Knowing and doing what is expected of me
To practice Responsibility I will:
- do my work to be best of my ability
- keep my commitments
- clarify expectations
- not make excuses
- correct my mistakes
“Taking Responsibility for Mother Earth”
by Mary Andres Russell
Three years ago, a dear friend and ambassador for the Character Council died in a sudden accident. For years, Cecil Evans walked the streets of Walnut Hills and Avondale picking up litter and talking with people – anyone who would listen – about the importance of cleaning up. Mr. Evans had a deep, life-long passion for Mother Earth. Rooted in his upbringing on a Georgia farm, he was fascinated by Creation. And he was deeply concerned about the garbage along Greater Cincinnati waterways and highways.
Mr. Evans used to get angry about it — shake his fist and honk his horn at litterers. Then he read our “Achieving True Success” book about the 49 character qualities and decided that anger wasn’t the right approach. He started talking to people about littering and the importance of picking up. His change in approach changed everything.
People began seeking him out to speak to young people about cleaning up. Mr. Evans viewed picking up after yourself as a basic step in character. When we respect the Earth, we earn self-respect. When we honor the Earth, we honor ourselves. One conversation with this passionate man and you would never walk by litter again.
Is there something in our culture that angers you? What are you passionate about? Who or what do you honor? So much so, that you are willing to accept responsibility for it. This month, follow Mr. Evans’ lead. Take responsibility for picking up around you – in your home, in your neighborhood, and in our city. And channel your passion in productive ways.