A chance for a fresh start

By most accounts, 2010 was a bad
year for the Cayman Islands.

Besides the dismal economy, 2010
saw a significant contraction of the population. Instead of reducing
unemployment among Caymanians, the loss of local spending increased the jobless
rate to unprecedented levels.

Then there was the crime.  Armed robberies and home invasions, once
virtually unheard of in Cayman, became commonplace.

All of this led to an angrier, less
patient society and Caymanian-expat relations sunk to new lows.

Thankfully, 2010 is almost over.
The fresh start of a new year is on the horizon.

As we look to 2011, we should
accept that certain things – like the economy – are beyond our individual
control. However, there are other things that we can, and should, try to
improve on. We can all do little things to help Cayman regain the friendliness
that has been its trademark.

If 2010 taught us anything, it
should be that this society needs Caymanians and expatriates to thrive. In many
ways, it is Cayman’s rich diversity that makes this country such a special
place to live. We must strive to bridge our differences and to live together in
harmony.  This takes effort from both
sides, just as it does in any relationship.

Let us strive to be friendlier to
one another. A smile here, a nice gesture there and a simple “good morning” go
a long way in building better relationships.

Let us stop painting the other with
a single brush; there are good and bad members of every society and the actions
of one shouldn’t reflect on all. Let us instead take each other on our
individual merits.

Let us avoid the mob mentality that
accentuates differences and instead let us try to find commonality.

Let us try to understand each
other. For most Caymanians, this is the only home they will ever know; it’s
only natural they would feel threatened by the influx of foreigners who outnumber
them. On the other hand, expatriates have not “invaded”; they have been invited
here because they can or are willing to do particular jobs and they should be
made to feel welcome.

Let’s do all of these things to
make the Cayman Islands a better place to live in 2011.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Good day and Merry Christmas to all. I truelly agree that for the year 2011 we as an island of many nations need to come together as one. Lend a helping hand where you can. My comment on this hopeful thinking for the new year is that the Government and those in Power need to be the driving force behind this message. I am a young Caymanian who is struggling to survive and raise my kids. I have beed to Social Services on a number of occasions for help and have been refused because I went in there and told the truth. Because I tild them yes I am working but I am unable to live and pay my onthly bills can you please help me for a month or two to get caught up and be able to live on my own. They denied me the help. I am now in a situation where I am no longer able to stay at my current loacation and I am unable to pay rent right now as I have loans that have to be paid in January. I am a hard working ambitious caymanian who wishes that the Government would help those who help themsleves like the bible talks about. Unfortunatly they help those who can work but wont and those who are on drugs and those who lie to get the help. Me on the other hand cant get help because I am working that is bull.

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  2. Happy Holidays all and a friendly happy new year..
    Caymanians has always been known for their friendly smile and helpful attitude. What has happened to that. Did we try to adjust to reflect the attitude of the new majority.. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. As the old saying go; some people take kindness for weakness.

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  3. We could all start off by a simple gesture of holding the door open for the next person and smiling at the same time……this gesture is FREE, and costs you nothing.
    A fine example of this is demonstated daily by our tourists. Opening a door just far enough for yourself to slither through, then close immediately behind you is defined as a rude gesture in most societies.

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