Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Having Less and Giving More

Amidst the financial crisis and economic depression that nearly every nation on earth is grappling with now, there is a constant question that reverberates in our minds. Its a question that jumps at us when we read the newspaper headlines in the mornings or when we turn on the television at nights. What will happen to me? How will this economic 'recession' impact my life or my family's life?

Well I hasten to say that it is indeed times like these that causes us to really ponder on the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us both collectively and individually. This is a point in time when we are forced to take stock of our lives and count our blessings. A point in time when we can no longer afford to take things for granted (literally). The 'bling' we used to buy, the food we used to waste, the light that was left on or the pipe that was left running, were once acts that we did almost unconsciously, but which have now been brought to the forefront of our minds.

So now, what can we do? Will we start feeling vulnerable, depressed, sad, lonely, lost? No matter what these trying times will bring, we must not face it selfishly and in isolation. We ought always to remember that no matter how bad we think our own situation is, there is someone else who is mush worse than ourselves. So I encourage us all to be our brothers' keeper.

It is when we have little that our perception of its value is amplified. It is when we have little that the sacrifice of giving from it seems greater. So can we truly continue to give, and even give more as the season for giving fast approaches? In the words of the new president elect of the USA Barack Obama said, "yes we can."

The link to an article below demonstrates this same point as the Salvation Army in Jamaica expects to exceed donation targets this Christmas season:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sweet Sweet Jamaica

Jamaica, despite all her struggles and challenges remains one of the most beautiful, charming, exotic and hospitable places on earth. Notwithstanding the crime and violence which has dogged the country in recent times, the will and determination of its people remain fervent.

Cultural Diversity
Jamaica's motto says: "Out of many one people", with good reason I must say. There is a rich blend of ethnicity and culture which puts good meaning in the popular saying "variety is the spice of life". We have Indians, Syrians, Chinese, Europeans, Japanese, and as many groups as you can think of, they can be found here.

Iconic Music
Our rich history when it comes to music goes without saying. The birthplace of Bob Marley and Reggae music, Jamaica has much to boast about. We have set a trend that many have followed. Our music not only provides entertainment, but it uplifts, edifies and inspires.

Sun, Sand and Sea
How can I mention Jamaica and not talk about its beautiful white sand beaches loved by untold numbers and visited by millions. Our warm tropical climate enjoyed all year round provides the perfect escape for so many who otherwise would have to endure the torture of bitterly cold winters.

Land, Wood and Water
As much as we are blessed with white sand beaches, pristine waters and radiant sunshine, we are also blessed with bountiful flora, towering mountains, graceful hills, unspoiled forestry and crystal clear water sources.

Yes, we have it all. So much has been bestowed upon its inhabitants, so much has been given. And as the good book says, to whom much is given, much is expected. So we must protect Jamaica, we must preserve her bounty and beauty. There is so much that Jamaica has to offer, so let us do our part in preserving and promoting life, love and peace.