Hello mi neighbour! The quick passage of 2013 starkly reminds us that time waits for no man. January 2000 still seems like yesterday in my mind. I remember the apprehensions, the anticipations, and the fears which gripped the world as the 21st century approached our planet. But the world did not end and all computers did not crash, as was anticipated by many. 'Tang Gad'.
We have to admit, however, that Earth has suffered some hard blows over the past 13 years. Airplanes flying into the twin towers in New York, the Asian tsunami, and the devastating Haitian earthquake stood as evidence. Tang Gad again that we have been able to carry on in spite of all that.
As we journey into 2014, it is fitting to reflect on the outcomes of decisions and commitments made at the beginning of 2013. Quite likely, some goals were achieved through hard work and stick-to-itiveness, while others were not achieved due to skylarking.
The disease called 'tomorrow-itis' could be responsible for this skylarking. 'Tomorrowitis' impedes our progress by making us feel to put off until tomorrow what should be accomplished today. And you know the story about tomorrow. It never comes. Be wise.
Permit me here to repeat a statement I made in this column earlier this year: "Nothing feels comfortable in the way of a person who truly desires to succeed in life."
In spite of challenges, there is no relenting until success becomes a reality. Right, Tessanne? If you get my drift, you'll agree that there's no need to covet what others have acquired through sweat and tears. In fact, there is a ladder of success provided for each of us by our Maker. Finding and climbing to the top of this ladder will bring happiness into our lives.
Again I ask: How many times have you heard that with a goal, a good plan, ambition, determination and faith, the sky is the limit?
Whatever you would like to achieve in 2014, start working at it now! Maybe it is to increase your income, produce an invention, create employment, get baptised, change your diet, or become more neighbourly, etc. Whatever your goal, ensure that it's achievable and measurable.
If you try to take on too many things at once, it could lead to confusion, frustration and failure. Surround yourself with like-minded people who will help you stick to the process.
ONE tree can start a forest,
ONE star can guide a ship at sea,
ONE word can frame the goal,
ONE vote can change a nation,
ONE candle wipes out darkness,
ONE laugh will conquer gloom,
ONE step starts long journeys,
ONE hope will raise our spirits,
ONE life can make a difference.
You be that ONE!
THANKS FOR HELPING:
1. Rose, Portland, for offering a single mattress and clothing for six-year-old girl.
2. Charmaine, for offering bed linen to neighbours.
3. Shana, Kingston, for offering a television to Ann Marie.
4. Kathleen, Manchester, for a television set.
5. Zelpha, Kingston, for bed linen.
6. Jennifer, Trelawny, for offering clothing for five-year-old boy.
GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBOURS
Neighbour, St Ann - asking neighbours for a small radio.
Gloria, St James - asking neighbours for a TV.
Neighbour - mother of two, trying to start a food-prep business; needs pots.
Trician, Kingston - single mother with three children living on the road for past four years … with children. HELP!
Myrna, Kingston - asking neighbours for a dining table and curtains.
Neighbour - asking for help on behalf of neighbour who has Alzheimer's … zinc, ply, cement to fix leaking roof. Also needs a mattress.
Diana, St Andrew - needs mattress for a twin bed for children.
Neighbour - needs a bed and a table for children … wants them to sit comfortably and do homework.
Neighbour - father has abandoned children. Wants to start a little poultry business.
Neighbour - diabetic, seven persons in family. Wants to open a little shop to earn an income. Needs a few sheets of ply.
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 email@example.com.