Stewardship: The meaning and responsibility

The management of our precious resources is very important.  However, providing a sound economic foundation for the future generations is very important also.

How does a city maintain a safe environment for living beings while paying the bills? How does one actively steward the land and it’s people? I believe the answer is in balance.

When you are a public servant the most important thing to remember is that you are there for the greater good.  You must be able to separate your personal feelings from the job at hand.

This encompasses humility and a certain amount of grace.  It takes courage to have vision and passion to share that vision, then action to complete the deal.

When you are acting selflessly the path you take rises to meet you.  However, you must be there to see it and take advantage of it!  Walk the walk and talk the talk.

Stewardship

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Stewardship is an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources. The concept of stewardship has been applied in diverse realms, including with respect to environment, economics, health, property, information, and religion, and is linked to the concept of sustainability.

History of the term

Historically, stewardship referred to the occupation of a steward. Initially, stewardship was the responsibility given to household servants to bring food and drinks to a castle dining hall. The term was then expanded to indicate a household employee’s responsibility for managing household or domestic affairs. Stewardship later became the responsibility for taking care of passengers’ domestic needs on a ship, train and airplane, or managing the service provided to diners in a restaurant. The term continues to be used in these specific ways, but it is also used in a more general way to refer to a responsibility to take care of something belonging to someone else.

 

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