Lend a helping hand

We have all watched with horror and amazement as the event of CharlesTown unfolded. We thought, here we go again! What we thought was the coming of age of this great nation has suddenly turned into a mascaraed of opportunist bigotry and hate. How could there be a storm of hate so persuasive that captured the frontline of all human imagination. We have now revealed the true nature of what this place we all love has become. It only took a few turns of indecisiveness and a forgotten past to take us back to the place we vowed never to return.

I recalls the lyrics of a song I heard before: “Out of chaos and strife, we have found a hope we have never known. A glimpse, just a glimpse, just a gleam but a flicker of light like we have never seen.” This was the way I felt just a few years ago but now my soul is in search for this peace and assurance that this light will ever show. “Yet in spite of all our hardship and misery and poor economic condition we must struggle on.” We will never forget but we must carry on!

Only a few weeks later we are here together lending a hand to those in need in the time of disaster. We see the outpouring of love as the nation come together lending a hand of love and togetherness helping to heal the wounds of those affected. Let’s ask ourselves why can’t we all just get along; live in peace with love for all mankind? No matter how awful the situation might look, not everyone is a spreader of hate. Unity will hold us together in times of crisis and human turmoil. Let us not live in despair!

We send our prayers to those affected by this disaster (Harvey). We share our resources not forgetting everyone in need. Today we are well and in high spirit, tomorrow we could be in the very same condition so let us take up the challenge and lend a helping hand!

I do not want to divert to what was written a few weeks ago so I am attempting to continue this dialog. It is now our turn and the arrow is pointing at us. The lasting effect of Irma will be felt for decades to come. History has rewritten itself because we have never seen anything like it before and all records seems to have been broken! Though we might have been spared the wrath of the wind, some have to deal with the flood of rising water as we seek to salvage what is left of the memories and memorabilia’s that can never be replace. We need a helping hand, a hand of mercy and grace. We need a hand of comfort and courage because some are living in despair. Some have lost hope and are barely hanging on. Let’s not forget the words of the Psalmist: “Yea thou I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” When all is gone we turn to God!!

The pressure is mounting as we look around: we ask what next, who can we turn to? This is the magnitude of what we have never seen. It stretches from the Caribbean to the Americas. The chaos the heart break and despair. It is time to hold on, don’t give up the fight. I believe that help is on the way. As the darkness fell so will the light break through. We can all do our part in some way to lend a helping hand. Comfort the weak, reaching out to the poor and lonely spreading the love to let someone know that we care! This is the time for us to break down barriers across borders, spread love that will dispel hate; a time for unity when we all can stand as one human chain holding hands across nations, towns and cities in love for all!

Is it normal to be afraid? I believe so! Fear builds courage and courage build trust, faith, hope and a belief in one self. This is how we are going to be able to move on and conquer the giants that surrounds us. The moment for us to rise is now. Let’s be resilient and rebuild for the future not only homes of brick and mortar but lives built on a solid foundation. No matter the storms of life we will stand because we have built upon a rock whose foundation will never crumble. It is time to lend a helping hand!

 

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Remove not the Ancient Landmark

The richness of our history is a heritage that is needed to be preserved. Our fathers fought and gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom, peace and harmony gained. To tear apart in a moment what is so dear to us is but a travesty; it is a stripping away of our dignity and self-worth. The bonds of love and togetherness has crafted a nation despite the turbulence that continues to endure.  Who would have thought that we would be facing this moment of crisis?

The time is upon us the moment when the decision that was made has driven us off course and we are now drifting in bewilderment and amazement the direction we are heading. All eyes are on us; the frog jump in the cold water where it became comfortable, it is now boiling and it cannot get out. When one decide not to participate the result is catastrophe. Are we the laughing stock or are we too blind and bewildered to realize the water is getting hotter and it is time to jump! Let us stand with one united voice and with a clear message; “enough is enough!” Get up stand up’ stand up and unite and don’t give up the fight!

We are under attack and it is not from the outside. So, we are afraid of the terrorist. Have you ever thought of terror within? The fabric of who we are; the good we have done will be gone in a moment because we chose to remove the ancient landmark which our fathers have built. There goes the saying, “give me liberty or give me death” which way are we heading? Is this the end of our civil society? I get it, we are too afraid to let anyone in so we will build a wall of comfort and ease while hiding in the dark afraid of our own shadows. Now we don’t want to let anyone out!

We all believe in freedom. It is said that this country was built on the idea of freedom therefore there stands a representation of what we believe. It is standing on Liberty Island. This statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the “Roman goddes” who bears a torch and a “tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the “American Declaration of Independence”, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. Now times are changing and I am sure there are tears running down the eyes of this monument as it stands with hand up held even when the vision of its creator is facing a gloomy future.

No matter how rich or poor you are there is one thing that you should not change and this is the things the was implanted in you from those who have blaze the trail that you now must follow. The moments the stories and mementoes that you have been given and are now a part of who you are; the values and much more. The saying is, don’t remove the ancient landmark that your fathers have set. It is the values, the rich history and the dignity we gained with the passage of time. Can we be so naïve to think that those things do not matter? Greatness is not the ability to destroy what took centuries to build, it is the humility gained from knowing that you are around when you are needed most. Let us not tear down the landmarks our fathers have set; let us build a bridge with an outstretched arm to welcome strangers in. This is what greatness is; linking the world with peace hope and togetherness.

The scriptures said, “I was naked and you clothe me, hungry and you feed me, a stranger and you took me in

What do we mean by the old landmark? A landmark was considered a sacred space that helped perpetuate family holdings and was used as a means of protection against deceit, error, and confusion. In the ancient days, it was the custom for someone who had land adjacent to someone else to have it stolen because that other person would adjust the land mark to steal the property of the other.  The landmark was set as the boundary between the two properties. Let us look at it from another point of view! The things handed down from generations and given to us by those who have fought so that we can enjoy a good life without going through the things they had to go through. The things left for us; the values they shared and the strength and fortitude endured just so that we could live in peace and prosperity. These are the things we should hold on to; not giving in to the values that lead to nowhere but distrust and confusion.

As I sit to write what is in my heart, I share solidarity with those who are suffering because of the lack of foresight of others. Let us use the ancient landmark as a bridge of possibility to foster courage, love and respect. Let us not spread hate and fear. We are all a part of humanity, we have different shades but we are all unique. Please share the space as we endeavor to harmonize this big blue marble we call planet earth. The landmark was set as a guide we should hold it dear, guarding it at every moment or the thief will take it when you lease expect!

“Reflection”

 The road ahead; Is there hope for tomorrow

As I sit and reminiscence about the past and look to the future, I look with hope for a brighter tomorrow despite the challenges that is ahead. The dust has settled on the past year; soon we will forget the moments, the challenges and the tragedy. We have survived the pain and heartbreaks the most difficult moments with its up’s and down. Let us not forget who it was that guided us through moments of despair. History will mark the year and all its highlights. We will see these times as moment with different points of view but the one thing for which we will be grateful, we were part of those historic moments.

God has given us a mandate; we cannot think with a narrow mind or look through a tiny microscope because this universe is too large to ignore. I am not about to make New Year’s resolution because they never work even when you try. My question is, are there hope for tomorrow; is there anything hopefully to look forward to? It depends on your outlook on life! Think of where you want to be and set goal to reach them. Things will not change by thinking alone you must plan, create strategy and find ways to implement your plans. We are all procrastinators and before you know it time will pass and we will look back and wonder what has happened. Work with urgency to fulfill those goals make this effort part of your daily breathing habit.

It was just yesterday I was thinking that I was the youngest in my group but today as I look back I have graduate to the top of the class wondering how did I get here; now I am the one they are calling old. Is this true? What is oldness it is just a season by which we have graduate to someone more meaningful with so much more to offer. One thing is for sure we are smarter and wiser and we have the experience and the foresight to see far into the future.

Is there hope for tomorrow? Yes, there is! The government and the politician may let us down, things might not have turned out the way we thought but there is hope and there is safety in unity. The struggle has begun, let us not be side step by empty promises; we have already seen the trends that is set. Join the struggle and come together to fight for our future, our children and our grandchildren they are the ones who is inheriting the mess that is going on. However, we need not worry because God has it all in control. The word is: “don’t worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for today is the evil there of. Don’t worry be happy!

With that said, yes there is hope for tomorrow. We who have hope beyond this present moment will one day graduate and be at peace forevermore. We have a mandate and that is to spread love even in the face of hate. No matter the circumstances, let us give love a chance!