Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Giving thanks!

Season’s greetings and compliments of the season! We’re now at the home stretch with Christmas only a few days away and the promise of a new year full of possibilities on the horizon.

As a country, we have a lot to be grateful for – our incredible surroundings of azure waters, it’s a paradise we are blessed to call home.

As Bahamians we’re blessed to live in a wonderful democracy with the freedom to speak and worship in whichever way we like. We’ve the freedom to move about on our own volition, variety of choices in meals of our desire and clothing. Our virtuous spirit as a people assures us that, should tragedy strike, help will always be at your disposal.

We’ve peaceful elections every five years; ‘tis the time the voting public gives the politicians another chance to govern or gives them their pink slips and sends them into retirement.

Various charities and service clubs such as Rotary Clubs continue to make a poignant difference in peoples’ lives through acts of community service and the like. Churches like the New Providence Community Church continue to exemplify the Christian spirit by giving and giving.

New Providence and some of the other islands were spared the wrath of this year’s hurricanes but Ragged island and the others in the south felt their fury. Fortunately we had no loss of life.

Our neighbors further south such as Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands took a licking, and although we suffered major damage we assisted those that were far less fortunate.

We hope those folks whose lives have been impacted with the hurricanes will return to normalcy very soon.

It’s wonderful to witness the way we greet each other. As we walk into an office or bank everybody that walks in gives a hearty good morning; that’s a small thing but it says a lot about our people.

When friends or family need help, especially with medical bills, we all chip in with doing cookouts; someone donates food, others side dishes and some the libations. This is how the majority of us get through life crises, having our friends and families coming together making these cookouts a success. So the next time someone approaches you to purchase a ticket, please do so with an open heart, as your purchase helps a family in need.

This time of the year you’ll see volunteers ringing bells for the Salvation Army. One of the largest fundraisers for the Salvation Army is ringing the bell. What they do for our communities is outstanding, helping those who really need our help.

We can always find things that are wrong with our country. There are so many wonderful things about living in this great country.

We have so much to be thankful for the blessings of our country. It’s not perfect but it’s all we’ve got. We must keep trying to make it the best little country in this universe.

Please help someone this season either with a meal or clothing. As you pass the Salvation Army bell ringing please put something in the pot. Your donation goes a long way in making someone’s life a little better and putting a smile on that youngster’s face.
Wishing my Bahamian people a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m proud to be Bahamian!

• William Wong is a two-term president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, and two-term president of the Bahamas Real Estate Association. William Wong is a partner at Darville-Wong Realty. E-mail: williamuwong@gmail.com.

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