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Cleaning Up the Messes Made By Others

Cleaning Up the Messes Made By Others

September 5, 2022

Cleaning Up the Messes Made by Others


It’s party time! The exams are over. Fabulous Friday is here. It’s time to party!


And party hearty we did. You hadn’t had so much fun since the last semester ended.


However, when leaving the party scene, you gazed about and saw the mess that remained… the mess that the others had left behind. You thought to yourself, “I didn’t make this mess; It’s not my fault” but as you headed toward your car your stomach turned.


You see, common sense told you that you had a duty to the community. A duty to leave the area as you found it. So, you spent the next couple of hours clearing the tables and cleaning the garbage from the lawn. And as you walked toward your car, a mother with her two children – a small boy and girl – entered the park. 


The little girl came up to you and said, “Mommy said to tell you Thank You”. She said, ‘We can now play. It’s all clean.” A tear came to your eye as you gazed at the mother. She smiled and nodded in appreciation. 


As you left the park, you realized that using common sense can go a long way in keeping everyone healthy, safe, and happy. And the personal glory you gained? It was simply from doing your duty as a neighbor, a citizen, and a leader.


Now using My S-T-O-I-C STORYTELLING method:


(S) Am I responsible for cleaning up the messes made by those I’m with?
(T) “Make it your regular habit to consider your roles – parent, child, neighbor, citizen, leader – and the natural duties that arise from them.” Epictetus
“When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” Apostle Paul
(O) I decided to clean up the area.
(I) I realized that by my participation in the event, I was likewise responsible for the garbage left behind.
(C) The character trait that I improved was being conscientious of my fellow citizens.


The Stoicess’ Secret?

When seeking personal glory, start with doing your duty.

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