The things we do

January 17, 2014

dr anMany people often wonder how those who are in the positions of leadership in public service and private business take the news when reports come to light that things are not getting better and that some outcomes are having a negative effect upon others and the community at large. It is assumed that people in leadership will do the right thing, act ethically, make positive changes to improve the quality of life of those they serve. It is assumed that these leaders and managers have what it takes, the skills and talent to keep things headed in the right direction. It is also assumed that when it comes to ensuring that the people they represent or lead will always have their voices heard regardless of the situation. But that is expected.
What really happens? Can a person in leadership do something that is beyond their belief system, heart, faith or conscience? Is there a separation between what is right and wrong, church and state; or does a person give in to what is in their best interest? What is in it for me, myself and I… or better yet, how can I get the most out of this situation that benefits my future ambitions. Oddly and strangely enough these and more are the questions that continue to beset our society even in the 21st century.
However, there is not a day that goes by or even a moment that we find people struggling to keep their heads above water, homeless, hungry and alone. There are so many people in our society that are hurting, hearts broken and crushed by the weight of policies and regulations that benefit only a few and not the many. It is not that all of them have lost their way, made bad choices, lost their lot in life, but also there continues to be many people who can help… who don’t.
The story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible provides the best insights to helping those in need, especially when the question is asked… Who is my neighbor? We must remember that there are no limitations on who can make a difference in another person’s life. And with that in mind during this holiday season, let us answer the question not only through our words, but through our actions.
Dr. Andrew Calhoun, can be contacted at, Twitter #AC53, or call 414-571-5015.