Things better left unsaid by Jamaican politicians?

During 2017, I tried to keep track of comments by Jamaican politicians that, on reflection, they might have wished were left unsaid. You don’t have to share my views, in which case make your own list 🙄

I’m not being exhaustive or explaining my motivations. For me, I couldn’t choose, so will just list in no order my favourite two.

Things went downhill fast for the doctor, who to declare:

Comrade leader, today (Wednesday) I completed my application for citizenship and I expect to be a Jamaican citizen in short order.

Do we know how that ‘short order’ thing went? 🤔🙄

Apart from the patent absurdity that the Opposition found themselves defending, my other favourite was to wonder what utterance would come from the minister of national security. In the end, nothing else matched up to ‘My uncle is a Obeah man’… Enjoy the video!

The setting for that remark in January was even more portentous given that by December one of the other presenters, ‘Ninja Man’, had been sentenced to 25 years in jail for murder. Talk about ‘the company you keep’!

Happy 2018!

Choices: food for the brain into 2018

We reach the end of another calendar year and for many it’s that time to reassess life–as it was lived and how it may change. I took a decision a while back to do that on my birthday, given that date had much more personal meaning. So, I’ll just take a stroll through some of what that sentiment represents.

From the time that we are born our lives have been about one thing, beyond staying alive–choice. However, we try to dress up what we do, it comes down to that process. Give it fancy names like ‘prioritization’ or ‘rationalization’, it’s the same: deciding what to do and in what order.

Some of us have tried to convince ourselves and others that it’s possible to fudge this through so-called multitasking. Whatever, we think we are doing, our brains and bodies and things with which we interact will tell us that nothing is happening simultaneously, even if the difference is in nanoseconds. So, it’s often better to make the separation clear, even if that means give less time, energy, other resources to processes than we think is ideal. Like eating a meal; chew each mouthful carefully, swallow, start again; take a mouthful of fluid, swallow, start again. The eating analogy is helpful to show the problems of trying to do even two simple tasks at the same time.

But, choices are what make life so unbearable for many, in that they are the victims of others’ choices, and their own get subordinated. I can’t solve that, other than to fall back on my father’s advice of worry about what you can control.

As I age, inevitably, one of the things I cherish most that I feel I can control is my own thinking. If you know me at all well, you know that I am fiercely independent in my thinking 🙂 I am amenable to having my mind changed, but be prepared for a real battle, because I’m convinced I think clearly, and if I suspect fuzzy thinking, my hackles rise further and faster.

Many pieces of research now tell us that, as we age, we need to keep living a healthy life to help keep the brain working at a high rate. People who want to scoff at those who spend time doing crosswords, or numbers or words games, or something that challenges thought processes, haven’t yet hit a wall where thinking gets fuzzy. Just letting the imagination run wild can go a long way in the process. So, for older people, being with younger people, especially very young children can offer some of the best brain exercise. Try reasoning with children!

So, in advance of my birthday next month, I’m setting in train another year of choosing to think independently, along with taking more walks to help the process.

Roll on 2018.