Responsible Citizenship: How (3)

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Responsible Citizenship: How (3)


Byline: Jesus P Estanislao

OUR personal relationship with God and our fellow citizens shapes our practice of responsible citizenship. How we actually practice it ultimately depends upon how we steer ourselves through all aspects of our life.

There are many aspects of our life we have to take care of. At least six are easily cited. These are: The spiritual/ moral; the social/political; the professional/organizational; the financial/economic; the educational/cultural; and finally the physical/environmental. These are the dimensions we need to put great care in balancing so they complement one another.

In attending to all these many aspects of our life, we can either aim for over-all excellence or set for ourselves lower or mutually inconsistent goals. The first, our aiming for over-all excellence, demands integrity and balance between all aspects of life. It leads to the proper practice of responsible citizenship. Anything short of that would rob us, proportionately, of success in realizing our full potential and achieving unreservedly our end goal, securing our personal happiness.

The key, then, lies in securing integrity and balance between all of lifeas aspects. How might we get this key?

Furrow, written by a sage and a saint, points out the way to getting the vital key towards the proper practice of responsible citizenship and achieving our personal happiness.

a" Human Respect suggests that we be firm in our principles and courageous in holding on to our convictions, principally by learning to trust in God and counting on His help. While we should be aiming to make the life of others pleasant, we may never succeed in pleasing everyone. We should be prepared, therefore, for misunderstanding and even for insults: For as long as we keep our motives and actions always above board, we need not lose our peace and self-respect.

a" Daring asks us to aim high and to keep struggling, even though the odds may be tall.

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