25 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 55: Responsibility

Welcome to Day 55 of the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.

Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.

Day 55: Responsibility

"Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and... step off that road into another direction." ~ Maya Angelou

Before we can make real and lasting changes in our lives, we must accept personal responsibility for where we are right now. No matter what circumstances and conditions have thwarted our progress, the ultimate responsibility for our lives belongs to no one but ourselves. Our parents, spouses, and friends cannot make those changes for us. It is not a question of blame; it is a matter of power. By owning the power to control our own destiny, we are freed from self-imposed limitations.

Contemplate or journal about where you stand in the balance of blame and responsibility. Do you blame or do you take the reins of your own life in hand to create the life you choose? Are there aspects of your life where you take more personal responsibility than others? Choose to take responsibility and feel the power in that stance.

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