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Happy New Year 2017

01/19/17

Permalink 06:56:03 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

Happy New Year 2017

The year 2016 is over and what a year it was. Within our personal lives, we all enjoyed some positive and happy times as well as some trying and challenging ones. Some of us had to duel with health issues either for ourselves or a family member. Some enjoyed success in business or achieved a milestone in education or other personal growth. While most of us had real financial issues which we still can’t believe we got through.

Apart from our personal situations, we are also impacted by the events happening around us. Unfortunately, it’s amazing how the negative events around the globe are the news that tents to stay with us. In 2016 nations were thrown into chaos as they battled with all manners of evil.  The Middle East and North Africa were plagued by continued terrorist groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaad, and Al Qaeda. Countries in Europe went on even higher alert following terrorist attacks on countries such as Belgium, Turkey and France.  The United Kingdom went into a tizzy with Brexit and are just trying to negotiate their way out. The world was stunned with a “Trump” victory in the United States and is on pins and needles with anticipation as to what he will do in the White House. Closer to home one of the world’s most extraordinary political leaders Fidel Castro died. While here in Jamaica we had a change in the political arena and are still waiting to see where that will lead us.

It is now a New Year, 2017 and there is a feeling of hopefulness which comes with the start of a new year. This is the time when we take time to reflect on the immediate past, evaluate our present situations and make plans for the future, short and long term. We passionately decide on resolutions which we are sure will solve at least some of our problems and improve our lives. We convince ourselves that this year we are going to follow through.

I encourage you to be true to yourself and make the best of every opportunity that comes your way. If things don’t go as you had hoped, find the lesson in every situation and learn from it. Whatever you do, enjoy 2017.

Happy New Year!

 

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Reasons why I love my Jamaican Mom

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait till we get home."

2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You going get a ass'n when we get home!"

3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE.
"What di backside yu thinkin'? Answer me when me talk to you...Don't talk back to me!"

4. My Mother taught me CONSEQUENCES.
"If yu run cross de road an' cyar lick yu dung, a goin' kill yu wid lick."

5. My Mother taught me THE VALUE OF EDUCATION.
"If yu no go a school, yu a go tun tief or walk an' pick up bottle."

6. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If yu tun over yu eye lid an fly pitch pan it, it a go stay so fi evva."

7. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD.
"Is not one time monkey goin' wan' wife"

8. My Mother taught me ESP.
"Yu tink a don't know what yu up to nuh?"

9. My Mother taught me HUMOR.
"If yu don' eat food, breeze goin' blow yu 'way."

10. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT.
"Come an' tek yu beatin' like man."

11. My Mother taught me about SEX.
"Yu tink say yu drop from sky?"

12. My Mother taught me about GENETICS.
"Yu jus' like yu faada."

13. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Yu tink mi come from "Back A Wall?"

14. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE.
"When yu get to be as ol' as me, yu wi understan'."

15. And my all time favorite... JUSTICE.
"One day wen yu have pickney, a hope dem treat yu same way."

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