Day 55 ~ March 26 ~ Responsibility
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” ~ The Great Law of the Haudenosaunee
“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything.”
~ Albert Einstein
“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.” ~ The Dalai Lama
Responsibility means being accountable for what we think, say, and do. It means choosing to design a life that honors our values and purpose.
Personal responsibility begins from the inside and moves outward. We must begin by taking responsibility for our thoughts, choices, and reactions. Then we can be responsible for the circumstances we create in our world.
A philosophy of personal responsibility allows you to live from an inner core of integrity. It will bring a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment and contribute to a culture of peace and nonviolence. (Steve Brunkhorst)
The quality of my community starts with me. Whatever I am today is the result of what I have thought, spoken, and done in all the previous moments before now. The responsibility for both present and future is in my own hands.
Bob Dylan said, “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” If there is a conflict present in your life, take responsibility for your part in the conflict and take steps towards resolving it.
Action for Teens
Take responsibility for your actions today. The quality of our world depends on you. What can you do today to better the world or even just your own environment? Think of ways you can be more responsible for helping your community, family, or your friends.
Action for Children
Clean up after yourself without being asked. Put your toys away and tidy up your room.
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman
"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors." ~ Jonas Salk