Your 2018 Personal Social Responsibility Plan


A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true." Isaac Newton

Seasons Greetings!

Ngozi Emmanuel says “courage is everywhere... I also chicken out sometimes” I have also loved and admired her guts since she started out at Unizik and now she's one young person who is doing more to promote the philosophy of what I call Young people helping young people.

Dear friends, we may choose to hold to the lies that trend because we believe there is an absence of courage to speak out the truth but the fact is, while it is normal to chicken out sometimes, it is cowardice to remain in that state and bemoan your situation when you can draw strength from around you and launch out in the heights of truth.

“et veritas Domini Manet in aeternum” and the truth of the Lord remaineth forever. This is very instructive because truth cannot be supplanted.

Image result for personal social responsibility“Mmadu bu chi ibe ya".

This simply means that a man is God to his fellow man. It was Winston Churchill who once said "We make a living by what we get but make a life by what we give.” Again, the wrods of Albert Eistein is quite instructive here “we live for the sake of other men"

I started a series this month called #31DaysThanks #TheGratitudeChallenge and today is Day 22! Phew! How time flies! Our focus today is on Personal Social Responsibility, developing the art of giving back!

Yes, Giving Back.

You see many of us complain bitterly about life's unfairness; unemployment, hunger, poverty, insecurity, war and violence and the list goes on. . .  Rightly so we should be angry at these happenstances because they impede us in enjoying the life "we deserve" to live. But, in the midst of all these negativities, there abound a plethora of reasons for thanksgiving. Now many may be quick to say "Ojisi ibiakwa ozo", but its true.

You may not have that dream job yet, but you are alive; you may not have that money yet, but somehow, there is food on the table; you complain about insecurity all over the place but yet you sleep and wake up each day with a feeling of safety, why shouldn't you be thankful? Remember, “Some can eat but have no food; some have food, but cannot eat. We have food and we can eat, glory be to you O God!”

Being thankful to the Supreme Being, The Sustainer and Protector of the Universe for all His manifold blessings is a trait not common with many people today. Now listen, even the most unscrupulous, shrewd, greedy, and conniving businessman knows the importance of giving back for to them, it legitimizes their wealth and opens doors for more increase. Giving back which espouses our willingness to reciprocate the goodness of the Heavens to us shouldn't be a seasonal affair, especially at a time like this.

Image result for Rotaract NigeriaFor successful businesses and brands, the world over, engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, shows the value that such brand attaches to it's environment, partners, stakeholders and clients. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rotary Foundation, TY Danjuma, Dangote, Tony Elumelu etc. These are people who continue to give their money to the advancement of humanity.

According to the Financial Times, “Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. CSR is a concept with many definitions and practices. The way it is understood and implemented differs greatly for each company and country. Moreover, CSR is a very broad concept that addresses many and various topics such as human rights, corporate governance, health and safety, environmental effects, working conditions and contribution to economic development. Whatever the definition is, the purpose of CSR is to drive change towards sustainability.”

Yet, someone would quickly add "Ojisi nwayo kwa, ndi a nine ji mbada ego", Ojisi, all these people are wealthy people hence their ability to give back". Who says giving back must involve money?

Okay fine! Fa ncha ji mba ego, mana gi kwa kwanu? Gini ka inwere I nye uwa ? no doubt they all have access to huge funds to do more, but, as individuals, we can do even greater!

Be Socially Responsible 

Image result for Rotaract Amuwo MainYou owe your environment a duty, A Personal Social Responsibility PSR; to contribute to its growth and development and sustainability. In all y years in #Rotaract, I was able  to see a platform that enables me to give my Time, Talent, Treasure and Thinking in the service of mankind. For you, it may or may not be #Rotary, it may be #Enactus#Jaycees, the numerous organizations and clubs that plead various social causes. Find your platform and give back!

Image result for Rotaract Amuwo MainArvind  Devalia says PSR is all about doing to others what you would like others do to you. It is about recognizing how your behavior affects others, and holding yourself accountable for your actions. For example, contrast someone being well mannered with someone being rude. A socially responsible person will endeavor to have a positive effect on others and enrich his environment. He will strive to make a positive contribution, and will not pollute the atmosphere, both physically and metaphorically.

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Ideally a PSR aware person will:

1. Always endeavour to have a positive effect on others
2. Have a mind set to contribute.
3. Refrain from causing negativity in his environment e.g. by throwing litter on the ground, or by gossiping.
4. His social and economic activities will have a positive or neutral impact on the environment

In less than ten days, 2017 shall come to an end, ask yourself, as a tenant living on earth, how well have you paid your rent? You still have ample time to reciprocate God's plentitude and plenitude of graces and blessings by being a blessing to another person. Remember, no man is too poor as to give nor too rich as to receive.

In 2018, create your Personal Social Responsibility plan. Encourage more people to do more, become more, dream more and act more!

Its thanksgiving 0f amazing grace! Lord I am grateful to be alive, to have given back a little, to b giving and still willing to give more. Help me by thy grace to always be thankful and also to allow others be thankful through my little acts of charity!.

Be Socially Responsible! Be thankful! Give, Reciprocate, Love, Share!

Happy Holidays!


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