The shooting in Tucson has ignited a firestorm of discussion about gun control, political rhetoric, and civility. In looking for answers, we also search for someone, or something, to blame. Doing so makes us feel better, perhaps because when it comes to a lack of civility, we all assume a share of the responsibility.
All to frequently, we live in a world of one–concerned with our own well being and giving only fleeting thought to how our actions impact others. One does not have to incite violence to do irreparable damage to others. Nor do our good deeds need to be earth shattering acts of kindness in order to have a positive impact. The interactions we have with others–on a daily basis–do make a difference, for better or for worse.
Instead of living in a “world of one”, lets all be certain that our daily actions reflect the civility and kindness we want to see in the world. I have used this video of a Liberty Mutual commercial in a previous post (Forget the Forest, See the Trees), but I think it is relevant to current events. The little things make a difference.
Civility begins with me!