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Half of loaf better than no bread

Friday, January 03, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

We are all familiar with the saying "Half of a loaf is better than no bread," but it seems to me that some people do not know what it means. They tend to want the lion's share instead of giving thanks for what they get or have. And, my, how they knit their brows, and scoff and frown, when they cannot get a big chicken leg on their plate.

Let me make it clear, I covet no one, but there are some people whose bread well buttered on both sides. They don't have to work. Then there are those who are giving precious food to their dogs when others are dying from hunger.

Plus, there are many young people who are saying that they don't eat this and they don't eat that; and will not satisfy with some ackee and saltfish with boiled banana. They want fast food. They put their parents under a lot of pressure to find the money, wherever they can get it.

Then there are some who are not willing to work for chicken feed. They want full success. Instead of earning an honest living, which may mean working for chicken-feed or living from "hand to mouth", they convert themselves into robbers and killers.

Sometimes coffee, sometimes tea, old people say. You may be accustomed of eating ham and bacon, but the day you discover you only have johnny cakes take it in stride. No need for a fiery storm. We need to learn to be satisfied when we cannot get what we want.

Billy Graham recounted a story of a poor couple who had an overnight guest at their home. And this is what the couple said to the guest: "Whatever you need just let us know, and we will come and show you how to get along without it." This should be a message to us.

Donald J Mckoy.






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