Gratitude: Sometimes we as humans tend to take this simple word for granted. How many times do you slip from gratitude to ingratitude without even being cognisant of the fact that you have overlooked something of importance? Well very few, if any, of us can openly admit that we have not made that mistake.

If as a society we can wrestle with our subconscious minds and extract times that we were ignorant or even absent-minded about a particular situation in which gratitude should have been present and felt ashamed, it would be an honorable notion to stand and just say ‘I’m sorry’.

Quite often we feel that a macho image will solve the problem of ingratitude and that no one will recognise or even check to say something pertaining to your attitude.

At times the exclusion of gratitude leaves a pernicious aura that results in distorted views. Gratitude leads one to visit an area of deep concern.

Our society is of the impression that a good deed has no reason to be given its full merit. I beg to differ. It does not matter who or what, a good act or intention must never go unnoticed. I cannot over emphasise how necessary it is to relay appreciation to someone for the hidden things they have done with no drumroll. There is always a comparison between gratitude and appreciation. What is special about these two words is that you find solace and understanding in them both which brings forth a kind of peace and human kindness.

On my trail to advocatism, I was able to encounter some very special people who never displayed impoliteness, arrogance, crudity nor disrespect toward me as an advocate. It is not easy to catch the attention of folks who are struggling to cope and having to explain to normal folks about the life of the elderly and disabled.

People like Keith Sheppard, Allyson Hennessy, Errol Pilgrim, David Cuffy, Denise Charles, Otto Carrington, Charmaine Baboolal, Andre Baptiste, Sandra Maharaj and Robert Alonzo, never once gave me the cold shoulder. The most I might have gotten is “my schedule is a bit tight right now so you have to hold on for a little while” and to me that was cool. They are my unsung heroes, doing the work that so very often is looked upon as unimportant. I was once asked why I was doing such a weird type of job, to which I responded “many are called but few are chosen” and I was chosen for this vocation.

In the early stages of my advocacy, the people mentioned above were not all aware of this form of concern for the elderly and disabled but as time rolled by they became fully involved to the extent that they were able to point out to me the lack of facilities and accessibility in many areas.

It is very important to note that the persons who I hold in high esteem are all in the media and as a result, through the passage of time, they were able to keep the flag of hope flying high.

Sadly two of the persons mentioned have since passed. May the souls of Allyson Hennessy and Keith Sheppard rest in peace. Their silent work was well done, accepted and appreciated.

The beauty about life is that at times you meet people who take pleasure in doing good with no grand announcement while others need stage lights. The folks I am talking about have humility as a powerful tool in their arsenal of wealth.

During quiet times of contemplation I felt it necessary to say thanks to these folks in the event of any sudden misfortune. They are known for their kind and merciful contribution to the cause for the elderly and disabled. What a unique group of humble folks who continue to believe in what I am doing.

Sometimes we, as a people, must give credit where it is due. Not all the time must we say “they will understand.”

A simple gesture of thanks would surely go a long way. To those who have to accept that they were not treated in a polite way, remember that all you have was given to you, at no cost, by the One who made you. So, lift up your spirit of gratitude and sail with the grace of togetherness.

I do hope some day when this COVID-19 has ended I can bring all these lovely people together in one place for a quiet smile. All praise and thanks to the Lord for his powerful way of doing things. Thanks to all who felt their contribution to the elderly and disabled would make a huge difference – it did. God’s blessing be upon you all and thank you for letting me be myself.

Remember to wash your hands, wear your mask and keep your social distance. In the spirit of growth.