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Hug a neighbour today

Published:Friday | January 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Top of the day to you! That is to say I wish for you lots of up times (as opposed to down times when people are low in their spirits). Pass on these sentiments to everyone you meet. It will release feel-good hormones which are so badly needed in our society. These hormones ease stress, improve moods, and lower blood pressure etc. Apart from wishing, let's endeavour to make this a reality.

I call to memory a particular neighbour who seems to know nothing but down times. Trying to assist her has been stressful and trying. She is all negative. She complains about everything and everyone. She is unemployed and, whenever she goes on job interviews, the prospective employer never seems to like her and her chance of employment always goes through the window.

Schooling for her child is very haphazard. There is no money to fund this stage of her development. The child's father is a missing 'wutliss cutliss'. The landlord always hounds her for his money and she doesn't know where "him expect mi fi get it from and mi not working ... 'im expect mi fi guh tief?" Talk with this neighbour about some simple innovative income-earning opportunities and you get a bag of "been there, done thats". Nothing works for her - will never work. Wow! What "down syndrome"!

Like this neighbour, some persons know nothing but down times. They expect nothing to turn around anytime soon. They are not aware of the link between a negative attitude and negative results. A fact of life is that people who always expect the worst are seldom disappointed - they get what they expect. The converse is also true. Ever wonder why most positive persons are mostly happy? The behavioural scientists will explain.

Sadly, there are many neighbours who foolishly create those circumstances which will inure to nothing but some serious down times. On her way from classes one evening,Jennifer metMark on the bus. One thing lead to another and a pregnancy occurred. The news sent Mark into hiding. As the stress and pressure mounted, Jennifer was forced to take a break from her studies. The rest is misery ... well could be misery without the help of a Good Samaritan.

Thanks to those Good Samaritans who often show up in the nick of some of these down times! It may be to buy milk for a hungry child or to help Jethro to purchase diapers for his bedridden wife.

Bottom line, down times are common to all. They may be triggered by illness, loss of job, hunger, stupidity, pain or something inexplicable. May we all be inspired by the command to "love neighbour as self" and help to lift a soul who has been having down times to higher grounds. Top of the day to you and remember to hug someone today - that also releases feel-good hormones.


Faith, for offering a mattress to Sharon whose husband walked out on her.

Mrs Senior, St James, for offering a chest-of-drawers to a needy neighbour.

Charmaine, Hanover, for offering to assist a nine-year-old girl with housing accommodation.

Neighbour, St James, for offering three-piece settee to another neighbour.

Great opportunities to help your neighbours

Tracey-Ann, Clarendon, asking neighbours for a television.

Single mother asking for a bed and a second-hand refrigerator.

Neighbour, asking for clothing for one-month-old girl and size 12 in children's size for boy.

Jerron, Manchester, unemployed - applying for job overseas. No money for passport.

Ms McDonald, St Andrew, only son is physically challenged. Trying to make him comfortable - needs a bed.

Neighbour, unemployed - wants to open a little shop ... needs a patty warmer or a microwave oven.

Neighbour, asking neighbours for cement to help complete roof and bathroom for elderly neighbour.

Neighbour, asking for a Bible and a dinner pot.

Student, asking for help to return to school. Grade six textbooks, pencils etc., also a sewing machine for grandmother.

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: helloneighbour.