As I grow older, I begin to take a different approach to life. I ask myself, “Is it necessary to get involved in one activity over another? What is the objective of doing a particular task? Will it make a difference in someone else’s life? Will it help to solve the myriads of problems facing my Jamaican brothers and sisters?” Working as an Operations Analyst at the IDB has opened my eyes to many of the problems plaguing our society. Since I am a “feeler”, it sometimes becomes very difficult to deal with some of the challenges and so I try to block my mind and try to become immune to the situations, but I am unable to do so. Our reality in Jamaica continues to be one of increasing food prices, increasing gas prices, a devaluated currency, increasing taxes, an increasing crime rate and rising unemployment. When will it end? My heart aches when I am faced with the many needs around me. The elderly man who comes to my home to ask for a cup of tea and something to eat, the elderly woman who needs money to buy medication, the young man who is willing to use his scissors to cut my grass because he cannot find a job, the young lady who begs me to give her a cleaning job so she can earn J$1,000 (about US$9 equivalent) to buy food for herself and her son or the mother who asks for money to send her child to school. This is the reality that I face on an on-going basis, and it will continue to be my reality as the economic challenges continue to wreak havoc on the lives of our people. I now realize how important my job at the Bank is, because it allows me to be able to work closely with some of the programmes that can address issues affecting the Jamaican populace – programmes such as the Education Sector Reform Programme (making a difference in the lives of our children); the Youth Development Programme (making a difference in the lives of our youth) and the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (addressing the needs of the most vulnerable). This need to make a difference has also spilled over in my personal life thus becoming my life’s mission, and so I have volunteered to be a teacher in my local church, I spend time counselling young people and being more caring of those who are less fortunate. I ask the question “To Blog or to Not Blog?”. Do I join the movement to use electronic media to share information and personal views on topical issues? I do not want blogging to be just another layer of activity on the many that we now have. But if by sharing my thoughts, I can convert “talkers” into persons of action, and if that can result in identifying solutions to improve the hardships of our Jamaican people, then I am doing my job and living my convictions. I will continue to pray and work for my country, Jamaica land we love.
To Blog or Not to Blog: Time for Reflection and Action?