
2. Marilyn, St Andrew, for offering a stove to Elaine, Clarendon.
3. Celia, St Andrew, for offering a blender and diapers to neighbours.
4. Anthony, St Catherine, for offering accommodation to needy.
5. Everybody's Pharmacy, Cross Roads, for acts of neighbourliness.
Opportunities to help
Neighbour needs second-hand household items.
Neighbour, single mother of seven is asking for a stove and children's clothing.
Neighbour needs a bag of cement to help fortify a building for elderly neighbour.
Paul needs a mattress for family.
Melvena, Trelawny, senior citizen asking for a wardrobe and a refrigerator.
Lucilyn, Trelawny, asking for a TV.
Kerryann, Kingston, asking for a stove.
Neighbour urgently needs a bed.
Neighbour, needs clothing for newborn.
Neighbour in need of a wheelchair.
Neighbour asking for stroller/ playpen.
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.