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Hope and confidence

Fred Wesley
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In the face of news that can be disturbing at times, on the domestic front and internationally, life can become a drag for some people.

Sometimes, when faced with daunting scenarios, confidence wanes, and a sense of insecurity creeps in.

This is when positive news can pump up the system, revitalise the mind and lift confidence.

And we have had quite a few of that in recent days.

Last week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into the country with their respective security details and groups.

There may have been scepticism, doubt and nagging questions. But these two world leaders left our shores with what will have to be considered as positive messages.

The focus was obviously on bilateral and development ties.

Memorandums of agreement were signed and discussions focused on improving international relations.

You couldn't help but be comforted by the notion that our trade ties were placed on a very high plane.

Then yesterday, the investiture ceremony at Government House placed a number of people in the limelight.

For instance, Nadi businessman Mohammed Sharif Sahim, 47, received the Medal of the Order of Fiji yesterday from President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Not many people know that he spends 30 per cent of his business profits to supply food rations to over 300 under-privileged families in Nadi.

Mr Sahim lives by the principle that the more you get, the more you should give to those who need it.

Last year he built the Baravu Muslim School and helped renovate the Sabeto Primary School with his own money.

He also had a big part in providing some Nadi villages and settlements with 70 borehole projects and as part of his life skill program, he donated brush-cutters and sewing machines so poor families could become self-sufficient.

Mr Sahim stands out in a world that is ever-changing.

His story is one of optimism, and concern for the wellbeing of others.

It's about sacrifice, a willingness to give and an appreciation of the fact that there are people who are not as privileged as he is.

It takes courage and a kind heart to do what he does. Such people are rare, but they aid in the process that ensures there is a balance in our lives.

Faced with a society that to a large extent is fragmented by many ills, they reaffirm the belief that we still do have many good people among us.

They give us hope and confidence in the human spirit.

Such people deserve to be recognised.

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