Count our blessings
The purpose of this letter is to urge Jamaicans to celebrate the positives in our island. Often, the tendency is for us to highlight the negative situations, the problems and challenges that beset our nation. In doing this, we forget to count our blessings.
A Christian songwriter admonishes us to count our blessings and name them one by one. It will surprise us to see what the Lord has done for us. In light of this, may I name some positives in Jamaica?
Our land has a robust democracy and a strong democratic tradition which some other countries of the world do not have. Jamaica has never experienced a coup d'état - like Haiti and some African countries. We have never witnessed a regime change occasioned by social revolution or what I call "transient mobocracy", as in the Middle East.
Jamaicans enjoy freedom of worship and expression. This is the envy of many people in other countries.
Besides, Jamaica has produced some phenomenal athletes who have outclassed athletes from other countries, for example, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell Brown, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, etc.
It is pertinent to state that the musical icon Bob Marley has earned, not only for self but for the nation, international recognition, fame and and prestige.
Therefore, I call on Jamaicans not to become so fixated on the issue of crime and violence in the country that they fail to focus on the positives. I wish to echo a statement made some time ago by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen: "There is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed with what is right with Jamaica."
Rev Ugochukwu Durueke
Claremont, St Ann