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Ethical Edge Letters on Integrity  

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Is it chance or choice?
Monday, January 03, 2011
Where do our choices lead us?
'Twas the night before Christmas'

A tale of our influence for good

“Our ideals resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal.”

— Carl Schurz

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land;
The moment was stirring; the time was at hand.
For 40-plus years, our society had lost,
Some common-sense virtue at oh, such a cost!
We had drifted so steadily for many a year,
Replacing ideas that once were so dear:
On Honesty! Respect! Trustworthiness, too!
How ’bout responsibility, to name just a few.
What we once knew as perfectly clear,
Was slowly diminished, outdated, I fear.
And now? Why, how interesting. Our life, we can tweet,
And others will follow our feelings so sweet …
“I can’t! I’m a victim! Just why don’t you see?
I deserve to be happy! Entitlement’s for me!”
A lesson forgotten?  Remember? I’ve a hunch:
Friedman said it well, "There ain’t no free lunch."
A price to be paid? To remember? Pursue?
It’s reclaiming the old and declaring it new.
Our calling, you ask? Why we’re craftsmen of choice;
With integrity tools we can use to rejoice:
"Influencers for Good," yes, of course, we do know.
A powerful idea we all can help grow …
At home and at work, in this land of great light.
It’s our time ... let us choose ... to transform the night!

Merry Christmas!

Russell Williams,
Passkeys Foundation/Ethical Edge