Thursday, October 13, 2005

Personal Responsibility

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice - - that is, until we stop saying “It got lost,” and say “I lost it.”
…….Sydney J. Harris

I came across the above quote today, and I immediately thought of all the blaming going on about everything, it seems. When something goes wrong, the first thing many people think is, "Who is to blame?" A phrase I've heard used by educators is "boss your brain". In other words, instead of being a victim of distractions and circumstances, be the one in charge of yourself. Take personal responsibility for your actions and words.

2 comments:

Joan said...

Wow! You've done it again. I had never heard that quote before, but what a great one! It ties in to what I wrote a couple of days ago about our society protecting children from any risk of failure, disappointment, or embarrassment. They learn very early that any problem that arises must be somebody else's fault -- because, in their life-experience, nothing has EVER been THEIR fault. We have never allowed them to accept responsibility for their actions.

Beth said...

One of my pet peaves. I've seen so many people who are endlessly victims and can't move on and enjoy life.

Bravo :)