“What do you have to lose? I tell you already you are looking good so.” These comments were trashed at me about one week ago during my early morning workout session from a young man who seemingly has nothing to lose. My response to him was, “this hardly is about losing something; rather, it is about keeping well and healthy.”
The point is, I know we all have to die some way somehow, and this inevitability we have no control over. But come on, do we need to allow ourselves to just get all flabby, shaky, out of shape and in some way even ugly? Clearly we will not always acquire the Coke Bottle Shape, nor will all of make it to the national sports team, some of us won’t even lose all the pounds we desire to shed, while others of us may not even survive the workout, we could die from it. Still, is it worth it living life with no motion, no movement, a lack of self-motivation and discipline?
Looking back on my childhood and adolescence remind me of the many days I walked from Gutter (Cotton Hill) to Long House and back in the hot sun to take my mother’s tickets and to collect her pay cheque. My mother carried ‘fig’ (bananas) on her head weekly as a job. For each trip she made from the shed to the badge, she collected a ticket. This was all a part of the Geest Trade of Bananas from the local Portsmouth Port to England. She along with many women made their living being part of that industry. So anyway, I would religiously on a weekly basis do the necessary to collect her money.
Coupled with this, my siblings and I made several trips from our home to the standpipe and back with loaded, and or filled Jerry cans as buckets. That meant we had to defy two steep hills on the way several times. Clearly my cardio was in full effect since the aforementioned movements were complemented by cycling. Later, a fall from my brother’s tall mountain bike Continue reading
Today on my way to visit a housebound relative, I spotted a familiar elderly man literally struggling to get to his home under a downpour. With genuine concern I reversed the car and offered him a ride. To my surprise the elder’s visual ability was rather bad, and so his cane serves as a guide. That visual impairment prevented him from crossing the gutter unto the main road. That meant that I was left to get out of the driver’s seat to assist him.
Thankfully, just as I was getting out, a kind young lady ran toward us with an umbrella and assisted with getting him to sit in the car. That was so uplifting to see, and it shed a light of hope about us as a community.
Once he was seated, we were on our way. In between small talk and lamentations of a typical elder, I sought to find out exactly where he lived, and he ranted about the fact that he was denied a drink at a shop because the teller refused to sell him the coke he wanted. I suspected that it was really more than the coke he was denied. The new odor which drowned the Black Iced air freshener aroma it was evidence enough.
This did not deter my quest to get this man to his home as safely and as dry as I possibly could. Interestingly, once we got close enough to the junction of his home, I parked where I thought it would be closest and easiest for him. Well, that was my biggest error. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Dear Young Friend, Your Youth Matters! Yes, it does.
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. Continue reading
2017 has begun with many new developments. A new President for the United States, a new program plan on the job, new orders being signed by D.Trump, new daily news, new shocking observations as pertains to our own nations’s development. New, new new.
Amidst the newness, I suspect there is a level of trepidation that is plaguing various sectors of our world, and our citizenry here in Dominica. This, coupled with deep uncertainty of what this year will bring make it difficult for the average peace-loving, justice-seeking and carefree-world-citizen to relax and hope that all will fall in place for the good of the majority.
The Wall, the threat to hike taxes on Mexican imports, the disagreement about paying or not paying for that wall, the rumors of the CBI (Citizenship By Investment) program, the constant political noises blurring through cars, and homes tuned in to various radio stations and television channels here at home all cloud our focus. Continue reading
With approximately five hours left in 2016, one cannot help but start structuring the best way to eye the new year 2017. Notwithstanding the fact that no one knows what is in store for humanity on this earth during the upcoming year, one cannot help but muster up a spirit of Hope.
One of the best ways I think a person should anticipate the new year is with a high expectation of positivism. This will enable life-giving thoughts, and responses during challenging moments. After all, every year brings with it, its own forms of trials and troubles. A spirit of positivism will constantly rejuvenate the joyful juices which lies within the faithful. Continue reading
Kind greetings to you and thank you for visiting. Below are two links to a Panel Discussion moderated by me in which Youth Consultant and Expert – Mr. Henry Charles and Chief Youth Development Officer – John Roach were panelists.
I invite you to listen and or view the discussion and feel free to share your thoughts on the subject matter.
This matter concerns all of us, but especially Dominica’s youthful population which happens to be a significant proportion of our citizenry.
Panel Discussion: National Youth Policy Review – Dominica
Part two of the discussion – #767NYP
What are your thoughts on the establishment and implementation of the National Youth Policy’s Plan of Action?
Thank you for viewing and visiting. Blessings.