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You need a right-hand man

Published:Wednesday | June 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO, MI neighbour! Do you have a 'right-hand man'? Not the one who is right-handed as opposed to left-handed. Most successful people will tell you that they couldn't have made it without their 'right-hand men'. A 'right-hand man' is someone who is highly disciplined, superbly reliable, and understands the keys to success. Everyone needs one!

Your right-hand man usually has your best interest at heart. He or she is your back 'coverer' who doubles as your third eye. His or her ears are always to the ground picking up negative or positive comments being made about you and will defend you where necessary. Seen by some in organisations as busybodies and news carriers, they are often disliked.

I say, the right-hand man can be a lifesaver. When Mr and Mrs Brown were slowed down by old age, their grandson, whom they had helped with schooling up to the university level, became their right hand. The best medical care was provided for them. They were taken on frequent trips here and abroad.

They were chauffeur-driven every week to church. Their home was always spic and span with healthy on-time meals. Could they ask for more? What a right hand!

But you know that right-hand men do not drop from the sky? They are usually cultivated by acts of kindness. Even the faithful dog who leads his blind master around can testify to that. So here is the point to ponder: as we go through life, we must cultivate right hands by performing acts of kindness to others. We'll need them at one time or another.

And speaking about right hands, listen to this statement about the right hand of all right hands in this Caribbean song:

The right hand of God is writing in our land,

Writing with power and with love,

Our conflicts and our fears, our triumphs and our tears

are recorded by the right hand of God.

His right hand is pointing ... pointing the way we must go.

The right hand of God is striking in our land,

striking out at envy, hate, and greed...

The right hand of God is healing in our land,

Healing broken bodies, minds, and souls.

So wondrous is its touch with love that means so much,

When we're healed by the right hand of God.

The right hand of God is planting in our land,

Planting seeds of freedom, hope and love.

In these Caribbean lands, let His people all join hands,

and be one with the right hand of God.

Right on!

Thanks to neighbours

1. Neighbour, for offering to assist widow who sleeps on the hospital bench.

2. Marcia, St Catherine, for offering two walkers to neighbours.

3. Neighbour, for helping needy person with accommodation.

4. Rose Marie, for assisting young man who wants to start career in barbering.

5. Mark, St Andrew, for donating barbering tools to a young man who wants to start the trade.

6. Sandra, St Andrew, for donating a sewing machine to Olga who needs to start her own business.

Opportunities to help

Sister Pat, St Catherine, needs a pair of tested glasses - even a used one.

St Catherine, asking for clothing and diapers for 15-month-old son who has had a mishap.

Mother of four asking for household items. including a stove and a bed.

Jean, elderly neighbour, needs a stove and food items.

Ms Richards, asking neighbours for a small folding bed.

Elderly, neighbour needs food.

Neighbour, asking for clothing and stroller for one-year-old child who is brain-damaged.

Vivia, St Mary, has chronic fibroids. Needs injection (leuprolide) cost $23,180.

Neighbour, mother of seven, needs household items, including a stove.

Neighbour, St Ann, asking for a bed and a dresser.

Neighbour, out of a job with two children to care for. Asking for $5,000 do a little buying and selling.

Neighbour, St Catherine, mother of two, seeking a stove and grocery items.

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; email