Jamaica Gleaner / Hello mi neighbour! “What a ting as life eeenh!” Life is laden with successes and failures, surprises and disappointments, laughter and pain, and the list goes on and on, including whatever you may be experiencing this moment. Life presents us with more questions than answers. Generation after generation experiences mysteries that boggle the mind. All of us have wars raging in our minds every day. These conflicts cause confusion in the minds of some persons and drive them to do crazy things. And what can we conclude?
In our conclusion that life is full of many mysteries, we also become aware that there are great lessons to be learnt and much to gain from those things which we cannot fully understand or explain. And so we pray with the late American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Amen.
Those who go through life with a good attitude seem to have a good approach to life itself. They accept their imperfections, and make changes wherever they can, if necessary. So whether the ear is big or the arm is long, they are fine. Our imperfections, flaws and all, can only affect us negatively if we allow them to, or work in our favour – if we allow them to.
…The past has passed There are times when we must accept our losses and focus on new opportunities to increase our earnings. The past has passed. Moping over the money lost in a Ponzi scheme will only sap our creative energies and blind our eyes to legal income-generating opportunities. As much as we would like to bring back a loved one who has transitioned, the power to accomplish this task, does not reside in us. Getting angry only makes matters worse. What then do we do? Make the best of life until such time.
Life is too short to be fretting over things that cannot be changed. By simply adjusting our expectations, every day can be like a walk in the park even when accompanied by pain. After all, whatever happens, happens. Accept where you are now, change where you’re going. You may not like where you are now, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the power to change where you’re going. The strong and the passionate take charge of their futures and don’t let their surroundings stop them from getting elsewhere.
If you absolutely can’t accept something, then you must make bold moves to change it. However, the sooner you start accepting the things you cannot change, the happier you will be. The more you change the things you refuse to accept, the greater person you will become. The more you love your neighbour as yourself and help the needy, especially those appearing in this column on a weekly basis, the more fulfilled you will be.
Again, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
THANKS FOR HELPING 1. Tracey, for offering clothing for 5-6-year-old girls.
2. Raquel, St Andrew, for children’s clothing and toys.
3. Pat, for act of neighbourliness.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP n Sandra, St Catherine – Asking neighbours for help to build a little house. Also asking for a second-hand freezer to start a business.
n Neighbour – Asking for a sewing machine, unemployed – needs it urgently.
n Karen – Mother of seven in need of a table and a refrigerator.
n Vivienne, St Ann – Asking for a gas stove.
n Jaculine, Portland – Asking for a dining table and a television – would truly appreciate them
n Mrs Laing, Clarendon – Asking for stove and food items
n Neighbour – No money to purchase food and send children to school – asking for neighbours’ help
To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 334-8165, 884-3866, 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; PayPal/credit card: email: [email protected] . Or contact email [email protected] Mr Townsend exclusively manages the collections and distributions mentioned in this column and is neither an employee nor agent of The Gleaner.
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