As I went through Christmas & New Years messages from leaders in Jamaica it dawned on me that it has been years since I have heard a really positive message. I started to look back at every speech given at an event I have attended with official from Jamaica and I can’t recall any without the words “difficult, challenging, crime, struggling”. I realized that these speeches have become really predicable. The famous saying goes “Sticks and stones may break my bones but word won’t”. Are the words Jamaican leaders using defining Jamaica? Are we becoming what we speak?