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Thursday 22 February 2018
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What’s their secret?

THE EDITOR: I had a thought the other day, in light of three stories. The first of Veera Bhajan, who, born without arms, had to use her feet to get ahead in her studies and life. She recently continued her academic success by earning her law degree. The second is of Anya Ayoung-Chee, who rose above the scandal to be the winner and audience favourite of Project Runway’s past season. The third is a budding non-profit organisation known as Share Goodness, which in its blog describes itself as “encouraging and facilitating generosity and altruism in a world where such qualities are becoming scarcer and scarcer”. Share Goodness is small for now but it has seen success in its past blood drive and surprise visits to Mt Hope bearing gifts for sick and injured children.

We have been plagued with frustration and bitterness for a long time. It has begun to manifest itself into our daily demeanour and has slowly broken bonds between us and our fellow men. While politicians and authorities duke it out with each other and seem to involve themselves with news concerning embarrassment and embezzlement than emboldening, we seem to have no choice but to get mad.

My thought was: What has ever come of bitterness? What great thing has ever been born from fear? We let fear move us more than love. What does that say? Who does it influence, I asked myself? And I came to the conclusion that our unchecked anger, frustration and bitterness really does mean, say and ultimately positively influence nothing. It might sell and it might profit, but how long is its shelf life? How long before it spoils everything else? To our current leaders and headliners, the spirits of this land flourish not due to fear and division. Wounds do not heal by rubbing salt on them. Who do you inspire with your picong? The rest of us all have the bond of a common goal and our future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others.

You only know you’re influential when you can get someone else to look at you and say, “Look at them. What’s their secret? I want some of what they’ve got.” Veera, Anya, Share Goodness movement and every decent countryman out there whose deeds remain unheard of amidst the din of the maddened throngs, and whose influence remains clouded and silhouetted by all the profiting negativity in this place, I ask you, “What’s your secret? We all need some of what you’ve got.”

Kevin Jared Hosein

Cunupia

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