This Holiday Season, Let’s not become “Petites gens”

This Holiday Season, Let’s not become “Petites gens”

and let “Negativity” take over our minds.

December 2011

By “Petites Gens” I mean people who reject social and academic standings that are luckily offered to them in a world full of underprivileged people. When we are socially mature, little things are not important for us anymore. We overcome the complexity of certain trends such as color, race, and money and learn to use the word “class” with class. When we learn not to let petty factors lead our life, then, we fit well into our “skin” no matter our names or incomes. We reach academic maturity, when we realize that the real academic journey starts with no pedantitism. As a matter of fact, the more academically involved we are, the more we want to learn. Every day, until the last days of our life, we need to share our knowledge with others as a sign of maturity.

By “Negativity” I mean things that are not having positive effects, things that are intentionally done to upset or to deter us from our tasks. At a certain age, we appear to be less tolerant toward negative people and their commentaries. We try to stay away from them and their wrong doings to pursue our goals. Also, at a certain age, some of us pray a lot. But, we need to make sure that our prayers are focused on improving our characters, helping others, and maintaining an appropriate life style. We are better than others only when we can realize that we all have weaknesses, faults, and ups and downs. To maintain our sanity, we need to be good to ourselves first, and then, to others. From my experience, one important part of life is to learn not to interfere in people business and to forbid their interference into ours. A thinker, once, said: “if some people cannot be trusted in private life, neither can they be trusted in public life.” I believe that asking advice is fundamental and wise at any age, but letting others manipulate our actions and our homes is a sign of infantilism. At a certain point and a certain age in our life, we cannot be concerned about who likes or dislikes us. We don’t need to forgive others because, most of the time, their actions do not ask for forgiveness, but cry for learning. Life will teach them the necessary lessons and, hopefully, one day they will learn.

The best and hardest part of living is to try to reach perfection. Because reaching perfection is an ideality, therefore, not an easy task. To cope, we need to have a daily agenda and a plan. We might not meet the agenda of a given day, and neither fulfill all of our plans, but at least, we could say that we have tried. I will humbly suggest that during this holiday season, in our agenda, we try to conjugate the following verbs in the present tense: ask, give, pray and think:

Ask—-Let ask the wrong doers of Haiti to let the people live.

Give– let’s give our love to our families, friends and countrymen.

Pray– Let’s pray to praise our Lord, let’s pray for the ending of the suffering of our brothers.

Think–Let’s think and focus on how we are going to be part of the change in Haiti.

Allow me to conclude by saying that our people have been kneeled down for more than two century. This Christmas, it will be good to remember when singing “Silent Night” to change one sentence; instead of “Peuple à genoux, attend ta déliverance,” let’s sing: “Peuple Haitien, debout! cherche ta déliverance! Noel, Noel, Voici le REDEMPTEUR!”

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011.

Mireille Sylvain-David(Mimi)

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