I was never one to engage in flights of fantasy, among which
would be making resolutions every time a new year comes around.
One of the main reasons is that I do not have the necessary
discipline to stick to self-imposed restrictions like... Well,
you know what I mean.
Cut out this, stop drinking this, stop smoking, stop this and
that. I also have never planned anything in my life, except
on the two occasions I got married. You must of course do certain
things like fixing the date, posting the banns and all that
But to say I have sat down and charted a course I would like
my life to take, uh huh. Never. Not me.
I knew what I wanted out of life but, I repeat, I never produced
a road map. But thank Godand sheer hard work and determinationI
have achieved almost all of what I wanted in life.
Keep in mind that the only thing guaranteed in this life is
death and, as I always say, anything acquired between birth
and when we have made that transition is lagniappe.
Except you have to work very hard to get those things.
Of course I do see the value in planning...having a vision (please,
not 2020), and I will never encourage others, especially young
people, to take my vi-ke-vie course.
It has worked for me and does not necessarily guarantee the
same for others.
Long after I realised that planning was not my thing, I read
somewhere that there is the plus-side to this in that a non-planner
like myself is never disappointed when things do not come to
You are not subjected to the resultant stress, depression and
associated negatives. And it is truly heart-rending when so
many people tell me how upset they are when things did not work
out as they had planned.
While genuinely sympathising with them and offering advice and
consolation, a voice inside of me is saying say thank God I
did not plan so I wont have to go through that emotionally
All of that said, I feel constrained to differ slightly from
my position on New Years resolutions and instead say what
I would hope for in 2007.
Of course on the top of my wish list is that once and for all
Martin Joseph and his team would put an appreciable dent
in the abominable crime situation in our beloved land.
That he would stop using meaningless statistics about how less
people were murdered in 2006 compared to the previous year.
Tell that to any one of the grieving families who lost a relative
to the senseless murders ravaging the land, with no indication
that we are turning around this sordid chapter in our nations
Last Tuesday morning I was buying breakfast in a cafe in St
Joseph when I remarked about the 12-year-old boy arrested for
fatally stabbing another youth two years older.
One of the customers, a WASA employee, responded nonchalantly:
So what? That is small ting...
What!? I said astonished at his causal stance.
Dont you read the Bible? De Bible say all of that
going to happen
small ting man.
I did not even bother to tell him that I have been hearing about
that end-time scenario ever since I knew myself and that I did
not think that the good Lord, Jah Jah, Krishna, Buddha, Allah,
and who have you planned it that way.
My second wish is that we stop accepting these homicides and
other violent crimes as a matter of course. It is just another
death. No big thing. I cannot accept that. I hope that in 2007
we would all get up as one people and not only say enough is
enough, but let the authorities (read the Government) know we
are not prepared to live under the ever-present threat of the
But to achieve this collective attitudinal revolution, my third
wish is that we stop saying, Ah is a PNM until ah dead,
I is a UNC until ah dead, I is a COP until ah dead.
We must let the politicians know that they are our servants
and not the other way around.
Let them known that arrogance borne out of an overflowing Treasury,
which got filled not because of sound economic planning, would
not be tolerated.
That they cannot simply dismiss critics of their decisions and
policies as being foolish, stupid or
unprofessional. We were not such when they came
begging for our votes.
Why do some of us allow them to play their divisive political
and racial games on our minds? With this mindset it is easy
for them to manipulate the people like lost sheep for their
own political survival.
I think we would be on the road to building a true civil society
when we can rise above partisan politics and artificial racial
barriers and put the nation first.
That to me is not an impossible task but dont expect that
lead role from our self-opinionated political leaders, whose
only reason for existence is to gain and hold on to power,
at any cost. Most of them at least.
Am I asking too much?