May 11, 2016
Hello, mi neighbour! Top of the world to you! It is said that more than 129 million books have been published throughout the entire world so far. Of that lot, millions have been written for the development, edification and salvation of humanity. Among those are books which speak to our origin, our relationship with the rest of creation, our responsibility to one another, and how to build good relationships. Succinctly put, there is no shortage of information on how to enjoy our world and help make it a better place.
Doctor Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, musician and humanitarian who lived from 1875 to 1965, said that if we can accept the fact that as humans we must live in the company of other humans, and that without them our survival would be compromised, we can move towards acceptance of others. If I may add to that, accepting others means being tolerant of their imperfections even as we would expect them to be tolerant of ours. In other words, we must be willing to ‘do unto others as we would have them do unto us’. It is the application of this principle which beautifies all human relationships.
Relationships among people can be difficult, but very valuable and rewarding when properly managed. When we become angry, perplexed or annoyed with another person, we set into motion a series of events which results in unhappiness for those concerned. Our negative emotions will often be followed by negative words and actions. Almost invariably, the person who is the object of our vexation will react negatively and could bring others into the cycle of never-ending negativity. Isn’t it sad that this kind of behaviour is commonplace among human beings considered to be sane, intelligent, and rational?
Human beings are imperfect, but if we choose to accept one another for what we are, our lives will be gloriously enriched. Instead of living just for ourselves and taking things that others do personally, we will serve ourselves and everyone else better by pausing before a negative reaction and asking ourselves, ‘how will negativity make the situation better?’ We will then find that a positive reaction will place us on a pathway to happiness.
If you make a conscious effort to live for others, others will make a conscious effort to live for you! Your circle of well-wishers and loved ones will grow, and your life will become more meaningful and stressless.
Now, sing with me:
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
THANKS FOR HELPING
1. Vicki, St James, for offering clothing for females young and not so young.
2. Mrs Neil, St Andrew, for offering clothing to a needy neighbour.
3. Neighbour for offering a mattress to another neighbour
4. Neighbour, St Andrew, for offering food items.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR HELPING
– Primrose, Clarendon – Single mother asking for a mattress and a dresser.
– Neighbour – mother of five asking neighbours for food. Also needs clothing for two-year-old.
– Neighbour, St James – Asking neighbours for a mattress and a chest-of-drawers.
– Nickeisha, Clarendon – Asking neighbours for clothing for newborn and a television.
– Neighbour – Seeking help for her church sister who is losing her sight and needs $1.7Million for surgery.
– Moses, Kingston – asking neighbours for a piece of 10×12 linoleum.
– Miss Jones – Asking for money to send her three children to school.
– Annette, Clarendon – Needs financial assistance to send children to school. Also needs 12 sheets of zinc.
– To help, please call 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; email firstname.lastname@example.org