Go ahead, try to keep this straight in your head -
responsibility starts when you recognize a problem or a need whether
it is your own, someone elses or societys. Some personal
responsibilities can be taken care of individually. Others require
cooperation and agreement. Sometimes it is necessary to find out if
others agree that the need exists. Personal responsibility is the
obligation of every person who considers themself to be a good citizen
of whatever community they are a member of.
responsibility includes the obligation to recognize and rectify your
own mistakes. It requires that you monitor and judge your own actions
and motivations and their results. It requires constant reevaluation
of what you think and why, comparing them with anything new that you
may have learned or discovered. Personal responsibility is the basis
of a healthy, productive and beneficial life.
responsibility requires courage and self confidence. Personal responsibility
requires that pride be replaced with dignity, because dignity allows
other people and yourself leeway that pride denies. Dignity includes
humility, while pride sometimes denies fallibility. Personal responsibility
requires a willingness to do whatever is necessary, whether you want
to or not.
responsibility is an obligation to do the right thing. Personal responsibility
is part of love for yourself, your family, friends and neighbors.
Personal responsibility is an action of caring. Personal responsibility
is sometimes a thankless chore, and can be met with resistance or
hostility. Personal responsibility can be as simple as cleaning up
your own mess, as complex as starting a community group to reduce
crime, and as painful as changing a part of yourself that you realize
is destructive to yourself and/or others.
responsibility is a decision that YOU make to live up to your own
ideals and expectations. Accepting personal responsibility means that
you must beat the fear of failure and vow to keep trying no matter
what. Personal responsibility is the way to earn self respect.
responsibility means that you must admit your own mistakes. It means
that you must change to the right way when you recognize that you
have made an error. Part of personal responsibility is to search for
the truth and part of the truth is that everyone makes mistakes. Part
of the truth is that mistakes can be fixed and attitudes can be changed.
Allowing other people this kind of leeway is part of personal responsibility.
personal responsibility is based on doing what is right for yourself
AND your family AND your neighbors. Accepting this responsibility
and making an honest effort to live up to it will give you self respect
and lead you toward a real understanding of the idea of love. Personal
responsibility is the basis of healthy people, families and communities.
From "Thoughts and Speculations" by R.M.R.
Reprinted with permission of copyright holder.