I am not by nature an outspoken person or a fighter. I would rather be quiet than speak up. I would rather go along and get along. I don't like confrontation, I don't like being the object of public criticism, and as much as it pains me to admit it, I've never enjoyed having to think long and hard about topics that can frequently be dry and complex, such as governance and politics and democracy and economics and taxation and leadership and so much more.
But I've been trying to change.
And Remembrance Day seems like a fitting time to set out my revised personal code of conduct that includes both the actions I find easy and the actions that are harder for me.
Today I am promising myself ...
... to be kind to others, because we all have troubles
... to be open to what others are really saying, underneath what they appear to be saying
... to be brave enough to stand up and fight for what I believe in, if/when it becomes necessary
... to be engaged in relevant issues every day, not just when I am marking an X on a ballot
The freedom to do - or not do - these things is part of what our armed forces fought for.
I can live these things every day as a way to thank them, to honour their service, and to help protect that hard-won freedom.
If I believe in goodness and equality and fairness and freedom for all people, I must live them every day.
Not everyone can make big sweeping changes in the world.
But every single one of us can improve our small sphere within it.
For a thoughtful, concise, and encouraging essay on the results of the American election, titled "It's Going to be Okay," written by Tim Urban of the blog Wait But Why, click HERE.
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