Personal Responsibility

When you hear the phrase, “Personal Responsibility,” what do you think? Do you think of it as taking responsibility for what you do, and not blaming others? This is good, but I want you to think of it another way.

Personal responsibility is a limiting factor. You are only responsible for what you do. You have no control over anyone else. You can influence them, but you are not responsible for their actions. Even if they are put under your charge, and you order them to do something, they are still responsible for their response (as you are for the order).

Why do I think this is important? It comes down to how we react to the world around us. We are not responsible for the state of the world. We are only responsible for our reaction to it. If someone does something wrong to you, what is your response? Does it really matter what they have done?

I talked about complaining before. It definitely relates here. Complaining is evil, in all of its forms. Complaining is trying to take control over, and responsibility for things that are completely out of your control. We must learn to accept what is not our responsibility, then choose a righteous response.

Who are you? Who are you going to be? The only person that matters in that question is you. Do what is right. Do not complain. Do not judge. The other person(s) are not your concern.

You alone are responsible for yourself, and you are responsible for yourself alone.

(This by the way can wrap up for me the whole Politics thread I was writing a long time ago.)

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