“SERVE now your Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not and the years draw nigh when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them.”
I have given over a decade of my life to politics and the one thing I knew from the start was that it was not a sprint, more like the longest marathon ever run in the world. I accepted from the beginning that I might not have been the one to complete the race. I am prepared to accept that this may be a baton race. This has never been about expedience.
If it were, I would have long considered joining a party or running in Choiseul where I have strong family ties. In fact, in an earlier article, I did say that come next election I would be running for Choiseul on and Independent ticket. I had promised myself that I would give Anse la Raye/Canaries three tries. Thanks to the last ambush election I was not able to do so. I will keep that promise and Choiseul will see me the elections thereafter if God is gracious enough to spare my life.
Running an election is about building relationships. I would confess that I did not do this sufficiently well over the past years. In fact one may well say I was absent from the community the past five years. So I do have a chance to do it again but I am not as young as before but I still have a lot of vitality in me. Nearing the last election, people were unsure as to whether I intended to run. Well you have five years notice.
This is not about accumulating wealth, if wealth accumulation was a priority in my life I would have lived life differently. “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” The fulfilled life is where one fulfills his life’s purpose. People must be connected to the higher source and to self to know what that purpose is. In fulfilling that purpose people will think that you are mad. I have been so accused. I am not deterred.
But why Anse la Raye/Canaries? I have established this in articles before but let me see if I can collate it here. I lived in Anse la Raye for a good part of my life and I like a challenge. I have chastised many of my colleagues for always highlighting the problem but not forwarding a solution. I do not just like cursing the darkness. I light a candle as well. Many people complain about our political system and our quality of representation. I did something about it. I offered a new model and I offered myself as a candidate. I recall a constituent remarking to me, “Where you going with this, Anse la Raye/Canaries?” That was to say that given the mentality of the people that would never happen. I believe in the people of Anse la Raye/Canaries and my faith has not waned. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The people of Anse la Raye/Canaries need empowerment not handouts.
Their mentality will have to change. They cannot see me as a cow to be milked, more as a spring to be harnessed.
I offer myself again and hope to build on the relationship so 2021 here I come, if the government lasts that long.