Our brother’s keeper?

Most people, if asked whether they would give money to help someone or physically jump in to help solve a problem, would probably prefer to dig deep in their pockets.

You see to physically help means that you have to get your hands dirty with the details of the situation and most people just simply don’t want the details. We are often too busy with our own stuff to get involved. But to live in this world and not care about our neighbour is tragic and something that each and every one of us can do. Taking care of one another represents the gift of service and the gift of service represents humanity. The greatest need is for people to serve and to serve our fellow man should be deemed an honour. Whether you have a natural gift for interacting positively with people or you have to really work at it, every single one of us is capable of helping another person.

I remember from a very young age, and I am sure many Caymanians will share the same memory, how our parents and grandparents shared everything with the neighbours. I even remember them sending me down the street to take “a hand of bananas or some mangoes” to the folks in the neighbourhood.

There are programmes in the communities that help and we are so fortunate to have them. I know as a struggling single mother, I am glad for the help that I received from the programmes and organisations that help keep children busy doing constructive things. My children are incredible people because of it. The Bible says to love your neighbour and to do good to those that hurt you. Help should be seeped deep within us. In fact should we really should have a choice whether we will help or not. Isn’t this what we are required to do?

Today we have folks in our communities that need help; women, children, the elderly. There is a quote that I heard once that said, “The essence of inhumanity is not to hate our fellow creatures but rather to be indifferent towards them.”

Isn’t it time to become our brother’s keeper and get our hands dirty with the details? We owe it to our community, our fellow man and ourselves. Let us live in a world where it matters if there is suffering and one where we are burdened to see wrongs righted and every single human being taken care of.

This quote from Mother Teresa that was formatted into a poem titled Anyway sums it up:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred:

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives:

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies:

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

Be honest and frank anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous:

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow:

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough:

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God: It was never between you and them ANYWAY.”

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Catherine Tyson is the author of I’m Somebody’s Mama and host of the Lighten Up Show With Catherine Tyson on Cayman 27.

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