Haiti - When there is NO TROUBLE in Haiti, Everyone is Stressed...

Why does BAD NEWS seems so NORMAL to us Haitians? Read this true story... A while ago, I called a good friend mine in Haiti, let's call him Jean, to ask him how he was doing. Jean responded: "I am stressed to my eyeballs." It was a peaceful moment in Haiti at that time (no political turmoil), so I responded: "But there is NOTHING going on in Haiti. you have money, why are you so stressed?" His reply shocked me...

Apparently, lè Haiti pa gen bri, tout moun sou tension (when there's no trouble in Haiti, everyone is stressed)

When I asked Jean why he was stressed when there is nothing bad happening in Haiti, Jean's reponse was: "Exactly!"

"What do you mean by 'exactly'?," I replied.

"There is nothing going on in Haiti and that's why I am stressed out," he said.

"I don't get it," I said, "Shouldn't you be happy that there is nothing bad happening in Haiti? Is'nt it a good thing to know that there is no political problems, no protests, nothing bad is happening in the streets of Port-au-Prince?"

He said in Haitian Creole: "Haiti se yon peyi ki tèlman dwòl, ke lè ou wè yon manifestation, ou konnen nan ki direction pou ou ale... Le ou soti nan lari a, ou pa wè ni ou pa tande anyen, ou pa konn ki wout pou-w fè... Ou pè... Ou panse gen yon bagay ki pase epi tout moun kouri deja, epi se sel ou ki rete, epi se tèt ou w-ap pote vini... Se sak fe mwen pi stresse le pa gen anyen nan lari-a..."

TRANSLATION: My friend Jean said that in Haiti there usually some of kind of disturbance happening in the streets and it kinds of tells you which direction to take. When there is nothing going on, he says, it is even more stressfull because, now, you don't know which direstion to take.


Sometimes we are so used to BAD things happening all the time that it becomes normal to us... And when things begin to change for the better, FEAR and uncertainty begins to crawl in and we do things to sabbotage the GOOD things in order to return to NORMALCY...

What do you think about that?

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Labelle says...

I think what he said about Haitian people are true. Haitian people always like the negativity of things.

They never look for the positivity of thinks.

They are always running after the bad, the wrong doing, never look for the happiness, the civilization, the dream of quietness, and the peacefulness.

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Topsecret Jahlove says...

se verite pafwa ou konn soti deyo ou pa telman we moun nan la rue, , ou oblije mande sa kigeny, , pafwa la rue a trop fret kelke soi nan kondisyon menm le se pa manifestasyon, ou goumen, ou byen tire, , fok li cho menm le se ak mizik fok li cho, ,,, ayti stressssssssssss fok li cho

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Roosevelt says...

jean need to get with the new program, large investments are making its way into Haiti, calm and tranquility is what bring in the money and tourism, I was having lunch at Observatoire Restaurant the other day, and you can count how many cranes on new construction site, and the airport is expanding, from 10 flights a day to 22, people are finding things to do, maybe jean should do the

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Patrick Princivil says...

Jean is demon's possess pray for

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Cliford Simeon says...

Jean pa di verite a
Le gen manifestasyon li kraze vit machine moun li vole bagay moun
Kon pa gen manifestasyon li malad
Fol k di bagay la pou moun

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Legrand Parisien Salvant says...

Haiti is just becoming a Middle East country in the Caribbean.

Down there, if they don't hear any sound of gun shots, people are asking: What's wrong?

It is too quiet.

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