Archive | February 2017

Peace begins with – love?

Throughout my lifetime, I have heard of various riots from around the world.  I even recall writing about the London Riot some years ago, since it drew the attention of many nations.  Probably, I never envisioned us having such similarities particularly with the vandalism and looting which occurred.  Today, I lament about the scare, and fear felt from having had a sleepless night on Tuesday 7th February, 2017.   Seemingly what was a peaceful daytime protest was marred by the likes of a serious riot in our City from early evening into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.   This resulted in the horrendous burning of enterprises there.  These acts resemble a real lack of love that is currently plaguing our island on a wider scale.

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One can’t help but to realize that there is a serious blame-game now ensuing between people of different political and other persuasions.  Sadly, none of the blame game will bring our nation healing and peace.   For a long time, I was left with little if any words to express about how I felt and somehow still feel today about the events.  Two things, however, come to mind:

  1.  That which I posted on my Facebook page the following day,
  2. and the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

Let me begin with the latter.               Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

More than ever, we need this prayer.  It is my belief that our leaders must be held to present to the electorate a higher standard of responsibility and behavior across the board. It is also my belief that our people are quickly becoming more and more volatile, where problem solving efforts are given second place, and rantings are amplified into violent acts.  Granted, I am in no position to downplay the frustrations of some of the people.  However, does it mean that frustration is a good excuse to vandalize establishments, hurt innocent people and disrespect the law and order of a land?   My conclusions took me to Matthew Kelly’s expressions on Freedom, as follows with my own thoughts:

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“Freedom is not simply the circumstances that allow you to do whatever you want. Freedom is not only the opportunity to choose. Freedom is the strength of character to choose and to do what is right. With that in mind, our age is not an age of freedom, but an age of slavery. It is subtle, but it is real. The foundation of freedom is not power or choice. Freedom is upheld not by men and women in government, but by people who govern themselves.” – Matthew Kelly

#SelfControl #Discernment #PersonalMentalStrength #EmotionalIntelligence Rare rare rare. For to be that is adverse to the bacanal-seekers who seek to lure all and sundry into their plot.

One must pray for discernment and not allow people to use him / her to carry out their malicious and in some cases selfish agendas.

Ofcourse many will seek to place guilt trips on others for declining or rejecting their perspectives. Interestingly, many of them who accuse others of ‘apathy’ are extremely apathetic themselves in other important spheres of life. Besides all of us are not made for the same things.
#RespectBeTheKey #BeYou #WeBeWe
#Be

What aches most is that we are all seeking to protect the same Nation. Why can’t we teach our people to respect that which they may not necessarily like. To bait anarchy and “uprising” in a small Caribbean nation in a time like this when the world is unstable, is subtly contrary to that which we claim to desire.

As a Youth Worker, a Youth Enthusiast I feel sad that many of our young people may be ladden with the blame of what has occurred in our City. Granted people should be able to make their decisions, but many ‘leaders’ in the world advantageously erode the potentials of the unsuspecting vulnerable to empower.
themselves.

#IHaveNoTimeForColor #ILoveDominica #IHurtOverThisLatestTrend#LetUsSaveOurYoungPeople #IStandForPeaceAndDominica

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As for me, in addition to my advocacy here, I have taken the liberty to pen a letter to the men and women we have all empowered with our suffrage.  It is my hope that, this will be considered seriously.  If you would like a copy of that letter, please inbox me, and I will send you a copy, as I am now asking people to do likewise.  The more voices of concern, the better.  Subscribe to my blog and I will send you a PDF of that letter. 

Your Youth Matters

Dear Young Friend,  Your Youth Matters!  Yes, it does.

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If you don’t mind, I would like to share a few things with you.  Do you feel as if you just want to let go of this life and run away?  Do you feel as if the world has placed a really heavy burden or weight on your shoulder?  Maybe you feel as if you cannot trust anyone, and that if you risk opening up to someone about the things that trouble your mind, the next thing you will receive is harsh judgement, violation of your trust and a terrible breach of your personal confidence.

It is likely that for a large proportion of you reading this post; however young you may feel, the answer to at least one of the above questions is likely to be in the affirmative – “Yes.”  If this is the case for you, or there is a possibility that you know someone who may be experiencing a similar situation, let me implore your indulgence.

Your Youth Matters – really it does.  Youth by the way is a concept, it is not merely the period between childhood and adulthood.  According to UNESCO  –“Youth” is best understood as a period of transition from the dependence of childhood to adulthood’s independence and awareness of our interdependence as members of a community. Youth is a more fluid category than a fixed age-group.  However, age is the easiest way to define this group, particularly in relation to education and employment. Therefore “youth” is often indicated as a person between the age where he/she may leave compulsory education, and the age at which he/she finds his/her first employment…”  

So, for many of you reading this, you can relate to UNESCO’s perspective on youth.  If not, you certainly know someone within this category.  So, help me to help them understand that – their “Youth does Matter”.    To substantiate my belief that Your Youth Matters let me say:

  1.  Youth is fleeting:  Each day we grow older, as a matter of fact, by the seconds we add more age to our existence.  There is no need to waste it worrying about what could have been, what might be, what may happen.  It would be best to use the time given to you to your advantage, for when it is gone, it will never return.  Use the time wisely, in meaningful activities, making well calculated decisions.
  2. Your Experiences are Shaping you:  Certainly all the things you experience in this life are not pleasant.  Some of them are actually horrible, and unfair to you.  A whole lot of these life experiences you are not even responsible for.  Maybe it is just the environment you were born into, the unfairness of parents, the rudeness of pairs, the disrespect from others.  Let me assure you that these things are contributing to your molded self.  As we exist, we are being molded.  If your shape is being badly bent  thereby making you feel as if you are being broken badly, see these experiences as catalysts to a better adulthood.  How you relate to them can have serious implications to the adult you can become.   Don’t all them to rid you off your sweetness as hard as that can be.
  3. Your Youthful Voice is Powerful:  So, I know my efforts to convince you that the ‘bad’ things that happen to you in life can be meaningful.  If that is hard to believe, let me try to tell you that your voice and that of your peers are powerful sources for change.  You can and should articulate the things that bother you.  You can and should expose those negative elements and horrible humans who mistreat, disrespect and violate your beautiful youthfulness.  Use that voice – Yes, speak your truth.  You can do that any how you feel best.  Through your artistry – music, drawing, dance, poetry, song, dramatization and the list goes on.  What works for you, Work it to speak your truth.  Youth, your voice is so powerful.  Never underestimate that.
  4. Do NOT allow your youth to be robbed by worry:  Worry is a grand enemy.  It has the power to steal your joy, to snatch your ability to happily laugh a good joke and to preoccupy your mind.  When that happens, you will not remember that you are indeed Young, and should be Happy.  Despite the pains and pangs of this life, I want to urge you to smile (mark you I am still learning to smile).  Let me urge you to laugh, to laugh hard, until you cry, until your tummy hurts you.  Roll on the floor, with elevated feet and hands if you need to.  No need to sit in the trap of worry-zone.  What a bitch this thing called worry.  Rebuke that brute.  Yes, I said it, Rebuke it daily.  Think happy thoughts instead.
  5. Finally, Your Youth is Synonymous to Energy:  Positive Energy.  So, do not allow fear of judgement by others to distract your ability to get up and move.  Exercise your brain, your body, and even your tongue when needs be.  If you are hurting, find someone to talk to, unload yourself, and reject the fear of “what might they think?”  Once you can do that, you will find that, you have regained a level of energy and strength.  Use that energy wisely though.  Do not expend it in negative activities.  Rather, use it to create a positive impact on your peers, family, church, community and even your school.  Do what it takes to harness positive energy.

Clearly, this is  just a drop in the bucket as to what “Your Youth Matters” really mean.  None the less, it is my hope that you can and will have a better appreciation for this time of your life; thereby making the most and best of it.

It would be wonderful reading your thoughts on this matter.

May you be richly blessed today.