FOUR days from today we will be celebrating Christmas. To some people this means nothing whereas to others it means plenty. But generally speaking, it is a time of good cheer, a time when some, if not most of us, are a wee bit nicer to each other. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly!
And so, with all that infectious feeling of kindness, togetherness and niceness floating around, let us not forget that there are those amongst us that need to be reached out to, either to be comforted, to be fed, in need of friendship or a helping hand.
What better time of the year can we show our love to each other than this time. For once let us put away the red and yellow political stripes that we constantly beat ourselves with and embrace each other.
Let us greet each other in true Christ-like manner, after all, is not this the time when we celebrate, or supposed to celebrate, the birth of the One who truly represents love and who demands of us to love each other, even as He loves us.
Undoubtedly, we have a lot to be thankful for. This year has been a tough one for some of us and a productive one for others. Dreams were realized and dreams were shattered. But as the saying goes: Life goes on.
We are thankful for the tremendous achievements of our athletes outside our 238 square mile boundaries like teenage cricketer Kimani Melius and US based sprinter Julien Alfred, among others.
We are also thankful for the entrepreneurial spirit of our people and institutions as they continue to break barriers and go beyond expectations and young Johanan Dujon, a budding biotech entrepreneur comes to mind as well as the 1st National Bank and others.
Grateful we are too, for being spared the wrath of Mother Nature, as weather systems seeming to head directly toward us ended up taking that miraculous turn that left us heaving a sigh of relief.
Yes, crime and its associated horrors continue to plague us and with its defeat nowhere in sight we find ourselves at its mercy. Yet, despite that, we are thankful that we are alive today.
Indeed, there is a lot to be thankful for and so this Christmas, as we greet each other and bask in each other’s love and friendship, let us endeavour to appreciate what Christmas truly means and hold on to that meaning till the next Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!