Responsibility is Power and Freedom

Responsibility isn't too popular these days; at least not as popular as it could be. Why doesn't everyone take responsibility for their lives? It doesn't really sound at all impossible; but only a few people out of many, ever actually do realize the truth of responsibility.

Taking responsibility; for a lot of people; sounds like a hassle. It sounds like taking responsibility for their lives is going to be a stressful process involving having less fun, and owning up to past and current mistakes. They find it far easier to lay their responsibility on other people and circumstances. They call it laying blame.

When you blame circumstances and or life situations; you are giving away your power. You are giving away your freedom. Responsibility is your ability to respond to life. It's been said that , "10% of life is what happens and 90% is how you respond to it." Why give away this power. When you blame others; you give up your power to change.

Don't take my word for it. You already know. The attitude, "I must do something" always solves more problems than the attitude, "Something must be done." This is responsibility. This is power. This is freedom.

A few quotes to drive the point home further:
"A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life." ~James Allen

"Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame." ~Erica Jong

"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else." ~Ivern Ball

"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty." ~John D. Rockefeller, Jr.


On the surface; responsibility may seem as if it is a lot of hard work. But if a person looks at what it is in its completeness; responsibility really is inseparable from power and freedom.

For more on the benefits of taking responsibility for your life; read What Is Really Good? and stay tuned!

2 comments:

Stream Source said...

So true. Not taking responsibility is as useless as is taking on too much responsibility. Whereby one is quick to 'take the blame' for another's actions. This is the ultimate ego-lusion.

We are all One in spirit and there is a soul lesson to be learned from each encounter with another (who is our mirror of self), but the lesson can only be seen when experienced through watchful detachment.

The perception of blame is not real. Therefore we can not take it or pass it on. When we are present, as observers, the ego act of blame has no teeth to grip our spirit or to shape our reality.

If we find ourselves casting blame... be-aware. It's a giant flare launched from our lifeboat in this ocean, letting us know we have once again forgotten our 'self'. Becoming center and present comes to the rescue.

C. Om said...

Awesome. Beautifully illustrated. It is amazing how being present is the solution for everything that we might suffer from; and yet we often forget or do not know how to be present.

Thanks for the comment SS!