Former NAB Chairman wishes Barbados a Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for Good Health & Wellness in Coming Year

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, God’s blessings and Peace, Prosperity and Good Health and Wellness in the Coming Year.

While this Christmas may be cold and bitter for too many and despite the economic setback and uncertainly our country is currently experiencing, “there is hope.” We can either look back or we can recognise that the game has changed and the world is changing daily – requiring us to chart a new course and thereafter, constantly re-evaluate our systems so that we can move Barbados forward and keep it in the game. We must work together and agree on a new shared vision that will allow us to achieve the common objective of making life better for all of us.

As you celebrate this Christmas with family and or friends or even alone and while we look forward to the year ahead – challenging as it may be – I invite you to spare a thought for those who may not be as fortunate as you and resolve to do whatever you can – no matter how small, to bring comfort to someone else. A smile or a kind word costs nothing but makes all the difference to the person receiving it.

This ‘Season of Giving’ should also be embraced as a time to renew a sense of common purpose and shared citizenship. But it will require honestly. Our conduct must imbue a sense of trust and we must ensure that our words mean something! Our intentions must also be pure! Values are therefore important! Now more than ever, we must expand our circle of trust; stop the blame game and re-dedicate ourselves to the notion that we share a common destiny as Barbadians and as Christians. It is the mature and responsible thing to do.

As we reflect, we must remember that it is not only at Christmas that we should come together as a “family” to share; worship and give thanks but that those standards are what will make our families and our country stronger. I therefore urge you to make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas, remembering always that charity begins at home.

We must all do our part to genuinely serve each another — not because of pity but because it is the decent and Christian thing to do. We must seek NEW ideas and NEW innovation, and must now start a NEW chapter for our great country. This is our moment to change Barbados and that, in my view, is the Barbadian spirit that should guide us in the new year. Let us therefore Refresh ourselves; Renew our faith and Recommit to the service of God.

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