A recent post had that sentence included within and I have carried it with me since…. I think about how we raise our children and how we organize our clients, & management of our time. The teaching of the generations to do better, feel better and know better than when we were their age, comes from teaching accountability. If I expect better I have to hold someone accountable. It may be that I have to hold myself to a higher accountability or our children or our city leaders, but it is by those standards that we grow and become a better nation. Since when is there no accountability for shooting another, in violence? Since when are children not accountable for learning responsibility for small things so they can handle bigger things when they are older? Or for the chaos that some people create and live in, pretending that this is their “norm”. The governor of Louisiana recently said. “We Have to do better! An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. There simply is NO place for any more violence.” And yet I walk into a home that a wife is frustrated and mad at her husband, and it spills over to how she talks to her kids. I hear the news about one of our local men killing his two small children, and then himself, and see our sons protecting us, by volunteering to fight a fire, or stay up all night waiting for a quick response call, because of times like these.
We have become a city that deserves better, and show accountability for better. For when we make excuses for our children playing in the street and crucify the driver that honks at our “baby” who claims they were scared, displays no responsibility or respect for law. If we deserve better, then we expect better first from ourselves, and then from our leaders. Two quotes that come from this weekend’s news that stuck out to me were from Baton Rouge Sherriff Sid Gautreaux who said, “To me this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people to heal as people, if we don’t do this and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.” Dallas Police Chief David Brown also was quoted to say “Become a part of the solution. Serve your community, don’t become a part of the problem, we’re hiring, get out that protest line and put an application in and we will put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems that you are protesting about” He is talking about accountability.
We want good relations with police, our neighbor, our spouse, or our children, we then take some time and walk in their shoes. Be patient with your children when explaining why they can’t skateboard in the street. Find compassion to an officer that is on his feet for almost 48 hours on the street to make certain that your house on your street is safe. Be accountable for your walk in life as a spouse, a business leader, a mother or a father. Find what goodness is in your heart and make it better for when we do, we make our lives better, we make our neighborhood, our community and our world a safer and more secure place to be.
The disarray of anything from our home or office, to Dallas shootings or Baton Rouge, is in part of us holding everyone else to impossible standards, while we ourselves want mercy for our simple good intentions. If it is in our power to make life easier for our spouse, our children, our parents, or our community, it is the responsibility that we step up and physically do, because in that we find satisfaction, and peace and wisdom, knowing that today I did my part in making this a better place to live, not barely to survive, but to live!