18 Ways Vincentians can do better in 2018 (Part1)
It’s time for the ‘New year, New Me’ posts across all social media platforms. By this time you may have already developed an automatic eye-roll response to these posts, however, it is quite beneficial to engage in reflection and set new goals for yourself. A lot of our success will lie in our ability to understand our flaws and strengths and whether or not we choose to find ways to overcome our challenges or settle in complacency. Our thoughts and words are powerful and so our resolutions could be the key to unlocking our greatest year yet if we are willing to commit wholeheartedly to the process it takes to see them through. When we truly believe and act on the things we speak over our lives, we can create a brighter tomorrow for not only ourselves but everyone around us. In the upcoming year, how about we work on resolutions as a nation?
1.Resolve to create jobs (and opportunities in general) for ourselves as opposed resting the employment responsibility so heavily on the government and big-name companies. These outlets are becoming saturated so now is the time when we need innovators and visionaries to step up and build new companies from the ground up. We are talented people. We have gifts, skills and expertise that we can tap into and create new streams of income for ourselves. What Rasheid Sutherland (pictured above) has done with Boss Raw Media is a good case in point. He has made his love for film and photography and his management skills into his livelihood.
2. Speaking of creating new streams of income, we can resolve to appreciate career paths that are non-traditional and the individuals who find contentment pursuing them. Quite often societal pressure forces persons to believe that they are only making a worthwhile contribution to our society if they are a doctor, lawyer, teacher or some other vocation viewed as being safe and stable. Some of us are burning with passion for a career path we are afraid to pursue because of what others may think or say. It is about time that we recognize, support and appreciate the brave ones, whether they choose to gradually ease into their passion by doing it as a side job or they choose to quit their day jobs and fully commit all their energy to whatever makes them excited to get out of bed each day.
3. Resolve to support local. We can make the decision to buy products that are made here by Vincentians instead of imported items. We can do this with our food, clothes, jewelry, décor items and more. When we decide to support our entrepreneurs it has a direct positive impact on our economy and we can feel good about impacting the lives of people we know and care about. You can read about some of our great local entrepreneurs and their products by clicking here.
4. Resolve to respect the viewpoints, religions and lifestyles of others. We are diverse people and we do not always see eye to eye on the issues that affect our daily life. This does not mean that we have to hate our brother just because they chose a way of life that is not in alignment with our own beliefs. We can respectfully disagree with each other’s opinions and still live in peace and harmony.
5. The last resolution ties into this one. Let’s resolve to do away with political division. Electing capable individuals to make decisions our behalf is a big deal. However, over the years we have seen this process causes great segregation within families, communities and the country as a whole. We become vicious and hostile and we are blind to the fact that at the end of the day we ALL have to live with the outcome in any case. Whether the flag you choose to fly is red, yellow, blue or green, it is time to wave the white flag on war we fight against each other because of differing political allegiances.
6. We can resolve to take good care of our physical selves. Vincentians tend to be seasonally healthy. In the months leading up to Carnival, we are in the gym regularly and we cut out bread and eat every fruit and vegetable in site in hopes of losing weight and looking flawless in our costumes on Carnival Tuesday. After that, it’s back to chilling on the couch and eating junk more often than we’d like to admit. However, we need to come to the realization that our health is our wealth. We can work hard to build the perfect life and have it stripped from us by a disease that may have been prevented with eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. This year, let’s commit to an all-year-round healthier lifestyle.
7. Resolve to treat mental health awareness like the serious issue that it is. Too often we sweep mental illnesses under the rug and pretend that they don’t affect our everyday life. It is important for us to recognize and address problems relating to our emotional, psychological and social well-being as this could be the determining factor between a life we truly enjoy and a life that feels like torture. Let’s get rid of the stigma associated with this conversation and support and encourage persons to seek the help they need.
8. Resolve to do better with our garbage. For a small nation, we sure do create a lot of waste and we are not doing well when it comes to proper disposal of this waste. Too often our streets are littered especially with food and drink containers even in places where garbage receptacles are present. We have to change our way of thinking as it relates to this issue and each of us has to take up the responsibility to keep SVG clean. We have to be proactive in reducing waste, reusing whatever we can and recycling what we can’t. It would be great if more incentives were to be offered to companies such as All Island Recycling, that actively help us combat this issue.
9. Resolve to be more kind-hearted, compassionate and generous. Think of the positive impact we will achieve if each us performs one random act of kindness for someone else daily. Community spirit seems to be dying as we have become cold and distant from each other. Everyone’s primary concern is to look out for themselves and survive in a dog-eat-dog world. But we have the power to change this. If we spread love and positivity with our words and actions, we can experience once again the warmth and friendliness we had become renowned for. Whether it’s buying lunch for someone, donating to a charity or giving a compliment, there are many ways we can see this resolution through.
We’ll get into the next 9 resolutions in part 2 of this post. Look out for it next Sunday on the 7th of January, in the new year! (Click here to read Part 2) Click subscribe (below if you’re using a mobile device or on the side bar, at the top of the page if you are using a computer) to stay in the know when new articles are posted. Which of these resolutions resonate the most with you? Leave us a comment.
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