By Aaron Berhane December 2008 We usually evaluate ourselves at the end of each year. We remember our past successes with pride, and we appreciate peo...
By Aaron Berhane
We usually evaluate ourselves at the end of each year. We remember our past successes with pride, and we appreciate people who helped us do well. We hope to repeat our victories by outlining our future plans.
If we have failed in the past, we will probably reflect on our mistakes and evaluate how they affected our journey. We instruct ourselves not to repeat the same mistakes.
The sum of our individual evaluations in 2008 clearly describes our community. Most of us have managed to learn from our past. We have, more or less, assured ourselves that we will be transparent when we participate in religious or civic institutions. As a result, we are able to see decent progress. The community bought two churches in one year. This has never happened in the last 25 years! The Eritrean Canadian Islamic Association organized itself more strongly than ever before.
However, this is not the climax of our victory. We have a long way to go yet.
There are groups in our community that do not want us to divide because we hold different religious and political viewpoints. Yes, they don’t want our community to become our own master. They empower themselves by dividing us; they gloat when rival factions in our community hate each other; they delight themselves when financial management is not transparent and they never hesitate to take advantage of these issues.
We must watch these groups very closely.
To keep up the momentum of our community’s progress, we need to resolve in 2009 to get rid of these weeds in our community. We can only uproot them by changing our attitudes. Instead of being upset when people succeed, we should be happy for them and we should take part in healthy competitions rather than wicked ones. Let’s focus on unity instead of division, love instead of animosity and on our children’s future instead of our personal benefit. To do this, we will need to do a sophisticated personal evaluation.
If we sharpen our intellect with a holy spirit, we will not only challenge the wicked groups in our community, but also double our progress in 2009. Happy New Year!