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What Does it Mean to Take 100% Personal Responsibility?
Posted: 9/5/2014 | Personal Development Comments
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The other day I reposted on Facebook a post from James Van Praagh that said the following:

“Your Attention Please:
No one is coming to save you.
This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.”

Wow, what responses. One woman got downright angry.

I’m usually very careful about the tone of what I repost and maybe I should have thought this one through a little more. Although this statement may be a bit harsh, the truth is, our lives are up to us.

We may have been born into poverty or
into some really difficult or horrible circumstances. Life is hard in ways for all people, but some people go through unspeakable sorrows. My heart is heavy as I think of it.

For most of us, it’s hard to watch others suffer so much. We often don’t know what to do to be of service to them. We can try to help as best we can. We hope that people who are in these difficulties seek some guidance on how to get out of their bad situation. That is why some of us are in the helping professions and support organizations and programs that help others.

At the same time, sitting, hoping, and waiting on the doorstep as adults for someone to come pick us up and take us away from our difficulties, usually doesn’t happen, except maybe in the movies.  This rescue scenario is based on the longing of our inner child that didn’t get what they needed from the environment, their caretakers, or other people in authority at the time. For some people, these difficulties were more than we could imagine.

We could say it’s not fair and that some people seem to get handed more hardships. It does feel unfair. As we try to make sense out of the world, we might imagine various reasons why it’s not fair, but it’s hard to know for sure.  From our vantage point, it’s so difficult to see the largest picture.

That’s why it’s important for all of us to help one another as best we can. To one degree or another, we are our brother’s keeper.

At the same time, as adults we are the only ones who can truly alter our situation.  We are the ones who decide to take the other person’s hand as they are trying to help us up. Even when there is something that seems like “Divine intervention,” it’s always our choice to accept or not.

Remember,
each person’s life has more challenges than others imagine, even if the outer trappings look wonderful.

Be kind to yourself and to others. Help yourself and others as much as you can. Take every action you can to stretch, grow, change, and strengthen yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

In what ways do you take 100% personal responsibility in your life? Your comments make a difference for us all.

 

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