July 13, 2016
Hello mi neighbour! Let’s have a little heart to heart. I wish you no ill and trust that you’ll pay me a similar compliment. We’ll endeavour not to spoil our day: Jamaica’s question today is “whey mek people suh wicked to them one annoda?” Hear my mother’s response (God bless her heart): dem doan have nuh Gad eena dem aaht. Or is it because “dem doan have nuh aaht atall”? Those are metaphorical expressions for a heart bent on evil deeds – the most heinous acts of brutality and criminality. Create in me a clean heart oh God…
It is now obvious to cursory reader that here we are referencing the nonphysical heart – not the physical. Biological scientists tell us that the physical heart is a “muscular organ in humans and other animals, which pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. Blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients… .” We are advised by the experts that in order to have a healthy heart we must:
• Eat healthy fats – not trans fats. Look for zero per cent trans fat on all those food labels.
• Practice good dental hygiene. Dental health is a good indication of overall health, including the heart.
• Get enough sleep. People who don’t sleep enough may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. One study showed that adults over the age of 45 who slept fewer than six hours per night were more likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
• Don’t sit for too long at one time. Recent research has suggested that to remain seated for long periods can increases your risk of a blood clot.
• Avoid second-hand smoke. Studies show that the risk of developing heart disease is about 25 to 30 per cent higher for people who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home or work. Take heed.
While a bad physical heart may lead to the death of only a single person at a time, a bad nonphysical heart has led and can lead to the death of hundreds or even thousands of persons at any one time. Just take a look at the brutality around the world and you’ll agree. Don’t we have a big problem on our hand? Pride and arrogance are symptoms of a bad nonphysical heart. “Pride goes before destruction”: it leads to self-absorption which causes our heart to turn away from serving others to serving ourselves. Arrogance speaks to an attitude of superiority. This insulting way of thinking or behaving stems from the belief that we are better, smarter and more important than our neighbours. Arrogance and pride are at the root of all evil actions.
But as always, there is hope! Persons who suffer from pride and arrogance can rid themselves of these “diseases” by “medicating” themselves with a spirit of humility and meekness: be willing to accept the will and desires of someone else. Seek to become less concerned with self, own ways and desires. Also, to stem the tide of pride be willing to put yourself in second place and commit to achieve what is good for others. This is not a sign of weakness, as some think, but of strength and self-control.
Loving others as much as self is one of the finest remedies for social maladies.
THANKS TO NEIGHBOURS
1. Her Excellency Lady Allen, for donation of kind.
2. Everbody’s Deli for acts of neighbourliness.
3. Sister Grace, St Catherine for a sewing machine.
4. Annmarie, St Andrew, for offering temporary accommodation to a neighbour.
1. Neighbour, Kingston – single mother of three asking neighbours for a bed.
2. Daisy, 85-year-old – asking neighbours for food.
3. Rose, St Andrew – uncle is sick, crippled and helpless. Asking for help to start a little business in order to help him.
4. Nadine, St Catherine – Mother of five asking for household items: chest of drawers, bed, TV.
5. Joan, St Andrew – asking neighbours for second-hand refrigerator.
6. Neighbour – asking neighbours for a stroller
n To help, please call
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.