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Seeking the light at the tunnel’s end


Tomorrow, January 1, 2014, for millions and millions of people –– including us Bajans –– will be the day of new beginnings. It is designated the day of initiation of resolutions and of the new pursuance of goals.

For many a Barbadian it will be the day of the start of that battle plan to survive 2014 –– if fate won’t and the Government can’t permit us to make it our best year yet.

The year 2013 hasn’t been so hot –– outside of the weather. Food prices ignominiously failed to become cheap, the cost of living shamelessly bedevilled us, the temporary 17.5 per cent VAT inexplicably and perplexingly got stuck in a rut, the freeness brigade baulked about having to contribute towards the costs of tertiary education, and the Minister of Finance readied hundreds of us for cardiac arrest as he prognosticated on 3,500 job losses by the end of coming March –– after a fiery and unequivocal commitment prior that no such layoffs would be executed by his Government.

To the minister’s credit, he did admit that the methodology towards that popularly populous pledge had gone haywire, though he refused to take full blame. And so with an apparently inevitable broken promise, some of us must take to combat for our very survival as we face the enemy of almost certain joblessness.

The challenges, bad breaks and disappointments we suffered in 2013 matter no more. What is of import now is the courage it will take to face the New Year –– from the very day of new beginnings.

Of course, with daring and boldness has been traditionally the way many of us have begun our New Year resolutions, slumping back within months, if not weeks, into our old routine –– as former calypso monarch Serenader imaged as “one step forward, two steps backward –– and tremble” . . . .

Truthfully, the 3,000 plus job cuts, which seem unavoidable, will hurt more than those put on the breadline. The loss will affect family and friends, and the consequent effects of this will filter into the society at large. Some of us will have to be our neighbours’ keepers –– as we should be, if we shall go by Christ’s principles.

Our New Year’s resolutions will have to be more than desires; more than a wish list. That’s what it must be. Our plans, goals and declarations for 2014 must be drawn into a road map to a destination of hopefulness –– a landing place that absents itself from despair, torment and woe.

If each of us will only make one resolution for the New Year, we must so rewire our brain that we surely grasp exactly what a resolution for 2014 will demand of us. That in itself will go a long way towards manifesting our hopes and desires into reality, and projecting a similar outcome for our fellowman and fellow-woman.

There are innumerable diet plans all around us, yet in spite of our New Year’s resolution to lose weight, whatever it takes, we renege on the one practice that has stood the test of time. We would rather not eat less and exercise more; we would prefer to do the opposite: remain overweight, because it is easier, and deal with the consequences –– often suffer them.

As we embark on the New Year with aspirations of discovering our prudent and frugal side, as we play our little part in the national plan of rescue and ecomomic sustainablity of our country Barbados, we can have no such wavering of the mind or our intent. it behooves us to stick with the diet, for if we become so overwhelmed by the effort required, we will captitulate to bulkiness and sloth and we will not make it to the light at the end of that tunnel.

Dedication and perseverance will save us. It must . . . as we make 2014 the year of our country’s rebirth.

Let us give true meaning and result to the wish of a happy and prosperous New Year –– before it is done.

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