Every few weeks I like to respond to some of the comments received about my blogs. I enjoy reading the commentary from readers, whether positive, negative or informative. My recent blog â€œStay Strong to Your Convictionsâ€ seemed to hit home for many people.I was driven to write the entry amidst ongoing media publicity about the first law firm I worked for being the subject of an FBI investigation for improper billing practices. The people being wrongly billed were, of course, the taxpayers because the firm represents numerous municipalities including school districts, villages and police departments. With yet another example of the big wigs taking away from the people they are supposed to represent, I was glad I remained strong to my convictions over the years and spoke up when things went wrong. When there is an absence of decent leadership, you must find the leader within yourself.
Amy L. writes, â€œThat was a great read, your story is something I will read everyday. You said a line I thought was so great I will add it to my work email signature.â€ According to Rob Nicholson, â€œGreat article. Sometimes we lose track of what is really going on in and around us. We get caught up in the norm and pushed with the flow of the non thinking majority. Thanks for pinching me and pulling me back on track.â€
That is exactly what I hoped to do with my entry. We often get caught up in the day to day struggle of getting by and feed into the very system that is going against us. Everyday is another opportunity to be the leader of your own life and stay strong to you personal convictions. From there, your energy will ripple out to the world around you to slowly facilitate change. Once in awhile, we simply need to pinch ourselves to stay on track.
With regard to another blog entry I wrote, â€œFalse Promises to Veterans And A Possible Draftâ€, I received an interesting update from Cindy (though I was disappointed the link with more info did not work):
â€œShock and awe, academic style – an embarrassing internal dossier on the Military Scholarship Scandal at University of Illinois was put on the internet this past week: http://uploadline.com/files/1617608/Vets_Education_and_U_of_I.pdf.html.
This report reveals University of Illinoisâ€™ OWN INTERNAL DOCUMENTS that describe a detailed plan to cheat and lie about a discrimination plot against military veterans and cover up the truth from the press and politicians. I got it from The Alumni Association in Champaign.
Deans are caught cheating and lying to public officials. Public Relations officials caught lying to the press. A whole lot of people KNEW about it and DID NOTHING. The people that altered admissions procedures to target military veterans just before classes started based on a quota need to be fired immediately. These people are mean spirited crooks.
Every mother of every 10-year old child teaches basic values like â€œdonâ€™t lieâ€ and â€œdonâ€™t cheat.â€ The leaders of this university need a good old fashioned talk with their mothers to remind them of some basic rules of life. Lying is bad. Cheating is bad. Nobody needs a six-figure sensitivity trainer to tell them that. When it takes a scolding from the stateâ€™s Lt. Governor to remind our President, Board of Trustees and Chancellors that discrimination, lying and cheating is bad, what have we come to?
Maybe this university needs to hire some playground police for the grownups at Swanlund that run this university. Their ethics are in the toilet and I donâ€™t need a doctoral degree to figure that out.â€
Her commentary is alarming when it comes to the mistreatment of veterans, as written in several of my previous entries. With regard to staying strong to your convictions, clearly she agrees with me that you don’t need a degree or leaders to know what is right or wrong â€“ it’s basic knowledge, and let’s face it, we all know. Small children are taught to tell the truth, work hard and do the right thing so what happens when they grow up? Are playground police necessary to monitor adults and prevent them from doing the wrong thing? Can we even trust those monitors when they become adults?
As prices soar through the roof and human nature disintegrates, we can get discouraged. When we feel let down by the world around us, it becomes easy to slide into poor behavior ourselves. Continuing to do personal inventory keeps us from becoming part of the problem and helps us find new solutions. World leaders know we are running to keep up with basic expenses and daily demands. They hope we fail to take personal inventory so we become part of the faceless, mindless masses that feed into their greedy master plan. When we let go of our own little greedy desires and empty excuses, we already become leaders of our own lives and initiate change in the world.
Mamasaid there’d be days like this…