Manners

Everyday we come in contact with others without saying ‘Good Morning’or give a simple nod to indicate, that we are aware of the other persons presence. No one cares any more. However, do you know how good it is when you pass someone and they acknowledge your presence?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we all lack attention and that is a way for us to compensate for it, but it can be a great conversation starter.

Our elders and those who have it instilled in them, know the importance and I can imagine the annoyance they face. They open the door and that person(s) simply go through and not thank them or step on their shoes and continue walking.

Most persons would argue that they can’t be bothered and what’s the use when persons may not respond when they say it. I’m not excluded from this, as I share this sentiment many times. Sadly, it makes us anti social and we may also miss opportunities from this as well.

I can recall walking home one evening and and a guy looked at me and said “nice girl”.

I responded and said “hi”.

He then looked at me and said “You shouldn’t walk in with your key on the road like that. Wait until you’re closer to your house, you take it out”.

Imagine if I walked pass him, I’d miss some vital information right there. Granted, not all instances would be like that and it is for us to be aware of our surroundings for queues that would show that we are in a bad situation. As I said before, acknowledging someones presence can make their day and yours as well.

We should try condition our minds to use our social graces, everyday and not only when necessary. Can you imagine all the good things that may occur once that is done?

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The Jamaican National Anthem

Eternal Father bless our land,
Guard us with Thy Mighty Hand,
Keep us free from evil powers,
Be our light through countless hours.
To our Leaders, Great Defender,
Grant true wisdom from above.
Justice, Truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, Land we love.
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

Teach us true respect for all,
Stir response to duty’s call, strengthen us the weak to cherish,
Give us vision lest we perish.
Knowledge send us Heavenly Father,
Grant true wisdom from above.
Justice, Truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, land we love.
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

National Pledge

Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

Yesterday we celebrated Emancipation day and Thursday we will be celebrating 53 years as an Independent nation. Many persons will contest that is not so and that we would be better off as a dependent of Great Britain. I believe that though we have our perils, we have achieved some things and though it will be hard to regain the power we once had, the successes we have had can be motivation for what we once had. Take back our country.

Each time we sing the National Anthem we ask God for guidance, protection, strength to persevere and knowledge. Added to that, the ability to see pass the stumbling blocks that we face. Unfortunately, we forget to listen to what we sing and often times forget that we the people have the power. That is why slavery was abolished, we realized that there is more to us than being mere black stupid objects; we are destined for greatness. Persons would argue that we have different forms of slavery. Many people, speak about “modern day slavery”, however we have not noticed that we have to right to leave if we are not satisfied with the way we are being treated.

I remember reading one of the comments for the article “Respect the National Flag and Anthem”, written by the Jamaica Observer on August 1,2015. Someone commented:

“Regardless. A flag and a national anthem should be respected at all times no matter who you are. It’s what has made a country, what our fore fathers has fought and die for a nation so our children and their children can be proud of. Why are some of us questioning it now. You can’t be a proud Jamaican and not be proud of our flag and anthem”.

I am not well learned on the issues of the society. However, I must admit that there are things to celebrate. Often times we complain and say that there is nothing here and that there is no change Heck! I’m not doing my masters here; my intention is to return after receiving my masters and help build the country. It doesn’t help us if we decide to sit and wait for our leaders to change for the better. If they aren’t doing the right thing, why not take matters into our hands? Be the change you want, that you expect.

So, every time that I am given the opportunity to celebrate my Freedom and Independence, I gladly do so as I have a reason to do so in my own way.