Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 and back for a brief visit....

The beginning of a new year, a new government for Jamaica, and a brief visit in Kingston. It is delightful to be back and experience the familiar sounds and sights, and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of friends who are generously sharing their home with me whilst I am here.

There is a sense of hope emerging from the election, an election that was the most peaceful ever experienced. The country has a sense of pride in its maturity as it celebrates 50 years of independence and the level of crime has reduced significantly. There are huge challenges to face as the level of poverty continues to increase and the economy is in dire straits however there seems to be a willingness to explore solutions that will use the best ideas from all.

It is truly encouraging to see that hope is rising, that people are feeling a sense that they may be able to influence things and wrest the country back from the corruption and crime of recent decades. There is a very long way to go and much to struggle through but perhaps Jamaica can inch closer to unleashing the unlimited potential and achieving the promise that is here.

In visiting I am learning that Jamaica requires a full commitment. To be here and to be useful is to be here as a full participant, this was the opportunity I had during the time I was here with DRF. Jamaica absorbs ones full attention so it is bitter sweet to visit! I am no longer a contributing participant to this vibrant and engaging place, though wish I might be so again.

With this I wish Jamaica a new year that brings more peace and better lives for all. Happy New Year!


  1. It is good to see that people know what to do on Jamaica. As the old saying goes "all that's needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." Wishing you well in your reforms.