In October, I began a blog series about the characteristics of a professional; you can read the introduction to the series here. This post is the 3rd in a series of 10 that will be posted over the coming weeks.
Duty to Others
It is important to remember that what we do or do not do impacts other people. If you are reading this, you most likely have more resources than many of the people in the world. There are two sayings that come to my mind here. The first is, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” The second is, “This too shall pass.” The first means that when we see someone who is less fortunate than we are, we should be thankful that we are not in their place, and it is only because of the grace of God that we are not. The second phrase is often interpreted to mean that when things are bad and difficult, the bad and difficult time will pass. However, I think that there is a need for us to remember that this is also the case during good times. When things are going well in our lives and we have everything that we want and life is good, we need to remember that these good things, too, may pass. And, as such, it is up to us to make certain that when we are in need of help that there is a reason that others would want to help us.
We need to give some of what we have back to others – and this does not mean only money. For companies, this is part of Corporate Responsibility. For individuals, I consider this part of being human. I understand that not everyone is able to give money, but we can give your time, our knowledge, our experience, our contacts, and our support. In a way, this is like community learning discussed last week, but on a more personal level than a professional level. I challenge myself and I challenge you to make a difference in the world, no matter how small, because it does add up.
Brian Hock, CMA, CIA