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Arizona, Education, Leadership

Civility Begins With Me

It was a difficult weekend in Arizona.  A senseless tragedy.  Sadness.  Disbelief.  Anger.  Questions.

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!


About azjd

Junior high principal by day, aspiring difference maker, and Jedi in my own mind. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.


3 thoughts on “Civility Begins With Me

  1. Thanks for this. Your post brings to mind and makes immediately relevant the the popular Gandhi quotation: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” And as teachers and school leaders we have the opportunity to be powerful models.

    Posted by Claudia Daggett | January 11, 2011, 12:23 pm


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Jeff Delp

Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!
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