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Stop talking and start resolving problems

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO, MI neighbour! What do you hear as you listen to some conversations at many of our social and business gatherings? Don't you find their content distasteful, unhealthy, negative and unhelpful?

Sadly, many of us do have too big an appetite for these conversations.

Just imagine the outcomes if these conversations were centred around problem-solving! And just take a good look at the number of problems around us waiting on solutions. What are we waiting for? Solutions are within and among us. Many would rather watch others fail then turn around and condemn them than help them to succeed and rejoice with them. That's evil! Matters not that mankind is naturally evil. We can choose between good and evil. Choose good!

So here is my point, problems are all around us. It is easier to talk about them rather than resolve them. Media people, please take note - you have captive audiences. Each problem resolved takes us closer to our dream as a nation. All the problems we face as families and as a nation can be resolved through our resilience, gifts and faith in the Almighty. It takes a spirit of cooperation and a few leaders to coordinate our collective efforts. Please, do not let these words fall on deaf ears.


And who wouldn't want to hear children on their way from school discussing positive ways to solve problems instead of indulging in vulgarity? And what about men and women discussing the virtues of faithfulness? It would certainly be a breath of fresh air to hear young men on the corner planning positive problem-solving competitions. Wow! And I am pretty sure that we'd be all happy to hear politicians discussing better levels of cooperation between political parties and corresponding actions to be taken to realise this.

So with all being said, let's lift our conversations to positive problem-solving levels. And do you know that if we concentrate on solving one problem or help someone to solve a problem each day, in short order we can say with confidence 'Jamaica no problem'?

In the words of the governor general, "There is nothing wrong with Jamaica which cannot be solved with what is right with Jamaica." Lift the conversations and help lift someone from list below:

Opportunities to help

❐ SB, St James, unemployed. Asking neighbours for bed linen and a little cash to start a little buying and selling.

❐ Andrea, St Catherine, mother of children 17, 12, four, two - in need of food. Bags and books for back-to-school.

❐ Neighbour, stroke victim unable to work. Needs help from neighbours.

❐ Marcia, St Andrew, facing a severe crisis and badly in need of $6,000 to deal with matter.

❐ Petagaye, visually challenged and in need of clothing for four-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl.

❐ Rose, St Catherine, starting over with children - in need of a mattress, a stove and a TV.

❐ Sheryl, St Catherine, badly in need of help with back-to-school supplies for nine and 13-year-old children.

❐ Tessanna, Clarendon, asking for a bunk bed for children.

❐ Alverene, Manchester, mother of three asking for Grade Six Achievement Test books and wheelchair for her mother.

❐ Angelene, St Catherine, mother of two. Needs help with back-to-school textbooks for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate.

❐ Fay, St Thomas, house was destroyed. Asking for second-hand zinc and board to restore.

❐ Juliet, St, Catherine, unemployed, bills piling up. Needs help to start a little buying- and selling business.

❐ Ms Powell, Manchester, senior citizen asking for second-hand window and six sheets of solitex.

Thanks for helping:

1. Barbara, St Andrew, offering books for grades four, five & six.

2. Mrs Clarke, St James, for offering to assist Joyce who is unemployed.

3. Fitz, for offering a stove to Juliet, Kingston.

4. Vanessa, for offering exercise books for back-to-school.

5. Marlon, St Andrew, for offering a computer to a neighbour.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 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; e-mail