Citizenship as a theme for the 64 Days of Nonviolence project.
From A Season for Nonviolence:
- Robert Muller, former assistant secretary general to the UN, urges, “use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your most important beliefs and dreams.” Today call or write one of your legislators and register your views.
It’s also an election year and as a citizen of the United States, we have the right to vote for the president. I think the people who run for any election are brave to do so. Their lives are put in the spotlight, they are the leaders daring to make changes, and are often blamed when the economy and systems fail. Often, when they make changes that initiate change that leads to success, they are no longer in office to receive the accolades.
To know this going into office is brave and reminds me of this quote made famous through Mother Teresa’s life:
“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Supposedly written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her, but seem to be based on a composition originally by Kent Keith.
Today the theme is “citizenship” and I think of the quote by John F. Kennedy:
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Thinking of the self-sufficiency theme from a few days ago, I think “country” can be replaced with any of the following: county, city, parents, partners, etc. Personal and business self-sufficiency IS doing something for yourself, your business, your country, county, parents, etc.