Freedom with quality and integrityLI201711-01
Freedom comes with responsibility to take ownership of our actions
"Freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want. Freedom is the strength of character to do what is good, true, noble, and right.” — Matthew Kelly
As adults, most of us enjoy freedom to chose what to do in our day-to-day lives. While some may choose to do good with the time and resources they have (e.g. volunteering, mentoring new colleagues, spending quality time with loved ones), others may engage in activites which are tradtionally deemed as harmful such as smoking or gambling.
While I will not forbad my family or friends from engaging in ‘harmful' activities, I would generally advise them to cut down on these activites and remind them the consequences of their actions - such as how smoking increases the chances of lung cancer and this would cause their long-term health to suffer. Gambling may cause them to lose large sums of money and create mounting debts for themselves and their families. I believe if we come from the place of genuine concern for our family / friend's welfare, our advice can come across as more plalatable.
Of course, if their behaviour worsens and is at a risk of harming themselves / others or is even unlawful, then I would consider a harder approach to curb their behaviour such as reporting them to relevant authorities. This would be a last resort as I think that as mature adults, we are capable of being self-disciplined to control our actions and consider the consequences it brings to ourselves and others.