Happy President’s Day! The United States has always striven to be a country of the people, knowing that the people, not the government, makes a country great. I pulled quotes from our first 5 presidents about what it takes to be a great community member. While they were speaking in terms of the citizens of a country, I think the lessons can be interpreted for the people of any community.
“Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.“
It is up to the people in a community and culture to take care of each other. As a leader, you should encourage this sort of love and giving. It is only through the whole community that great care for each other can occur.
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”
Education and knowledge are things each person should pursue, in every way they can. Without the real facts, lies can spread and misinformation can ruin a lot of good stuff. Encourage your team and your community to come to you and each other to get information. Imagine how much drama could be avoided if we didn’t jump to conclusions or believe the first thing we hear! #OpenDoorsOpenHearts
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
Can we proclaim this one enough?! A community or team usually has many things in common among its members. BUT, and a big but, no two people can say they are identical in all their thoughts and feelings. Remember to focus on the similarities and respect each other’s differences. We are not robots! Celebrate the difference within unity.
“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”
The leader of any team or community shouldn’t let the rest of the group think that they are the end-all, be-all. Remind everyone that it is up to them to contribute to a culture of happiness and love. At the same time, be humble enough to put the culture into the hands of the people, knowing you have gathered individuals of virtue.
“National honor is the national property of the highest value.”
A team cannot last long, no matter how great the events or budget, if there isn’t mutual respect and integrity. Even the smallest club or team can do great things if the relationships are strong and trusting.
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