Letters To The Editor: 01st January, 2019

Resolution Wise Muavono, Lautoka According to my observation, New Year’s resolutions are a “to do list” for the first week of January. Kaila! (Shout!) May you all have a blessed
01 Jan 2019 13:13
Letters To The Editor: 01st January, 2019


Wise Muavono, Lautoka

According to my observation, New Year’s resolutions are a “to do list” for the first week of January. Kaila! (Shout!)

May you all have a blessed 2019!

2019 Goals

Arvind Mani, Nadi

If you’re absolutely, positively committed to achieving your 2019 goals and making it the best year of your life…this is a good read.  Why? Because what you are about to learn is the secret behind every success and failure you experience in life.

And that is…the price of anything is the amount of life you have to pay for it. Allow me to summarize the real secret to success in just three words…choose your suffering.

Every New Year resolution, every goal you want to achieve, and every dream or intention you want to manifest…all come with a price.

There is no free lunch when it comes to success or failure…you’re going to pay either way.

To achieve your New Year resolutions, you must choose the suffering that’s right for you, you must accept that reality, you must embrace that truth, and then you must live with it every day of your life.

The moment you choose not to continue to pay the price of success is the moment you choose to suffer the consequences of failure which is the worst kind of suffering.

The suffering cost of failure is always higher than the suffering price for success.

The cost and consequences of failure in a relationship, job, career or any area can cause a monumental amount of disruption and chaos.

The following are just a few examples of the suffering costs of failure: If you lack financial discipline, you will suffer the consequences of debt and sleepless nights.

If you do not manage your diet, you will suffer the cost of diabetes and poor fitting clothing.

By not investing quality time with your children, you will suffer by paying the price of regret the rest of your life.

To achieve your New Year resolutions and make it your best year ever, you must deliberately choose to pay the price of success, or you will, by default, pay the cost and consequences of failure.

Sooner or later you will come to the understanding that you must “Choose Your Suffering”. Not one of us gets a free pass on this one…there are no exceptions to this rule.

The following are just a few examples of the suffering costs of success:  If you suffer the costs of disciplined spending, saving and investing habits…you will enjoy peace of mind and early retirement.

If you suffer the costs of daily exercise and proper nutrition…you get to enjoy a great physique and an exceptional quality of life.

By suffering the price of love, forgiveness, attention and patience…you will enjoy a loving relationship with your spouse and children.

True success is something that is achieved by the minority of people and is therefore, unnatural and not to be achieved by following our natural likes and dislikes, nor by being guided by our natural preferences and prejudices.

That’s why your greatest challenge and the most important decision you need to make before setting any new year resolutions is to…Choose Your Suffering.

You must decide if you are going to pay the price for success this year…or if you are going to pay the price of failure.

The choice is yours…Remember this brilliant quote from Muhammad Ali who said…” I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”.

To unleash your greatness and live your life like a champion…set some big ambitious goals and commit yourself to a compelling list of New Year’s resolutions.

Be mindful…that the long-term pain and suffering cost of failure is always going to be higher than the suffering price for success. That’s the secret to making successful new year’s resolutions…

Happy New Year.

Year after year

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

Another year has come and gone, and yet again, we are about to start another!

Approximately 6000 Fijians lost their lives through 2018 and approximately 17,690 babies were born.

We had one birth every 30 minutes and one death every 80 minutes, and now have an estimated population of almost 900,000 people.

Of the 6000 deaths, 1310 died from diabetes, 1150 died from coronary heart disease, 487 died from stroke, 367 died from kidney disease, 288 died from influenza and pneumonia, 170 died from asthma, 162 died from hypertension, 119 died from breast cancer, 105 died from lung disease, 101 died from inflammatory heart, 93 died from congenital anomalies, 87 died from cervical cancer, 69 died from alzheimer’s and dementia, 66 died from rheumatic heart disease,    64 died from tuberculosis, 63 died from diarrhoea, 62 died from liver cancer, 51 died from liver disease, 44 died from ovarian cancer, 42 died from lung cancer,  39 died from endocrine disorders, 37 died from colon-rectum cancers, 36 died from leukaemia, 33 died from prostate cancer, 23 died from peptic ulcer disease, 21 died from lymphomas, 20 died from stomach cancer, 20 died from meningitis, 18 died from pancreatic cancer, 17 died from uterine cancer,16 died from oral cancer, 14 died from oesophageal cancer, 14 died from epilepsy,11 died from bladder cancer,  eight died from appendicitis, and six died from skin cancer.

Suicides, injury, drowning, road traffic accidents, fires, birth trauma, violence, falls, malnutrition, and hiv-aids made up approximately 327 deaths.

To sum up, if approximately 88 per cent of deaths were health related and 6 per cent of deaths were from other causes, that leaves a mere six per cent of the population dying from old age!

Judging by last years’ statistics, we can safely say then that come this time next year, a minimum of 5200 Fijians will die from health related diseases.

When will we ever come to realise that it is our lifestyle and diet that determines our health and wellbeing? We are what we eat and drink, and so far, we’re showing that whatever we’re eating and drinking is making us a very sick nation!

No doubt ignorance is the biggest sickness here and we are in a very bad place. It will have to take a consolidated effort from Government and the private sector not only to make legislation to change the situation, but to also multiply awareness programmes 10 fold.

As a nation, we lose approximately 5800 people to migration and 6000 to health related deaths, but we sure make it up by having enough babies to keep our population growth on a positive.

A population growth, that if not made aware, will also run down the same road of sickness and disease!

May Fiji be blessed with good health for the New Year.


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