balance of life

Communication ethics literacy “reminds us to learn from difference.” (Arnett et al., 2009, p. 227)  This difference can be applied both personally and professionally with others and your own self.  There are various definitions of communication ethics but they all directly point to the protection and promotion of a specified “good”.  Arnett et al. (2009) provides four metaphors of communication ethics praxis; multiplicity of communication ethics, philosophy of communication, applied communication, and narrative.  The steps that I can take to increase my communication ethics literacy in all areas of my life is to navigate through difference by dialogue.  I learned in this course work that there is a multitude of communication ethics and it is a “creative juncture between two other areas of the discipline of communication: philosophy of communication and applied communication.” (Arnett et al., 2009, p. 32)


I view the marketplace as my professional landscape where as a program director; I serve as a leader, talent coach and mentor.  In my role, it is my position to push our talents to the next phase of their journey which can be uncomfortable for them.  This area of professional development can be viewed as an unknown region for them which at times they disagree with the process.  I believe enhancing my support of communication ethics literacy in this situation would be applying my understanding of difference and disagreement at a higher level.  In essence, using the communication ethics metaphor of narrative, by taking time to understand and accept the differences of others on the team.  Each person on the team has a different story and to understand them individual is to accept their differences based on their “stories about the way the world is or should be, protecting and promoting the good residing within given narratives” (Arnett et al., 2009, p. 45)

Family and Community settings

As I take my education into family and community settings, I believe I can increase my communication ethics literacy by using the practice metaphor of the philosophy of communication because it is all about “having a “why” for the doing.” (Arnett et al., 2009, p. 26)  It also helps me understand the differences among everyone’s purpose and goals in either setting.  Increasing communication ethics with family and in community settings can help me develop ways to look beyond what I want, and more of what the group wants and needs.  I am currently a board member for the American Cancer Society of West Mecklenburg and serve as a sounding board for various event ideas and concepts.  The knowledge I have learned in this course will help me not assume that communicative practices and actions that work currently will work again for the same event in 2019.

Personal life

My life has become a great balancing act between personal and professional.  I am quite proud of the fact that I have been diligent about balancing my career, this master’s program, and my personal life.  Time management helps me “sit between the hope of learning and the demand of the imposition” (Arnett et al., 2009, p. 221)  In my personal life using the communication ethics literacy praxis metaphor of applied communication will be instrumental because it is about the “how and making a difference through action.” (Arnett et al., 2009, p. 26)  My personal life is all about action and through this course work I can understand how to apply communication ethics to everyday life.   In order to enjoy life, I will have an understanding my personal “how” and “why.”  The balance of my life includes my career, course work at Queens University, my hobby of oil painting, civic engagement and spending time with family and friends.



Arnett, R. C., Fritz, J. M., & Bell, L. M. (2009). Communication ethics literacy: Dialogue and difference. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE