November 24, 2010 

Harris At Large!  


While the responses from international donors and friendly nations continue to be encouraging, it is for St. Lucians to be focused and help themselves as much as possible. There are some among us who only see that things will take a long time to get back to normalcy, there are others who continue to be positive in spite of the difficult times being experienced by some.

Life is about giving thanks in whatever state we find ourselves. This is sometimes difficult in certain circumstances but necessary. When this is done, we can move on at a much faster pace than if not settled once and for all. The mind is a wonderful part of our existence. Set your mind on things that are uplifting, regardless of whatever state you find yourself. You live life in whatever state your mind is focused. You can surely rise above any state of your existence that is not in keeping with the life you envisage for yourself. So to my readers, who suffered from the passage of hurricane Tomas, many of you have returned to a reasonable degree of normalcy and others are yet to get to that stage. In every instance you need to maintain a positive outlook and recognize that this too shall pass.

The lessons learned from the recent hurricane must be acted upon. It is important that inputs be sought from the persons who have suffered and not left exclusively to professionals who will recommend steps to be taken to prevent recurrence of such destruction in the future. The local government councils have to step up their supervision of the building code to ensure that structures are built in conformity with the laws. The evidence is for all to see. We can choose to ignore the reality of the situation or we can all take action.

Water is life but the real meaning of that statement was reinforced in recent weeks. I will like to publicly congratulate the utility teams in ensuring a return of their services in the shortest possible time. The destruction has been substantial. As a result of what we know now, there is an opportunity for some new services that will provide work for many unemployed persons on a regular basis. The collection of all containers should be one such service. Bulk water distribution at competitive prices should be another.

Some manufacturing companies are suffering due to shortage of water and generally the situation will definitely impact negatively on their bottom line at a time when the holiday season is around the corner. Looking beyond Tomas, a number of new business initiatives will have to be supported so as to cushion the possible fall out in the level of employment the private sector.

 Finally everything is in place for the Gift and Book Show scheduled for December 14-17, 2010 at the City Hall, Castries. Published St. Lucian Authors are requested to get in touch with Miss Syreeta Alcee of Divine Connections or Edward Harris to reserve their space. The promoters are doing everything possible to ensure that St. Lucians are given an opportunity to get acquainted with the writing profession. There will be two free lectures by outstanding local Authors daily at 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm. A Lucky Draw of valuable prizes is scheduled for the final day of the show.

Life goes on and I am heartened at the fact that many planned programmes will go on as scheduled. While many companies have been affected due to the hurricane, others have done and continue to do very well with high sales volume.

Let us pray that the hurricane season ends without any further disruption. St. Lucia is still a beautiful Isle and God has promised his blessings. This is a time for all citizens to unite so that all our energies will be focused on returning our country to normalcy and onward to a brighter future than was anticipated prior to the passage of the hurricane.  Let us put all hands on Deck.

Keep the Faith, God is in Charge, Dream Big and expect Daily Miracles!

 Edward Harris

Biblicist, Freelance Journalist, Author, Realtor, Business & PR Consultant


Websites:  St. Lucia – Agent ECREDMC



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