“I am Jamaican. I love Jamaica” are words used conveniently.
It is funny that as some people leave this soil they view Jamaica with disdain and all they can seem to highlight about us are the negatives.
The international media is always quick to broadcast the negatives in the world, especially in Third World countries, so why would a true Jamaican do the same?
While there are so many things that are wrong about us, there are so many things that are right.
Why can’t we be ambassadors and highlight the good about us?
It matters not how small it is. It is an opportunity to change the perception that exists in the minds of many.
Jamaicans all over the world are doing well is so many areas and making so much contribution to the world.
Jamaicans at home are doing just as well. And I am not talking about our athletes and musicians only.
The fact is, we point fingers at others and what they have done or not done to mar our development without realizing that when we continue to sing the negatives, we are no different.
All we do is fuel the negative that exist about our beloved Jamaica.
While some things are out of our immediate control, and we cannot twist the arms of our politicians, we certainly can contribute to this country’s development by changing the perception that exists out there.
If we really love Jamaica, we would be true ambassadors and let the world know that this little island in the sun is not defined by the negativity that is promulgated about it, but is also defined by all its positive traits.
That is the only way we can truly utter the statement “Jamaica, land we love”.
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