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Top 10 Tips for Being a Good Citizen

posted by Victoria Moran

With all the patriotic feeling extant in America on this Inauguration Day, it seems appropriate that this Tuesday’s Top 10 Tips should be for being a good citizen, in whatever country you live.

  1. Live up to the highest and best within you. One of the guiding lines for my life comes from the late Peace Pilgrim who said, “Live up to the highest light you have, and more light will be given you.”
  2. When you can, lend a hand. Somebody needs help with a bag, or directions, or a dollar. When the gentle nudge inside yourself indicates that this is a place you can help, don’t second-guess it. Little things add up.
  3. Find ways to feel part of the whole. We’re a country of rugged individualists but when we work together we draw on some extra power.
  4. Give your gifts and share your talent. You came to this earth with a mission. When you follow through on it, we all benefit.
  5. Keep a fairly open mind and a very open heart. Listen to people who have different opinions and see things from different vantage points. Allow for differences and trust that they can blend for the good of all, the way different spices blend for the good of a dish.
  6. Take a look at history. What happened in the past can teach us how to behave — and how not to — in the present and future. You can look at history as a spiritual record book, a log of what the late author and minister Ernest Wilson called the “upward progression of the universe.”
  7. Make your own life the best it can be. A nation, or a collection of nations, is really just the total of the lives of the people who comprise it. Make yours sparkle.
  8. Expend some effort. Do something on a regular basis for the common good. Volunteer, or teach what you know, or give somebody something they wouldn’t get if it didn’t come from you.
  9. Stand up and speak up. When things aren’t right, write a letter or an op-ed, join a march or make a donation. Awful things can only happen when nobody stops them.
  10. Be a citizen of world. It does not diminish your patriotism one iota to realize that you are in kinship with everyone on this planet. If reincarnation is true, you’ve lived everywhere yourself! And as a spiritual being, you’re already a citizen of the universe, so carrying an invisible passport from “Planet Earth” shouldn’t be too hard.


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Gail McMeekin

posted January 20, 2009 at 8:03 pm


Dear Victoria,
This is truly a memorable day and you have reminded us of how we can each participate. Best of luck with this new blog!
Gail



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Ryan

posted January 20, 2009 at 8:06 pm


The following statement is right on…
“Listen to people who have different opinions and see things from different vantage points.”
That’s how we evolve.
Good stuff. Thanks for the blog!



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Patti B

posted January 20, 2009 at 8:30 pm


What good reminders on a very happy, good day. Thanks for the blog, and for reminding us that we can all be our best selves in service to others without neglecting our own self care.



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Barbara

posted January 21, 2009 at 6:36 am


Dear Victora,
YEAH! This is wonderful.
Bless you. Barbara



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Liani

posted January 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm


Victoria,
thank you for this list… I particularly like number 7 – I truly believe it’s all about personal responsibility.
Live Well. Start Now.
Liani
liani@lgmevents.com



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janice

posted January 22, 2009 at 4:28 am


You have such a talent for expressing the deepest , most important life lessons in the clearest and simplest of ways. I hope this post spreads virally; I’d like to see it up on a million fridge doors! ~Janice



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Victoria Moran

posted January 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm


Janice –
You are so sweet to say all these nice things! If you like the blog, please subscribe. I would be humbly grateful. (And speaking of fridge doors: our new condo has fabulous new fridge, but the door isn’t magnetic. Can you believe that?)
Love and light,
Victoria



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premnath

posted August 16, 2011 at 7:31 am


With all the patriotic feeling extant in America on this Inauguration Day, it seems appropriate that this Tuesday’s Top 10 Tips should be for being a good citizen, in whatever country you live.

1. Live up to the highest and best within you. One of the guiding lines for my life comes from the late Peace Pilgrim who said, “Live up to the highest light you have, and more light will be given you.”
2. When you can, lend a hand. Somebody needs help with a bag, or directions, or a dollar. When the gentle nudge inside yourself indicates that this is a place you can help, don’t second-guess it. Little things add up.
3. Find ways to feel part of the whole. We’re a country of rugged individualists but when we work together we draw on some extra power.
4. Give your gifts and share your talent. You came to this earth with a mission. When you follow through on it, we all benefit.
5. Keep a fairly open mind and a very open heart. Listen to people who have different opinions and see things from different vantage points. Allow for differences and trust that they can blend for the good of all, the way different spices blend for the good of a dish.
6. Take a look at history. What happened in the past can teach us how to behave — and how not to — in the present and future. You can look at history as a spiritual record book, a log of what the late author and minister Ernest Wilson called the “upward progression of the universe.”
7. Make your own life the best it can be. A nation, or a collection of nations, is really just the total of the lives of the people who comprise it. Make yours sparkle.
8. Expend some effort. Do something on a regular basis for the common good. Volunteer, or teach what you know, or give somebody something they wouldn’t get if it didn’t come from you.
9. Stand up and speak up. When things aren’t right, write a letter or an op-ed, join a march or make a donation. Awful things can only happen when nobody stops them.
10. Be a citizen of world. It does not diminish your patriotism one iota to realize that you are in kinship with everyone on this planet. If reincarnation is true, you’ve lived everywhere yourself! And as a spiritual being, you’re already a citizen of the universe, so carrying an invisible passport from “Planet Earth” shouldn’t be too hard.

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